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 Synchronize vs Mirror

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 Workspace app with StoreFront

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 LoginVSI PowerShell – Automate Tests

Virtual Desktops with Local Storage, Good Enough for Me


The desktop is a unique beast within the data center. It is something different than what we've typically placed within the tightly controlled, highly-available environment. What happened so far is that the desktop has changed to better align with data center practices. That means having high levels of availability and utilizing shared storage. But is… Continue reading Virtual Desktops with Local Storage, Good Enough for Me

Virtual desktop design – The right approach


One of the first questions someone doing desktop virtualization wants answered is usually one of the following questions How many servers do I need? How many IOPS? How many XenDesktop Controllers do I need? I've seen it many times and have been asked these questions many times. The typical answer is "It depends" (I really… Continue reading Virtual desktop design – The right approach

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 Is Podio the Next Generation Desktop?

Application compatibility with Windows 7


How many of you have migrated to Windows 7? If the company you work for has, I bet there are a host of applications that are not compatible with Windows 7 (although Win7 is much better at app compatibility than Vista). So what options do you have? . Let's say your application worked fine with… Continue reading Application compatibility with Windows 7

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 Planning the XenDesktop 5 Database

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 Designing for Diskless Virtual Desktops