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The Only Virtualization Solution for Skype Meetings Just Got Even Better!

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:00

Over a year and a half after Citrix and Microsoft introduced our jointly developed solution for delivering Skype for Business in virtualized environments — whether on-premises or in the cloud — the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack remains the only virtualization …

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Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 – A Visual C++ Redistributable Installer

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:50

In updating my MDT deployment shares recently, I got tired of having to do something about the Visual C++ Redistributable installers and finally decided to do something about it, so I’ve written a script that will download the installers and optionally install them – Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1.

This script reads an external XML file that contains the installer information for each of the Visual C++ Redistributables, so that changes to URLs, install options and new redistributables can be made without making changes to the script. The XML file lists the download URL and install instructions for each installer and looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Redistributables> <Platform Architecture="x64" Release="2005" Install="/Q"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update</Name> <URL>https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/B/4/8B42259F-5D70-43F4-AC2E-4B208FD8D66A/vcredist_x64.EXE</Download> </Redistributable> <Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x86" Release="2005" Install="/Q"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update</Name> <URL>https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26347</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/B/4/8B42259F-5D70-43F4-AC2E-4B208FD8D66A/vcredist_x86.EXE</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x64" Release="2017" Install="/install /passive /norestart"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017</Name> <URL>https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/b/f/3bf6e759-c555-4595-8973-86b7b4312927/vc_redist.x64.exe</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> <Platform Architecture="x86" Release="2017" Install="/install /passive /norestart"> <Redistributable> <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017</Name> <URL>https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/</URL> <Download>https://download.microsoft.com/download/1/f/e/1febbdb2-aded-4e14-9063-39fb17e88444/vc_redist.x86.exe</Download> </Redistributable> </Platform> </Redistributables>

The script will install the redistributables in the order listed in the XML file thus ensuring they are installed in the correct order.

Using Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1

Download Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 and VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml from the repository and edit the XML as required. As this includes all supported redistributables from 2008 to 2017, all will be downloaded and installed by default. If you don’t need all of them in your environment, remove those that aren’t required.

The script can be run in two phases – one to download the installers and again to install the redistributables – this is useful for downloading the installers to add to your reference image via MDT, for example. The script can also be used to download and install in one action.

Parameters

The parameters for the script are:

Xml

This points to the XML file that contains the details about the Visual C++ Redistributables. This must be in the expected format, otherwise the script will fail.

Example – Downloads the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml"

Path

Specify a target folder to download the Redistributables to, otherwise use the current folder.

Example – Downloads the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml to C:\Redist.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml" -Path C:\Redist

Install

By default the script will only download the Redistributables. This allows you to download the Redistributables for seperate deployment (e.g. in a reference image). Add -Install to install each of the Redistributables as well.

Example – Downloads and installs the Visual C++ Redistributables listed in VisualCRedistributables.xml.

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -Xml ".\VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml" -Install:$True

Results

Here is an example of the end result with the Redistributables installed. Note that 2015 and 2017 are the same major version (14.x), so once 2017 is installed, 2015 will not be displayed in the programs list. 2005 are not installed by default, as these are no longer supported.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables

Finally

This is the first version of the script and to the best of my knowledge the XML file is correct. Feedback and corrections is welcome and I have some plans to update the script with some additional error checking.

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Citrix SCOM Management Packs — Ready, Steady, GO!

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Service Release (LTSR) is the second XenApp and XenDesktop LTSR and the first LTSR that is bundled with SCOM Management Packs.

SCOM Management Packs have been a part of the Citrix product family since …

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Microsoft announces two new Azure regions in Australia

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:54

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is a very important battle ground for the major technology vendors. Google and Microsoft both like to be seen in the press among the nation’s government heads and decision makers. While Google have had a few wins, Microsoft’s latest wins may give it the advantage in the Cloud wars within the […]

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Better Together: Join Citrix and Microsoft for a Live Virtual Event Aug. 22

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:00
What’s Next in Our Partnership and Security in the Digital Transformation Era

Over the years, Citrix and Microsoft have delivered powerful new services and solutions to help our customers accelerate their journey to the cloud, making it easier for their …

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Network, Learn & Make New Memories at #CitrixSummit 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:01
You know the drill: when it comes to learning the skills and strategies to succeed, there’s no better place for our partners to get started with a successful 2018. And you’ve heard us remind you over and over about the …   Related Stories
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XenApp & XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR – The Blockbuster Release of the Summer

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00
Virtualization-goers everywhere will be talking about it. Over two decades in the making. More than twelve million lines of field-proven source code. Featuring the latest star capabilities around security, flexibility and user experience. This is the one you’ve been waiting …   Related Stories
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New Swipe Features in SecureMail

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:00

Citrix has recently provided a much sought-after enhancement in the swipe actions on the individual emails. This is available from 10.6.15 release.

Now, you can swipe left on any email to perform the frequent actions like “Flag” …

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IoT e Machine Learning: o que mudam no espaço de trabalho?

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:00

Se fosse preciso algum fato pontual que nos demonstrasse o ritmo acelerado do avanço da tecnologia, esse seria o debate entre Elon Musk e Mark Zuckerberg sobre Inteligência Artificial. Duas das maiores referências em TI acham que está cada vez …

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How to Avoid Common Security Pitfalls & Educate Employees on Security Best Practices

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:00
Five pillars of security success

Another day, another threat emerges. Security is top of mind for organizations of all shapes and sizes, but it can be overwhelming and many businesses don’t know where to start. At Citrix, our strategy is

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Two “Layers” To App Layering

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:00

Is that too much? Two much?

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Let’s look at the word “demo” for a moment, shall we? Now, I don’t think its origins are from the Latin phrase “Demon,” but given some of my experiences on stage, you …

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Bring Your Own Tech to Work: Risks, Rewards & Realities for Healthcare

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00
Organizations need to recognize that people will continue to use unauthorized technologies — often in direct violation of organizational policies. This is especially true in the healthcare industry, where the balance between patient care, HIPAA compliance, security issues and privacy …   Related Stories
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Can rock stars fuel impostor syndrome, and what you need to know to protect yourself

Theresa Miller - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 05:05

If you’re in tech, you’ve probably heard of impostor syndrome. You’ve also most likely encountered so-called rock stars. But have you ever wondered if one feeds into the other? If the two are related, what can you do to protect yourself and keep a healthy view of your own talents and accomplishments? Words construct our […]

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WagtheReal Digest – August 12 2017

Wag the real - Alain Assaf blog - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 08:00
A list of articles/blog posts to review, research, or archive EUC/Virtualization/Scripting UPDATED PVS Documentation Script Powershell: The many ways to use regex Citrix Receiver Updates Made Easy Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F) 6.1.0 build 04.111 The ultimate Citrix XenDesktop 7.x internals cheat sheet Profile Management – Part 2 The New Scout 3.0 XenDesktop 7.x: Database … Continue reading WagtheReal Digest – August 12 2017 →
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Uncover Security Blind Spots in Your Organization with Citrix & Bitdefender

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:00

If security used to be a compliance-only conversation, today it is a hot topic even at C-level. Recent ransomware attacks, such as WannaCry and GoldenEye, affected entire organizations, including companies like FedEx and Renault. Big brands, banks or state departments …

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Time for Another XenApp & XenDesktop Update Webinar

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:00

It’s hard to believe that we are already in mid-August! It feels like we were celebrating New Year’s just a few minutes ago (though the calendar proves me wrong). That said, I guess you’d expect things to seem like they’re …

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Citrix Linux VDA Can Now Be Provisioned at Scale on Microsoft Azure

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:00
Today, I am pleased to announce the availability of Linux VDA Image Service, a new Citrix Cloud Labs service that allows administrators to jump-start their Linux VDA deployment on Microsoft Azure.

This new service comes armed with the peace …

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Around the World

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:00

“I Haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

It’s often said that the best part of travel is coming home (and reveling in the comfort of your own bed). The most important part of travel, though, …   Related Stories
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The New Scout 3.0

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:00

If you installed XenApp and XenDesktop 7.14.1, you might have noticed a new version of Citrix Scout. Scout makes it easy for Citrix administrators to collect diagnostics and traces. This tool helps administrators obtain common health check recommendations for their …

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Estimate the Size of XenApp & XenDesktop Monitoring Database

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:00

With each successive release of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, monitoring and Analytics gets stronger and adds more information.

Citrix Director — the monitoring and troubleshooting solution for XenApp and XenDesktop — has introduced new monitoring capabilities, like CPU usage, memory …   Related Stories
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