Category: Testing

Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Forms and Azure AD – what can we do?

Recently, I have been playing around more and more with Microsoft Flow – which is a tool designed to Automate processes and tasks. In a previous post I used a tool called Stringify to automate a number of Smart Home actions. Microsoft Flow provides a similar environment and allows integration between processes and tasks. I was impressed from the first […]

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Azure Storage Sync – the easiest branch office file sync solution?

Azure Storage Sync provides the means to synchronise files from various locations into an Azure Storage account and to endpoints running the Azure Storage Sync agent. In this post I will give a quick overview of how it can be setup to service branch office requirements whereby VPN connectivity does not exist. For further information see here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-planning. Here’s my environment which I […]

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Azure Lab Services – creating an effective and reliable testing environment

Azure Lab Services (formerly DevTest Labs) is designed to allow for the rapid creation of Virtual Machines for testing environments. A variety of purposes and use cases can be serviced using DevTest Labs, for example, Development Teams, Classrooms, and various Testing environments. The basic idea is that the owner of the Lab creates VMs or provides a means to create VMs, which are […]

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Testing out the Azure Firewall Preview

Azure Firewall was released for preview this week, so I thought I would give it a quick try and look at some of the features available. The firewall provides the following features at the current time: Built-in high availability – built into the Azure Platform, so no requirement to create load balanced configurations Unrestricted cloud scalability – the firewall can […]

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Azure VM Scale Sets and Remote Desktop Services?

When using any environment that provides virtual desktops at scale, it makes sense to have only the required number of resources running at the right time – rather than all of the resources all of the time. The usual approach to this is to use power management – so unused virtual machines are shut down when not in use. With […]

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Azure Traffic Manager for NetScaler Gateway Failover

Azure Traffic Manager is designed to provide traffic routing to various locations based on a ruleset that you specify. It can be used for priority (failover), weighted distribution, performance, and geographic traffic distribution. The failover option is similar to GSLB – and works in a similar way, so I am going to demonstrate that in this post. I’ve started with […]

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Citrix Workspace Environment Management – IO Management

I’ve been blogging a lot this year on the merits of Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM) and the various features it provides. Another feature is I/O Priority – which enables us to manage the priority of I/O operations for a specified process: To demonstrate this, I am going to run IOMeter (a storage testing tool – that consumes, but also […]

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Citrix Workspace Environment Management – Process Management

After testing out the excellent CPU and Memory management features in Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM), I wanted to blog about how processes can be controlled using the software. Prior to starting this test, I have a basic Citrix XenDesktop environment configured, a WEM environment configured, and the relevant group policies in place to support this. To prevent processes from […]

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Testing out the Atlantis USX Community Edition

Recently I’ve been using the Atlantis USX Community Edition, which is a free edition of the Atlantis USX Software – specifically for the purposes of testing and learning how the USX can improve the performance of a virtual desktop. Atlantis provide a number of testing guides and videos on the USX Community Edition landing page  – and also a testing […]

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Citrix PVS – NTFS vs ReFS 2012R2 vs ReFS 2016

I’ve been doing some work recently around Citrix Provisioning Services, and this has prompted me to investigate what new features are available in version 7.11. One that stood out to me was the support for Microsoft’s Resilient File System (ReFS) on Windows Server 2016. This file system is interesting for those with virtualized environments due to the extra speed enhancements […]

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Citrix Workspace Environment Management – Memory Management

After testing out the excellent CPU management features in Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM), I wanted to test out how well it handled applications that were particularly greedy with RAM consumption. To start – I have a single Windows Server 2012R2 Session Host, with 4GB of RAM, and a single vCPU, running on vSphere: Limitations for this VM have been […]

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XenDesktop 7.11 – Zones

Introduction Many XenApp administrators will remember the Zone Preference Failover features available in previous versions. For those unaware, this allows resources to be served from Hosts within a logical group (a Zone), unless a failure/maintenance condition exists, in which case resources are served from a Secondary Zone. Using Zones we can provide applications from a single Zone, with failover to […]

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