March 11, 2014
RES IT Store is probably the most impressive innovation in IT of the year 2014! RES Software uses the term “IT Store” instead of “app store” because they know that fast and easy application delivery alone isn’t enough for IT professionals. Their vision is to give IT a way to fulfill virtually any user request.
These user requests can be published within IT Store that looks like a simple webshop. Such a webshop can be delivered to managers or endusers for self-service and business enablement.
After some research we found that the problem is not related to IT Store itself but seems to be derived from the Microsoft IIS part of the webshop installation. Specifically the permissions on some image folders are different.
After setting the correct file permissions to the image folder, IT Store displays all thumbnails as expected and IT Store looks directly great as well!
Want to know more about IT Store? Visit: www.itstore.com
March 5, 2014
Last week my neighbor asked me to repair his faulty Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 mobile device. After turning on, while it is connected to power voltage, the recharging battery icon displayed. Then it shuts down and the mobile device is doing nothing anymore untill it is connected to power voltage again for a while, then this cycle repeats.
Although I told him to bring back the mobile device to the shopping centre, because I am not a mechanic, something caught my attention on Google. A very simple solution that I will absolutely share with you!
So, if you are having problems with holding a charge on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 mobile device, it may be time to reset your battery.
Please watch the video below before throwing your Samsung Galaxy Tab into the recycle bin!
February 12, 2014
Today I received a customer case about converting a bulk of App-V 4.6 applications to the latest Microsoft App-V version 5.0 SP2.
Microsoft App-V brings a consistent virtual application experience to the user while giving you the ability to provide isolation from other applications, reducing conflicts and time spent regression testing, and the flexibility to enable connected applications.
Since the release of App-V 5.0 there are lots of differences against previous versions.
* A mount drive (Q:) is not used anymore on sequencer and client
* Streaming protocols have changed
* The .SFT package file format has changed to the .APPV package file format
* The .OSD configuration file is now XML based
* …and a lot more changes
When you have a lot of old App-V pacakges (for example 4.5 or 4.6) it can be a hard job to convert those apps to the new App-V 5.0 file format. Microsoft wrote an article explaining how to convert a package created in a previous version of App-V using PowerShell cmdlets.
There is also a knowledgebase article KB2774436 that discusses known issues when using the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) package converter to test and convert legacy App-V packages to App-V v5.
For those who do not understand PowerShell Michel Stevelmans developed a nice and easy to use utility called NoMoreFour which helps you with the conversion.
Today I did some tests with different kind of applications (even originally sequenced using App-V 4.1) and most of them are converted fine.
Keep in mind! The package converter can only directly convert packages that were created by using the App-V 4.5 sequencer or a subsequent version. Packages that were created using a version prior to App-V 4.5 must be upgraded to the App-V 4.5 or App-V 4.6 format before conversion.
February 12, 2014
Last week while troubleshooting unexpected lost VDI connections in a VMware Horizon View environment I had the opportunity to test the VMware OS Optimization Tool (VMOSOT).
The VMware OS Optimization tool is a graphical user interface based tool which helps you to analyze the different system components like registry entries, services, and schedules. It displays the status of these components in the graphical form, which helps you to understand the utilization of the system and then optimize it for better performance.
The Analysis Summary displays the output in the form of a graphical bar chart. The graphical chart displays the number of steps that are optimized and unoptimized based on the following step types:
The orange color in the graphical chart denotes the unoptimized status and the blue color denotes the optimized status.
After analyzing the system you can see the status for mandatory, optional, and recommended step types. Based on this analysis you can optimize system as per the template or you can customize the master templates.
For those who are more interested in the final solution for the lost virtual desktop connections, completely removing and reinstalling VMware Tools and also View Agent was the trick.
What’s new in the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 1 (available at April 2014 Patch Tuesday)
February 10, 2014
There are some rumors on the Internet saying that Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 1 will arrive at 8 april 2014 (April 2014 Patch Tuesday) via Windows Update.
One of the important changes of Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the ability to detect your hardware and adjust settings accordingly. If you are using a tablet, the operating system will show the Modern User Interface (MUI). If you are using a laptop or fat-client, the system will automatically enable “boot-to-desktop”.
Although this feature is a nice enhancement to User Based Computing (UBC). My biggest question at this time is how this functionality will work within VDI environments?
The WinBeta.org team made available a video experiencing everything new in Windows 8.1 Update 1!
February 5, 2014
We all know how difficult it can be to deal with roaming profiles. Besides we even know that roaming profiles are vulnerable to corruption. Last week I thoroughly tested the Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) solution, available as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). In my opinion this solution can be a good alternative against other Third-Party profile management products.
Microsoft User Experience Virtualization monitors the changes that are made by users to application settings and Windows operating system settings. The user settings are captured and centralized to a settings storage location. These settings can then be applied to the different computers that are accessed by the user, including desktop computers, laptop computers, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) sessions.
UE-V uses settings location templates to specify what desktop applications and Windows settings on the user computers are synchronized. The Windows 8 app developer defines which app settings can synchronize but UE-V enables you to define which Windows 8 apps synchronize their settings.
UE-V monitors the application settings and Windows settings when users are working on their computers. The setting values for desktop application, but not Windows 8 apps, are stored on the settings storage location when the user closes the application. The values for the Windows settings are stored when the user logs off, when the computer is locked, or when the user disconnects remotely from a computer. Windows 8 apps are captured and applied dynamically.
Except a positive feeling about UE-V there is one disadvantage I would like to share. I have experienced that when you quick start an application directly after login some user settings are not available yet. This can yield some unwanted problems.
For more information about UE-V go to: User Experience Virtualization Overview
Give me back my Start Menu in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 using RES Workspace Manager 2014
February 4, 2014
Since the introduction of Microsoft Windows 8 the old known classic Windows Start Menu is gone! However I personally like the new Microsoft Modern User Interface (MUI) I know that it is difficult to work with for some others.
As a new feature of the RES Workspace Manager 2014 release it is now possible to enable the old classic Windows Start Menu on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Please note turning off User Account Control (UAC)
After enabling a few very easy settings the Windows-flag changes to the classic Start Menu.
This feature make people happy!
February 3, 2014
RES Software has announced the launch of the RES IT Store. The RES IT Store transforms how users consume IT services through proactive, secure and automated delivery and return of IT resources. By automatically delivering predicted IT services to users, and supplementing automated self-service for additional service requests, IT is now able to give users the instant, consumer-like experience they have been demanding in the enterprise.
The RES IT Store is available with the newly released RES Suite 2014. It is a lightweight platform that works with an organization’s existing infrastructure, and can be implemented in a scalable way to address specific or broad-based use cases in the enterprise, such as onboarding/offboarding, service desk ticket reduction, or on-demand app store provisioning. The RES Suite adds advanced abilities to the IT Store and allows IT to personalize and secure access to the user’s IT services in real-time.
To learn more about the RES IT Store, visit www.itstore.com
Demo: automated self-servicing
Demo: new employee onboarding
January 28, 2014
Citrix announced the next generation of the Citrix XenApp product, the market-leading app virtualization solution. As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, businesses are struggling with how to deliver core Windows apps to an ever wider variety of devices. While re-architecting and re-writing these apps for mobile platforms may take months or years, customers can use XenApp to mobilize Windows apps today and deliver a native, high-performance, multi-touch-enabled experience as a result of the latest enhancements to Citrix HDX technologies.
FlexCast Management Architecture
The new XenApp 7.5 is built on the FlexCast Management Architecture used in the Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 solution (also announced today), which provides a single console from which customers can deliver both virtual apps and desktops.
Hybrid Cloud Provisioning
XenApp 7.5 provides the ability for hybrid cloud provisioning directly to Amazon Web Services or CloudPlatform-powered clouds without having to learn new management consoles and skillsets. This allows customers to instantly add new capacity to handle seasonal requirements, address incremental growth, and add on-demand capacity for disaster recovery or business continuity.
Citrix HDX Mobile
To ensure a true mobile experience of Windows apps, enabling them to function intuitively and transparently on mobile devices, XenApp includes Citrix HDX Mobile. HDX Mobile optimizes Windows apps for mobile devices including touch-enabled smartphones and tablets. It enhances performance by intelligently coping with the variability and packet loss of mobile networks and improving graphics and multimedia with hardware acceleration on tablets and smartphones.
Citrix XenApp 7.5 & XenDesktop 7.5 will be available in March 2014!
January 28, 2014
After implementing several Citrix XenDesktop 7.x environments we experience a weird behaviour of the Virtual Desktop Agent component.
The first thing is that some VMware ThinApp virtual applications no longer function when the Citrix XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent is installed. Directly after removing the VDA agent everything is working fine, even without a reboot. Although this would be a great marketing trick from Citrix against VMware I don’t believe that this was done intentionally.
The second thing is that selecting the printer properties of a network print server connected HP printer takes a long time. However, when you actually access the printer properties from one random HP printer all others are doing well till you wait for another 40 seconds. Also at this point if you uninstall the VDA agent the problem does not exist.
Are you familiar with these problems or can you explain how this happens?
Please let me know!