Logon: VM Start


Diagnosing long logon times is quite a challenge.  Citrix Director breaks our logon time down into unique phase to help focus your attention on an aspect of the entire logon process instead of logon in its entirety. Looking at my 100+ second logon time, I noticed I have a 24 second virtual machine start time. ... Continue Reading →

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Citrix VDA Performance


Winter in Minnesota.  Back the car out of my driveway, reach the road and my car immediately slides, sideways downhill.  I think I need new tires. One of the best practices I like to talk about is “Maintain, because set and forget does not work.” We all know it is important to maintain our systems,... Continue Reading →

Synchronize vs Mirror


This has confused me with Citrix Profile Management... What is the difference between synchronizing a folder and mirroring a folder? When I say source and destination, I mean the following: Source = virtual desktop Destination = profile store The descriptions for both sound very similar, so I thought I would dig into this a little... Continue Reading →

Workspace app with StoreFront


You might have heard that the next version of Citrix Receiver is Citrix Workspace app.  Workspace app extends the capabilities of Receiver to incorporate other on-premises and cloud-hosted services, like Virtual Apps and Desktops (traditional, on-premises deployment) Virtual Apps and Desktops Service Access Control Content Collaboration Endpoint Management Because Citrix Workspace incorporates more than Windows/Linux... Continue Reading →

LoginVSI PowerShell – Automate Tests


I have a PowerShell function that preps my lab and another executes a single LoginVSI test.  Now, I need to fully automate my LoginVSI testing to perform multiple tests without any interaction.  I need to do the following: Perform a test for each Master VM I specify For each Master VM, test specific workloads For... Continue Reading →

Is Podio the Next Generation Desktop?


During Citrix Synergy last week, I was in the audience watching the demos. One demo in particular, Podio, got me thinking about the value of a desktop. What is a desktop? Is it needed? Why? I've been a proponent of a desktop operating system and of desktop virtualization. Being a workshifting Citrite (what we call... Continue Reading →

Virtualize XenApp


Here is a pretty common question… I want to virtualize my XenApp servers, how should I carve the physical server up? Should I use a bunch of small VMs or a few massive VMs? First, you have to look at a few decision points: OS Scalability: This is more of an issue in Windows 2003.... Continue Reading →

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