Microsoft Intune Lab Setup with ControlUp EdgeDX Installation Instructions (How to Deploy Edge DX and SIP Agents Through Intune!)

The following procedures were created with the assistance of ControlUp field engineering to provide installation and configuration instructions for a Microsoft Intune Lab Setup with ControlUp Edge DX Agents to be deployed through Intune! Before we get started, let me provide a bit of background information... I was recently working with a customer who had 100 ControlUp Edge DX licenses and was in the process of expanding their environment into the thousands. In order to do that, and manage the Edge DX agents at scale, the customer needed assistance building an Application Package and deploying the agents through Microsoft Intune. [...]

New Community Event Just Announced! EUC Masters One Day @ Citrix Synergy 2020!

EUC MASTERS ONE DAY @ SYNERGY!  SUNDAY, MAY 17TH IN ORLANDO! A vendor independent UNCONFERENCE style event brought to you by the creators of the EUC Masters Retreat! Space limited to the first 100 registrants to keep costs low, and due to venue constraints $95 to Reserve Your Spot Today! * *Offered at the lowest possible cost, subsidized by sponsors. Strictly to cover venue fees for 8AM-4PM, breakfast and lunch included Logistics, venue details, and agenda to follow, once registration has been submitted Want to learn more about what the EUC Masters Retreat is all about? Watch this special EUC [...]

Getting Started with NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU) Software 8.0 for Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer) 8.0 with Windows Server 2019!

If you've been following my blog posts over the last couple weeks, you have probably seen two major products have released to web, one shortly after the other. Here are two of my more recent posts: NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software v8.0 Just Released! Now Supporting Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019! - Dated April 16th, 2019 Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) 8.0 Just Released! Now Supporting Windows Server 2019! - Dated April 25th, 2019 As you can see from the dates on these two blog posts, XenServer 8.0 was released within two weeks of NVIDIA vGPU Software v8.0. Many of us in the Citrix/NVIDIA community were left wondering if this [...]

Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) 8.0 Just Released! Now Supporting Windows Server 2019!

As you may have seen, Citrix just released their latest and greatest Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) version 8.0 to web!! As the version number indicates, this is a MAJOR RELEASE. While there are a lot of awesome new features in this release, I primarily wanted to write a blog post to highlight the fact that this is the first release of Citrix Hypervisor that officially supports Windows Server 2019! That's awesome. This has been long awaited by many Citrix Hypervisor (aka XenServer) fans like me, and I am stoked to give it a whirl! As with previous releases, Citrix Hypervisor still [...]

What I Learned from CXD-252 Moving to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service with Microsoft Azure Course

It's not every day I get an opportunity to take an official in-person or virtual classroom lecture and lab course! It's quite easy to get busy working and consulting in the field with clients, that official classroom based training takes a backseat. So, when the opportunity arose to take a five-day online class and knock out a new requirement for my early days Citrix partnership, I was excited to see what new things I might learn. While this course is not brand new (it released in early 2018), it has been well updated and stays somewhat current with the changes [...]

Just in time for the New Year, Citrix Chained Reboot Scripts now support Citrix Cloud and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) 7 1811!

The end of the year always comes a time of reflection and planning. As I look into the future projects I am embarking on, I realized that it has now been more than 8 years since my first Citrix Chained Reboot script was released to the web in 2010! This is pretty awesome to reflect, seeing that this was one of the first community resources that encouraged me to launch my first blog site. Now, time for some updates... As more clients begin moving their control plane to Citrix Cloud, I felt it was appropriate to do some testing and [...]

Is Getting Started with Windows Server 2019 and Citrix Cloud Apps and Desktops Service Even Easier? Let’s Have a Look…

Yesterday I wrote a blog post, which you can find here, talking about Windows Server 2019 with Citrix Apps and Desktops 7 1808 (Current Release), which received a bit of buzz online. One online protagonist (who shall remain nameless) reached out to see if Citrix Cloud Apps and Desktops Service with Windows Server 2019 worked as advertised, and was just as easy to implement. To which my thought was, I don't see why not, Citrix Cloud is Agile, DevOps oriented, evergreen and even more leading edge in the development cycles than its on-prem brethren, it should be a snap! Then [...]

With Windows Server 2019, Getting Started with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Has Never Been Easier! Here’s How…

Introduction and Overview Microsoft Windows Server 2019 General Availability (GA) released on October 2nd 2018. In this blog post, I'll show how getting started Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has never been easier! If you're not familiar, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is the rebranding of XenApp and XenDesktop, Citrix flagship product for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployments. In a production deployment, you may decide to break up the logical components of the Citrix architecture, as demonstrated in the Technical Overview on Citrix Product Documentation: In this blog post, I'll demonstrate how easy it is [...]

Register Now and Join Us for the Bay Area Citrix User Group Kickoff Meeting, Wednesday June 27th 2018!

In 2013 a number of colleagues and I helped build a local following with a Bay Area Citrix User Group, which met regularly at the Citrix offices in Santa Clara. Our first meetup was on June 4th 2013 and we continued meeting regularly for almost a year. This was an awesome time with friends, coworkers, clients, and colleagues to help foster community and camaraderie for all those using and deploying Citrix technologies in the silicon valley and greater San Francisco Bay Area. Every time we gathered, it was like a mini-Synergy, an awesome time to share tips and tricks from [...]

Home from Citrix Synergy 2018, and Excited for the Future!

(TLDR) Summary: This week at Citrix Synergy was awesome, and there's lots of fun stuff happening. But what I'm most excited about is our customers, the tech industry, and how quickly everything is changing! There's never been a better time than now to dive into the organizational transformation journey, grab a partner and vendor, and just go for it. I'm thrilled to see how we can help our clients become incredibly successful on the way! This stuff isn't easy, but I think that's what makes it so fun, challenging, and rewarding for all of us. This is what gets me [...]