True or False: Citrix Provisioning Services requires PXE


Test your Citrix knowledge… True or False: Citrix Provisioning Services requires PXE Answer: False When using Provisioning Services, which is an optional component of XenDesktop, the target device utilizes a bootstrap file, which initializes the Provisioning Services stream. The target device must be able to obtain that bootstrap file, or else the stream will never begin. Unfortunately, I still hear people saying that the only way to accomplish this is with PXE, which is incorrect. Provisioning Services has a few different options for delivering the bootstrap file (these have been the most common approaches for many years): The DHCP Method: … Continue reading True or False: Citrix Provisioning Services requires PXE

What are you good at?


I just got back from visiting friends who live about 2-3 hours away. Every time I take this trip, I decide if I will take the interstate or local highways. The interstate gets me there faster, but it is usually more stressful due to the number of people. Even though the interstate is faster, it feels longer as the road is straight and boring while the highway is more fun to drive. This is the same problem that plagues desktop virtualization. For those of you who were there in person or watched online, I got the change to host GeekSpeak … Continue reading What are you good at?

Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock to Making Your FlexCast Decision


We all wish picking FlexCast was as easy as playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. In reality, the FlexCast decision is more like Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock. Unfortunately, many people go down the path of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Gun-Ligntning-Devil-Dragon-Water-Air-Sponge-Wolf-Tree-Human-Snake-Fire There is a lot of anxiety with making the FlexCast decision because it directly impacts the capabilities of the assigned users. When should I pick Pooled VDI vs. Hosted Shared Streamed VHD vs. Streamed VDI PvD vs. Remote PC This decision is even more challenging because there is no single question that can be asked to decide the appropriate model. So let’s not ask a single question. Let’s ask 6 J … Continue reading Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock to Making Your FlexCast Decision

The importance of user personalization within your virtual desktop


I just got off the phone with Citrix helpdesk because I finally messed up my virtual desktop. I have a dedicated virtual desktop and I guess I installed/uninstalled too many things over the past few years. The same thing always happened to me with a traditional desktop. The good thing is that it only took the helpdesk a few moments to reset my virtual desktop to a base image and I didn’t have to sit and install Windows 7 and Office for the 100th time. This experience got me to the next question from Project Accelerator: The importance of personalization. … Continue reading The importance of user personalization within your virtual desktop

An Architect’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization


What does it take to be a desktop virtualization architect? Being able to say “It depends” in twelve different languages is a great start. English (American): It depends English (Australian): It depends English (British): It depends English (Canadian): It depends German: je nachdem Spanish: eso depende French: elle dépend Dutch: het hangt ervan Italian: dipende Swahilli: inategemea Chinese: 视情况而定 Japanese: それは場合による Translations courtesy of Google Translator. For all I know, I just said “My hovercraft is full of eels” in many different languages.  Seriously, the reason why an architect says “It depends” so much is because we don’t have enough … Continue reading An Architect’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization

Project Accelerator Question 1 – Technical Skillsets


One of the first questions that Project Accelerator asks you is what technical skillset you current have, with a list of about 20 different technologies.  Why do we care? Let’s say you have App-V experience, then when you get to the application delivery portion, we will probably recommend you use App-V for a subset of applications. They same can be said for hypervisors as well. We might recommend vSphere or Hyper-V instead of XenServer for your deployment.  I can hear Citrix people saying “Are you kidding me?”, but it is true. The most important goal is to make you successful. … Continue reading Project Accelerator Question 1 – Technical Skillsets