Posts Tagged ‘Citrix’

Who needs PXE for Citrix Provisioning Services?

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 24th, 2012. Posted in Provisioning Server

With Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) the content of a disk can be streamed to a (virtual / physical) machine via the network. A (virtual) machine that boots needs a bootstrap to locate a PVS server (that has a vDisk available) and the ability to stream the disk to the machine.

The bootstrap, the Boot Device Manager (BDM), needs to be delivered to the machine. It is common to deliver the BDM bootstrap via a Pre Execution Environment (PXE) network boot, but it’s not required. Although the PXE method seems the most straight forward method (and most advocated), it it  difficult to make it resilient.

Manage Citrix NetScaler X with IE9

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 22nd, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Netscaler

NetScaler X

After an upgrade of a NetScaler from 9.3 to NetScaler X (NetScaler 10) I wasn’t able to manage it from Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).  All you would see is a grey bar on top and a white screen Bedroefde emoticon

I’’ve only been able to test this with a non-default (nsroot) username .

This is a known problem at Citrix, but unfortunately it isn’t solved (yet). Enabling or disabling the compatibility mode as described on this thread at Citrix forums didn’t solve the problem for a compete 100%. The ‘best’ workaround is to set the browser mode to Internet Explorer 8.

The Citrix XML server explained and demystified

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 16th, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Demystified, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

The Citrix XML server is a component of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop that’s used to enumerates available resources  and provide secure tickets for users that  to use the  WebInterface or CloudGateway.

 

In this article I’ll explain what the services the XML service provide, how it does it job and all you need to know about it.

Should Citrix buy Lakeside Software?

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 2nd, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Opinion article

Citrix Lakeside Software?Citrix has a history of buying companies to expand their product range (NetScaler, XenSource, App-DNA, etc.) and to improve their existing products (sepagoProfiles aka Citrix User Profiles, Ems-Cortex aka Citrix CloudPortal Services, Kaviza aka VDI-in-a-Box, etc.)

During Citrix Synergy Barcelona in 2011 Citrix announced the acquisition of App-DNA, resulting in the Citrix AppDNA product (rebranded from App-DNA AppTitude). With Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 coming in two months I wondered if Citrix should buy Lakeside Software and if they’ll announce it in Barcelona.

The Citrix ICA file explained and demystified

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 25th, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Demystified, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

The Citrix Receiver (XenApp plugin / Online plugin / ICA Client / WinFrame client) has a file association with the .ICA extension. This means that each time you open a file with the .ICA extension the Citrix Receiver is launched to interpret the file (and act upon the content of the file).

In this article I’ll explain how the .ICA file is constructed, what sections and properties are commonly used and how you can create the file.

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