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ThreadLocker 2.1 is available.

Threadlocker 128x128Shortly after it’s initial launch and great reception! I’m proud to announce the general availability of ThreadLocker 2.1.
This is a minor update but does include some new key features and functionality.

What’s new in 2.1:

ThreadLocker Priority:

There is now the ability to assign a custom priority to a process when it has been ThreadLocked, allowing you to not only control which cores a ThreadLocked process runs on but also the priority it runs at.

Included Processes Only:

This new option allows you to specify which processes you want to apply ThreadLocking to. Previously the Enterprise Edition could apply ThreadLocking to any running process on the system but now you can now control this on a per process basis.

Logging:

Certain ‘error’ events were being incorrectly logged to the Windows Event log, these have now been removed.

Availability

ThreadLocker 2.1 is available from today and can be found at:

http://www.thinscaletechnology.com/threadlocker.

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Presentation: Netscaler Insight, a Brief introduction

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During another Great E2EVC Conference, my friend Ronnie Hamilton and I presented a session on the greatness of Netscaler Insight and we planned to share the following presentation afterwards as there were a number of sizing recommendations and figures that didn’t lend themselves to a presentation!

In this presentation you’ll find the following topics:

  • What is Netscaler Insight.
  • Demo of insight data natively from Insight manager.
  • What’s it available in (licensing).
  • Deploying Insight in 5 minutes.
  • Integrating it into director.
  • How can it be deployed.
  • What’s new in version 11.
  • Netscaler Sizing Considerations.
  • Insight Manager Sizing considerations.

Download link.

A big thank you to Ronnie and E2EVC for the great trip. See you soon!

 

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New Module: Creating an RDP file password with PowerShell

Windows_PowerShell_iconHere’s something that is surprisingly tricky to automate in this day and age. Creating a password and storing it in an RDP file. I’m not here to debate the security “knock ons” of doing this, it’s not in my interest and if I’m asked to do something despite advice against it, I do it!

But as always I figured I’d share this feature in case anyone else needs it.

So RDP files encrypt a password in a very specific way and details online are cagey.This is something I set about doing myself and I’m happy to annouce I’ve included it in the following Free Powershell module for your use!

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Altaro VM Backup Review

logoWell you may be asking yourself what an EUC focused guy is doing reviewing a backup product, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure either but then something happened and I suddenly grew a strong appreciation for this product… but more on that later.

As one who still remembers (and has the scars) from those dreaded tape restore days to off site locations. I remember spending 72 hours + trying to restore machines to different hardware, struggle with different tape drive manufacturers and trying to find the right tape!  I jumped ship from sys admin long ago and moved to EUC, avoiding the backup market like the plague in later years so I really was a fresh set of eyes to this age old conundrum.

Recently I stumbled across Altaro VM backup as part of my usual day to day readings and my interest was piqued. Withstanding that as a home lab owner and a hypervisor snob I really only run vSphere and Hyper-V was normally not something I enjoyed working with… I got talking to a nice gentleman from Altaro and I was invited to join the closed beta for vSphere.

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Citrix Receiver for Mac and British keyboard tomfoolery.

receiver-iconTomfoolery? indeed! Here is a problem that drove me nuts on a daily basis and I’m delighted to report the great Simon Frost and Dustin Norman of Citrix heard my cries of frustration and kindly resolved my issue outright. Stand up gentlemen they are!

My issue was simple, as a developer and powershell zealot, I regularly used the pipe Symbol (|) in anger. Well in anger i mean, I was literally angry as despite pressing the frickin pipe key, an imposter appeared in the remote console…

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  • Looked like a pipe? Yes!
  • Acted like a pipe? NO!

So anyway, being a Citrix CTP has it’s benefits, I reached out to the aforementioned blokes and sure enough a few emails were exchanged and poof! issue resolved.

To paraphrase Dustins email:

  1. Open ~/Library/Application Support/Citrix Receiver/Config in a text editor
  2. Find the KeyboardLayout setting in the [WFClient] section
  3. Change KeyboardLayout to: British
  4. Save the file
  5. Launch the session

Tada! Pipe back to normal. Thanks again Simon and Dustin.