Virtual Desktop Agent unregistered in XenDesktop

While setting up my XenDesktop lab environment I came across the regular errors. One of those errors was that my Windows 7 machine wasn’t registering with the Dedicated Desktop Controller (DDC). I had used a vanilla (clean) install of Windows 7 fully patched and installed in a workgroup. When setting up the catalog in XenDesktop studio I selected the vanilla Windows 7 image. I forgot that the Windows 7 machine was still in a workgroup (and not joined to my domain Embarrassed smile). When I deployed the machines and tried to connect to the VM through the Web Interface I got the following screen:

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XenApp / XenDesktop best practices guide

Citrix has released a new best practices guide for XenApp and XenDesktop.

The foundation of any good XenDesktop or XenApp enterprise design should be adherence to a collection of best practices which are based upon knowledge gathered from previous enterprise deployments, lab validations, and lessons learned in the field. Such best practices are just a starting point for a design, as an organization’s specific design requirements will often necessitate deviation from the recommended path. By using the following recommendations as a starting point, the foundation of the design will be robust enough to support many different deployment scenarios.
This document consolidates and summarizes the best practices for XenApp and XenDesktop environments. As products evolve, best practices also change, which is why each best practice discussed in this document is associated with a specific product and version, which includes the following:

  • XenDesktop 5.0, 5.5, 5.6
  • XenApp 6.0, 6.5

Additional best practices are provided for those products which provide complimentary functionality to both XenDesktop and XenApp, including:

  • Citrix Provisioning Services
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Citrix Profile Manager
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware vSphere

You can download this guide here.

XenDesktop 5.6 video’s [Update 25-4-12]

Citrix has released a couple of nice videos about the new XenDesktop 5.6 version.

One video is about the Physical and Virtual desktop management with XenDesktop 5.6 and System Center 2012.

The other video is about the new personal vDisk feature.

Both video’s can be viewed below.

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MS12-020 and Citrix XenDesktop

Last Tuesday Microsoft has released a critical hotfix affecting Remote Desktop Services for versions of Windows commonly used as part XenDesktop and XenApp environments. Microsoft is strongly recommending that customers apply this immediately.

Click here for more information about this patch.

Citrix has tested this patch with XenApp and XenDesktop, and is listed in the Microsoft Security Patch Validation Report for March 2012.

Microsoft’s March 2012 security updates have passed Citrix testing (the updates are listed below). The testing is not all-inclusive; all tests are Continue reading “MS12-020 and Citrix XenDesktop”

Citrix Released XenDesktop 5.6 and Provisioning Services 6.1

Citrix has released 2 new versions today of XenDesktop and Provisions Services.

The new version of XenDesktop 5.6 can be downloaded here (requires a CitrixID).

The new version of Provisioning Services 6.1 can be found here (also requires a CitrixID).

Here are some updates in the XenDesktop 5.6 version:

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XenDesktop 5.5 Hotfix Rollup Pack 1

New Fixes and Enhancements in This Rollup

This rollup introduces the following fixes that have not been previously released:

HDX 3D Pro Printing
HDX MediaStream Site Administration
HDX Plug and Play Session/Connection
Installing, Uninstalling, Upgrading Smart Cards
Logon/Authentication System Exceptions

HDX 3D Pro

  1. With HDX 3D Pro enabled, the Virtual Desktop Agent screen can become unresponsive at logon.[From XD550VDAWX86100][#LA0456] Continue reading “XenDesktop 5.5 Hotfix Rollup Pack 1”