I recently delivered a presention to the Dutch Citrix User Group and E2EVC on the new technology release by Citrix called ‘Local App Access’.
In this post you will find the presentation deck and two utilities I have written for this technology to help empower the user to configure settings.
As I mentioned in my presentation, this technology is really cool, but it needs work. For a 1.0 it’s very promising but we need to use it in anger and log the bugs with Citrix to get them fixed. This technology alike Citrix remote PC is not a silver bullet, but it is a very useful utility in your toolbox for concentrating on the low hanging fruit during a migration.
Don’t let a single user or application in a department hold up user migrations by using this technology to keep the application local until you have time to come back to it.
Question: “You mentioned there’s a work around for getting ‘local app access’ to work without requiring desktop viewer?”
Yes, I’m a complete eejit, in both sessions I told you I would show you a way to get around this…. Then completely forgot! To get this working without needing desktop viewer, rename the cdviewer.exe executable in the ica client program folder to something else!
Reverse seamless VDI helper:
with the reverse seamless VDI helper tool, you can present this application to users In their virtual desktop to allow them to manage which applications are presented to their virtual desktop without having to lead the user through the registry.
Revere Seamless local desktop helper:
with the reverse seamless local desktop helper tool, you can distribute this tool out to your users to control which folders from which shortcuts are brought up to the virtual desktop.
Because life is about education, here’s the source code if you want to expand it yourself:
Thinkiosk Version 4.0 is the culmination of 9 months hard work, rebuilding ThinKiosk in a new development style to include the enterprise features many of you requested, adding a management server, secure key redirection technologies, local group policy control and a number of other features. After weeks of rigorous testing we’re delighted to announce the availability of ThinKiosk version 4… Today!
With the release of Version 4.0 we’re lifting the cloak on the company we’ve setup in order to support and further develop ThinKiosk, ThinScale Technology. We’ve set up ThinScale as a little software company to publish applications to the virtualisation community, tackling the smaller issues and annoyances we face day to day as consultants and administrators. More clever little products are in the pipeline, but for now enough about the company!
The largest change around ThinKiosk 4.0 is the version introduction. ThinKiosk will ship in two editions, Enterprise edition and Community edition. Remko and I took a look at the product back in October last year and identified area’s that the project needed investment in order to reach and fulfill it’s full potential. We also noted that a number of customers really wanted the support and functionality offered by a professional product. After much deliberation we took the decision at that point to invest the time and resources into the product to ensure it fulfils it’s potential, this in turn justified the need for a chargeable Enterprise product.
ThinKiosk Community Edition.
- The community edition is free and will always remain free, we want to make sure the community will always have the benefit of the product.
- The Community edition is still one of the most powerful Windows alternatives on the market, including paid for products.
- The Community edition is an extremely powerful piece of software with one or two limitations in comparison to the Enterprise product.
- The Community edition will receive functionality from the enterprise edition over time.
We’re extremely proud of the community edition and we do recommend it if you do not require the functionality of the Enterprise Version.
ThinKiosk Enterprise Edition will include all the current functionality you know and use in ThinKiosk, along with loads of additional features and benefits. The enterprise version of ThinKiosk delivers far more value than the competitor products and from a functionality perspective beats them hands down even in its first release.
An exact side by side comparison can be found along with pricing and details on the ThinScale Licensing page.
Some of the New goodies are listed below!
ThinKiosk 4.0 new central management server. With this central management console, you can:
- Manage off domain machines.
- Push updates.
- Perform remote power commands.
- Remote Control end users.
- Report on your current ThinKiosk hardware.
- and much more.
Allow me to introduce our new ‘dynamic key pass-through technology’ MagicFilter. Magic filter will now block local Ctrl + Alt + Del and windows + L keystrokes and “magically” send them on to the remote desktop environment as if the user is working locally. This gives the user an immersive, native feeling desktop experience from the ThinKiosk client.
We are extremely proud to say we are the only Windows Thin Client vendor on the market who can do this.
ThinKiosk 4.0 is a fully fledged browser, so you can allow your users access to web resources without compromising on security. You can layer in as many bookmarks as you like to the browser or you can simply allow the users to browse the sites they wish via the address bar.
And so much more!
I covered a lot of the functionality previews back in April in the feature teaser.
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Just a quick note to say I’ve updated the AppV launcher tool to support Appv 5.
The app-V launcher tool is a self contained executable which lists your installed App-V packages and allows you to launch an executable in that virtual applications environment. This is particularly useful if you or your admins / users are not PowerShell friendly or you would prefer to not publish PowerShell scripts as programs.
You can get a copy of the latest version and/or it’s source code over here.
As an added benefit I’ve included source code for running PowerShell commands in .Net, so if you are interested in trying to do so grab the source code!
Wake on Lan manager is the latest tool I’ve written for managing your home lab environment for power saving. With Wake on Lan manager you can add a list of hosts or pc’s sitting at home behind a firewall and wake them up on demand. In my setup I leave one machine running in my lab at home every day and when I need to spin up the hypervisors I can simply right click and wake the computer up on demand:
Wake on Lan will check the status of the machine via DNS and ping to check when the machine comes up at which time you can choose to RDP or SSH directly to the device.
How it works:
In order for Wake on lan manager to work correctly, you should register the correct DNS name and IP address in your lab for the hypervisors. The target machines must also support Magic Packet aka Wake on Lan.
In order to get putty working, install wake on lan manager and browse down to the installation folder, find the wolmanager.exe.config and add the putty path as follows:
.Net Framework 4 client profile.
Just a quick note to say I’ve updated the original Guide to Lotus Notes in SBC / VDI environments with another 2 years of begrudging, pain and bug fixes.
A link to the updated article is here. Best of luck!