Windows 10 Optimization – Part 6 – Release


I look forward to winter arriving because it means I'm done mowing the yard for 5-7 months. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was mowing my yard for the final time of the season. I could see the end in sight. I was beginning to think about what I would do… Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 6 – Release

Windows 10 Optimization – Part 5 – Runtime


The difference between laziness and ingenious is in the eye of the beholder. For example, operating my telescope can almost all be done remotely. I do have to go outside and manually roll off the roof of the shed but after that, I can connect to my PC remotely and control my telescope, my camera,… Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 5 – Runtime

Windows 10 Optimization – Part 4 – User Interface


I think I create my to-do lists wrong. I never feel like I'm making any progress. For example, one item on my to-do list was "Fix sailboat rudder". It was looking pretty gnarly, plus my tiller broke, which made for an interesting sail back to the mooring. This one item on my list took me… Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 4 – User Interface

Windows 10 Optimization – Part 3 – Scheduled Tasks


Living in the cold north, you learn to take vacation during the 3 weeks of summer (it really isn't that bad). I typically spend this time windsurfing, sailing, biking or camping (notice all outdoor activities). Unfortunately, when vacation time gets close, I start to see a growing honey-do list. I spent a good portion of… Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 3 – Scheduled Tasks

Windows 10 Optimization – Part 1 – Apps


Note: New article on Default App Optimization for VDI posted that includes the Anniversary (Build 1607) and Creator (Build 1703) updates. This post is only for the original (Build 1511) release. And we all know from Windows 7, optimization guides for VDI made a substantial, positive impact on server density, but will the same hold… Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 1 – Apps

XenApp Best Practice #1: Keep Apps and Data Together


XenApp Best Practice #1: For the best user experience, application and back-end data must reside together on a fast, low latency network.   What if you decided to store your cooking pots and pans in the bedroom? Every time you wanted to cook some Mac & Cheese, you would have to walk through your house,… Continue reading XenApp Best Practice #1: Keep Apps and Data Together

Citrix XenApp 7.6 and XenDesktop 7.6 Visio Stencils!


Note: These stencils are outdated. Use the latest Citrix Workspace Visio Stencils. You can find the latest version of the Citrix Visio Stencil from here: Tools As you saw from my previous post, Citrix now has Linux virtual desktops. You know what this means? NEW VISIO STENCILS!!! The new set for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6… Continue reading Citrix XenApp 7.6 and XenDesktop 7.6 Visio Stencils!

Yum… A Linux Virtual Desktop


If you were at Citrix Synergy, you heard about XenApp/XenDesktop adding support for Linux virtual desktops. As my hero Homer Simpson says "I'm not impressed easily… WOW a blue car!" And that is what we have, a new car color. We had red cars (Windows applications), green cars (Windows desktops), and now blue cars (Linux… Continue reading Yum… A Linux Virtual Desktop

Video Proof: Optimizing Microsoft Lync on XenApp and XenDesktop


I spent the last few blogs, dissecting Microsoft Outlook and how we can integrate an Exchange Online server, as part of Office 365, with XenApp and XenDesktop. Can I use a Cached Exchange Mode with XenApp and XenDesktop When to use Cached Exchange Mode with XenApp and XenDesktop How to use Cached Exchange Mode with… Continue reading Video Proof: Optimizing Microsoft Lync on XenApp and XenDesktop

How to use Outlook Cached Exchange Mode on XenApp and XenDesktop


A little bit of knowledge can save you a lot of time (or even an arm). As I mentioned previously, I've been building a new desk for my wife. For this particular project, I drew the entire desk to scale in a CAD program. The drawings were detailed to the point that they included the… Continue reading How to use Outlook Cached Exchange Mode on XenApp and XenDesktop