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Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Leostream First Look


My first look at Leostream. So far it is a pretty sweet deal, I am going to try and get some more info on the CloudDesktop but from my initial testing, you have a fully persistant Windows 2008 R2 Desktop.  You can install applications, but it does come with Chrome!  Speed is good, flash playback is slow, and tends to “Freeze” the session (well at least via the browser).  Other then that $20/month you supply the rest of the Licensing and you don’t have a bad Cloud based desktop.  I am trying to get a demo on the Cloud Management console, it sounds pretty nice, you can manage multiple customers from it.  From the Trail Console it shows you can create a “base” image and make that the one you deploy out.  That I believe was under the premium account which I believe is $60/month.

 

The Connection Broker wasn’t as cool as I thought it was going to be.  Not to say it isn’t a pretty straight forward Broker Server, but I was hoping it would be able to tie into their CloudDesktop’s and provision that way which it can not :(.  Anyways stay tune for more info on this and a lot more on Cloud based strategies.

 

I am planning on having a call with them this week so if you have any questions you want to ask please comment or email me.

Thanks for reading.

Lawrence

XenApp 6.5


Just a few notes about XenApp 6.5:

First if you where a custom to using Load Evaluators for managing Servers Maintenance Windows or taking servers offline you better start getting use to Worker Groups.  The Reason is they have moved Load Evaluators to Machine Policies so you can’t change them on the fly, with this being said I highly recommend using Worker Groups based on Farm Servers instead of OU.  This is so you can easily add and remove servers this taking them out of the published application.

 

Second, Licensing is a Must, but again this is done through Machine Policies.  You have to select the right Version (Adv, Ent, or Plat) Also a new feature is you have to select your licensing model (XD or XA, Concurrent or Named).  Note: if you run the following command qfarm /load and get a load of 20,000 you don’t have licensing set correctly.

 

That is mostly it for now, just wanted let you all know of the few changes.  More to come…

 

Thanks for reading

NetScaler VPX Install and Web Interface


VPX Install

First you will need to download the latest VPX Appilance from http://www.citrix.com (a mycitrix is required)



You will also need to download the Web Interface components

You will need a VM with at least 4GB of RAM to support more than 3 Sites

Once you have imported the machine, Open the console to setup, you will prompt for the following:

IP Address

Subnet

Default Gateway

Once you have configured the IP Address, enter that into a browser. (Java Required)

You will get a login page simply type nsroot and nsroot, username and password

It is highly recommended to change the Default password

Install Citrix License

You will need to find the Interface on the NetScaler with the lowest MAC Address

Under the Network Folder, > Interfaces


Copy the lowest MAC address

Now go back to your mycitrix account and allocate a NetScaler License

Note if you want to use an Express License


Click on NetScaler VPX Express

About half way through the page you should find a link to Get License


It should be right in-between the Appliances and the Builds/Upgrade packages.

Run through the Allocation Wizard and download the new License file.


Expand the System Folder, and then select Licenses

At the Bottom left of the Frame you should see Manage Licenses…

Click Add… Select the license file you just created and Downloaded, Click Select

Click OK

The device will reboot for the license to take affect

Once it has rebooted, log back in


Expand System and Select Settings


Click on Configure modes


Make sure all the options from the above Screen shot are all checked.


Click Yes to the warning

Click Configure basic features

Make sure all the options from the above Screen shot are all checked.

Click Yes to the warning

Select Web Interface folder

Click On Web Interface

Click Install Web Interface

Click the Dropdown arrow to the right of “Browse (Appliance)” and select Local


Select nswi-1.3.tgz, and click Open


Select diablo-latte-freebsd6-amd64-1.6.0_07-b02.tar.bz2, and Click Open


Click Install,

(Note: if default to 25 sites you will have to have at least 4GB of RAM installed for the VPX otherwise this will error out.)


Web Interface Configuration

Login to the NetScaler and Expand the Web Interface Folder


Select Sites


    Click Add.. at the bottom of the Frame


Click Next


Enter the IP address of the Web Interface Server VIP. Check the Box Enable access through mobile receiver, Click Next


Enter in the XenApp servers here, Just the Data Collectors


    Click next, after you have entered all the Data Collectors






    Highlight the Web Interface Site you just created


    Click on the WebInterface.conf… link at the bottom of the Frame


    Remove the # from the beginning of the Line, and add your Domain Name removing everything else… Click Save


    You will receive a warning, Click Yes


    Click the Add Button at the Bottom of the Frame


    Click Next


    Select XenApp Service Site, Click the Dropdown for Virtual Server, and Select the previously Created Server, Note should be listening on port 80, Click Next


    Click the Add, and add all Data Collectors, Click Next


    Click Finish


    Click Exit

Select the PNA Site (XenApp Service Site)


    Click the config.xml… Button at the bottom of the Frame


    Change the <LogonMethod> from Prompt to Pass-Through, Click Save


    Click Yes to the Warning Message


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