Warm up your labs or fire up your golden images ladies and gents, we’re delighted to announce ThinIO’s brief public beta will begin today!
This project has taught us some really interesting things about Windows IO, how Windows behaves and how the hypervisor and storage can behave. This project really felt like a David vs. Goliath task as we (members of our community with a desire to simplify this issue) attempted to tackle one of the largest issues in our industry, storage bottlenecks and Windows desktops.
What’s really unique about our approach is there are no hardware lead times, no architecture changes needed and no external dependencies. ThinIO can be installed in seconds and the benefits are seen immediately.
When checking the bandwidth requirement of multimedia sites, checking how much additional bandwidth video conferencing is going to require or even troubleshooting WAN capacity issues, it’s extremely useful to have a visible interpretation of realtime bandwidth consumption from your virtual desktop.
I wrote a tool quite some time ago called watcher2 while troubleshooting a similar issue. I finally took the time to refactor that tool for use with XenApp 6.5 , XenDesktop and VMware View and they are finally available to download! Both watcher utilities also include a latency counter which was a request that came in over and over.
HDX and PCOIP watcher by default dock to the top of the screen and can be moved left or right as below:
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!
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! Continue reading →