One Content Switch to rule them all!

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 17th, 2014. Posted in Netscaler

One content switch to rule them allThe Content Switch (CSW) is a beautiful feature that enables you to use a single point of entry – your NetScaler – to host multiple services (like XenDesktop, XenMobile and Sharefile). Based on the content (and context) requested the CSW will direct the traffic to the server offering the best service suitable for the task.

Since I visit sites that restrict outgoing traffic to known ports (sometimes only port 80 and 443), and only have a single IP in my home lab, I needed a solution that allows me to demo several Citrix products using the same entry point. In this article I’ll show you how you can use the CSW to host several Citrix products (XenDesktop, XenMobile and ShareFile) using a single IP and port.

Disclaimer: Parts in this setup are not supported and therefore shouldn’t be used in production environments!

Disable “Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power” for all WiFi adapters

Written by Ingmar Verheij on May 1st, 2014. Posted in Other

When a Windows computer enters sleep mode it ensures that WiFi adapters enters the device power state D3 (Sleep) and on resume ensure it puts it back to the device power state D0 (Full on).

Windows assumes that if a driver says it supports sleep states it handles this correctly, but this setting is known to cause some spontaneous disconnects with the access point (AP). Optionally Windows can be configured to place the WiFi adapters in device power state D4 (Off).

I wrote a PowerShell script that disables the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” setting for all WiFi adapters (contact me if you want it to disable ALL network adapters).

Run and compile .NET code in RES Workspace Manager (using PowerShell)

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 30th, 2014. Posted in PowerShell, Workpace Manager

There are occasions where you need a custom solution to fulfill a requirement which cannot be solved with existing applications or tools. This is usually where scripting comes into the picture, nowadays we tend to built most scripts using Microsoft PowerShell as it’s a very powerful framework with a huge repository of cmdlets. Nonetheless there are situation where PowerShell has no built-in cmdlet (or third party cmdlet is available) and you’d have to revert to API’s or .NET code.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if you’d have to write and compile .NET code using an IDE like Visual Studio before you can use that code? Well, there’s a solution!

Building a lab server

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 29th, 2014. Posted in Other

Working in IT means you never stop learning, change is all around. To keep up with developments and to try out new ideas it’s essential to have a lab environment where I can play around with different technologies.

In the past I’d had a lab environment running in the cloud but I felt limited not having direct access to the hardware. While I have no intention to start experimenting with virtual GPU sharing yet, I might in the future. So I decided it was time to invest in a lab server to run at home. Since the server runs physically runs at home it needs to have fairly high wife acceptance factor (WAF). A stylish design, low power, low noise and fairly affordable server is desirable.

Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop: A decision tree

Written by Ingmar Verheij on January 30th, 2014. Posted in Citrix, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop


Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop: A decision tree

Citrix offers two products to deliver hosted resources to users: XenApp and XenDesktop. Although the products share great similarities (and since v7.x the underlying architecture is now common, FMA rather than IMA),  have their unique characteristics.

What product do you need? When and why? In this article I’m trying  to help you make this decision based on a decision tree.

During the course of this article I’m assuming you’re designing a XenApp / XenDesktop 7.x environment, however the principal is equal for XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x.