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AppEnsure – Independent Solution Review

logo 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 🙂

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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:

IV konferencja PLCUG – Podsumowanie spotkania

Special thanks to Andrew Wood and our colleagues from UK Citrix User Group. Thanks Andrew!


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[PowerShell] Citrix StoreFront 3.x installation script

psRecently 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


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3rd meeting of Polish Citrix User Group

It’s PolishCUGsmallOFFICIAL! 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


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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:

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop.html

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Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 2 released

fp1On 30th of June Citrix released a lot of new updates to their existing products. One of them is new Feature Pack 2 for XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. It was already announced during Citrix Synergy 2015 in Orlando.

You can download Feature Pack 2 from the below link:

https://www.citrix.com.pl/downloads/xenapp.html

You have to log in with you MyCitrix account to be able to download. Additionally you might need to contact Customer Services to get access to e.g. Platinum Edition. Continue reading


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Citrix XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 3 released!

fp1Yesterday, 30th of June, Citrix released Feature Pack 3 for XenApp 6.5. You can download it from the Citrix site:

https://www.citrix.com.pl/downloads/xenapp.html

As you see on the picture you might need to contact Customer Service support from Citrix to get access to that download. I was able to download only Advanced Edition which should be available for everyone. Not sure if any other components are included in the Platinum Edition.

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Citrix Synergy 2015 – Day 2

Second day of Citrix Synergy started as well with a Keynote session led by Mark Templeton. According to tradition during the 1st day Keynote Citrix is revealing information about future releases of their products and all changes that will happen in the next few following months. During 2nd day session Citrix shows it’s view on the future of the IT and how they will realize it. That’s why there were some nice announcements during 2nd day Keynote and presented demos were much more interesting. So let’s start! Continue reading


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Citrix Synergy 2015 – Day 1

WP_000554Counting down finished! I’m just sitting and waiting for Keynote session by Mark Templeton, Citrix CEO.  — That is how I started writing this blog post almost 14 days ago. It took me a while to write a review of 1st day but finally you can read it!

Let’s start from the scratch. As I wrote in the previous post (Day 0) getting to Orlando, FL took me over 13 hours so you can imagine how excited I was to finally take part in Synergy conference. I was amazed by the size of the Orange County Conference Center and really shocked by the number of people. It was announced later during the conference that this year edition was the biggest one in the history. You could especially see that after entering the hall where Keynote session led by Mark Templeton was taking place. The hall was huge and the number of crowds was really amazing. I had no idea that so many people work with Citrix technologies and they are interested to come and spend 3 days listening about them. My first felling was: “That’s for sure America”. Everything was big – big conference center, huge Keynote hall and of course a stage with extremely large display on which Synergy TV was displayed. That was truly American style event 😀 You can see it below! Continue reading