Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Using PowerShell to create a Windows VM Hosted AD and join VM's to that Domain - in Windows Azure

There seem to be numerous PowerShell snippits of scripts out there to create an AD and to join VM's to that domain. However this Microsoft article (bit.ly/LEOSocseems to suggest that people are still having difficulties doing so, myself included and it took hours of trial and error to get the scripts correct.

So I thought that I would document exactly what I have got that now works every time (for me at least). My intention is that there would be nothing missing to get this to work.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Installing XenDesktop 7 in 31 steps

Citrix have finally released the much anticipated XenDesktop 7, the co-joined XenDesktop and XenApp products into the one combined solution.
Below are the generic installation instructions and yes it can be done in 20 minutes if you already have spent the time lining up all your ducks in terms of information and pre-requisites

Here is a list of some of the top new features in XenDesktop 7.

Installing your Site on your first XenDesktop 7 Controller

1. Run AutoSelect.exe and install any pre-requisites that are not yet installed to enable the installer to start.

2. Click on Start

Saturday, 8 June 2013

XenDesktop 7 Top New Features

Citrix’s next version of XenApp and XenDesktop codenamed Avalon Excalibur has been in Tech Preview for a number of months now. Recently at Synergy it has been finally announced that XenDesktop 7 will be released in June or July 2013.

Here is a brief summary of some of the changes I have noticed by being part of the Citrix High Engagement Beta program, between previous versions of XenApp and XenDesktop, and new features you can expect to see. This is by no means an exhaustive list just some of the items that stood out to me - feel free to comment on any you think should be added.

·         No longer is there a separate XenDesktop site and XenApp farm and thus two sets of controllers, now there is just one site, one set of controllers for VDI, SBC desktops and Applications, and only one set of controllers managing it all.

·         There is no traditional XenApp Install for Worker Group Servers. This has been replaced with just a simple VDA install. There are two types of VDA, Desktop and Server OS. But essentially the same install (There are some differences in the type of ICA stack that gets installed single for desktop OS' and multi-user for server OS's - naturally) . but the installs are nearly identical and both are Version 7.

Monday, 4 March 2013

DesktopNow 8 FR4 - When to layer when to merge?

AppSense have recently released the rebranded Management suite as AppSense Desktop now version 8 Feature release 4.
There are a number of great new features a couple of which are discussed here. They are Configuration Layering and Configuration Merging. So what are they and what are the differences and for that matter similarities or are they mutually exclusive? Some of this will be based on only what your use case is, so feel free to disagree but often times functionality gets used in different ways than the use cases it was specifically designed for.
So let’s start with configuration layering.
Layering is done at the console side, and as the name suggests layers one or more configuration over the other. Why would you layer configs?
Say you have multiple sets of administrators, infrastructure admins for server based config and desktop config, and application admins for the application deployment and config. Each of these teams may well develop, test and deploy their own parts of a production config. This can lead to issues about multi concurrent editing of the one configuration, i.e. who has made what changes to it and where, when is it ready to deploy whose changes are in it etc. etc.