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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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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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User Profile Manager 3.2 and Offline Plug-In 6.0.1

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Citrix released a new version of User Profile Manager, here you can read about the issues fixed in this release and here you can download UPM 3.2 after login to your mycitrix account.

If you plan to update you UPM from version 2.x to 3.x you can only do this with the new 3.2 release, read the corresponding upgrade FAQ.

There is also an update for the streaming client available, Offline Plug-In 6.0.1 fixed a lot of issues, Citrix recommends installing this update! This release has also full support for streaming Office 2010.

XenConvert 2.1 available (and XenConvert error…)

February 26, 2010 1 comment

Currently I’m in a new XenApp – Provisioning Services project and wanted to convert my master XenApp VM to a PVS vDisk. I started the CitrixTool.NET cloning tool and after the configuration was made, XenConvert started to convert the disk. But I got an error message that the discovery of the vDisk failed.

I looked around and found out, that there is a new version of XenConvert (2.1).

Citrix® XenConvert™ is both a physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) conversion tool.

XenConvert 2.1 can now convert and resize multiple volumes from a physical machine to all destinations: VHD, OVF Package, XenServer, or Provisioning Services vDisk. For more information, please refer to the document XenConvert 2.1 Guide.

As a P2V tool, XenConvert can convert a server or desktop workload from an online physical machine running Windows to a XenServer virtual machine or Provisioning Services vDisk.

As a V2V tool, XenConvert can convert a server or desktop workload from an offline virtual machine or disk, containing any guest operating system including Windows and Linux, to a XenServer VM. Formats of an offline virtual machine or disk include VHD, OVF, VMDK, and XVA.

This new version isn’t integrated in PVS device target software, so you have to uninstall the device target software and the old XenConvert 2.0.3 version and install the XenConvert 2.1 software. After that you can install the PVS device target app on the XenApp master.

So far so good, but the error still appeared. To solve this problem I did the following:

On the device target (XenApp master) I started DISKPART and enabled the automount feature.

DISKPART
AUTOMOUNT ENABLE

After a reboot XenConvert discovered the volume and was able to convert my local disk to a PVS vDisk.

Useful BGInfo Background for XenApp

February 8, 2010 3 comments

During my last XenApp / PVS projects I decided to make a BGInfo wallpaper for the XenApp servers with some Citrix XenApp related information. You see the German version  here, I also have an English one 🙂

bginfo

The Citrix / TS based information  include:

1. XenApp Version
2. XenApp Hotfixes
3. XenApp Farm name
4. XenApp XML Port
5. Citrix license server
6. MS TS license server
7. TS basic folder
8. User profile path
(Citrix User Profile  Manager)

You can download the files here.

Categories: Citrix, XenApp
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