Archive for October, 2010

XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 1 Beta – storage consumption problem solved

October 27, 2010 2 comments

You remember my posts about XenServer storage consumption? The problem is, that after deleting a snapshot the space on the storage is still in use, this is really annoying and you have to reclaim the space manually by typing a command in the XenServer console or use my Powershell script.

Now the game has changed, XenServer 5.6 FP1 Beta is finally able to reclaim the space after deleting a snaphot! Feel free to test the FP 1 Beta and try it yourself! I’m glad Citrix has finally solved this problem, many XenServer customers had massive problems with this “issue”, let’s hope the final Feature Pack becomes available soon.

Categories: Virtualization, XenServer

Citrix Access Gateway 5.0 and Access Controller available for download

October 27, 2010 1 comment

Today Citrix released CAG 5.0 and the new Access Controller Software (formerly known as Advanced Access Control). You can download the VPX for XenServer/VMWare, the Access Controller for Windows 2008/2008 R2 and an ISO image/upgrade image for the model 2010 hardware appliance here (MyCitrix account required).

In my post “Access Gateway 5.0 a deeper look Part 1” I already informed you about the new features and the basic configuration of the CAG, part 2 is coming soon, it’s about configuring the CAG for remote access. Part 3 will concentrate on the Access Controller, so stay tuned…

Access Gateway 5.0 – a deeper look – Part 1

October 25, 2010 1 comment

In my post Access Gateway 5.0 on the way I gave you a quick overview of the new CAG 5.0. This new release will be available soon at the end of October.

So now is the time to look more closely… First here are the new features of Access Gateway 5.0:

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Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 Service Pack 1

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Citrix released PVS 5.6 SP1, all the known hotfixes for PVS 5.6 are now part of the Service Pack.


New in this release:
– Both KMS and MAK models for Operating Systems are supported, as well as Office 2010 KMS licensing.

Deprecated in this Release
– MarkDown command for Server parameter as well as the “Mark Server Down…” selection in the Provisioning Services Console.
– Support for Windows 2000 Domain

Removed in this Release
– XenConvert is no longer shipping as part of the PVS Target Device installer. It is available as a separate download.


As always you have to uninstall any previous Provisioning Services software from a Provisioning Server in the farm, then reboot and install the new release.


You can download the PVS 5.6 SP1 release here in your MyCitrix portal, you also find the Installation Guide and Release Notes there.

Categories: Provisioning Server, VDI

Install a customized Adobe Reader 9.4

October 13, 2010 2 comments

Here is a little “How To” about installing Adobe Reader 9.4 in a Terminal Server/Remote Desktop environment. You can also use this procedure to install the Reader on Desktops.

  1. Download and install the Adobe Customization Wizard 9 on your client or server
  2. Download Adobe Reader 9.4 in German or English
  3. Run the following command to extract the exe file: “AdbeRdr940_en_US.exe -nos_o”Reader9″ -nos_ne”, you find the files in the folder “Reader9”
  4. Start the Adobe Customization Wizard and open the file “AcroRead.msi” from the “Rader9” folder
  5. Now you can make your customizations, I prefer the following:
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Windows 2008 R2 RDS (XenApp 6) – restrict the user desktop

October 11, 2010 13 comments

I have done some XenApp 6 deployments the last weeks and often published the server desktop for the users. With Windows 2003 it was easy to hide the “All Users” components, so that users didn’t see the links on the desktop or the Administrative Tools folder in the start menu.

With Windows 2008 R2 it’s a bit different, the well known group policies don’t work for Windows 7 / 2008 (R2). By default users see the “Administrative Tools” folder in the start menu and the “Server manager” and “Powershell” links pinned on their taskbar.

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Access Gateway 5.0 on the way

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

In Berlin I took a deeper look on CAG 5.0. I looks very smart, a complete new admin interface and user experience. Jay Tomlin from Citrix showed me the improvements and changes.

There will be no “Standard” and “Advanced” edition any more, like we know it from now. You can do lots more with only the appliance but without an Advanced Access Control server. The AAC server is still present and only runs on Windows 2008 R2, but not necessarily required.

The admin interface is browser based and runs with flash. All the net6 stuff is thrown overboard. The login page looks very nice, but at the moment the admin can’t do any customization, this will be possible later next year. There are improvements in the authentication progress and endpoint analysis.

The CAG VPX (virtual appliance) will run on XenServer and VMWare, probably on Hyper-V next year. In the future Citrix plans, to introduce the new GUI to all VPX products, like NetScaler/Access Gateway Enterprise.

CAG 5 will be available at the end of October, I can’t wait to implement it…

Categories: Access Gateway, XenServer
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