Citrix XenApp Hotfix Log Creator

Citrix has released a new tool to verify what hotfixes are installed on your XenApp server.

The XenApp Hotfix Log Creator is a simple command base executable that can be used to provide a quick log with all the hotfix information of a Citrix XenApp 6.0 or 6.5. Very simple to use and if combine with tools like psexec.exe it can be used to capture the same information remotely. Continue reading “Citrix XenApp Hotfix Log Creator”

HDX Monitor 3.0 tool released

HDX Monitor 3.0 is a helpful monitoring and diagnostic tool for HDX components.

Background

HDX Monitor 3.0 tool provides detailed information about the various HDX technologies, their performance, and diagnostics information. The following are the HDX technologies covered by this tool:

  • Thinwire (Graphics)
  • Direct 3D (Graphics)
  • Media Stream (aka RAVE)
  • Flash
  • Audio
  • USB Devices
  • Mapped Client Drives (CDM)
  • Branch Repeater
  • Printer
  • Client
  • Smart Card
  • Scanner
  • System

Prerequisites

  • XenApp 6.5 or greater or XenDesktop 5.5 or greater.
  • This tool may be installed on any machine on the same domain as the target system including the XenDesktop VDA or XenApp Server.

Download

Download the tool here.

New version of XenDesktop Site checker tool

Citrix has released an update on the cool tool XenDesktop site checker.

The XenDesktop site checker uses the XenDesktop Powershell SDK to enumerate XenDesktop 5 site brokers, services, hosts, assignments, catalogs, and provisioning tasks and schemes. It checks whether or not services are running and service instances are registered, and provides the ability to enable logging for each service. It also provides advanced management tasks that aren’t available in Desktop Studio, and provides detailed information about each component that it checks, and logs any script that is executed by the tool.

New Features in this release

How to generate diagnostic data for upload to Citrix Auto Support

In this post is already explained what Auto Support is and what it does. Well if you didn’t know how to collect the data needed to upload to Auto Support look no further. Here’s described what you need to do to get the correct data for uploading to Auto Support.

Did I mention that Auto support is THE greatest online support tool ever made? NO, well you need to read this post again :).

XenApp / Xen Desktop: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX130147

XenServer: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX125372

NetScaler: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX127900

For XenApp & XenDesktop, you can upload the data to Auto Support directly from the Scout tool. For XenServer & Netscaler, simply save the Support Data bundle you generate, and then you can upload it via the Auto Support website.

As for most Citrix downloads and tools you need a My Citrix ID. If you do not have one, you can set one up for free at http://www.citrix.com/English/myCitrix/loginNewUser.asp

Citrix CDFControl tool updated

Citrix has updated their great tool CDFControl to version 2.6.0.4.  With this great tool you can troubleshoot many Citrix products (and problems).

New in this version:

  • Enhancement to always scroll to most recent item added to the events view
  • Fixed bug where imported server list file (.sl) would sometimes have truncated server names
  • Enhanced automatic error detection with new checks for recent issues
  • Added event filtering, for post parsing analysis
  • Fix to suppress any console window popups that occurred when using the “-noprompt” command-line option Continue reading “Citrix CDFControl tool updated”

XenServer conversion manager

With the release of the XenServer 6.1 version Citrix also released a new tool called XenServer conversion manager.

Getting Started with VMware Migration

Citrix XenServer Conversion Manager helps you convert workloads from VMware to XenServer by copying batches of VMware virtual machines to your XenServer environment.

Limitations

This section details limitations for XenServer Conversion Manager that apply to this release. For information about troubleshooting converted virtual machines, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.

Limitations

  • Unlicensed Source Hypervisor. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a virtual machine on an unlicensed vSphere ESX Server or vSphere ESXi Server.
  • Domain Controller. Citrix does not recommend using XenServer Conversion Manager to convert a source VM containing a Domain Controller. XenServer Conversion Manager can only “fix” or configure a Windows VM to start in XenServer if its virtual disks are formatted with NTFS.
  • Encryption. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a VMware virtual machine that includes virtual disks with encrypted file systems.
  • Certificates. XenServer Conversion Manager does not verify the certificate on the XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance. The XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance does not verify certificates on vSphere ESX Server, vSphere ESXi Server, and vCenter Server.
  • Conversion Limits. XenServer Conversion Manager can accept up to 500 VMs at a time in a conversion job. The XenServer Conversion Manager converts one VM at a time.
  • Guest Network Settings. Settings of guest virtual network interfaces may change after the conversion. For example, the network name may change, IPv4 may become enabled, and IPv6 may become enabled.

For XenServer Conversion Manager set-up instructions, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.

To set up XenServer Conversion Manager, obtain the XenServer Conversion Manager download package from the XenServer Tools page on Citrix.com (requires a My Citrix ID).

Profile Management Configuration Check Tool

UPMConfigCheck is a PowerShell script that examines a live Profile management system and determines whether it is optimally configured.

Prerequisites

UPMConfigCheck requires PowerShell 2. UPMConfigCheck is designed to run on XenApp servers and on XenDesktop virtual desktops with Profile management installed. Supported operating systems are the same as for Profile management.

These include:

• Windows XP

• Windows Vista

• Windows 7

• Windows Server 2003

• Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 R2

32-bit and 64-bit operating system versions, where available, are supported.

Installing UPMConfigCheck

The UPMConfigCheck tool is supplied in a zipped archive. Extract the contents of the file to a temporary folder on the machine under test. Continue reading “Profile Management Configuration Check Tool”

Update on Citrix Scout tool

Citrix has updated their Scout tool to version 2.2.2.4.

New in this release

  • Bug fixes

Known Issues

  • Collection of GPresult data is limited to the Controller or XenApp server from which Scout is run. This issue is currently under investigation.

Prerequisites

  • Microsoft .NET Framework, Version 3.5, with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 2.0
  • Must be run from the same domain as the Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller machines when capturing XenDesktop information.
  • User must be a local administrator and domain user for each machine being queried.
  • Need to run as administrator

Installing Scout

To install Scout, unzip the Citrix Scout package to a folder, such as Desktop, on the targeted DDC or VDA.

You can download the tool here.

XenDesktop Services checker tool

Description

XenDesktop service checker uses the XenDesktop Powershell SDK to enumerate and register site service instances. It also checks whether or not services are running, and provides the ability to enable logging for each service.

Prerequisites

This tool require .NET 3.5 SP1 and the XenDesktop Powershell SDK (both must be installed with XenDesktop 5 or later).

Installing XenDesktop Service Checker

Extract XD Service Checker.exe from the download and execute on a Desktop Delivery Controller (DDC) that is a member broker of a XenDesktop site.

How to Use XenDesktop Service Checker

To use this tool, run the executable file on a XenDesktop 5 member DDC. After the site is enumerated, right-click any node in the left-hand tree view to perform actions, such as registering and testing service instances, starting/stopping services, and enabling service logging.

  • The following screen shot displays the main form. Each broker should have 12 service instances. These instances are bound to the main XenDesktop services as shown in the following screen shot. When the utility starts, these instances are checked. If the instance is not available, then the instance appears in red and the utility prompts for repair.

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IMA Helper Tool

IMA Helper is designed to facilitate the process of running DSMAINT CONFIG on XenApp servers. The tool provides a Graphical User Interface for DSMAINT CONFIG to the XenApp Administrator.

Other Features

  • Password field is hidden (for privacy concerns)
  • Real-time IMA Status Monitor
  • Easy RecreateLHC button
  • Easy Recreate DSN File button

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