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How Stratodesk and Citrix Help Customers Unify & Standardize VDI Endpoints

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:00

As a Citrix Ready partner, Stratodesk has been pioneering the cause of helping Citrix’ customer base enhance the user experience with endpoint devices. Today, I am pleased to bring you a guest post by Joseph Anderson from Stratodesk. Read on

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Knowledge Center Highlights – December 2017

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:08

Hello Citrix community! Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Citrix Knowledge Center Highlights. This is a collection of new and updated articles, trending articles, and other updates from the Citrix Knowledge Center team.

Knowledge Center Highlights

We have organized …

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Improving the Citrix User Experience

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:00
At the end of my last article on scalability, I mentioned that we’d recently changed our default ICA transport from TCP to something called Enlightened Data Transport, or EDT.

EDT is more closely related to UDP than TCP …

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December News round-up

The Iconbar - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 07:07
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?

More update to RDSP announced on ROOL forums

Elesar releases an update for Titanium users wanting to use two screens.

Autumn 2017 issue of Drag'n'Drop is now available on the website.

Show dates for 2018 all now released with SW show on 24th February, Wakefield Show on 21st April and London Show on 27th October.

80% of the RISC OS user guide is now updated and ROOL are asking for volunteers to complete the task.

Sophie Wilson was a guest on the Selywn team in the Christmas University challenge contest.

Some interesting updates on the RISC OS Linux port over on ROOL.

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Categories: RISC OS

A great way to collect logs for troubleshooting

Microsoft Virtualisation Blog - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:30

Did you ever have to troubleshoot issues within a Hyper-V cluster or standalone environment and found yourself switching between different event logs? Or did you repro something just to find out not all of the important Windows event channels had been activated?

To make it easier to collect the right set of event logs into a single evtx file to help with troubleshooting we have published a HyperVLogs PowerShell module on GitHub.

In this blog post I am sharing with you how to get the module and how to gather event logs using the functions provided.

Step 1: Download and import the PowerShell module

First of all you need to download the PowerShell module and import it.

Step 2: Reproduce the issue and capture logs

Now, you can use the functions provided as part of the module to collect logs for different situations.
For example, to investigate an issue on a single node, you can collect events with the following steps:

Using this module and its functions made it a lot easier for me to collect the right event data to help with investigations. Any feedback or suggestions are highly welcome.

Cheers,
Lars

Categories: Microsoft, Virtualisation

DHCP – Activate Filter “Allow” & import MAC address from SCCM by WMI request

Archy.net - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:08

Hello folks,
Recently, i have post a script to interroge SCCM and find the MAC address informations. In this post, i show you how activate DHCP Filter “Allow” to protect your DHCP delivery lease to deny access to your network (i know, there is NAP or NAC but, it is a simple way to block the issuance of a DHCP lease).

Prerequirements

First, you need to create a Active Directory user and give to this account rights “DHCP Administrator”.

In SCCM console, add this users to group “Read-only Analyst” .

Activate filter “Allow” on DHCP server

Connect to your DHCP Server and open the management consoleOn the IPV4 tab, open the drop-down menu, and then select the “Filters” option and right-click the “Allow” folder and select “Enable”.

From now, the DHCP server no longer delivers leases.

On the DHCP Server, launch this script for retreive and add the MAC Address informations from SCCM Server to filter list “Allow”.

Source code   # Connection information $SiteName = "FR1" $ServerSite = "sccm" # WMI Request $ImportSCCM = $(Get-WmiObject -Class SMS_R_SYSTEM -Namespace "root\sms\site_$SiteName" -computerName $ServerSite) # Create collection $Mycoll = @() foreach ($obj in $ImportSCCM) { Write-Host $obj.NetbiosName $obj.MACAddresses $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion $Mydetails = "" | Select-Object PCName, MacAddress, OS If ($([String]$obj.MACAddresses) -eq "") { $Mydetails.PCName = $obj.NetbiosName $Mydetails.MacAddress = "Nul" $Mydetails.OS = $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion } Else { $Mydetails.PCName = $obj.NetbiosName $Mydetails.MacAddress = [String]$obj.MACAddresses -replace ":","-" $Mydetails.OS = $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion } $Mycoll += $Mydetails } #Add MacAddress into DHCP Filter foreach ($objects in $Mycoll) { Add-DhcpServerv4Filter -List Allow -MacAddress $objects.MacAddress -Description $objects.PCName -Confirm:$false -Force -Verbose } # Remove Obsolete entries Compare-Object $(($Mycoll | Select-Object MacAddress).MacAddress) $(Get-DhcpServerv4Filter -ComputerName $DHCPServer -List Allow | Select-Object MacAddress).MacAddress -IncludeEqual | % { if ($_.SideIndicator -eq "=>") { Remove-DhcpServerv4Filter -ComputerName $DHCPServer -MacAddress $_.InputObject -Confirm:$false -Verbose } }

When the script is finished, you can see into the management console of DHCP Server, the entries are add into the “Allow” list.

The DHCP server correctly delivers the lease of the device whose MAC Address is allowed.

 

Categories: Community, Virtualisation

SCCM – Find Devices MAC Address

Archy.net - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:56

Hello Folks,

This week I needed to export from SCCM, the devices name and MAC Address to a CSV file.

I need this file to create green list into DHCP server. The Green list give permission to have a lease from DHCP server. I will speak of this subject in a futur post.

To find informations on devices into SCCM, we can work with WMI Class of SCCM. This script is based on WMI request.

Source code   $SiteName = "FR1" $ServerSite = "sccm" $Mycoll = @() foreach ($obj in (Get-WmiObject -Class SMS_R_SYSTEM -Namespace "root\sms\site_$SiteName" -computerName $ServerSite)) { Write-Host $obj.NetbiosName $obj.MACAddresses $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion $Mydetails = "" | Select-Object PCName, MacAddress, OS If ($([String]$obj.MACAddresses) -eq "") { $Mydetails.PCName = $obj.NetbiosName $Mydetails.MacAddress = "Nul" $Mydetails.OS = $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion } Else { $Mydetails.PCName = $obj.NetbiosName $Mydetails.MacAddress = [String]$obj.MACAddresses $Mydetails.OS = $obj.OperatingSystemNameandVersion } $Mycoll += $Mydetails } $Mycoll | Out-GridView

 

 

Categories: Community, Virtualisation

FCUGC – 3ème edition

Archy.net - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 07:54

FCUGC Rencontre du 3eme type !

Pour sa troisième rencontre, le French Citrix User Group Community (FCUGC) lâche l’ancre au 47 Quai de la Tournelle 75005 Paris – Péniche Henjo – pour une soirée de discussion sur des sujets autour de Citrix avec le partenaire de cet évènement, NUTANIX

 

La soirée sera composée de 3 présentations suivies d’un échange autours de 2 ou 3 sujets comme nous avons maintenant pris l’habitude de faire.

La communauté est un excellent moyen pour se lancer dans des présentations, le public est ouvert et tous les échanges sont constructifs, si tu veux te lancer, c’est le moment ! Donc tu souhaites présenter lors de cet évènement, prends contact avec Samuel Legrand ou moi même ! (formulaire de contact, email, twitter, téléphone, bref, tu trouveras un moyen de nous joindre)

A bientôt !

Pour s’inscrire, clique sur l’image :

Encore un merci aux précédents sponsors des deux précédentes éditions :

Control UP et Activlan

 

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Active Directory Certificate Services [Part1]

Archy.net - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 09:45

In this post, I will tell you the information to prepare for the installation of a future two-tier PKI infrastructure.

What is it AD CS Services

Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) provide customizable services for issuing and managing certificates that are used in software security systems that use public key technologies.

Features of AD CS services
  • Certification authorities: Root and secondary certification authorities are used to issue certificates to users, computers, and services, as well as to manage the validity of certificates.
  • Registration of certification authority via the Web: registration via the Web allows users to connect to a certification authority using a Web browser to request certificates and retrieve revocation lists from Certificates.
  • Online Responder: The Online Responder service accepts revocation status requests for specific certificates, evaluates the status of these certificates, and returns a signed response containing the requested information about the certificate status.

The applications supported by the AD CS services include the S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) extensions, secure wireless networks, virtual private networks (VPNs), Internet Protocol security (IPSEC), the EFS files, smart card logon, SSL/TLS (Secure Socket layer/Transport layer Security), and digital signatures.

Standards PKC Availability of infrastructure

The PKI infrastructure is separated into different components, each with its own service-level agreement (SLA).

  • Enrolment: This feature is considered non-critical within the infrastructure in terms of the use of certificates. A failed enrolment can always be postponed.
  • Revocation: This feature is critical. A compromise certificate must be revoked as quickly as possible. The SLA for this feature also depends on the status check feature due to the fact that the revocation information is given by the CRL (or the token of an OCSP responder if available).
  • Status check: Checking the status of a certificate depends on the availability of a valid CRL. This means that at minima a CRL file must be available and valid. For this, the CRL will be generated each day for a period of validity of 7 days.
What you need before start installation ?

Before start installation you need to take more informations to set your CA environnement. These settings are needed to prepare correctly your documents and your installation.

Define attributs for CA Root

First, define correctly the differents attributs of the CA Root :

Define Path CRL and AIA

Define attributs for Enterprise Subordinate CA

Define Path CRL and AIA

How to define the DN of certificates

You can help you with this array to define correctly your certificates DN :

Firewall rules

This array define the rules to activate on security firewall of your compagny.

To avoid opening all dynamic RPC ports, you can set the certificate authority’s DCOM port.

Fixed DCOM port :

If you want to set the CA server to use a static DCOM port, follow these steps :

  • Connect to the CA server with an account with local Administrator privileges
  • Open the “Component Services” MMC (DCOMCNFG)
  • In the left panel, unwind Component Services, Computers, My computer, and click DCOM Config
  • In the right pane, select “CertSrv Request” and right click and select “Properties”
  • In the “Endpoints” tab, click the “ADD” button
  • Select “Use Statistic endpoint” and add the port you want, example “49152” and, double-click OK
  • Restart the service of the Certificate Authority :
    • net stop certSvc
    • net start certsvc
  • To check the listening port, run the command “netstat-anob”, check the port linked to the “certsrv” process

 

Now that we have defined all of the prerequisites, you still have to define the infrastructure of your PKI two levels. The Root CA is not resource consuming and can be turned off at the end of the installation. It is autonomous and should not have an IP address in practice.
The point of attention comes to the intermediate CA. You must define in relation to the number of users, devices, the size of the CRL file. Whether you want to install all of your components on the same server or, if you want to separate the roles and for example install one or more IIS servers separately from the PKI.
I did not mention an element that simplifies the query of the CRL, the OCSP service. If you want to integrate this feature, you will need to set the service access URL.
We are ready to move on to the installation of our 2 tier PKI infrastructure. I would detail the installation of the components in a next post.

 

 

 

 

Categories: Community, Virtualisation

Block Windows XP using selective Ciphers on Citrix NetScaler

Henny Louwers Blog - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:48
As you probably know Windows XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft. No (security) updates will be made available for Windows XP making it possibly vulnerable for future exploits. As an organization you will have to decide what you are going to do about these (probably unmanaged) Windows XP workplaces. There will still be […]
Categories: Virtualisation

XenApp 6.5…incoming!

Paul Lowther - Fri, 02/17/2012 - 23:05

Hey folks,

I know it’s been a while and I’m still getting visits to the site.  A lot of the information I posted here is still valid, so thanks for your continued visitations.

I’m just about to embark on getting XenApp 6.5 put into our environment, based on Windows 2008 R2 (of course).  Whereas I won’t be doing the direct engineering myself, I’ll be heading up the team doing it (stuff happens, people move on) but I’ll be able to bring you information as it comes in.

So, keep tuned in.

What’s more we’re looking to do a sizeable implementation of XenDesktop on XenServer too, so I’ll be sure to update you on some of that too.

If you have any requests, let me know – I’ll be sure to try to get the info!

PL


Categories: Citrix

Citrix Receiver and Juniper SSLVPN

Paul Lowther - Sat, 10/02/2010 - 18:25

What do you do if you have a requirement to have your Citrix Farm(s) available outside of the company firewall. ‘Available’ meaning usable on any device, become truly device agnostic!

You could punch some holes through your firewall and hope it meets the stringent company security regulations.

You could buy a Citrix Netscaler solution and use their in-built Access Gateway functionality to ‘easily’ allow ICA traffic into your network.

But…What if your company had already invested in SSLVPN technology and couldn’t justify Netscaler?

The answer, if you chose Juniper, which many companies do due to it’s standing in the technology space and magic quadrant position with Gartner and Forrester, is actually all rather simple.

On September 8th, Juniper released their new Junos Pulse app for iOS4.1 and above. This means that any device currently compatible with iOS4.1 can utilize an SSL connection through the Juniper devices, into a secure company network. Once the connection is established, you can fire up Citrix Receiver, put in your simple connection string for your farm and hey presto, access to your published applications and desktops on XenApp and XenDesktop.

OK, so we’re not device agnostic yet, but…

iOS4.2 is out in November, which will be release for the iPad, a big game changer for mobile computing due to it’s portability and screen real estate (self confessed fanboy!), which will mean Junos Pulse will work immediately, once installed and connected to your SSLVPN device.

For the non-Apple devices, I have it on good authority that Droid, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Blackberry are all in Beta development at the moment and will be released ‘soon’. Great news…and a step towards device agnostic usage, so long as there is a Citrix Receiver for your platform too.

Getting it to work:

Installing the app is as simple as any app from the App Store, configuring it is also pretty simple, what’s more, with the Apple iPhone Configuration Tool for OSX/Windows v3.1, you can create pre-configured connections for your device, which does the ‘hard’ work for your end users!

Configuring the Juniper SSL device is fairly simple too, as long as you are using the NetworkConnect, function your device will have access, albeit fairly pervasive, to the network you’re connecting to.

What do I recommend you do is:

Set up a separate realm for mobile devices, which you specify as the connection string
Create a new sign-in page that is friendly to small screens – check out the Juniper knowledge base for a sample download.
Limit the devices you want to have connect by specifying the client device identifier.
Limit the sign-in screen to be available to the *Junos* browser only.
Add black lists of network locations you don’t want everyone to have access to. These could be highly confidential data repositories or your ‘crown jewels’.
Add white lists of citrix servers you want your folks to have access to while on the network, or if you’re happy that the blacklist is sufficient, allow * for a more seamless and agile implementation which will not need adjustment as your farm grows.

There is a lot of flexibility in the solution and depending on your security needs you can mix and match some of these ideas and more in what constitutes a valid policy for your company. The more controls you add, the more you may need to revisit the configuration as devices arrive and requirements change.

Once you are up and running with NetworkConnect you can configure your Citrix Receiver client, connect and start using your Citrix apps strait away.

I was impressed how quick it was to achieve and painless the process has been made.

I don’t work for Juniper and have only recently become familiar with the technology but in my mind, Junos Pulse is a complete breath of fresh air. In forthcoming releases there will be host checkers and cache cleaners etc to ensure the device is adequately secure before allowing connection.

The area of mobile security is still in it’s infancy, it will be interesting to see if Juniper keeps up with the requirements for more security, or my hope is be the lead for others to follow!

PL


Categories: Citrix

Citrix Merchandising Server 1.2 on VMWare ESX (vSphere)

Paul Lowther - Sun, 03/21/2010 - 10:49

I recently acquired (yesterday) the Tech Preview version of Mechandising Server 1.2 from Citrix, which is specifically packaged for use on VMWare ESX.

Version 1.2 has been out or a short while, and whereas I had it running rather well on a XenServer, my company is a VMWare-only place right now, so getting this into a Production state would have meant jumping through several hoops.  I attempted to convert the Xen package over to VMWare but consistently got issues with the XML data in the OVF.

The new VMWare packaged file, which is around 450Mb, imported without a hitch!  Now I’m up and running on the platform of choice and this should make it easier for me to use in Production!  Good news!

Citrix recommends 2CPUs and 4Gb Ram for the instance.  Depending on your scale of usage, you can get it up and running with 1CPU and 1Gb RAM but that really does depend on how large your Directory data is.  For testing, I recommend 2Gb RAM, although it’s simple to adjust when you are more familiar with the load that is required for your environment.

If I find any gotchas with the configuration or getting Receiver/Plug-ins working with the Web Interface, I’ll let you know!

Thanks for reading, leave a comment!

PL


Categories: Citrix

AppSense 8.0 SP3 CCA Unattended

Paul Lowther - Fri, 03/19/2010 - 14:03

If you’re wanting an unattended installation of you AppSense CCA (Client Communications Agent) you will want to look here.

This is documented in the Admin Guide but I missed it on my first run-through.

The installation is the same for the 32-bit or 64-bit version, simply call the right MSI for your server type.  This is also true for the compatible Operating System versions, there’s only one per architecture but covers all compatible OS, which keeps it relatively simple.

Installation Script @echo off REM *** SETTING UP THE ENVIRONMENT NET USE M: "\\server\share\folder" /pers:no SET INSTALLDIR=M:\ REM **** Installing the AppSense Communications Agent (WatchDog agent installed also!) REM **** Set this VARIABLE for your own (primary) Management Server SET APPSENSESITE=SERVERNAME ECHO Installing AppSense Communications Agent.. cd /d %INSTALLDIR%\AppSenseCCA SET OPTIONS=INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Management Center\Communications Agent\" SET OPTIONS=%OPTIONS% WEB_SITE="http://%APPSENSESITE%:80/" SET OPTIONS=%OPTIONS% WATCHDOGAGENTDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Management Center\Watchdog Agent\" SET OPTIONS=%OPTIONS% GROUP_NAME="ZeroPayload" SET OPTIONS=%OPTIONS% REBOOT=REALLYSUPPRESS /qb- /l*v c:\setup\log\cca.log START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i ClientCommunicationsAgent32.msi %OPTIONS%

This will install the CCA, set the installation folders, choose your “preferred” Management Server and then add it to a Deployment Group.

Management Console Considerations

One requirement for the Deployment Group is that it set for “Allow CCAs to self-register with this group”

This is set in the Management Console, in the group you have created, called ZeroPayload here, under the Settings section.  Putting a tick in the box is sufficient to complete the registration setting.

Now, a server will be able to join the group with the above unattended script.

What I have done, to manage how and when the agents and pacakages are deployed, is set the “Installation Schedule” to be set to “At Computer Startup – Agents are installed only when computers are started“.  I have added all the agents into this group but no PACKAGE payloads.  If you now reboot the server at your convenience, once the CCA is installed (in my case part of a wider XenApp install) the server will install the agents and immediately REBOOT the server one more time, since you need to remember that the Performance Manager agent will automatically issue a reboot request upon installation.

If you were to set this as “Immediate” in the Installation Schedule, there would be no control over when your server reboots.  Many people fall foul of that nuance of PM as it’s easy to forget (I’m sure the guys at AppsSense forget that on occasion too!).

One very cool behaviour is that you can add both 32-bit and 64-bit agents into this Deployment Group and your server will only install the version it needs for the given architecture.

So now your server is configured and ready for it’s final deployment.  If you’re like me and have  number of active Deployment Groups, some with a slightly different package payload, you can use this method initially, then move your server to the required deployment group.  If all agent versions are the same, and in the beginning they certainly should be, all that will be deployed when you move to another group is the Packages, and these don’t force a reboot.

One last thing to consider.  Any Environment Manager packages that have “Computer” settings will not be invoked until the next reboot.

So… there you have it in a nutshell.

Leave me a comment if you have experiences to share.

PL


Categories: Citrix

XenApp PowerShell Command Pack CTP3

Paul Lowther - Fri, 03/19/2010 - 09:09

I’ve recently started looking at PowerShell 2.o and bought the “for dummies” book to get me started.  My immediate need for usage of PowerShell was to automate some XenApp farm configurations.  This is where the XenApp Command Pack CTP3 comes into the picture.

Installation:

A pre-requisite, in addition to installing the following two components, is to install .Net Framework 3.5SP1 – this is specific to the XenApp Command Pack and use of CTP3 functionality.

NOTE: Anywhere a  is shown, this is not intended as line break merely a line continuation to overcome the shortcomings in WordPress!

ECHO+ ECHO Installing Windows Management Framework Core (including PowerShell 2.0).. start /wait WindowsServer2003-KB968930-x86-ENG.exe ♦ /quiet /log:c:\setup\log\WMF-PS.log /norestart ECHO Installing XenApp PowerShell Commands.. cd /d "%INSTALLDIR%\Citrix Presentation Server" start /wait msiexec /i Citrix.XenApp.Commands.Install_x86.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\Citrix\XenApp Commands" ♦ /norestart /qb /l*v c:\setup\log\xa-cmds.log

Now I have the Commands installed, it’s relatively simple for me to manipulate the farm in any way I want! As far as I can see, anything that is configurable within the AMC (XenApp 5.0 FP2) can be manipulated with a PowerShell command. This includes both farm settings and server settings. I’ve also been able to set Server Groups, Server Console published icons, Administrator Access, Lesser-mortal-being Access (defined access rights) and more besides.

I would have added some of my code here but there are some sensitive items in it and would have to rewrite a lot just to display it.  It’s quite simple to get some quick results, believe me!

It’s a given that Citrix will increase their use of PowerShell in versions to come, such as FP3 and XenApp 6 for W2K8-R2. This for me can only be seen as a positive move!

I can’t recommend this one highly enough.  Check it out.

Leave a comment and thanks for reading.

PL


Categories: Citrix

AppSense 8.0 SP3 Unattended Installation

Paul Lowther - Fri, 03/19/2010 - 08:18

It’s been a long time in coming but I finally got round to getting some progress with AppSense 8.0 @ work.

I don’t do anything unless I can automate it, so here’s my take on the unattended method for AppSense v8.0, in this case the files I used were SP3.  There is some great information in the documentation for the pre-requisites needed to get the software installed.  This is the condensed and automated sequence.  I recommend you read the documentation too!  One thing that is missing is how to do an unattended installation, which is where I felt it necessary to share my knowledge with you!

A word of warning, this isn’t as end-to-end as I’d hoped.  The pre-requisites and MSI installations are all you need to get the product running on your server but you still have to configure the product with the relevant databases for Management Server, Statistics Server and Personalisation Server, if you are using them.  I did manage to do a lot more with AppSense 7, like defining the database schema to use and setting the admin account to use etc, but I’ve since lost my snippets for v7 (an over zealous colleague being “tidy” on our code file server) and couldn’t find any settings within the MSI that looked like they would be relevant, so it’s install-then-configure this time!

My script here starts off with a server that already has IIS installed, but didn’t have BITS installed, so SYSOCMGR was used to add BITS.  If you’re installing IIS from scratch, ensure you add this component!

The IIS-BITS.inf file is simply:

[Components] BITSServerExtensionsISAPI = ON NOTE:  Anywhere I added the  symbol, it’s not intended as a line break!  I’m just overcoming the shortcomings in WordPress for long lines of continuous text. @echo off REM *** SETTING UP THE ENVIRONMENT NET USE M: "\\server\share\folder" /pers:no IF NOT EXIST M:\ GOTO FAULT SET INSTALLDIR=M:\ REM ** Enable BITS for IIS ECHO Enabling BITS for IIS START /WAIT sysocmgr.exe /i:%systemroot%\inf\sysoc.inf /u: ♦ "%INSTALLDIR%\AppSense\32-bit\IIS-BITS.inf" /r /x REM *** Installing Dot Net 3.5 ECHO .Net Framework 3.5.. cd /d "%INSTALLDIR%\32bit.kit\DotNet35" START /WAIT dotNetFx35sp1.exe /Q /PASSIVE /NORESTART REM *** Installing Visual C++ Runtime 2005 SP1 (needed for hotfixes etc) ECHO Visual C++ Runtime 2005 SP1.. cd /d "%INSTALLDIR%\32bit.kit\vcredist.2005.sp1" START /WAIT vcredist_x86.exe /q:a /c:"VCREDI~3.EXE ♦ /q:a /c:""msiexec /i vcredist.msi /qn"" " REM *** Install MS XML6 Runtime ECHO MSXML6.. cd /d "%INSTALLDIR%\AppSense\32-bit" START /WAIT msiexec /i msxml6.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress ♦ /qb- /l*v "c:\setup\log\msxml6.log" REM *** Installing AppSense Components cd /d "%INSTALLDIR%\AppSense\32-bit" ECHO Installing 32-bit AppSense Management Server component.. START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i ManagementServer32.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Management Center" ♦ ALLUSERS=TRUE REBOOT=ReallySuppress ♦ /l*v "c:\setup\log\AS-ManagementServer.log" ECHO Installing 32-bit AppSense Management Console.. START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i ManagementConsole32.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Management Center" ♦ ALLUSERS=TRUE REBOOT=ReallySuppress ♦ /l*v "c:\setup\log\AS-ManagementConsole.log" /QB- ECHO Installing 32-bit AppSense Application Manager Console.. START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i ApplicationManagerConsole32.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Application Manager" ♦ ALLUSERS=TRUE REBOOT=ReallySuppress ♦ /l*v "c:\setup\log\AMConsole.log" /QB- ECHO Installing 32-bit AppSense Environment Manager Console.. START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i EnvironmentManagerConsole32.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Environment Manager" ♦ ALLUSERS=TRUE REBOOT=ReallySuppress ♦ /l*v "c:\setup\log\EMConsole.log" /QB- ECHO Installing 32-bit AppSense Performance Manager Console.. START /WAIT MSIEXEC /i PerformanceManagerConsole32.msi ♦ INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\AppSense\Performance Manager" ♦ ALLUSERS=TRUE REBOOT=ReallySuppress  ♦/l*v "c:\setup\log\PMConsole.log" /QB-

For the .Net Framework file, don’t go looking for dotNetFx35sp1.exe, since this is merely the download of 3.5SP1 renamed so it doesn’t look like standard 3.5, and was done for my own future sanity if nothing more.

.Net Framework 3.0 is the minimum requirement but I’m aligning all my current work on 3.5SP1 since I may wish to use PowerShell 2.0 as and when possible.  I certainly did for XenApp with favourable results (will post about that later).

Post Installation work:

Once the software is installed, you need to connect to or create the databases you’ll need for your choice of functionality you’re going to make active.

Click Start -> All Programs -> AppSense -> Management Center -> AppSense Management Server Configuration

Go through the GUI, tell it where your blank (but already created) schema resides, present it with some credentials and you’re set!

The only other step you *may* be faced with is that the configuration tool analyses the installation to see if there any anomalies.  These are termed as variances in the GUI.  For me, since I’m logged in as an Administrator anyway, I ask the GUI to repair all variances, in all locations.  Once done, the installation is complete.  The steps are very similar for the Statistics Server and Personalisation Server.  It is recommended (for larger installations) that you put Personalisation on it’s own server instance, but Management Server and Statistics Server can occupy the same instance.

I’m planning on installing the CCA with the XenApp base build, so I will likely post that unattended install next.

Leave a comment, thanks for reading.

PL


Categories: Citrix

Citrix Merchandising Server 1.2

Paul Lowther - Fri, 03/19/2010 - 06:53

I’ve been experimenting with Merchandising Server recently.  Primary objective: To see what all the fuss is about.  How will this make my life (or at least the support team @ work)’s life easier?

Well on first look, it’s all looking rather good!  Here’s why:

  • Delivery of the Receiver software to any compatible device (Windows & Mac)
  • Delivery of Plugins (ICA aka Online/Offline Plugin, EdgeSight, Dazzle, EasyCall, etc)
  • Seamless Updating of new plugin versions (all fully customisable with rules for when to do or when to not do an action)

I can see our rather large user base (35k ICA installs and counting) being quite taken by the fact that they don’t have to seek out a “scripted” install to replace what they already have, we can do the “hard work” for them – and roll it back if a new version sucks (you know it happens occasionally!)

So what’s the catch:

Well since I am bound by the rules that *essentially* we are a VMWare shop at my place of employment, the Merchandising Server is a VM Appliance that is only available for those running XenServer.  This is a big disappointment.  Do you guys realise how many hoops I’d have to jump through to get a XenServer (or two) installed in Production.  Not only that but I’d have to write the documentation to support it, in addition to documenting the Merchandising Server, not a prospect I relish.

Look Citrix we know XenServer is a good product – and it’s free for simple implementations – but it’s not really “enterprise” thinking when you limit the use of a product like this.

But “WAIT”, I hear you say…breaking news…

The good folks at Citrix, in their infinite (albeit slightly tardy) wisdom have done the “enterprise” thing!  Whilst browsing around myCitrix.com today, I noticed that they have just released a VMWare instance!  Now that is good news.

I do have a slight challenge though, my subscription level seems to be limiting my ability to acquire said item.  Fear not, I tell myself, I have an email sat in my Citrix Account Manager’s inbox, asking for assistance of the intervention kind!  If/when I get it, I’ll post about it.  If the step-by-step documentation sucks, I may even write that up too.

If you have client sprawl in your Citrix jurisdiction, I really do recommend you check out the Merchandising Server, it could pave the way for an integrated solution for the future!

PL


Categories: Citrix

Google…Sesame Street

Paul Lowther - Tue, 11/10/2009 - 13:41

Today’s entry is brought to you by the letters J, P and G.

Sesame Street is 40 today and Google is paying homage by changing it’s image to commemorate this momentus day!

I know I spent many an hour clocked in front of the TV watching big bird and the gang…

Google's Image of the day...10th November 2009


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