Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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

Friday, March 2, 2012

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