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PowerShell – Add PowerShell to Context Menu

Wag the real - Alain Assaf blog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:54
Here’s a holiday hack for PowerShell. If you would like the ability to right-click on a directory and have PowerShell open to that directory here’s what you do… Open the registry on the system you want to do this on (regedit.exe) Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell Right-click and create a new key called PowerShellPrompt Rename the Default … Continue reading PowerShell – Add PowerShell to Context Menu →
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XenMobile API Use-Cases and Examples

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:00
XenMobile has a powerful REST API that exposes a lot of rich information about your XenMobile site, and also allows you to manipulate it. But what are some practical things that you can do with it?

First, if you haven’t …

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Drag'N'Drop Autumn edition now available

The Iconbar - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:43

If you are looking for a last minute RISC OS gift, or something interesting to dip into over the festive period, the latest edition of the long-running Drag'N'Drop magazine is now available. You can also buy all the back issues on a USB stick. The magazine is supplied as a PDF which you can read on any device.

This edition is 30 pages of news, reviews and technical articles and always reminds me of the Acorn magazines of yesteryear. Here are some highlights...

Licht is an interesting program to type in which takes its inspiration from the work of Roy Lichtenstein, adding dotted fill patterns to draw shapes. It is written in BASIC and also a nice exploration of manipulating draw files directly.

if you need to copy files from your Android phone to RISC OS there is a nice tutorial using !FTPc and other free software.

A short machine code utility (VMG) will turn sound samples into voice modules for easy use in your own code.

The first part of a new series on Fonts delves into how RISC OS fonts work and how the file format is stored, complete with a BASIC utility to examine the font data.

We have also reached part 3 of the tutorial on RSDP, and we are now writing real programs to generate music using the free software.

For the adventurous, there is also an article on writing your own filings system.

Finally Draw Stroke shows how to draw sophisticated lines with complex styles easily in your BASIC code.

The Magazine is available from the website and you can also buy a version with the listing.

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Categories: RISC OS

11th December: The Day Brits Would Wrap Up Work for Christmas if IT Issues Didn’t Restrict Productivity!

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:00
Here’s some early holiday cheer — if Britain’s knowledge workers operated in an IT issue-free environment, they would reach the same yearly productivity level as the average office worker (battling IT challenges) by today, Monday, 11th December.

Commissioned by …

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A Climate of Change: The Retail Industry & Enabling Technology

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00

During the time I lived in Dallas, a hilarious couple lived next door. The husband, a former airline executive who was already a knobby-kneed octogenarian by the time I met him, was full of corny sayings guaranteed to make me …

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StoreFront UI Customization Series

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:00

It’s been a couple of years since the previous StoreFront customization series was published, so it’s time for a content refresh.

While doing research on existing customization implementations found around the web, it was observed that many of them were …

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SSON Configuration Checker for Citrix Receiver for Windows

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

Hey Domain Administrators! Do you know how SSON Configuration Checker has eased domain-pass through configuration? Well, if you don’t then this is the right place.

Maybe domain pass-through authentication is a simple concept, but at times it doesn’t work well, …

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!DualHead puts 2 screens in one

The Iconbar - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:11
R-Comp have been very busy in developing !DualHead and release 3 is now available. This includes more polish and one really cool new feature....

Some monitors allow multiple inputs and have a special mode which allows them to display both outputs together, side by side. !DualHead now makes use of this to give you a higher resolution screen than should be possible with the Titianium.

You will need the right sort of monitor (R-Comp will be happy to sell you one if needed), and you then plug in both monitor outputs from your Titanium. You are still limited to 2048x2048 output on a single screen but using this trick you can get around this issue. The configuration software gives you easy access to these 'new' modes in the bottom half of the drop down list. So you can now have 2560x1440 or higher resolution modes from the Titanium.

I look forward to seeing what R-Comp have planned for release 4.

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Categories: RISC OS

The Power of Disconnecting

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:00
During my recent trip to Africa, I saw many unforgettable and fascinating sights – from gorillas in the mountains of Rwanda to elephants and impalas on the Serengeti. But perhaps the most remarkable sight was the image in my mirror …   Related Stories
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RDP and PCoIP graphics accelerated virtualization solutions

Terminal Services team blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:00

This blog post is authored by Ivan Mladenov, Senior Program Manager, RDS/WDG.

Once upon a time getting the content of a computer screen and putting it on the network for a remote access was done entirely in software. The CPU was solely responsible for making sure the app content is rendered, encoded into a video frame, and shipped over the network so a remote user on the other end of the wire can access their desktop and work remotely. The desktops evolution added graphics acceleration, but for a while accelerated graphics was not available to the remote users in a virtual environment. The remote desktop users were restricted to set of productivity applications that did not require GPU.

The advances in the GPU technologies in the past decades changed that. Graphics acceleration became available to desktops and high-end PCs so users can have spectacular gameplay experiences or increased productivity while using high-end computer-aided design applications. The prices for the gamers PCs and CAD workstations rocketed into the sky while more advanced GPUs with more cores and infinitely higher capabilities took over the market. Inevitably democratization of the GPU prices drove the cost down and the GPUs in the desktops became prevalent. Now every app on a modern desktop, laptop, or even a mobile phone can take advantage of a GPU acceleration.

GPU advances completely changed how apps are written and vastly improved the app experiences, however, apps running in virtualized environments were not able to benefit of the presence of a GPU as fast as their desktop counterparts. Many blog posts were written with instruction how to tune apps to run efficiently in virtualized environments. To ensure scalability and performance of the virtual machine many of these posts recommended turning off animations, transparency, clear type and other features that required GPU acceleration. This ultimately achieved the performance and scalability requirements but impaired the user experience. Virtualized apps provided sub-par, and sometimes quite painful, user experience when compared with the same app running on a desktop.

The evolution of the GPUs has advanced enough that a virtual machine can be configured to provide access to physical GPU capabilities to any virtualized application that needs access to an actual physical GPU. There are many different technologies and protocols that can do that, and most of them are already deployed in popular cloud services on Azure, AWS and other hosting providers. However, there are not very many articles that compare the virtualization, remoting, technologies, and protocols that take advantage of graphics acceleration. There are many good reasons for that; remoting technologies are complex to deploy, require quite a bit of knowledge in the space to successfully test, takes quite a bit of time to diligently prepare, properly measure and create a comprehensive report.

Thankfully two experts in the space decided to spend the time and effort to do just that. It has been quite a while since there was an article like that, but Benny Tritsch and Kristin Griffin did an excellent job of comparing two very popular and successful protocols that provide solutions to run virtualized graphics accelerated applications, RDP and PCoIP. Check out the results of their tests and view some of the recorded videos.

The article provides an exhaustive description of the testing methodology and illustrates the findings with text and videos. It does require familiarity with the used remoting technologies and the apps used in the test cases. It is a great illustration of two state of the art remoting technologies available today. The article goes into great details to argue the advantages of the compared protocols and solutions. The tests are done in lab environment with network simulator to isolate Internet unpredictability and create predictable and easy to replicate network conditions. A user can use the prescribed methodology and apps in cloud services like Azure or AWS and make conclusions for themselves in their own test environment.

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Scaling And Securing IoT Data Streams

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:15

The Internet of Things (IoT) is big and upcoming; we see more connected devices around us each day. When typical devices are “connected,” there’s an opportunity to make them smart and introduce new services, insights, and more. As a result, …

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The Session Catalog is Live—Build your #CitrixSummit Agenda Today!

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:00
Those of us in IT know that change is a constant. How do you navigate it? The first step is easy: just get to Citrix Summit 2018, January 8-9 in Anaheim, California.

Summit will give you the skills to …

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Three Reasons why SD-WAN is the Future of Branch Network Infrastructure

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:00

SD-WAN, or software-defined WAN, is exploding at the rate of knots, and is the hottest topic within the networking space right now. Estimated to be worth just $225m back in 2015, IDC predicts that sales of SD-WAN technology will reach

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Reliability is a “Must Have” for Delivering Apps from the Cloud

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:00
In the first blog post in our series on hybrid cloud world challenges for application delivery, we learned that there are three areas to address: reliable access & delivery, trusted security, and visibility through intelligent analytics. We will focus this …   Related Stories
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Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance Now Available with Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:00
Today, in partnership with Nutanix, Citrix announced the availability of Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud as the industry’s first Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance. This makes it faster and easier to deliver secure digital workspaces in today’s hybrid cloud world. …   Related Stories
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Upcoming Webinar: NetScaler MAS for Hybrid Cloud Visibility & Management

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:38

Are you concerned about loss of control and visibility as you move applications and workloads to the cloud? Do you worry about emerging security threats as applications become more complex and more distributed?

Your concerns are justified. Fortunately, NetScaler Management

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Flexibility: Transforming the Future of Work

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:00

The future of work is evolving at a rapid pace, and flexibility is at the forefront of the transformation. We’re talking about the ability to work anywhere, anytime, and from any device because technology enables a secure, integrated, and efficient …

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Simplifying the User Experience through Citrix Receiver for Chrome & HTML5 v2.6!

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:15
Amid the hustle and bustle of the final preparations for Christmas, Citrix has an early gift for you.

The Citrix Receiver team has been working closely with our customers to deliver a secure, flexible, and reliable experience with Citrix Receiver …

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DSGVO-Konformität in parallelen Wolkenwelten

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:00
Die neue europäische Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DSGVO), die am 25. Mai 2018 in Kraft tritt, legt die Messlatte für den Nachweis des Datenschutzes deutlich höher – und dies in einer Zeit, in der deutsche Unternehmen zunehmend auf Cloud-Services bauen, meist …   Related Stories
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NVIDIA GPU on AHV: The options (Video included)

My Virtual Vision - Kees Baggerman blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 04:31
With the latest release of Nutanix AOS and the included version of Nutanix AHV we’re introducing support for NVIDIA GPU GRID technology as being the third hypervisor supporting these technologies.   GPU pass-through in AHV With the previous version of AHV we already supported GPU pass-through in AHV, meaning you could assign a GPU (4
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