Citrix Visio Stencils (August 2017)


Note: These stencils are outdated. Use the latest Citrix Workspace Visio Stencils. I know I've blogged about updates to the Citrix Visio stencils in the past. It seems like every 3 months I post an update to the Visio stencils to include a few new icons for new components/functionality. The August 2017 Visio stencil update… Continue reading Citrix Visio Stencils (August 2017)

Citrix VDI Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15


Almost one year ago, I announced the availability of the Citrix VDI Best Practices Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (that's a really long title). Since then, I received many positive comments from many of you. Thank you. One of the goals I set was to release an updated version of the handbook for upcoming… Continue reading Citrix VDI Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15

Sync the Windows 10 (1703) Start Menu in VDI


Even though it is still Windows 10, each release introduces changes that impacts our VDI deployment. We saw this with optimizing the operating system as we have different default apps, scheduled tasks and services. But what about the Start Menu? Synchronizing the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI was the bane of many admin's existence.… Continue reading Sync the Windows 10 (1703) Start Menu in VDI

Sync the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI


NOTE: This is for Windows 10 builds before 1703.  Windows 10 1703 changes the storage location for the Start Menu. Learn more here Windows 10 VDI. Of course it works. But one of the annoying things that really bothers me is not being able to customize my start menu. My IT team created a standard… Continue reading Sync the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI

Integrate NetScaler with XenApp, XenDesktop and XenMobile


In part 1, I created certificates for my environment with Microsoft Certification Authority In part 2, I integrated XenMobile into my XenApp and XenDesktop environment In part 3, I will provide secure remote access to XenMobile, XenApp and XenDesktop with NetScaler. NetScaler and XenMobile In a browser, navigate to http://172.16.0.14. Go to the Configuration screen… Continue reading Integrate NetScaler with XenApp, XenDesktop and XenMobile

Integrate XenMobile with XenApp and XenDesktop


I'm integrating XenMobile and NetScaler into my XenApp and XenDesktop lab. This is a multi-part blog focusing on the following topics: Certificates Integrate XenMobile with XenApp and XenDesktop Integrate NetScaler with XenMobile, XenApp and XenDesktop With our certificates created and installed, we can now integrate XenMobile with XenApp and XenDesktop. Encrypt XenApp, XenDesktop and StoreFront… Continue reading Integrate XenMobile with XenApp and XenDesktop

Microsoft Certificate Authority for XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile and NetScaler


My lab is very XenApp and XenDesktop focused, but I need to expand the functionality to include secure access with NetScaler Gateway and incorporate mobile device management/mobile app management (MDM/MAM) with XenMobile. From what I understand, in order to do this, I really need to install certificates. D'oh! Every time I have to deal with… Continue reading Microsoft Certificate Authority for XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile and NetScaler

Citrix Visio Stencils (June 2017)


Note: These stencils are outdated. Use the latest Citrix Workspace Visio Stencils. Now that Citrix Synergy is over, I've got some new Visio stencils for Citrix architects. First, I've got role-based stencils for NetScaler (based on a request from a Citrix architect and Visio user). Second, I created a stencil for Citrix Cloud XenMobile Service… Continue reading Citrix Visio Stencils (June 2017)

Optimize VDI: Windows 10 User Interface and Runtime (Original, Anniversary and Creator Updates)


This is a multi-part blog series focused on optimizing Windows 10 VDI Part 1: Optimizing default apps Part 2: Optimizing Windows services Part 3: Optimizing scheduled tasks As we saw in previous blogs, Microsoft added new default apps, services and scheduled tasks into the base operating system of the Windows 10 Build 1703 (Creator Update).… Continue reading Optimize VDI: Windows 10 User Interface and Runtime (Original, Anniversary and Creator Updates)

Optimize VDI: Windows 10 Scheduled Tasks


This is a multi-part blog series focused on optimizing Windows 10 VDI Part 1: Optimizing default apps Part 2: Optimizing Windows services Part 3: Optimizing scheduled tasks As we saw in previous blogs, Microsoft added new default apps and services into the base operating system of the Windows 10 Build 1703 (Creator Update). These updates… Continue reading Optimize VDI: Windows 10 Scheduled Tasks