TechEdge 2013 LA videos

techedgeCitrix TechEdge is a free event hosted by top Citrix Technical Support engineers at Citrix Summit and Synergy, where you gain insights from the experts on deploying, optimizing and troubleshooting your mobility, cloud computing, virtualization and networking technologies. TechEdge 2013 was held on Tuesday, May 21st at the Anaheim Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.

TechEdge Los Angeles 2013 PowerPoint and Video Presentations

MCITP certification retirements

ms learningAs Windows 8 and Windows 2012 are available to us for a while now, it seems that Microsoft has released a timeframe for when the Windows 7 and Windows 2008(R2) exams and certifications wil retire.

Here’s an overview of the MCITP Server track:

These certifications will be retired on July 31, 2013. You must meet all of the requirements for these certifications prior to that date in order to earn the certification.

Certification title Required exam
MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008* 640




plus either








MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008* 640



MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2 669**


and either




*By passing the exams for this certification, you’ll earn your MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.

**This exam will be retired on July 31, 2013.

***This exam has been retired.

For all other tracks please viti this link.

Hotfixes Update 5 released for XenDesktop 5.6 Controller

Citrix has released update 5 for the XenDesktop 5.6 Controller software.

Fixed with this update:

  • This update is intended to be applied only by customers who require Federal Information Processing Standards compliant encryption. This update supports end-to-end TLS encryption of HDX communications in a XenDesktop 5.6 environment.

    [From XD560BrokerSvcWX86005]<cat_security_issues>[#LA3873]


You can download and read more about installing and uninstalling this update at the following locations.

XenDesktop 7 Features and Entitlements

Citrix has released a cool overview about the features and entitlements around the new XenDesktop 7 version which is going to be released.

Windows apps and desktops anywhere

Check the other matrix overviews here at the Citrix webpage.

NetScaler Insight Center 2.0

Citrix has released version 2 of the NetScaler Insight Center on May 21st 2013.

NetScaler® Insight Center is a high performance collector which provides end-to-end user experience visibility.

With this release we extend the Insight visibility offering from Web traffic (Web Insight) to HDX traffic(HDX Insight) analytics.

It will now collect ICA AppFlow records generated by NetScaler ADC appliances and populate analytical graphs over Layer 3 to Layer 7 statistics. The HDX Insight will provide in-depth analysis over real time and historical data across last 5min (real time) and last one hour, one day, one week, one month as historic data.

HDX Insight will give a bird’s eye view over all the HDX Users, Applications, Desktops and will even provide a view from Gateway level information. It will also showcase the SSL VPN license usage over the time. Based on the use cases the administrator can drill down and identify the pain points from any of these dashboards giving them a perfect visibility and troubleshooting solution. Continue reading “NetScaler Insight Center 2.0”

HDX MediaStream for Flash Generations

XenApp and XenDesktop support 2 versions of Flash. The native version (v1) and the new version (v2). The newer versions of XenApp and XenDesktop support both but in combination with some type of Citrix ICA client/Receiver versions it can revert back to the older version.

This is an overview of the used version of Flash support each product uses with a certain client. Continue reading “HDX MediaStream for Flash Generations”

Shutdown switches

Ever wondered what shutdown commandline switches you can use?


  • -l : Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
  • -s : Shuts down the local computer.
  • -r : Reboots after shutdown.
  • -a : Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
  • -f : Forces running applications to close.
  • -m [\ComputerName] : Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
  • -t xx : Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
  • -c message : Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
  • -d [u][p]:xx:yy : Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values.
Value Description
u Indicates a user code.
p Indicates a planned shutdown code.
xx Specifies the major reason code (0-255).
yy Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536).

View this article for all the options and more information.

ethernet adapter is already bound to the microsoft virtual switch protocol

hyper-v_logoWhen I was reinstalling one of my home lab server with Server 2012 (overdue for months now…) I can across the following error when I tried to configure my virtual switch.

external ethernet adapter is already bound to the microsoft virtual switch protocol

After a quick google search I came across a MS support article which described this error to a T.

You need to download the NVSPBind tool seperately from the MSDN website here. After opening the command prompt (in elavated administrator) I ran this command:

nvspbind /u Friendly NIC Name

When this was finished I was able to configure the virtual switch to connect to my external NIC.

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Patch 7 released

mcafeeMcAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 4.5 Patch 7 is now available. This release includes new features, fixes, and enhancements including:

  • All fixes included in previous ePO 4.5 patch releases
  • Java Runtime Environment updated to 1.6.0_37
  • Apache version updated to 2.2.22
  • Patch addresses vulnerabilities listed in SB10041 and      SB10042

This patch is rated Mandatory because it resolves product vulnerabilities.

To download ePO 4.5 Patch 7, go to the McAfee downloads site at:

For a full list of changes, see the Release Notes in PD24495: