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The Citrix VDI Session Windows 10 Continuum Experience: Now Available on iOS Clients

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:00
The upside-down Christmas tree seems to have been all the rage during last year’s holiday season. Even though it was nothing new (upside-down Christmas trees have been around since Medieval times), the trend really caught on this season. The …   Related Stories
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Citrix TIPs Series: Leading Practices & Lessons Learned from Citrix on Azure

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:45
As more and more customers pivot toward the cloud, the Citrix Consulting team has had the benefit of collaborating with Microsoft on a wide list of projects to help organizations deliver workspaces from Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (Azure). From these …   Related Stories
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Accelerate to Win: Congratulations Citrix Summit 2018 Strategic Alliance WINNERS!

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:00
A new first: At Citrix Summit 2018 in Anaheim, Citrix honored the highest-achieving members of our global alliance partner ecosystem.

Applications and services are becoming more distributed across clouds and data centers, and users around the globe need reliable access, …

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Citrix 100 Days of Customers: Five Takeaways to Fuel Digital Success in 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:00
As we enter the New Year, I have been reflecting upon the immense responsibility Citrix has to deliver the experience, security, and choice people and organizations need to unlock innovation, engage customers, and be productive – anytime, anywhere. I’ve also …   Related Stories
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A Practical Example of Using Cloud Storage with XenServer in the Citrix Demo Center: Chapter 2

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
In this second installment, I’ll discuss why I chose a shell (Bash) to script the Object Storage libraries, and I’ll discuss some of the more complex issues when handling errors in Bash.

Language wars: Some may say that Python would …

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Accelerate ISV Business Transformation with the Power of Citrix Cloud

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:00

Following on Calvin Hsu’s recent blog post “Project Chrysalis: Transforming Business for Application ISVs,” today, we are going to dive into the mechanics of how Citrix Cloud can help an application ISV address the unique opportunity to deliver …

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Knowledge Center Highlights – January 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:30
Hello, Citrix community! Welcome to the January 2018 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.

We have organized these highlights into …

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South West Show is fast approaching

The Iconbar - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:29
The South-West Show, the premier RISC OS Show in the South-West, is fast approaching....

This year, it is on Saturday 24th February, 2018 at the usual venue of the Webbington Hotel.

The usual suspects should all be there. At the moment 'confirmed exhibitors' include

R-Comp / RCI
Orpheus Internet
ROOL (with Elesar)
Organiser
Archive Publications
Amcog Games
RISC OS Bits
John Norris
Ident Computer
Soft Rock Software
ROUGOL
Chris Hall
Steve Fryatt
Charity Stand
Pi/Jam area
Tasty Treats

If you would like to exhibit, just let Andrew at R-Comp know and he will arrange a table for you.

If you are not local, the Show is at a very nice hotel and you can get a great discounted rate if you contact Richard at Orpheus. He may also be able to tell you who else is in town if you want to catch-up with some other RISC OS users over dinner or drinks.

We will bring you some more updates as the show approaches....

Is the date in your diary?

show website

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Coretek Services: Taking Innovation for Citrix Partners to Infinity… and Beyond!

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:00
Every year, #CitrixSummit provides the perfect showcase for the year’s big reveal: The winner of the Innovation Award for Partners! And this year was no different.

Nominees for the Citrix Innovation Award exemplify how Citrix partners across the globe are …

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How to Win with Citrix Partner Services

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:00
In 2018, one of Citrix’s key priorities is helping our customers move into the Cloud. In order for this transition to be seamless and successful, we know aligning with our partners to deliver cohesive, effective services will play a pivotal …   Related Stories
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Ny undersökning: Dålig förberedelse inför GDPR

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:00

GDPR är på mångas läppar och som de flesta vet träder den i kraft om ganska exakt 5 månader. För att ta reda på hur väl förberedda företagen är inför införandet av den nya dataskyddslagen så genomförde vi tillsammans med …

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Building a Fast and Silent Workstation PC

Helge Klein - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:15

This article describes how to build a fast workstation PC that is almost completely silent (actually the fastest possible in terms of single-thread performance). It is based on a PC build published by German c’t magazine.

Why Single-Thread Performance is (Nearly) the Only Thing That Matters

There are many ways to evaluate CPU performance, but it basically boils down to a simple question: am I interested in single-thread or multi-thread performance?

The latter obviously yields a higher number and many benchmarks focus on the aggregate performance of all the cores in the CPU combined. But in a single-user machine multi-thread performance only rarely matters. The vast majority of software uses but a single thread (aka CPU core) for any significant calculations. That means in practice: if you want things to be done quickly, you need a CPU that has a high single-thread performance.

Multi-thread performance, while probably overrated, is not unimportant. There are quite a few applications out there that do use multiple threads at least part of the time to speed things up.

With the above in mind, we can define our ideal CPU: highest possible single-thread performance with good multi-thread performance. As it turns out, that CPU is currently Intel’s i7-8700K. No other x86 CPU matches its single-core speed, and with six cores total it is a more than decent multi-core contender, too.

Component Selection

Once I knew I wanted the i7-8700K I went to look for ways to run it at next to zero decibels. This is where c’t magazine comes in, probably the world’s only truly fantastic computer magazine left. c’t regularly publishes PC builds that focus on low noise emissions and energy efficiency. One of the best aspects of their builds is that they ignore unnecessarily complex techniques like water cooling or insulation, opting for noise reduction at the source instead. They basically put the fans in the right place of the chassis and test the hell out of the components to make sure none of them emit any unwanted noise.

Based on their suggestions I assembled the following components for my workstation PC build:

CPU:
Intel i7-8700K
Mainboard:
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
RAM:
4 x Crucial DDR4 16 GB PC4-19200 non-ECC (64 GB in total)
SSD 1:
Samsung SSD 960 Pro M.2
SSD 2:
Samsung SSD 850 Pro (data disk from my previous machine)
CPU cooler:
Thermalright Macho Rev.B
Power supply:
be quiet! Pure Power 10 400 Watt
Case:
be quiet! Pure Base 600
GPU:
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G 6GB

A “gaming” mainboard would not have been my natural choice. Neither do I really need a dedicated GPU. Unfortunately, none of the currently available mainboards for Intel’s 8th generation (Coffee Lake) CPUs are equipped with two DisplayPorts. As we will see below, this choice of mainboard and GPU negatively affects power consumption.

Assembling the Components

The actual build is pretty straightforward. However, you should move the front fan (which is basically useless where it is located) to the back of the case’s top, so that the heat is blown out to the top as well as to the back (by the second preinstalled fan). The case’s top plastic cover can easily be shortened with a saw so that it does not cover the new top-blowing fan.

Here is a view from an intermediate stage before the mainboard was put in the case:

BIOS Settings

First of all, update the BIOS to the latest version, then load the defaults. With that in place, configure the following settings:

  • Settings > Advanced > Windows OS Configuration > Windows 8.1/10 WHQL Support: enabled
  • Overclocking > CPU Features > Intel C-State: enabled
  • Overclocking > CPU Features > Package C-State Limit: C8
  • Overclocking > CPU Features > C1E Support: enabled
  • Hardware Monitor -> CPU 1: 40°/15%, 60°/30%, 70°/60%, 85°/100%
  • Hardware Monitor -> System 1: 30°/4.08V, 60°/5.04V, 70°/7.08V, 85°/12V
  • Hardware Monitor -> System 4: 30°/4.08V, 60°/5.04V, 70°/7.08V, 85°/12V
Power Consumption

A modern PC’s power consumption is highly volatile, changing many times per second depending on the workload. The most important value, however, is idle power consumption, because no matter how furiously you work, your machine will be idling a large part of the time.

There have been great improvements in idle power consumption in the past years. As an example, c’t published a build for an 11 Watt PC in December 2016. This i7-8700K build, unfortunately, is not as efficient. The best I observed is a little more than 36 Watts. The typical idle power consumption is around 40 Watts.

I blame Intel’s Z370 chipset, the only chipset currently available for Intel’s 8th generation (Coffee Lake) CPUs. According to other people’s measurements, the GPU consumes a bit less than 10 Watts when idle. Interestingly, it does not matter whether you connect one or two (4K) displays to the GPU. There is not even a significant change in power consumption if you connect a single display to the mainboard’s Intel graphics instead.

One caveat to be aware of: in sleep mode, the system consumes 12.6 Watts, which is about 12 Watts more than it should. This is the case even with the ErP Ready BIOS setting enabled, which is supposed to make the system conform to the EU’s environmental regulations. I worked around this inefficiency by configuring Windows to hibernate when the power button is pressed instead of sleeping. During hibernation the system only consumes 0.2 Watts.

Noise Emissions / Silence

I do not have the equipment to measure noise emissions, but I can say that the machine is nearly completely silent. Only when there is no ambient noise at all can a very unobtrusive mid-frequency ventilator humming be heard. This does not even change during prolonged periods of high load.

CPU Performance

There are many different ways to measure CPU performance. I find Cinebench to be a useful indicator. It has both single-core and multi-core benchmarks. The single-core result of 203 is even slightly higher than expected. The multi-core result of 1414 is only surpassed by some of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and by Intel’s expensive i9 processors. Cinebench results were measured before any Meltdown/Spectre patches were applied, by the way.

The post Building a Fast and Silent Workstation PC appeared first on Helge Klein.

The Office 365 roadmap for 2018

Theresa Miller - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:30

Disclaimer: While the author is a Microsoft MVP in the Office Servers & Services category, this article is provided based on information publicly available at https://products.office.com/en-US/business/office-365-roadmap?filters=#abc No spoilers here, sorry! The official Microsoft roadmaps are moving targets. They give us some indication of what to expect in the Microsoft products and when to expect them, […]

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Deallocate an Azure VM from itself

Nicholas Dille (Sepago) - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:00
In these days I’m dealing with the automation of starting and stopping Azure virtual machines. I do this to avoid unnecessary costs for customers running Citrix or RDS workers on Azure. I translated a piece of my work into a PowerShell script to de-allocate the VM on which it is running...
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Yellow Jackets Sport HDX 3D Pro and NVIDIA GRID in the College of Engineering

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:00

Being a lifelong Wahoo — a graduate of Mr. Jefferson’s University in Charlottesville — writing about technology innovation at another Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school pains me. Georgia Institute of Technology, otherwise known as Georgia Tech (or in the …

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Citrix TIPs Series: Making the Case for XenMobile in the Cloud

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:00
Have a XenMobile deployment on premises today that you are thinking about consuming as a service? Or maybe you are planning your brand-new XenMobile deployment and are torn about whether to deploy on-prem or consume XenMobile Service as part of …   Related Stories
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BBC BASIC Reference Manual updated

The Iconbar - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 07:04
ROOL continues on its mission to bring RISC OS and its documentation up to date with a throughly revised and updated version of the BBC BASIC Reference Manual. This available both as a PDF in the programming documentation and as a hard copy book.

Issue 1 was published in 1992 so quite a lot has changed for this 2107 release 2. It is a fairly substantial volume (510 pages including the index). It is bang up to date, mentioning RISC OS 5.24 and BASCIVFP.

The manual is nicely structured so it can be read from cover to cover as a tutorial but is also clearly structured to provide a lookup for people wanting to find a specific item of information. The book identifiers 3 target readership groups:-
1. Total beginners looking to learn BBC BASIC as an introduction to computing.
2. Experienced programmers looking to learn a new language.
3. A reference guide for experienced BBC BASIC programmers who want to look-up some details.

To this end, it is split into Overview, Programming Techniques, Reference and Appendices. There are lots of little programming examples to show how commands work. There are no screenshots.

If you are dipping your toe into the programming waters, there are some simple examples and some good explanations of the technical side of programming (integers and floating point, error handling, writing structured code, binary) while there is lots of detail for more advanced developers (?, !, |, $ indirect operators, VDU commands, using the assembler). You will need additional resources to learn to write Desktop WIMP programs but it will give you a full grasp of BBC BASIC.

The book now has pride of place on my technical bookshelf and the Appendix section is becoming increasing thumbbed through. What are your thoughts?

Buy the book from ROOL

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SD-WAN: The Backbone of Hybrid Cloud for the Enterprise

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 19:00
Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is, quite simply, the backbone of hybrid cloud for enterprise applications. It’s the backbone of a secure digital perimeter. Simply said, it’s the foundation of modern networking requirements.

2018 will be the year that SD-WAN is recognized …

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3 Things to Look For in an Awesome Content Collaboration Product

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:00
As we move into 2018, many IT leaders will be looking for new content collaboration solutions that improve worker productivity and keep important files secure. If you’re looking for a new file sync-and-share solution, consider finding a product with these …   Related Stories
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Citrix Announces 2017 Americas Award Winners at Summit 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:00
Citrix Summit 2018 in Anaheim, CA, was the perfect setting to spotlight the outstanding contributions made by our Americas partners in 2017. These annual awards recognize categories such as Partner of the Year, by segment, product and area, as well …   Related Stories
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