Pooled Desktops with Local Host Cache


Local host cache, within XenApp and XenDesktop, utilizes a local DB to store configuration information. This local DB is continuously updated by the master SQL DB. When connectivity to the SQL DB fails, the controller automatically switches to the local DB. When the link to the SQL DB is restored, the controller automatically switches back.... Continue Reading →

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XenApp and XenDesktop PowerShell – Update MCS Image


If you need to automate the updating of a Machine Creation Services machine catalog, this script will be useful. It was created for a XenServer host. The first part is to setup my parameters. First, make sure we load the Citrix PowerShell modules. Next, we need to gather information about the XenDesktop infrastructure. We need... Continue Reading →

XenServer PowerShell: Capture Metrics


Sometimes, I need to capture CPU, RAM and disk metrics on my XenServer hosts.  I've been able to automate this process with PowerShell. Start-XSMetrics This script starts the metric gathering process on a XenServer host. The first block are the parameters. To make this work, I need to create a SSH session to the XenServer... Continue Reading →

Site Aggregation


At Citrix Synergy, there was a lot of talk about the user's Workspace; a single location where users get access to all of their resources (apps, desktops, data, devices). For example, the user's workspace can include storage apps, SaaS apps, web apps, virtual apps (XenApp), virtual desktops (XenDesktop). Citrix has a cloud service for each one... Continue Reading →

Windows 10 – Resource Utilization


Every 6 months, Microsoft releases a major update to Windows 10. To be more precise, it is better to identify Windows 10 releases with version numbers (1503, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709,  1803 and 1809).  The format is the year and month of the release, so 1503 is March 2015 and 1709 is September 2017. Microsoft... Continue Reading →

Citrix Workspace Architecture Poster


At a high-level, Citrix Workspace securely delivers apps and data to users while allowing admins to maintain control over resources in a decentralized environment. You might have seen this high-level diagram as well. The diagram breaks the Workspace out into a set of core concepts Unified Experience Contextual Access Contextual Performance Endpoint Management App Ops... Continue Reading →

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