Citrix has released the first version of the Hyper-V reference architecture.
This reference architecture documents the design, deployment, and validation of a Citrix Desktop Virtualization solution that leveraged the best-of-breed hardware and software vendors in a real-world environment. This design included Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM 2012, HP blade servers, NetApp storage arrays, and Cisco networking. Five modular blocks (or 5,050 virtual desktops) consisted of users divided into the following groups: 3,775 in the Datacenter, 675 in 2 Branch Offices, and 600 remote users.
This Desktop Virtualization reference architecture was built with the following goals:
Leverage a modular design to allow for linear scalability and growth by adding additional modular blocks
Design an environment to be highly available and resilient
Architect a virtual desktop solution that can support users in different geographic locations, such as branch office workers and remote access users
Citrix has found a bug in Application Streaming client (offline client 6.7) when a XenApp server runs for several days, attempts to stream 32-bit applications fail. This is caused when Driver Mode Injection is enabled on the Streaming Client, installed on a XenApp server.
To disable Driver Mode Injection, specify the ‘DisableDriverModeInjection’ value in HKEY_LOCAL MACHINESoftwareCitrixRADE (32-bit) and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432nodeCitrixRADE (64bit) and set it to 1. By default, without this value, Driver Mode Injection is enabled.
If this value is found and is set to 1, then driver mode injection is disabled
If this value is found and set to value other than 1, driver mode injection is enabled
If this value is not found, driver mode injection is enabled
This value can be changed at runtime and does not need server restart. It affects the subsequent application launches.
Citrix today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise® (this is still an intent to acquire and not a acquisition by Citrix yet), a leading innovator in mobile device management (MDM). Following the close of the acquisition, Citrix intends to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management, with its Citrix CloudGateway™ and Me@Work™ solutions for managing mobile apps and data. This powerful combination will give Citrix the first solution in the industry for managing mobile devices, apps and data from a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line. This comprehensive approach can transform any organization into a truly mobile enterprise with the security and control IT requires, the ease of use and flexibility users desire, and the productivity business demands. Subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval, Citrix anticipates closing on the acquisition during the first quarter of 2013. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Continue reading “Citrix intent to acquire ZenPrise”
Citrix has released Profile management version 4.1.2.
Profile management ensures that the user’s personal settings are applied to the user’s virtual desktop and applications, regardless of the location and end point device with best reliability and performance.
Profile management is enabled through a profile optimization service that provides an easy, reliable way for managing these settings in Windows environments to ensure a consistent experience by maintaining a single profile that follows the user. It auto-consolidates and optimizes user profiles to minimize management and storage requirements and requires minimal administration, support and infrastructure, while providing users with improved logon and logout.
Profile management is available as a feature of XenApp Enterprise and Platinum editions and XenDesktop VDI, Enterprise and Platinum editions. Customer entitlement to use this feature is based on Subscription Advantage as outlined in the EULA. Continue reading “Citrix Profile Management 4.1.2”
On previous versions of Server 2012 (i.e. 2008 (r2)) RDS it was possible to shadow your connected users. However with the new release of Server 2012 this feature has been stripped away from the RDS role. The new way of remotely viewing a user session will only be through Remote Assistance. This feature was already shipped with 2008 (r2) but is now the sole way of remotely view assisting your users. You can easilty add the Remote Assistance feature through the Server Manager console or via PoSH of you want to script the installation.
Installing this hotfix rollup pack partially invalidates the following hotfixes. This happens because not all fixes in these hotfixes are included in the hotfix rollup pack. Obtain or request the corresponding replacement hotfixes for any invalidated fixes you require as follows:
Citrix has released a list of FAQ what you can expect from the Receiver on Win8 and WinRT devices.
Q: Which are the Citrix products that Windows 8 support (Intel based devices)?
Citrix supports the use of the following Citrix clients for use on Windows 8:
Receiver for Windows 3.3 (CitrixReceiver.exe) Click here to download Receiver for Windows 3.3. This can be used with Web Interface or StoreFront (CloudGateway Express), however cannot be used on ARM-based devices. Applications are launched from within the Receiver app or can be pinned to the Windows Start Menu. Receiver for Windows 3.3 can be installed along with Win8/RT on the same Intel based machine. It can be used in conjunction with other Citrix clients such as the ShareFile Sync Supports multiple sessions, can be configured with CloudGateway Enterprise for Web and SaaS apps or Follow-me ShareFile data.
Receiver for Win8/RT Preview Note: This version requires CloudGateway (Storefront) for desktop and applications access and a properly-configured Access Gateway (Enterprise Edition) 10.X for remote access (AG 5.x is not supported). It cannot be used with Web Interface. Receiver for Win8/RT Preview must be downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Store via a Windows Live account. It can be used on Intel based desktops, laptops and tablets as well as ARM-based Windows tablets such as the Microsoft Surface. Applications are launched from within the Receiver app or can be pinned to the Windows Start Menu. There is no Citrix Connection Center in this Receiver.