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

Citrix Summit 2010 Berlin

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi folks,

I visited Berlin last week and had a great time. Unfortunately me and my colleague left on Wednesday, so we couldn’t attend the Synergy. I passed my last exam (A15) to become a Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer, Yeah! Tuesday I attended Geek Speak tonight, it was very interesting and funny! I learned a lot about the upcoming Citrix releases like XenDesktop 5, Web Interface 5.4 and Access Gateway 5.0 these days and I’m looking forward to test the new stuff…

Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Installing Citrix XenClient RC2 from USB

September 5, 2010 Leave a comment

I found an interesting article about installing the new XenClient RC2 from USB

Very cool, check it out!

Categories: XenClient

Powershell script for cleaning up space after deleting snapshots from VM’s

September 1, 2010 1 comment

You remember my two posts about the snapshot and missing free space on the storage after deleting a snapshot. With XenServer 5.6 Citrix changed the command to free space to a xe command. This makes it easy to write a script, that frees space for all VM’s on your XenHost after deleting snapshots. Here it is:

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Categories: XenServer

Select the Logonpoints for the Citrix Access Gateway Advanced 4.5 Hotfix 5

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

If you have multiple Logonpoints for your Access Gateway and you don’t want your users to know the each LP name or the url of every LP, then I have a solution for you:

I modified the Login.ascx file which is placed in the the root folder of each Logonpoint.

Find line 48 (<!– content end –>) and after, add these lines:

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Categories: Access Gateway
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