Alike Backup – Free for XenServer and Hyper-V

Alike Backup – Free for XenServer and Hyper-V

For those who have been following my blog for some time know that I’m a big fan of PHD Virtual Backup or at least used to be. I’ve been following PHD since it’s early days. Unfortunately the company has grown to fast and the superb support has disappeared. Doesn’t matter how great the product is…Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer – Make your network 10x faster

Citrix XenServer – Make your network 10x faster

When putting most of your workloads on a Hypervisor you should not take for granted that you automatically get the maximum performance out of the box. You as the administrator need to perform additional tests to verify that the network performance are at it’s best. Last week I upgraded my Citrix XenServer Home Lab and…Continue Reading

Troubleshoot Citrix XenServer Network Performance

Troubleshoot Citrix XenServer Network Performance

Last week I was troubleshooting extremely slow network performance on Citrix XenServer 6.02 installed on HP Proliant BL460C G7. The solution was based upon Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 with all hotfixes. You might ask why not run XenServer 6.1? The customer did a Citrix XenServer Rolling Upgrade to 6.1 and a Provisioning Services Target Device software…Continue Reading

PHD Virtual Backup 6 – What’s new

This is a sponsored review of the new PHD Virtual Backup 6 for XenServer. I’m a big fan of PHD and are using it personally to backup all my Virtual Machines that are part of With over 55 video modules there’s a lot of VM’s on my XenServer. Needless to say, a disk failure without…Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer Rolling Upgrade

The Citrix XenServer Rolling upgrade feature was introduced in Citrix XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 1. This is a fantastic wizard that will upgrade all your XenServers automatically to the latest version from a central FTP/HTTP or NFS network share. So instead of upgrading hundreds of XenServers manually with DVD/USB you can now use this tool…Continue Reading

PHD Virtual Backup and Exporter

PHD Virtual Backup is a fantastic piece of software that I highly recommend. I’ve been running this backup solution in my xenapptraining lab since June 2011 and it has saved my ass many times. It also made it very easy for me to setup my new lab in Brasil – Citrix XenServer The Optimal Cheap…Continue Reading

How to Migrate to Citrix License Server VPX

Citrix has just released a new version of the Citrix License Server VPX which are a self-contained Linux-based virtual appliance that allows you to easily deploy licensing in your Citrix environment. The requirement is only 256 mb which are sufficient for up to 500 Citrix servers and approximately 50.000 licenses. Currently the Citrix License Server…Continue Reading

Unleash the Power of your Citrix XenServer

Green IT was the hottest buzzword before Cloud entered the scene. For this reason there’s a lot of new servers configured by default by the manufacturer to provide the best balance between performance and power consumption. So what does this mean? Well most of the HP servers delivered today are running with the CPU Core…Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer The Optimal Cheap Home Lab

I’ve just recently moved to Brazil and for this reason I needed to build a new Citrix XenServer lab and restore all my Virtual Machines used in my course. Rebuilding the environment was not a option. So in this post I’ll describe my new hardware and how I managed to completely replicate the environment.…Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer 6 and Web Self Service

Here’s a new video showing you how to install Citrix XenServer 6 and enable IntelliCache in XenServer. IntelliCache is a technology that may reduce the requirements for central storage by as much as 90%. Be aware that this is a technology which is dedicated for XenDesktop using Machine Creation Services (MCS) only. Provisioning Server does not leverage…Continue Reading