Friday, 19 October 2012

Windows 7 VDI and Windows 2008 R2 XenApp 6.5 Optimisation Settings delivered by AppSense

There are myriad articles, blogs, best practice guides abounding on the internet that discuss optimisation settings for Windows 7 VDI and Windows 2008 XenApp sessions. It takes significant time (most don't have) to test them all and then develop a method of deploying them to multiple machines within the enterprise.

Here is a compiled list of some of these optimisation settings delivered by an AppSense Environment Manager Policy.The settings included are by no means exhaustive or are they a complete list, however include many of the best practice settings from vendors such as Microsoft, Citrix and AppSense as well as many industry best practices, and settings from the field.

The purpose of the configuration is to reduce the time required in creating one of your own. It does not however eliminate your need to test these ALL thoroughly in a test environment before letting them out into the wild and as such come with no warranty.

Download the Configuration File: Optimisation Config  (EM Ver 8.3 Console)
Download the Word Document: Word document

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

How to configure REAL Windows 7 themes in XenApp 6.5

We have seen many tweets on articles such as http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX133429 on how to configure Windows 7 themes in a shared hosted desktop scenario such as XenApp 6.5

However the issue with this article is it doesn't configure real "Windows 7" Windows 7 Themes. What this article describes is how to enable some Windows 7 like themes. This difference can be illustrated in the following two pictures taken from the Personalize applet from firstly a Windows 7 Machine and secondly a Windows 2008 XenApp 6.5 published desktop after completing the steps in the above Citrix Article.

Monday, 13 August 2012

AppSense DataNow, What is it?

AppSense have recently released various beta versions of their latest product DataNow, so what is it and what can it do for you and your organisation.

Firstly, what is it?

So AppSense market this using at least two catch phrases, "On premise data solution", and a "Data Broker".

Locating your or your companies data in the cloud comes with risks: security, ownership, leakage etc. DataNow avoids those risks as it does not move any of your data to the cloud but rather enables cloud access to your data. This is where the ubiquity comes from. DataNow provides anywhere, anytime, any device access to your data where it is today, inside your organisations firewalls, protected, backed up and importantly still owned and controlled by you or your organisation.