Tags: Citrix

Introducing PowerScale – a community driven Smart Scale alternative!

As you may know, Smart Scale has been discontinued as of 31/05/2019. But – fear not, a community project now provides the same functionality. This project is the brainchild of Leee Jeffries (twitter/blog – well worth a follow/read for anyone working in the EUC space by the way!), and provides a simple to use solution, that provides a great replacement method that can save VM cost in Cloud Environments, with an on-premises control place. PowerScale can carry out the following […]

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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 the following environment already configured: Two Azure Locations (East US and South Central US), with a VPN between the sites […]

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Load Balancing Citrix StoreFront with Azure Load Balancer

Sometimes there is a requirement to Load Balance StoreFront using a method other than NetScaler. Although rare (in my experience!) this does occasionally happen when NetScaler is perhaps not being used for Remote Access –  in an internal only environment for example. In this post I will explain how to Load Balance StoreFront using the native Azure Load Balancers. We start with a simple setup: 1x Domain Controller 2x Citrix StoreFront Servers – in an availability set called “EUS-StoreFront” 1x […]

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GSLB for NetScaler Gateway across Azure Locations

In this post I’ll be going through how I have configured GSLB for NetScaler Gateway in Azure, and the various elements required for this type of configuration. Firstly – I began by setting up the background infrastructure to demonstrate this test. Namely, 2x Active Directory DCs within two Azure Locations (Eastern US (EUS), and South Central US (SCUS)). These were on a Virtual Network setup for each location, joined with a Site to Site VPN utilizing Virtual Network Gateways. Next, I […]

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Upcoming CUGC User Share Webinar!

Improving the Resiliency of Your XenDesktop Environment – StoreFront Multi Site and NetScaler GSLB for StoreFront Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM GMT) This Webinar focuses on improving XenDesktop environment resiliency using StoreFront Multi Site and NetScaler GSLB. This will cover the setup of these methods, the benefits and pitfalls, and show some practical demonstrations. There will be a Q and A afterwards. Dave Brett (CTP) will be joining as moderator for this […]

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XenDesktop Site Failover – asking the community…

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work on large deployments that require active/active or active/passive setups, whereby options to fail over to a DR site are either required as part of the design, or presented as future enhancement to the customer. Most of these have been fairly open questions – “How can we achieve this?” for example. It’s a question that is almost completely subjective; it depends entirely on business needs, and what the available budget is. Subjective elements […]

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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 measures CPU utilisation during testing), and SuperPi (a tool that calculates Pi to a specified number of digits – and […]

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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 running, we browse to System Optimization, and then Process Management: From here we can enable process management: Next – we […]

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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 is supported on the following platforms: See https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX220774 for more details. Test Environment My environment consists of a basic Citrix XenDesktop 7.12 installation: 1x Desktop Delivery Controller (Local Database) 1x […]

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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 individually configured as follows: RAM: CPU: I wanted to use limitations to give a performance baseline. Although this is much […]

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