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While using the ShareFile mobile applications, NTFS last modified date is updated each time a user accesses an NTFS connector

Here’ssharefile a weird little bug I caught in the wild while deploying XenMobile Enterprise. While browsing NTFS shares, published as connectors in the ShareFile Mobile clients, or the ShareFile desktop application for windows, all the directories in the directory you are currently browsing will have their “Last Modified” timestamp updated as below: sharefilebug Continue reading


Cannot Log into XenMobile 10.3 Appliance after initial deployment.

XM<FYI, this was resolved in version 10.3.5>

Here’s a horrendous bug I just came across in the field today while deploying a XenMobile 10.3 Proof of Concept with a customer.

Post the initial deployment of the OVF on vSphere, i ran the usual CLI wizard to IP the appliance and create the database. After restart the web ‘Administrator’ user account just would not accept the password i provided during the wizard.

On closer inspection of the database by comparing with my own lab (never POC without a LAB!) , the ‘administrator’ username was completely missing from the database under ‘dbo.security_principal’…dbo.security_principal

what the ‘crappity crap’ went wrong I don’t know. but I reproduced it 4 times in numerous tests.


I managed to find a workaround involving specifying a different username. I.E. delete your deployment and database and when the wizard prompts for the ‘administrator’ name with default value, specify something different.

In my case I specified ‘zdmadmin’ and this worked correctly allowing me to get the hell out in time for a Friday beverage.


I hope this helps anyone else facing this issue!



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…


  • 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.

New Free Tool: Citrix Director Notification Service

DirectorNotificationCitrix Director for XenApp and XenDesktop can be a great utility for information about your Application / Desktop virtualisation environment. In Director you can find a wealth of information about the provisioned assets, the Controller, Licensing and Hypervisor status and the current running resources.

One area it’s always lacked is real time alerting. In order to really know what’s going on in your environment you need to be logged into director and watching. This is less than ideal and few monitoring vendors have endeavored to actually pull this data into their own solutions.

With the help of Rachel Berry, Prateek Kansal and Sridhar Mullapudi from Citrix. I set about diving into the logic and monitoring options within the FMA architecture. Citrix did a great job here and most if not all of it was readily available in PowerShell and oData. So, with the help of Citrix and a little bit of hard work, I’m very pleased to announce my latest free tool!

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