Some time ago I needed to create report of Citrix policies configured in my Citrix XenApp 6.5 farm. I thought I can simply do that using Citrix PowerShell commands. But it occurred that it is not so simple. Other requirement was to have the report created in Word format 🙂 So I started to write a simple script that in the end does what I needed: it lists your Citrix policies, checks their configuration and then generates a nice Word document. Below you can find the source code of the script. I hope you will like it and find it useful.
How to fix Citrix Receiver random pops up
Citrix Receiver is important part of every XenApp or XenDesktop architecture. It has to be installed on the device from which user would like to launch Citrix resources. This is why it is important to keep it running all the time without testing limits of user patience. Recently I was reported problem with Citrix Receiver window pops up randomly like every 5 minutes. The first quick solution I thought about was to reinstall the plugin on user PC. But it of course didn’t work even though I used Receiver Clean-up Utility. I did check on Citrix forums and it occurred that this problem was happening in many different companies and there was no universal fix to that problem. So I did the troubleshooting by myself. After few attempts I finally found the root cause of Citrix Receiver pop up. It occurred that there were some orphaned entries in Citrix Receiver registry pointing to the Citrix resources that were not available anymore on my Citrix XenApp farm. Still Receiver was trying to check that and every 5 minutes was trying to refresh application list for user. And this caused a pop up of Receiver window. Continue reading
AppEnsure – Independent Solution Review
Monitoring is always one of the most important topics that you have to define during implementation and management of Citrix environment. Usually it is decided to use standard monitoring tool used in your company – if that is good for enterprise then why it wouldn’t work for your Citrix platform? So you set required alerts, monitoring rules and wait…Wait for the first call from end user stating that his Citrix is not working at all, that she or he cannot do daily work. And you start your work – you try to find what might be the problem. You check your Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop servers and you have no idea what might be causing problem for your end user. You check the performance charts and alerts in the enterprise monitoring tool you decided to use and you see nothing. What is more you might only have insight into “your” servers which for sure doesn’t ease finding the root cause of the problem. And whenever you ask colleague from e.g. Exchange or SAP team they state that everything is working fine on their end and that it has to be Citrix that is breaking everything. You probably know that story already – working as Citrix administrator or engineer you probably went that path many, many times. As one of my colleagues said this is THE STANDARD to blame Citrix first – and this is you who have to play role of attorney and prove that Citrix is innocent. So you dig into the infrastructure, catch traces and after long hours you find that there was a problem with Exchange or SAP that your colleagues decided not to mention or for some reason didn’t notice 🙂
4th PLCUG meeting review
30th of September has written into the history of Polish Citrix User Group (PLCUG). It was the biggest event ever and we hit the highest number of participants ever. We had a special guest from Kansas City – Jarian Gibson (CTP) who did his presentation. Read the whole meeting review here:
Special thanks to Andrew Wood and our colleagues from UK Citrix User Group. Thanks Andrew!
[PowerShell] Citrix StoreFront 3.x installation script
Recently I was working on preparation of moving from Web Interface 5.4 to StoreFront 3.x. Installing few servers manually doesn’t make sense for me so I wrote a PowerShell script that automates whole installation process. Source code is available below. I hope you will like it. Continue reading
3rd meeting of Polish Citrix User Group
It’s OFFICIAL! 3rd PLCUG meeting will take place on 7th of March in Krakow. This time we will hear about NetScaler from Kamil Lachtara, AppDisks from Jaroslaw Sobel, and….wait for it…we will have special guest – Mark Plettenberg – Product Manager of Login VSI will check VSIMax (Virtuall Satisfaction Index 😀 ) of our attendees. Hope it will be high!. And one more time we will be hosted by @Cisco Systems Poland. So don’t wait. Visit our website and register for our upcoming meeting. I hope to see many of you there: https://lnkd.in/evm3VdY
2015 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.
Citrix XenDesktop 7.7 released!
This seems to be late Christmas present for all Citrix people around the world. Citrix just released today new version of XenDesktop with number 7.7. You can get it easily from MyCitrix portal after logging into your Citrix account. Just simply visit the below page, log in and you can explore the newest version:
There are also additional new components available: Continue reading
PLCUG 2nd meeting review available
Just wanted to share with you that we have published review of 2nd meeting of Polish Citrix User Group (PLCUG). It is available here:
2nd meeting of PLCUG announced
It’s official. Next meeting of Polish Citrix Users Group will take place on 18th of September in Warsaw. More information here:
Feel you all invited ! See you there in 3 weeks.