Category Archives: Citrix

Framehawk and Thinwire – It’s all about the numbers

Recently Marius Sandbu (@msandbu) and I attended a conference by Citrix User Group Norway were I held a session regarding when and when not to use Framehawk Back home I decided to write two blogposts on the subject; Thinwire vs Framehawk – from a 1800ms latency perspective and Framehawk – Why, When and How The main point in the presentation was that although using Framehawk in situations when packet loss is tremendously better, Thinwire Advance will often be “enough” or even more useful when there is only latency involved This…

Framehawk – Why, When and How

Recently I held session at  Citrix User Group conference in Norway regarding Framehawk. That resulted in a blogpost where I described my thoughts and experiences of testing the technology. The feedback from that post inspired Marius Sandbu (@msandbu) and me to do a co-written blog where we take a look at the resource usage between the Framehawk and Thinwire Compatibility Mode That post will be up in a few days time. After my session at the cruise-ship, I was asked by some of the attendees if I could write a post with some of the…

Custom ICA with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x

With earlier versions of XenApp (Presentation Server 4 until XenApp 6.5) we had the option to create custom ICA files to launch desktops and applications directly and bypass the Web Interface. One tool that we could use to create these files were Citrix Quick Launch Although it is possible to use this tool to create an ICA file for a published Desktop in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, it is not possible to do so for a published application. Luckily, there is a way to launch desktops and applications bypassing Storefront as well….

CSP Base Licenses not recognised by Studio with XD/XA 7.5 and 7.6

The last couple of months I have been contacted by a few partners and customers were they are experiencing issues with their CSP Base Licenses where the Citrix Studio does not recognise licenses installed on a license server. On February 10 2015 a hotfix for XenDesktop 7.6.1 was released (CTX141745) that among other things is supposed to fix that Citrix Studio might not recognise Citrix Service Provider licenses and the following error message appears: “Can’t find a valid license” If you are running an earlier version of XenDesktop you have to use PowerShell (PoSH)…

Crysis 3 on Citrix XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro

This week I have been assisting a partner with a XenDesktop 7.6 with HDX 3D Pro POC and when the base installation was done, we decided to put the environment to the test by installing and playing some Crysis 3. The ICA protocol is only using between 4 and 10 Mbs The profile we are using are a K260Q ( K2 grid card ) and NO tuning except raising the target FPS from 30 to 60 in a Citrix policy.This just shows how well Citrix has tuned the default HDX settings…

Using the default VMWare vCenter certificate in XenDesktop

I ran into an error the other day while trying to set up XenDesktop with VMWare vSphere 5.5 following the guide on blogs.citrix.com using the default VMWare vCenter certificate. I tried the first suggestion where I was supposed to download the cacert.pem from “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL” on the vCenter machine. There were no such file there so I went for a suggestion in the comment field in the article and tried to use the rui.crt. This did not help either. Another option that were told in this article was to download and install…

How to combine XenApp and XenDesktop licenses in XenDesktop 7

Back again with a post regarding Citrix Licensing. The story behind this post is that during the last few years some customers running XenApp chose to buy some XenDesktop licenses instead of more XenApp lisenses since that made them able to use VDI for a small group of their users and still use the included XenApp licenses that came with XenDesktop in their existing terminal server environment. ( it has to be same versjon i.e Enterprise or Platinum.) With the arrival of XenDesktop 7 and the fusion of XenApp and…

New Citrix Certifications and their corresponding courses

We are closing in at the end of 2013 and and with the Release of XenDesktop 7 earlier this year a new certification path for XenDesktop has emerged. I have had the great opportunity to teach the beta classes of XenDesktop 7 at Commaxx in Norway and have also passed the new certifications. There are three new courses and certifications:  CXD-203 Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop 7 This course is intended for administrators and operators that need to learn the skills to manage and support a XenDesktop…

How to get full Insight (Edgesight) functionality in XenDesktop 7.1 App edition

A few days ago I created a blogpost regarding XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 7 License Compatibility. ( http://bit.ly/17iuKTK ) During my research I found that using XenApp Platinum licenses in a XenDesktop App edition environment, Provisioning Services were enabled as part of the Platinum license. I also mentioned that I believed Insight functionality as well would be “boosted” with use of these licenses, and today I followed up on that thought. The procedure to find this out were a lot easier than the last time. I started the environment configured with…

XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 7 License Compatibility

SINCE THE “RELAUNCH OF XENAPP” WITH VERSION 7.5, THIS ARTICLE IS SOMEWHAT OUTDATED. APP EDITION IS GONE AND ADVANCED EDITION IS BACK There has been a lot of confusion regarding XenDesktop 7 vs XenApp licensing since the release of XenDesktop 7 and there is hard to get any official and correct information regarding different licensing scenarios. As a Citrix Instructor and Solution Advisor at a Citrix Distributor in Norway, I get a lot of questions about XenDesktop 7 licensing and I believe it is about time to put this out…