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Microsoft User Profile Disk with Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop

Microsoft User Profile Disk with Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on my upcoming whitepaper Turbo Containers Reference Architecture for Citrix, VMware & Microsoft RDSH Environments and also reviewing Claudio Rodrigues upcoming book RDS 2012 R2 Complete. You’ve probably heard about Microsoft User Profile Disk (UPD) and learned that it only works for pure… Continue Reading

Disable ADFS Federation for Office 365

Disable ADFS Federation for Office 365

After testing Office 365 with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Single Sign On I’ve decided to Disable ADFS Federation also known as defederation. The reasons behind the decision are many, but as I’ve explained before; when the lab or internet connection goes down, the shit hits the fan! This week my… Continue Reading

Getting Started with SMSPassword

Getting Started with SMSPassword

In this blog post I’m going to show you how you can secure your Netscaler Gateway or VMware Authentication Server with SMSPassword 2-factor authentication in 5 minutes! The moment you open your firewall for remote access you’re putting your lab or production environment into the danger zone. If you’re a blogger like me,… Continue Reading

How To Clean Up WSUS

How To Clean Up WSUS

I recently added Windows 10 to my WSUS Product and Classifications and got very surprised by the 100 GB of updates that was queued for download! Let’s learn how to clean up WSUS content folder. Unfortunately, cancelling the download queued is not that straight forward, so I decided to use the opportunity to… Continue Reading

Build VM Templates Automatically On a Schedule

Build VM Templates Automatically On a Schedule

Building VM Templates for your preferred Hypervisor can take a lot of time and also involves a couple of manual steps. Most importantly, when was the last time you updated your VM Templates? Templates are like tomatoes, they’re rotten after just a couple of days. Even though you have Windows Updates… Continue Reading

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and ESXi

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and ESXi

Last week I showed you The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). That installation was based on version 6.0.0, and just a few days ago Update 1b was released for both ESXi and VCSA. In this post I’m going to show you the correct and fastest way to update both.… Continue Reading

The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

The Fastest Way to VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.x was very clumsy to say at least. This improved with version VCSA 6.x when the installation became web based, but still… Now with the release of the ESXi Embedded Host Client 4 we finally got OVA/OVF support. So let me show you how… Continue Reading

Altaro and Nakivo VM Backup Review

Altaro and Nakivo VM Backup Review

A couple of week ago I stumbled upon a tweet from Rory Monaghan about the simplicity of Altaro VM Backup. So I set out on a mission to research the marked for an affordable and simple backup solution for home labs. The products I found and will cover below are Altaro and… Continue Reading

Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project

Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project

Finding a good and affordable Thin Client for your home lab is now history. The awesome Raspberry Pi Thin Client Project gives you a ready-to-go image with Microsoft RDC, Citrix Receiver 13.1 and VMware View 3.2 to name just a few. I bought the Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit… Continue Reading