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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

Optimize Logon Times – Part 2: OS Optimization

Optimize Logon Times – Part 2: OS Optimization

This blog post series has been inspired by a presentation at E2EVC on how to Optimize Logon Times to 3 seconds and fellow CTP Claudio Rodrigues who published a photo showing ControlUp Insights Logon Average of 4 seconds. This 2nd post will show you how to Optimize the Operation System which… Continue Reading

The World’s Best and Cheapest Thin Client

The World’s Best and Cheapest Thin Client

Finally after spending more than 4 months on the road my VOYO V2 TV Box arrived. I had pretty much forgotten about it, but I’m really glad it showed up now just before Citrix Synergy 2016. This incredible little device is worth its price in gold (you even get a Windows 10… 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

Running Synology on ESXi

Running Synology on ESXi

A couple of weeks ago my long time friend Synology DS411J+ decided to die, almost 5 years old. Unfortunately Synology only offers 2 years support, so my probably fried mainboard will go into the waste bin together with it’s brother Synology DS410J. I guess the reason for it’s death is corrosion… 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

Getting Started With Microsoft Action Pack

Getting Started With Microsoft Action Pack

Almost two years ago I asked my fellow CTPs about their best TechNet Replacement. It became very clear that Microsoft Action Pack Subscription for Partners is the best kept secret no one seems to know about. At Citrix Summit 2015 we learned from Brad Anderson that the ONLY way to deliver the 3rd most… 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