Citrix XenMobile 9.0 – Available Today

June 30, 2014

With new streamlined workflows, mobile productivity apps, and stronger security, XenMobile 9.0 changes how users get work done and reduces security risks on iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets.

Release Highlights:

- Enhanced user experience with redesigned WorxMail and WorxWeb

- Save time with customizable inbox management capabilities

- New Worx productivity apps – WorxNotes, WorxEdit, and WorxDesktop (Tech Preview only)

- Enhanced security with cross platform FIPS compliance for iOS and Android

- Bulk enrollment for iOS devices

- Improved battery life with new background app refresh capabilities

- Windows 8.1 support for MDM/Windows Phone 8.1 support for MDM, WorxMail and WorxWeb

How does a Tech Preview work?
WorxNotes, WorxEdit and WorxDesktop are available on as Tech Previews on XenMobile Enterprise Edition customers are entitled to download, test, and evaluate the apps. The apps are scheduled for GA in Q3, 2014.

De Ictivity Groep Honored with the RES IT Store Award

May 12, 2014

With this post I want to inform you that De Ictivity Groep is officially recognized by RES Software being a valuable consulting partner for RES IT Store.

Congratulations to De Ictivity Groep and many thanks to RES Software to make this happen!


Short Keynote Recap – Citrix Synergy 2014 Los Angeles

May 6, 2014

From Today Citrix Synergy 2014 takes place in Los Angeles. Before the Opening Keynote the iBand entertained all attendees. Then it was nice to see Mark Templeton back on stage and finally Brad Peterson took us into the rollercoaster of new product announcements.

Below are some noteworthy items that are good to know!

- The next receiver will be Citrix Receiver Release X1 for one touch access to your mobile workspace.

- Chrome OS Receiver Tech Preview will be available Q3’14 including printing, USB, clipboard, touch, webcam and 2-way audio support.

Worx Apps
The Workflow-driven Mobile Productivity Apps are extended with WorxNotes, WorxDesktop & WorxEdit and will be avaialabe as a Technology Preview in Q2’14.

XenApp Migration Tools
XenApp 7.5 is already released and includes the project merlin part with automated provisioning to any cloud. Now there are also migration tools availabe for a seamless migration from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.5.

XenMobile 9
XenMobile 9 will be avaialbe Q2’14 and includes a redesigned mobile experience for WorxMail & WorxWeb. XenMobile 9 supports Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.

XenMobile Cloud
XenMobile Cloud is the most complete EMM cloud offering. It offers the same functionallity as XenMobile on-premises and complies with high security standards.

NetScaler 10.5
NetScaler 10.5 offers improvement in mobile app performance via content & streaming optimization.

Workspace Suite
Citrix Workspace Suite is available today and delivers a Suite of Windows app virtualization, Windows desktop virtualization, Mobile app & device security, Mobile productivity apps, Data sync & share and Secure workspace access.

Besides there are some special promotions for existing customers (up to 70%) and even for VMware Horizon & View Customers (50% off).

Citrix Workspace Services
Especially for cloud service providers Citrix announced the Citrix Workspace Services, a cloud platform for designing, building & delivering mobile workspaces.

Of course there is much more information to share. I hope that this post gives you a quick overview of some good to know items from Citrix Synergy 2014 Los Angeles.

ERROR – The source files could not be downloaded – MDT 2013 Task Sequence Citrix XenApp 7.5 with Language Pack

May 5, 2014

After deployment of an unnattended Citrix XenApp 7.5 installation using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) the Deployment Summary displays some errors. One of them results in “ERROR – NET-Framework-Core role processing via PowerShell failed, rc = 1000″

This message occurs when you use Language Packs combined with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

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RES IT Store 2014 Communication Model

April 29, 2014

Using RES IT Store, organizations can fulfill virtually any conceivable user need by delivering services. This greatly increases people and IT productivity and agility!

For Example:

  • People may qualify for services based on their identity and role within the organization. In addition, each service can have dependencies and restrictions, to Ensure that only correct services can be requested and delivered.
  • Services can be delivered to and returned automatically or through intuitive self-service functionality. RES Software estimates that approximately 80% of all services in your organization will be proactive services, and that the other services will be delivered and returned through self-service or request fulfillment.
  • In each service, workflow actions determine what happens during the delivery and return of the service. These actions can be approvals, RES Automation Manager Run Books, requests for information, etc.
  • But, before implementing such a technology it is good to know how things work behind the product and how all different components interact whith each other. Therefore it is important to have a look at the picture below that displays the RES IT Store Communication Model.

    RES IT Store 2014 Communication Model
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    Completed the RES IT Store 2014 Basic Course

    April 17, 2014

    Today I successfully completed the RES IT Store 2014 Basic Course at the RES Software Learning Centre.

    The RES IT Store 2014 Basic Course (RITSBC-600) is a three-day course that provides comprehensive training for administrators on the installation, configuration and use of RES IT Store, from setting up your RES IT Store environment to delivering and returning services. It does not provide training on designing business processes.

    RES IT Store Certificate

    For me and even our company it is very important to early adopt new technology and quickly gain knowledge to be a good consultancy partner for implementations of IT Store in your environment.

    About RES IT Store
    RES IT Store is designed to provide your organization the means to fulfill virtually any conceivable user need. This can for example be access to an application, a printer or e-mail, the availability of a PC, laptop, mobile phone or lease car, but also changes to a computing environment as the result of employee onboarding, integration with other solutions to reduce service desk tickets, etc. To fulfill these needs, your organization probably already has many business processes in place. With RES IT Store you can automate and manage these business processes by delivering them as a service.

    Keep in mind that RES IT Store is not only an AppStore! It’s a unique and usefull framework to automate service delivery from a business aspect!

    How To Upgrade XenApp/XenDesktop version 7 To XenApp/XenDesktop version 7.5

    April 13, 2014

    Since the release of XenDesktop 7 Citrix brought the power of XenApp en XenDesktop into the new FlexCast Management Architecture for ultimate flexibility. What shall this ultimate flexibility mean when it comes to upgrading an existing XenApp/XenDesktop 7 site?

    This post shows you the steps that are needed to easily upgrade your existing XenApp/XenDesktop version 7 infrastructure to the latest release of XenApp 7.5 (and XenDesktop 7.5)

    When you start the XenApp 7.5 installation media on the Delivery Controller server you can choose to Upgrade Studio and Server Components.
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    VMware vExpert 2014

    April 2, 2014

    First of all congratulations to all other VMware vExperts 2014! I am very glad to be honored the VMware vExpert title this year again. For me this is the sixth time to be part of the VMware vExpert program.


    For those who still do not know about the VMware vExpert program:

    “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year.

    For a complete list of all 754 vExperts this year visit:

    VMware vExpert 2014 Announcement

    Solved – Lost thumbnails in RES IT Store

    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 installing IT Store it is very easy to publish any type of service request.ITStore_Service_App

    Within a service request it is possible to upload a thumbnail picture (or choose from a predefined image gallery) that is displayed in IT Store.

    In some circumstances the result is not showing all of the custom thumnails in IT Store.

    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:

    A faulty battery in your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2? Repair it yourself!

    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!

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