Tag Archives: XenDesktop

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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ThinKiosk

ThinKiosk 4.5 is here!

ThinKioskJust a quick blog post to let you know ThinKiosk 4.5 is here and with it comes a huge list of new features and functionality requested by you.

ThinKiosk 4.5 is a big update, so without further ado, lets get right to it:

ThinKiosk Broker Service:

  • HA features are now available in the ThinKiosk Broker.
  • The Broker service can now utilise Microsoft SQL for the database and an easy migration utility can be utilised to do so.
  • Brokers can now be load balanced via Citrix Netscaler or Microsoft DNS round robin.
  • The ThinKiosk Broker can now deliver software updates directly to clients.
  • The ThinKiosk Broker can now authenticate against active directory.

ThinKiosk Client:

  • The ThinKiosk receiver functionality has been moved to the applications tab in our new ThinScale Connector functionality.
  • The Client can now communicate directly with Microsoft RDS Broker services. Allowing customers using Microsoft RDS or VDI to use ThinKiosk to connect, enumerate and launch resources within ThinKiosk, without RDP files.
  • The Client now supports password changing and legal notices for the ThinScale Connector.
  • The Client now supports “auto launch” logic to specify which desktops to auto launch on logon.
  • The Client now starts up at least 40% quicker than previous versions.
  • The Client’s communication logic has been redesigned to allow management even when nobody is logged in.
  • The Client now supports central software updates from the Broker, allowing push software updates.
  • The Client now has an authentication API for use with Imprivata tap and go cards or similar technology.
  • The Client is now smart enough to detect DNS round robin when connecting to a Broker and will use the list retrieved from DNS as a broker list to try when starting up.
  • The Clients will delete stale or old user profiles periodically to keep machines clean.
  • Many, many improved administrative features allowing ease of access to the system for administrators.

 

We’re extremely proud of this update and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

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.

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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