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Laudation to E2EVC – Experts to Experts Virtualization Conference

Helge Klein - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 22:19

On the eve of my departure for E2EVC Athens I feel it is time for a laudation. Let me explain why.

Athens will be my 22nd E2EVC out of 40 events total. In the past eight years, I attended every single E2EVC event in Europe and the US. There is a reason for that, of course. It is certainly not an overabundance of time on my part or even wanderlust. It is simply the fact that E2EVC’s creator, Alex Cooper, has done the most remarkable thing. He single-handedly established the Citrix community in Europe (and helped along the greater end-user community quite a bit). That is a – very – significant achievement.

He single-handedly established the Citrix community in Europe

How did Alex do that? I am not sure how it started (because I was not around at the time). But I know why E2EVC has been by far the best conference for the past eight years: content and community. You could also rephrase it as “knowledge and networking”.

Great speakers almost guarantee great content, which in turn attracts attendees. But that is not all; Alex added a few clever twists. One, the conference is (mostly) on a weekend. This ensures that only the really passionate folks attend. Two, Alex organizes a community night out with food and drinks (often paid for by a sponsor). This brings people together. Three, Alex makes it easy to get a session slot (unlike almost every other conference). Many CTPs and MVPs learned the ropes at E2EVC, including myself.

The result is truly remarkable. I would guess that about 50% of attendees are regulars like myself while the other 50% are newbies or people that “hop on and off the bus”.

Taking a look at the content lined up for the Athens conference, we have sessions about topics and technologies from a broad range of end-user computing, cloud, virtualization and networking topics like the following (a selection):

  • Windows 10 VDI
  • Citrix App Layering automation
  • Windows Server 2019 Software-Defined Datacenter
  • Citrix Cloud on Azure
  • EUC: past, present and future
  • Citrix NetScaler automation
  • Workspace solutions in Azure
  • Web app UX monitoring with uberAgent
  • Containerization with Docker
  • MSIX for Enterprises
  • State of MDM
  • AMD datacenter GPUs for virtualization
  • Microsoft RDMi
  • Graphics acceleration update
  • Amazon AppStream and Amazon WorkSpaces
  • Security for EUC Admins
  • VMware Horizon in AWS
  • RES 2 Ivanti Workspace Manager

In addition to those 45-minute sessions, there are a number of 4-hour masterclasses on topics like:

What else is there to say? That E2EVC moves between cities that are attractive, affordable and easy to reach? That Alex personally operates an airport shuttle for attendees?

I am going to close this article with a big thanks to Alex and his team. Without them, I would not have met so many amazing people, I would not have learned so much, and I would have had far less fun doing so. In short: I would not be where I am today.

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Splunking the Aspect Ratio Distribution of National Flags

Helge Klein - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 21:04

When I tried to align the Union Jack and the flag of Germany on a presentation slide I noticed that I couldn’t – their aspect ratios are different. A quick search led me to this list of aspect ratios of national flags on Wikipedia. Apparently, national flags are far from standardized. A broad range of aspect ratios is being used. I decided to start a little fun project finding out which aspect ratios are most common.

Wikipedia Table to CSV

Wikipedia’s list comes as an HTML table. I would need the data as CSV for any kind of further processing. As it turns out, there is a website for exactly that: Convert Wiki Tables to CSV. You feed it the URL of the Wikipedia page you are interested in and it converts any tables on said page to CSV.

Cleaning up the CSV

Ultimately I wanted to process the CSV data in Splunk because that is the analytics tool I know best. Before I imported the data into Splunk, however, I wanted to clean it up a little. For that, Excel seemed easiest. When you paste CSV into Excel it sadly is not smart enough to offer splitting it into multiple columns. But that is achieved easily enough with the Text to Columns function.

After I had split the comma-separated table fields into columns again, I noticed that the Ratio column had both the fraction and the decimal value, separated by a space, e.g., “2:3 (1.5)”. So I repeated the splitting procedure to move the decimal value into a new column I would then discard along with some other unnecessary columns. I was left with the two columns Country and Ratio.

Statistics

Once I had saved the resulting data to a new CSV file I turned to Splunk. The easiest way to import a CSV file is the Add Data wizard which guides you through the process. I had the wizard create a new index national_flags for the data I was importing so as to have a dedicated container that would later be easy to identify and ultimately delete.

Once imported, I whipped up a quick SPL search to calculate the percentage of the 10 most common aspect ratios. When you are not totally new to Splunk these kinds of things are almost laughably easy, yet you always have full control over every aspect of the process. Here is what I used:

index=national_flags | top 10 Ratio | stats sum(percent) as Percent by Ratio | sort -Percent Explanation of the Search
index=national_flags
Selects all data from the specified index
top 10 Ratio
Selects the 10 most common values of the field Ratio and adds a new field percent to every row
stats sum(percent) as Percent by Ratio
Groups percent (renamed to Percent) by Ratio. This is not strictly necessary but makes the visualization easier.
sort -Percent
Sort by the field Percent (descending)
Visualization

The only thing left to do was to click Visualization for Splunk to generate the following chart:

Popular Aspect Ratios

Out of the 257 national flags in Wikipedia’s list by far the two most popular aspect ratios are 2:3 (~42%) and 1:2 (~33%). The third most popular aspect ratio, 3:5, is already as low as ~8%.

Data Table

For those interested, below is a table of the aspect ratio distribution. I created it by running the following Splunk search, exporting the results to CSV and converting it to HTML here.

index=national_flags | top 200 Ratio Aspect Ratio Distribution Table Ratio count percent 2:3 107 41.634241 1:2 84 32.684825 3:5 21 8.171206 5:8 6 2.334630 3:4 5 1.945525 10:19 4 1.556420 8:11 3 1.167315 7:10 2 0.778210 5:7 2 0.778210 4:7 2 0.778210 1:1 2 0.778210 ~1.618 1 0.389105 7:11 1 0.389105 6:7 1 0.389105 4:5 1 0.389105 28:37 1 0.389105 22:41 1 0.389105 2.6625:4 1 0.389105 2.338:3.608 1 0.389105 19:36 1 0.389105 18:25 1 0.389105 189:335 1 0.389105 17:26 1 0.389105 16:25 1 0.389105 15:22 1 0.389105 13:15 1 0.389105 11:28 1 0.389105 11:20 1 0.389105 11:18 1 0.389105 0.82 1 0.389105

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New - Citrix Gateway (Feature Phase) 12.1 Build 49.23/49.37

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Full Stack Monitoring of Microsoft 365 with eG Innovations announced at Ignite 2018

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 05:30

Amongst the many announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2018, one that caught my attention was a press release from eG Innovations. At Ignite 2018, eG Innovations has now introduced several new features to their enterprise monitoring solution for Microsoft 365 (M365). I was able to get a demo of the new capabilities, of which we will […]

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Creating an Application Crash Dump

Helge Klein - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:27
How to Create User Mode Crash Dump Files

If you experience application crashes you may be asked by support to create a crash dump file. Crash dumps are created automatically by Windows if the following registry key is present:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\LocalDumps

In order to help support troubleshoot your problem please do the following:

  1. Create the registry key LocalDumps if it is not present already.
  2. Reproduce the problem (i.e. make the application crash).
  3. Locate the crash dump file in %LOCALAPPDATA%\CrashDumps. Note that if the crashing application runs under the System account, that resolves to C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\CrashDumps.
  4. Send the crash dump file to support.

This works on all versions of Windows beginning with Vista and Server 2008 (including Windows 7, Windows 10, Server 2016, Server 2019, etc.).

More information: Collecting User-Mode Dumps in Dev Center

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Are Smart Phones Too Expensive?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:30

Opinion Piece: Are smart phones too expensive? It’s a question that has many layers behind it – but for the top end smart phone costing US$1000 and up, I wanted to look at who was still handing over their own cash to get the latest and greatest. Having my own preconceived ideas, I decided to […]

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WEM 1808 UPDATE AVAILABLE

Wag the real - Alain Assaf blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:20
Intro Fall, my favorite time of year. More so now that Citrix has released the next version of WEM. The version numbering system in now in line with other newly released Citrix products. This version is 1808. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the […]
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New - NetScaler Gateway 10.5 Build 69.3

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Standard Notes: a Note-Taking App with Client-Side Encryption

Helge Klein - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:26

Note-taking is one of those topics that appear to have been solved long ago, yet offer plenty of opportunity for new contestants. There are multiple reasons for that, but for me the number one is encryption. The major players, Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep, store your thoughts and ideas in plain text on any synchronized device as well as their cloud servers. In the age of hacks, leaks, and exploits it does not take much to conjure up scenarios where those thoughts become public knowledge all of a sudden.

If that creates an uncomfortable feeling: you are not alone. Luckily, others had it before. And at least one of them was a talented software developer. Thus came about Standard Notes. The following is a summary of my experiences with it. But let’s start with a quick recap.

Why Look for an Alternative Note-Taking App? Client-Side, Zero-Knowledge Encryption

I already mentioned this, but it cannot be stressed enough. Client-side means that the encryption happens on the client – unencrypted plain-text never leaves your device. Zero-knowledge means that the app vendor does not have access to the encryption key.

What Else is Missing from OneNote, Evernote and Keep?

Microsoft OneNote used to be a full-fledged member of the Office suite. That stopped with OneNote 2016, which is the last version of the full-capability desktop app Microsoft is going to release. Going forward, only the UWP app available on the Windows Store remains.

Evernote I have never used personally, so I cannot say much about it.

Google Keep is a little too simplistic for more than the simplest of requirements.

Important Standard Notes Features

This is a quick summary of what I believe are the most important features of Standard Notes:

  • Client-side encryption
  • Automatic (encrypted) backups, e.g. to Google Drive. A JavaScript-based decryption tool is saved along with the backup so the content is still accessible even if the vendor has gone out of business. This requires the Extended subscription.
  • 2FA: two-factor authentication via TOTP (e.g. Google Authenticator, Authy). This requires the Extended subscription.
  • Tagging system similar to the labels in Gmail. This is much more efficient for organizing (and finding) notes than a system where a note is stored in a folder hierarchy.
  • Built for longevity
  • Clients are available for all relevant platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Web, Android, iOS
What’s Missing from Standard Notes

Currently there are no keyboard shortcuts for navigating the app (the editors do have keyboard shortcuts). Support is planned, though.

Usage Tips for Standard Notes Choose Your Editor Wisely

The free version comes with a plain text editor only. Rich text and Markdown editors are reserved for the Extended subscription.

Once on the Extended subscription, there are several Markdown editors to choose from. The Advanced Markdown Editor partially formats Markdown code in-place and provides easy access to formatting options by way of an icon bar and keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, if you want to be able to switch between plain Markdown code and a preview of the formatted result try to the Simple Markdown Editor.

The rich text Plus Editor works similar to Gmail. When used in the web app version of Standard Notes, it overrides Chrome’s CTRL+number keyboard shortcuts, though, which can be irritating (instead of navigation to the first tab CTRL+1 now formats the current line as a headline). This is not an issue with the standalone app, of course.

You may want to select your preferred type of editor early on: even though switching between editors is easy, the formatting is not converted between Markdown and rich text.

Useful Extensions

The Folders extension lets you nest tags (create a hierarchy of tags as you can do with Gmail labels). the Quick Tags extension lets you choose from existing tags when adding tags to a note.

Smart Tags

Smart tags create virtual tags that display notes matching certain criteria (documentation). This requires the Folders extension. The following example creates a tag that only lists notes without associated tags:

`!["Untagged", "tags.length", "=", 0]` Sharing Notes Privately

Standard Notes comes with Listed, a publishing service. After installing Listed you will find the menu item Publish to Private Link in the Actions menu. Private publishing basically decrypts your note, uploads it to Listed and publishes it under a cryptic link like https://listed.standardnotes.org/6tGUB6WrPw. It is important to note that private publishing does not give others access to your note directly. Instead, it makes a read-only copy of your note. Therefore, private publishing can be used to share information with anyone who has the link, but it does not allow for collaboration.

Importing to and Exporting from Standard Notes Exporting a Markdown Note as HTML

To export a note formatted in Markdown as HTML (e.g. for reuse in a blog post) switch to the Fancy Markdown editor. It lets you switch to HTML next to the Preview button in the upper right corner.

Exporting a Rich Text Note as HTML

To export a note formatted in rich text as HTML (e.g. for reuse in a blog post), click the code view button in the Plus Editor’s toolbar. You may want to beautify the resulting HTML code with one of the many online HTML beautifiers out there.

Importing Notes from OneNote

If you have been using OneNote before, like me, you would probably like to transfer your existing data over, preferably without losing too much of the formatting.

The bad news: OneNote is not very good at exporting to formats that are useful for migrating to other services. The other bad news: nobody seems to have filled that gap with a script or tool.

Here are some ways I found to get existing content from OneNote to Standard Notes.

OneNote to Standard Notes HTML

This is easy. The downside is that you have to migrate each page individually. Instructions:

  • In OneNote press CTRL+A followed by CTRL+C to copy all the page contents
  • Navigate to Standard Notes
  • Switch the editor to Plus Editor
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the copied page

In my tests, this resulted in a pretty faithful representation of the original OneNote page. Of course, you are limited to page contents Standard Notes supports.

OneNote to Standard Notes Markdown

The following only brings a rough approximation of the original formatting across from OneNote to Standard Notes. If you have a better workflow please let us know in a comment.

  • In OneNote press CTRL+A followed by CTRL+C to copy all the page contents
  • Open Notepad++
  • Select Edit -> Paste Special -> Paste HTML Content
  • Select the text within the body tag and press CTRL+C to copy
  • Navigate to Standard Notes
  • Switch the editor to any markdown editor
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the copied page
The Standard Notes Android App

Standard Notes’ Android app is superbly rated. It is basically the same as the web app with UI adjustments to the smaller mobile device. Everything is synchronized very quickly, including the choice of editor. This makes it impossible to switch to an editor with good preview on mobile while leaving your PC’s app settings unaffectecd.

One thing I do not quite “get” is navigation. When I click a note it opens the note’s configured editor. When I press the Back button, however, I get a Compose screen and need to press Back a second time before I am really back in the list of notes.

Standard Notes Online Demo

A fully-featured demo of Standard Notes is available online.

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New - Latest EPA Libraries

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October 2018 Windows Update Pulled After Deleting End User Files

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:30

As IT professionals, we often have backups of all of our critical systems. Whether it be a file server, an application server, or even a Microsoft Exchange server, we always make sure we back these servers up, and test that our backups are valid. Because we are so used to this as part of our […]

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vMotion for vGPUs

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:48

The introduction of vMotion for vGPUs was one of the exciting vSphere features announced at VMworld US this year. The announcements included a new vSphere edition (vSphere Platinum) and version (vSphere 6.7 Update 1). Security is the key feature of vSphere Platinum. It provides security at the hypervisor level with encryption in flight and at rest, TPM 2.0 (including virtual TPM 2.0). Access security […]

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Diagnose any kind of problem in your Virtualized Environment with Goliath Technologies!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:15

Virtualized environments are complex with many moving parts that include storage, networking, server hardware, hypervisors, and more. If you have ever dealt with an IT technical problem that became a major incident, then you know how complex troubleshooting can become. Then consider a complex problem that isn’t what it seems; where at first glance the […]

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MFA with Microsoft isn’t Scary

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 05:30

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and the eventual abandoning of password based authentication is just around the corner. Of course MFA is available on many services right now, but saying goodbye to passwords is still a work in progress. The state of MFA with Microsoft isn’t scary at all, and it could be time to dip your […]

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New - Components for NetScaler Gateway 12.0

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