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 […]

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Citrix Connection Quality Indicator

Overview Connection Quality Indicator is a new tool from Citrix designed to inform and alert the user to network conditions that may affect the quality of the Session they are using.  Information is provided to the end user via a notification window which can be controlled using Group Policy. Installation […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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VMware OS Optimization Tool and Windows 10

Overview I’m a big fan of the VMware OS Optimization Tool and its capabilities, not only does it help to optimize VDI Environments through a range of settings and templates, it also helps optimize settings that otherwise would be complicated to control without a scripted or policy based method. I […]

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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 […]

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Book Review – “Inside Citrix – The FlexCast Management Architecture” by Bas van Kaam

Recently I have been reading the excellent “Inside Citrix – The FlexCast Management Architecture” by Bas van Kaam. I wanted to write a quick post up about this book – as it’s well worth a read for anyone working with Citrix Desktop Virtualization products. You can purchase the book here. […]

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Quick Tip – Change SQL Server Collation

I recently needed to change the SQL Collation to allow for a System Center Configuration Manager install, but I forgot to do this when I built the SQL Server. To change this after installing SQL, run the following command: setup.exe /q /action=rebuilddatabase /instancename=mssqlserver /sapwd=yourpassword /sqlcollation=SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS /sqlsysadminaccounts=domain\administrator Note: if you need […]

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XenDesktop 7.11 – Zones

Introduction Many XenApp administrators will remember the Zone Preference Failover (ZPF) 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 […]

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Citrix Self Service Password Reset – Setup

Introduction Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) is a technology that allows users to enroll and answer a series of questions, which then allows them to reset their password later on should they forget it. Before setting up SSPR you need to have Citrix StoreFront setup and secured with an SSL […]

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