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Nutanix Community Edition and MAC Mini Cluster

Nutanix Community Edition and MAC Mini Cluster

I’ve been very lucky to be part of a small group of beta testers on Nutanix Community Edition (NCE). My original plan was to buy a Synology DS415+ with four 500GB Samsung EVO 850. Now after testing NCE I’ve managed to saved $1420. Learn all about it. Now that the Beta is publicly available and you…Continue Reading

xenappblog virtual expo 2015

xenappblog virtual expo 2015

I love traveling, speaking and attending conferences all over the world. It’s a great place to meet up with friends, talk technology and share tips & tricks. But lets face the truth, it’s very expensive! You’ll leave your family and work behind to meet up with a bunch of geeks and very often your manager won’t approve…Continue Reading

Configure DHCP with Powershell

Configure DHCP with Powershell

As you will hear about in my upcoming podcast Ask Eric I’m constantly rebuilding my home labs from scratch. Make sure to submit your Podcast question now to get an Amazon Gift Card. I actually have three isolated labs running on XenServer, VMware and Hyper-V3. Before my Automation Framework is running I need to install and…Continue Reading

Virtual Router for Multiple Hypervisors

Virtual Router for Multiple Hypervisors

When you’re running multiple hypervisors in your lab you may want to separate them and isolate the networks. Still you want all of them to access internet. In my home lab I’m running Citrix XenServer 6.5, Microsoft Hyper-V3 and VMware vSphere 5.5. My lab environment are being rebuilt from scratch many times per year so…Continue Reading

Running a Citrix lab in Amazon AWS

Running a Citrix lab in Amazon AWS

Many people are wondering what´s the best way to get started learning Citrix or play with new products if you don´t have your own hardware. In this blog post I´m going to show you how I’m Running a Citrix lab in Amazon AWS. This post will show you how to build a complete Citrix XenApp…Continue Reading

TechNet Replacement

TechNet Replacement

My TechNet subscription finally came to an end, so I asked my fellow CTP’s about their preferred TechNet replacement. It became very clear that Microsoft Action Pack Subscription for Partners is the best kept secret no one seems to know about. Even though it’s a bit limited, for only $475 you get RDS Licenses, Windows…Continue Reading

XenMobile Certificate Simplicity

XenMobile Certificate Simplicity

Changing the default XenMobile Certificate to an external trusted SSL Certificate can be a bit complex, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s the fastest way. Thanks to @mrhaapala for the tip during Citrix Synergy 2014. Install Device Manager with the default XenMobile Certificate, just remember the password you use when defining the external…Continue Reading

Reduce The Time To Capture Reference Image

Reduce The Time To Capture Reference Image

When using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to Capture Reference Image for MDT or SCCM you know it can take quite some time to finish. There is 3 ways to heavily reduce that time. In a worst case scenario you will be able to cut it in half, others are reporting 400% improvements! So let’s get started. 1. Use Multiple…Continue Reading

Automated Master Image Creation

Automated Master Image Creation

When deploying a new computer or server image using MDT / SCCM, one of the most time consuming parts is Windows Update. So if the reference image isn’t getting updated on a regular basis, the deployment time will increase each and every month. To achieve the fastest deployment the reference image should be automatically updated…Continue Reading

Windows 2012 Deduplication and Hyper-V

Windows 2012 Deduplication and Hyper-V

A couple a months ago I kicked XenServer out of my lab and replaced it with Hyper-V as explained in details in the blog post Goodbye XenServer Welcome Hyper-V 2012. In this blog post I’m gonna show you how Windows 2012 Deduplication saved me 78% (204GB) on my already expensive Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD without spending a dime.…Continue Reading