Windows Server 2012 available for download (TechNet plus subscribers)

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012.

Enabling the Modern Datacenter

Microsoft built Windows Server 2012 from the cloud up, applying its experience operating global datacenters that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services. Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system, with significant new advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation. Hundreds of new features can help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their datacenters and applications. In combination with Windows Azure and System Center, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.

For those that are TechNet or MSDN subscribers, Windows Server 2012 is now available for download. If you don’t have a subscription you can download the Windows Server 2012 Trial Evaluation.

This Microsoft Server 2012 website is always a good starting point for overview information. Download the data sheet, downloads and case studies.

If you are looking for more technical info check out the http://technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver tech center.

Security guidelines for virtual desktops

This white paper provides an overview of the technologies and procedures that are available to help secure a Citrix based virtual desktop environment. Furthermore, recommendations for low and high security environments are provided. While many areas are covered, this document is not intended to be a comprehensive planning and configuration guide, or as a training guide. Furthermore, it is recommended that all changes are fully tested within a dedicated test environment before being implemented into production.

This white paper is split into the following sections:

  • Endpoint Security: Focuses on endpoint devices used to access a Citrix environment.
  • Access Security: Focuses on techniques for securing the Web Interface / Storefront network communications.
  • Authentication Security: Available authentication techniques are described in detail within this section.
  • Session Security: Focuses on techniques for securing the virtual desktop network communications.
  • Virtual Desktop Security: Outlines how virtual desktops can be secured.
  • Infrastructure Security: Techniques for securing the network communications between infrastructure components as well as security related monitoring and networking is described. In addition important items about organizational security are outlined.

Read and download the PDF here at the Citrix knowledgebase.

Citrix AppCenter doesn’t show all policies

As Citrix employees we all write and contribute to the articles in the knowledgebase. This issue I can across a time ago which I believe can happen when not using the latest versions and patches.

When opening the XenApp 6.5 AppCenter console no policies are visible.

Background

XenApp 6.5 Policies are created with the Citrix Group Policy Management Console v1.7.

When starting the AppCenter console for XenApp 6.5 and viewing the policies section (user and computer) some or all policies are not visible.

Continue reading “Citrix AppCenter doesn’t show all policies”

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide

If you are looking for some self study materials for the new System Center 2012 suite then have a look at these links.

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 1 – System Center Overview)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 2 – Advisor and App Controller)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 3 – System Center Configuration Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 4 – Data Protection Manager and Endpoint Protection)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 5 – Operations Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 6 – Orchestrator and Service Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 7 – Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager)

These links were provided by Fabrice at the MS Blogs.

vDisk Shows Unconnected (RED X in Status Tray) when attempting create a 6.x Image.

vDisk shows unconnected (RED X in status tray) when attempting to create a 6.x image.

Cause

Microsoft Network Monitor 3 Driver interferes with the Provisioning Services Target Device software while loading.

Continue reading “vDisk Shows Unconnected (RED X in Status Tray) when attempting create a 6.x Image.”

How to manually create a database for Provisioning Service

This article describes how to manually create a database for Provisioning Services since in some production environments the database administrator prefers to create the database manually.

Requirements

You must utilize the DbScript.exe file located in “C:Program FilesCitrixProvisioning Services” and then run the script against the SQL server that your Provisioning Services Farm utilizes. Note: You must have SysAdmin privileges to run this script properly. If you encounter any issues when running the Provisioning Services Console after creating, add the account utilized by the Soap and Stream to the local admin group on the Provisioning Services server.

Procedure Continue reading “How to manually create a database for Provisioning Service”

How to enable Server-Side content fetching in HDX MediaStream for Flash

This article describes how to deploy, configure, and confirm functionality of Server-Side Content Fetching (SSCF) in HDX MediaStream for Flash.

Requirements

Server Side: Adobe Flash Player 10 or later Internet Explorer 7 or later HDX Capable Virtual Desktop Agent 4 or later, or XenApp Server (HDX MediaStream for Flash 1.1.0+)
Client Side
: Adobe Flash Player 10 or later Internet Explorer 7 or later Online Plug-in 11.2.2 or later

Background

HDX MediaStream for Flash provides the ability to fetch and render Flash content on the endpoint, thereby reducing server load, and optimizing the end-user experience. There are some cases when the default client-side content fetching is not desirable, or functional. For example, the content might be referenced by the Flash Player using a network address that is internal to an organization (for example: http://mycorporation/video.swf).

Such a URL can only be resolved on the server, and server-side content fetching must be used. Perhaps the most common use case requiring HDX MediaStream for Flash server-side content fetching is an organization that restricts the network connectivity of their ICA client devices so that they can communicate only with their XenApp or XenDesktop servers. Such an organization would configure HDX MediaStream for Flash to use server-side content fetching for all Web sites.

Server-side content fetching is the exception and can be configured on a per-URL basis using a server-side configuration setting. In addition, server-side content fetching must be enabled on the client. Continue reading “How to enable Server-Side content fetching in HDX MediaStream for Flash”