A new end user computing podcast, FrontLine Chatter.

FrontLine-Chatter-LogoJarian and I talk daily on twitter with a host of friends and community members about the weekly movers and shakers. There’s long been talk about an End User Computing podcast and over a few beers we finally decided we’d give it a go.

FrontLine Chatter is a podcast every fortnight focusing on EUC industry news. Each episode will be roughly 30 minutes long and we’ll invite a member of panel from the EUC community to tell their story or talk about a technology of their choice.

Our first episode is now live with the wonderfully colorful and interesting Rory Monaghan, talking all about application compatibility, Unidesk, VMware’s appvolumes acquisition and the other hidden gems Rory has been testing.

So what are you waiting for! Head over now and catch our first podcast.

Our next podcast (2 weeks from now) will be with industry hero Kees Baggerman, talking about moving from being a senior End User Computing consultant to working for Nutanix, His first 3 months with Nutanix, his view of the industry and some talk about User Environment Virtualisation (UEV). So drop back soon!

Update to Caffeine for Receiver

Caffine 2Just a quick note to say I’ve finally updated Caffeine for Receiver to support receiver 4.2.

I had neglected to update this tool for a while, until I actually needed it and the remote screen saver annoyed the hell out of me. necessity is the mother of product maintenance it seems!

Anyway, I digress, check the original blog post here for the downloads and configuration options.

In other news, if you’re familiar with ThreadLocker, watch this space, it’s about to get a serious overhaul!

PS: stop asking me for a mac client, it’s not possible as there is no ICA SDK / API for mac.

ShareFile Domains and URL proxy categorisation.

sharefileJust a quick drop and run post. While working with a particularly secure environment, many facets of ShareFile’s plugins would either not work, or certain features would not work.

Trying to find which Domain’s and URL’s were being used and called in order to categorise them was a royal pain in the ass inside of a secure virtual desktop, so here’s the list below if you’re facing the same task:

  1. <yourdomain>.sharefile.com (or .eu)
  2. yourinternalstoragezonename*
  3. g.sf.api.com
  4. secure.sf-api.com (and/or .eu)
  5. <yourdomain>.sf-api.com (and/or.eu)

if you want a sweeping statement, just whitelist sf-api.com and sf-api.eu.

Note, if you want full compatibility with all IE versions, also stick the domains in trusted sites.

* The external DNS name of your storage zone controller

ThinIO facts and figures, Part 4: Storage design and dangerous assumptions.  

Welcome back to this blog series discussing our new product ThinIO. Please find the below three earlier articles in this series:

In the final blog post in this series, we’re going to discuss storage design and a frequent problem face when sizing storage. Lets get right into it:

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ThinIO facts and figures, Part 3: RDS and Ram caching.

logoWelcome back to the third instalment of this blog series focusing on our new technology ThinIO!

To recap, below you will find the previous articles:

Off topic note:

two years ago at an E2EVC event, the concept behind ThinIO was born with just a mad scientist idea amongst peers.

If you are lucky enough to be attending E2EVC this weekend, David and I will be there presenting ThinIO and maybe, just maybe there will be an announcement. Our session is on Saturday at 15:30 so pop by, you won’t be disappointed.

Back on topic:

So here’s a really interesting blog post. Remote Desktop Services (XenApp / XenDesktop hosted shared) or whatever you like to call it. RDS really presents a fun caching platform for us, as it allows us to deal with a much higher IO volume and achieve deeper savings.

We’ve really tested the heck out of this platform for how we perform on Microsoft RDS, Horizon View RDS integration and Citrix XenSplitPersonality with Machine Creation Services.

The figures we are sharing today are based on the following configuration and load test:

  • Logo_Login_VSI_TransparentCitrix XenDesktop 7.6
  • Windows Server 2012 r2
  • Citrix User Profile Manager.
  • 16gb of Ram.
  • 4 vCpu.
  • LoginVSI 4.1 medium workload 1 hour test.
  • 10 users.
  • VMFS 5 volume.

Fun figures!

Diving straight in, lets start by looking at the volume of savings across three cache types.

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