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 →

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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 →

Planning the XenDesktop 5 Database


With XenApp and previous versions of XenDesktop, the database was just the storage repository for static information. We really didn't spend much time thinking about the impact of the database on production environments. The databases were small. They databases didn't have a big impact on the underlying system. So what about XenDesktop 5's SQL Database?... Continue Reading →

Designing for Diskless Virtual Desktops


I received a few interesting question related streaming desktop images via Provisioning Services. The question asks "What is the best option for storing the write cache when the target devices are disk-less?" One question asked about disk-less physical endpoints, while another question asked about virtual machines with no disks assigned. This was a great question.... Continue Reading →

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