Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp 7.6 Available Now

September 30, 2014

This version of XenApp and XenDesktop includes new features that make it easier for users to access applications and desktops and for Citrix administrator to manage applications:

    The session prelaunch and session linger features help users quickly access server-based hosted applications by starting sessions before they are requested (session prelaunch) and keeping application sessions active after a user closes all applications (session linger).
    Support for unauthenticated (anonymous) users means users can access server-based hosted applications and server-hosted desktops without presenting credentials to StoreFront or Citrix Receiver.
    Connection leasing makes recently used applications and desktops available even when the Site database in unavailable.
    Application folders in Studio make it easier to administer large numbers of applications.

Other new features in this release allow you to improve performance by specifying the number of actions that can occur on a Site’s host connection, display enhanced data when you manage and monitor your Site, and anonymously and automatically contribute data that Citrix can use to improve product quality, reliability, and performance.

For information on all key features new in this release, see the Citrix Product Documentation:

New in this release

Visit IT Culinair 2014 and see IT Store in action

August 21, 2014

For the fourth time ‘De Ictivity Groep’ presents IT Culinair, a dutch IT event with several strategic sessions. IT Culinair 2014 will take place on the 1st and 2nd October 2014 at a new location “Kasteel Ammersoyen te Ammerzoden”. This year’s theme is “Back to the Future”.

kasteel-ammersoyen

One of the sessions I will present goes about RES IT Store.
This is one of the solutions that perfectly matches our User Based Computing (UBC) vision.

Unfortunately many people think that IT Store is just like another AppStore.
During my session I will show you that IT Store can do much more than only deliver Apps.

Winkelwagen

Self-Service Password Reset
One of the most populair issues at each servicedesk is Password Reset.
IT Store can help you every minute of the day in resetting your password.

Password Reset

On-boarding and Off-boarding User Accounts
Another frequent task of an IT department is to manage User Accounts. Not only for Active Directory but also for Cloud Apps such as Salesforce and Office365. IT Store can help automate these activities, even with your own Human Resource Management solution as source.

HRM

Other IT Store Features
Except the above described functionality the IT Store demo will show you some of the new and advanced features such as Service Ratings, Mobile Device Management Integration, Mailbox Provision, Workflow Management and much more.

Service_Rating

Register for IT Culinair 2014
If you didn’t already register for this event than this is your moment!
I am absolutely sure you won’t miss the future of IT..

Registration is possible via: http://www.ictivity.nl/itculinair

RES IT Store Certified Professional 2014

August 8, 2014

This week I received three new certificates from RES Software.

This means that my official RES Certification is updated to the most recent version. The best for me is to become an RES IT Store Certified Professional. So, if you are looking for any help on implementing RES IT Store in your own company, please let me know!

RES IT Store Certified Professional

How to save Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Modern User Interface Tiles Layout using RES Workspace Manager

July 28, 2014

In Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 the Menu Start is different from Operating Systems before. The picture below is an example of the new Menu Start or Modern User Interface (MUI) and also called Tiles interface.

Modern_User_Interface

To be able to save a customized Modern User Interface for the end-user you have to specify the following locations under User Settings in the RES Workspace Manager Console:

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak (optional backup file)

The specified files contains all database information for the Modern User Interface Menu Start. If you only want to save the Modern User Interface Tiles layout your job is finished now.

User_Settings

If you also want to specify a custom Modern User Interface and set as default for all users you have to take some additional steps. Logon with a sample user, define the default Tiles within your Menu Start and logoff. Now you can search the MUI database file from the sample user User Settings using workspace analysis. Workspace analyses can be found in the RES Workspace Manager Console under Diagnostics panel.

Stored_User_Settings

The last step to take is to copy the MUI database file to the default user profile. In case you have chosen for a mandatory profile you can put it there. In my case the mandatory profile is included in RES Workspace Manager and stored under custom resources.

Custom_Resources

That is all to configure to save Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Modern User Interface Tiles Layout using RES Workspace Manager. And last but not least make people happy having freedom and ownership of the new Menu Start look-and-feel.

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 citrix.com/downloads. 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!

RES_IT-Store_Award

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!

Receiver
- 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

MDT-task-sequence-status
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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!

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