Synergy sessions

Hi guys,

On this post I would like to share some great sessions from Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2012. This post will not show every session recorded at Synergy. A complete overview of all sessions you can find here.

I can’t start this post without this great keynote by Mark Templeton. Continue reading “Synergy sessions”

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private cloud

Last Wednesday I took the 70-246 (monitoring and operating a Private cloud with System Center 2012) and passed. Today I saw on the MCP website that I could download my certificate and an updated version of my transcript.

So as off now I am officially a charter member of the admins which hold the MCSE Private Cloud certification. I didn’t think that I would be a charter member for this certifcation as so many other admins went before me with the beta exams and passing it (congrats to everyone who passed the exam and earned this status). But here I am. I’m also a charter member for the MCITP Enterprise Administrator so I’m honored to join this group of early adaptors.

Here’s the new logo they created for this.

Because I already passed the following exams I only needed to pass the 70-246 to become MCSE Private cloud.

MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (=Exam 70-640 + Exam 70-642 + Exam 70-643 + Exam 70-647 + Exam 70-680) and as a special bonus everyone who has passed the 70-659 (MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization) exam doesn’t have to take  70-247 (Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

Citrix auto support now available

 

Citrix Auto Support, which is available to use now (an earlier version was known as TaaS). The tool we as support experts use is now open for all!

This is kind of a big deal, so I hope you’ll read to the end.

Citrix Auto Support is a simple, online troubleshooting platform and health-checker for your Citrix environment.  It’s exactly the same tool that our own tech support experts use every day to diagnose and fix hundreds of known issues. And now we’re making it available to all of our customers.

How does it work?  An easy, 3-step process

1. Upload the log file – Just sign in with your Citrix ID (or create one, its free) and upload your log file.

2. Wait a few minutes – the file will be parsed and measured against hundreds of parameters. You’ll receive an email telling you that the results are ready.

3. Review the results

  1. An easy red/amber/green list of issues and actions, such as:
    • Known issue detection
    • Best practice recommendations
    • Existing patches
    • System update information
    • Crash dump analysis (for NetScaler)
  2. A snapshot of your entire environment Servers, versions, settings, CPU usage, storage, etc.

The products it supports. XenServer, XenDesktop, NetScaler and now XenApp (beta).

Citrix Auto Support is free and waiting for your log file uploads. Give it a go.

With many thanks to David McGeough (Citrix Auto Support Marketing Manager) for this.

Setting vDisk boot menu as a default option

A Provisioning Services vDisk boot menu appears when the user is starting a provisioned Virtual Machine, but what if you want to start the Virtual Machine unattended.

Caution! This fix requires you to edit the registry. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.”

  • Set the boot option as the first option in the start menu.
  • On all Provisioning Services servers, open the Registry Editor and browse to HKLMSoftwareCitrixProvisioningServices
  • Right-click Provisioning Services, click New, then DWORD Value “SkipBootMenu”.
  • Double-click the new DWORD and give it a Value data of 1 (a value of 0 will enable normal boot menu behavior).
  • Close Registry Editor.
  • Restart the Citrix Provisioning Services Stream Service on the Provisioning Services server(s).

View the original post here on the Citrix Knowledgebase.

Hotfix XS61E001 for XenServer 6.1.0

It’s not that long ago that Citrix has released version 6.1.0 for it’s XenServer product. Today they have released the first hotfix for this version.

This hotfix resolves the following issues:

After installing XenServer 6.1.0, multipathing will only use one path for Software iSCSI on arrays which contain the same IQN on multiple target portals. As a result, customers will see only one active path and will not successfully failover in the event of an infrastructure issue. This hotfix resolves this issue.

NOTE: Customers who are currently experiencing this problem should detach and re-attach the Storage Repositories (SRs) after applying the hotfix. However, customers who cannot detach and re-attach the SR, should refer to CTX135277 – Workaround for the Multipathing Behavior Change in XenServer 6.1.0 for a temporary workaround.

You can download the hotfix (and find installation instructions) here at the Citrix Knowledge Base.

Hotfix XS60E022 for XenServer 6.0

Citrix has released the 22nd hotfix for XenServer version 6.0. This latest hotfix includes and replaces (supersedes) hotfix XS60E017.

This fix resolves the following issues:

After installing CTX134870 – Hotfix XS60E017 – For XenServer 6.0, multipathing will only use one path for Software iSCSI on arrays which contain the same IQN on multiple target portals. As a result, customers will see only one active path and will not successfully failover in the event of an infrastructure issue. This hotfix resolves this issue.

In addition, this hotfix also includes fixes released in CTX131745 – Hotfix XS60E003 – For XenServer 6.0, CTX133961 – Hotfix XS60E016 – For XenServer 6.0, and CTX134870 – Hotfix XS60E017 – For XenServer 6.0.

NOTE: Customers who are currently experiencing this problem should detach and re-attach the Storage Repositories (SRs) after applying the hotfix. However, customers who cannot detach and re-attach the SR, should refer to CTX135274 – Multipath Workaround for Customers Affected by XenServer Hotfix XS60E017 for a temporary workaround.

Download:

You can download this hotfix here at the Citrix Knowledge Base.

Synergy Barcelona presentations

Hi guys,

During the Synergy event in Barcelona the presentations given by there (and publically published by Citrix) will be collected and posted in this single post for your convenience.

Here’s the list of day 1: Continue reading “Synergy Barcelona presentations”

Desktop viewer support for XenApp

A long time Citrix hasn’t supported the Desktop Viewer for XenApp. Originally the Desktop Viewer is used (and delivered) with XenDesktop. However more and more people have been using the Desktop Viewer also for XenApp. Until now this was not officially supported and if there were any problems likely you’d be redirected back to the supported way.

With the release of Receiver 3.3 the use of Dekstop Viewer in combination with XenApp 6.5 is supported. Here’s a snip from the eDocs of the website:

Hosted Shared desktops. Receiver for Windows now supports server desktops published with Citrix XenApp. The desktops are displayed through the Desktop Viewer. To configure this feature, see the XenApp, StoreFront, or Web Interface documentation.

The use of the Desktop Viewer is only supported with Receiver 3.3 and is not backwards supported. So if you want to use the Desktop Viewer upgrade to Receiver 3.3 before making the support call. Besides the support for Desktop Viewer version 3.3 has also some security fixes.

Citrix NetScaler quick start guide for MPX 8200/8400/8600

Here’s some documentation on the Netscaler MPX 8200/8400/8600 series.

But before we begin with the documentation here’s some hardware specs:

  • Processor: Intel E3-1275 Memory: 32 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 9.3.nc and up
  • Connectivity: 6×10/100/1000BASE-T and 2x10GBASE-X SFP+ or 6×10/100/1000BASE-T and 6x1000BASE-SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Single 450W max rating (optional second redundant supply); 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 1536 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature:0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 10%-90%
  • Height/weight: 1U/32 lbs Continue reading “Citrix NetScaler quick start guide for MPX 8200/8400/8600”

Hotfix XS602E011 for XenServer 6.0.2

Citrix has released hotfix number 11 for XenServer 6.0.2.

This hotfix resolves the following issues:

  1. Attempts to read the metadata volume of an attached Storage Repository (SR) after the reboot of a multipath-enabled XenServer host, can cause an error and display the Error in Metadata volume Operation on SR error message.
  2. Storage may take several minutes to become available when using the Dell™ PowerVault™ MD32xxi Storage Arrays with LVMoiSCSI.
  3. XenServer may not discover all available LUNs when using wildcard IQN on storage arrays which do not support IQNs across multiple target portals. This occurs when using iSCSI storage arrays with multiple controllers, each managing their own LUNs.
  4. When booting a XenServer host, or re-attaching an iSCSI SR that contains a failed iSCSI path, the SR may fail to connect.

In addition, this hotfix also includes fixes released in CTX132823 – Hotfix XS602E001 – For XenServer 6.0.2, CTX133166 – Hotfix XS602E003 – For XenServer 6.0.2, CTX133812 – Hotfix XS602E005 – For XenServer 6.0.2 and CTX134479 – Hotfix XS602E007 – For XenServer 6.0.2. This means that you will not have to install these hotfixes before you can implement this hotfix. Only reason I see this is usefull is in a clean install of XenServer 6.0.2. In an existing environment I dare to hope you have already implemented these hotfixes by now… Continue reading “Hotfix XS602E011 for XenServer 6.0.2”