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Introducing the New ShareFile Certification!

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:00
Ever want to show off your ShareFile knowledge to the world? Citrix is pleased to announce the release of the ShareFile certification!

Customers and partners who are interested in learning about ShareFile and validating their knowledge are in for a …

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The Clock is Ticking to Upgrade to Windows 10 – Get there Faster with Citrix Workspace

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:00
Have you moved your organization to Windows 10 yet? The clock is ticking.

Windows 7 will reach end-of-life in 2020 — just over two years from now. It’s possible to avoid the scramble many faced when they moved from XP …

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Curiosity Sparks Continuous Innovation at Citrix

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:00

This is the fourth blog post in a series that discusses Citrix’ core values and their relevance for our partner ecosystem, both at a high level and on a day-to-day basis. Citrix summarizes the value of Curiosity as “We are

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Speed Dating for App Layering?

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:00

Speed Dating for AppLayering … aka, “Two Guys Geeking Out On a Webcam”

Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into Citrix App Layering, but feel you just don’t have more than 10 minutes in your busy day? Maybe …   Related Stories
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Setting up Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:22

Understanding what Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) actually is had eluded me for a while – it’s not included in something like EMS, it’s not available with a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription and you’ll need to request an evaluation from Microsoft (and hope it’s approved) to test it out. Windows Defender ATP is licensed as a component of the Windows 10 Enterprise E5 or the Secure Productive Enterprise (soon to be Microsoft 365) E5 subscriptions.

So what is ATP? According to Microsoft, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is:

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) is a security service that enables enterprise customers to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats on their networks.

Windows Defender ATP uses the following combination of technology built into Windows 10 and Microsoft’s robust cloud service:
Endpoint behavioral sensors:

  • Embedded in Windows 10, these sensors collect and process behavioral signals from the operating system (for example, process, registry, file, and network communications) and sends this sensor data to your private, isolated, cloud instance of Windows Defender ATP.
  • Cloud security analytics: Leveraging big-data, machine-learning, and unique Microsoft optics across the Windows ecosystem (such as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, enterprise cloud products (such as Office 365), and online assets (such as Bing and SmartScreen URL reputation), behavioral signals are translated into insights, detections, and recommended responses to advanced threats.
  • Threat intelligence: Generated by Microsoft hunters, security teams, and augmented by threat intelligence provided by partners, threat intelligence enables Windows Defender ATP to identify attacker tools, techniques, and procedures, and generate alerts when these are observed in collected sensor data.

In short, Windows Defender ATP is a cloud-based threat management/protection solution for Windows 10 that does not require deployment of agents (because they’re inbox features), that will also work with 3rd party anti-virus solutions. 

Microsoft positions ATP for enterprise customers, but given the integration with their other products and that it’s a completely cloud-hosted platform, this should be for everyone (budget concerns aside). Many small to medium organisations (and partners) that I talk to are actively looking at ways to reduce their on-premises infrastructure.

Setting up Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

To give you an idea of what does the setup process for ATP looks like, I’ve documented the experience during setup in my own tenant. The gallery below shows a screenshot of each step including onboarding a device and performing a detection test.

Provisioning ATP is as easy process – the hardest part for me was working out where to access to the console – if you’re looking for it, here it is:

Onboard a Windows 10 device with Intune

With ATP deployed, you can now use Intune (or another MDM solution) to onboard a device into ATP. You could also use Group Policy, ConfigMgr, or a script

Previously you would have to need to create a custom Intune policy to push out an OMA-URI setting. Now in the Azure portal, pushing out the policy is easier.  Intune provides an in-built profile for onboarding and offboarding devices using configuration packages downloaded from the ATP console. 

Create a new profile for Windows 10, choose the ‘Windows Defender ATP (Windows 10 Desktop)’ profile type and select the onboarding package. In the screenshot below, I have populated both the onboarding and offboarding packages, but you would only deploy an onboarding package.

Configure the Windows ATP onboard and offboard package in Microsoft Intune

With the profile created, assign it to a group. In my example here, I’m assigning the profile to a Windows 10 dynamic group.

Target the Intune policy to a device (or user) group

With devices onboarded, you can start monitoring them in the Windows Defender ATP console:

Machines List in the Windows Defender ATP console

I may dig further into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection features in a future article.

This article by Aaron Parker, Setting up Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection appeared first on Aaron Parker.

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In Action! Windows Continuum with Citrix XenDesktop

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:00
Check out this new Windows Continuum virtual desktop demo … powered by XenServer and XenDesktop.

XenDesktop — with XenServer — is the first desktop virtualization solution to deliver the Windows Continuum experience to any device. XenDesktop 7.14, with patent-pending technology …

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Citrix Service Provider August Enablement Webinars

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:00

At Citrix Summit, we learned about Citrix Cloud and have all been anticipating its availability to CSPs. We also learned that SMB customers have a pattern of adoption for the cloud. Many of you have …

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Ransomware Hits Every 40 Seconds — Is Your Company Ready?

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:00
The ransomware threat continues to grow.

According to Kaspersky, in 2016 a company was hit by a ransomware attack every 40 seconds—a threefold increase over the previous year. Fueled in part by the emergence of ransomware as a service

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Why Cloud Makes Sense for Mobility

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:00
When speaking with prospective customers, a question that always comes up is “What data is stored in the Cloud?” From a security and privacy perspective, this is a big concern, which is understandable. But more often than not, once we …   Related Stories
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WEM: Notes From the Field 3

Wag the real - Alain Assaf blog - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:00
Did FIPS break my WEM infrastructure?
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Data Center Power & Cooling is a Mature Science

Datacentre strategies blog (Gartner) - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 19:09

Occasionally Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) clients seek advice on data center environmental issues such as power, cooling and building management. GTP does not actively research these mature topic areas but to help our clients in any way we can, we have found a number of articles and vendor white papers freely available on the Internet that address these topics quite well. Schneider Electric ( has a few good examples of white papers as do other vendors such as Emerson. Although we are not endorsing Schneider Electric, Emerson, or other vendors or their products, we can say that many of their whitepapers on these topic areas are worth reading.
The areas covered by these papers include:
” Data Center Systems
” Building Systems
” Security Systems
” Process Systems and Machine Control
” Efficient Home
” Power Systems
Here is a selection of some Schneider Electric and Emerson whitepapers that may be of interest:
Optimize Data Center Cooling with Effective Control Systems
The Criticality of Cooling
Continuous Metering and Monitoring of PUE in Data Centers
Cost, Speed, and Reliability Tradeoffs between N+1 UPS Configurations
Guide to using the IEC 61557-12 standard to simplify the setup of an energy measurement plan
Defending Against Cyber Threats to Building Management Systems
Success strategies for implementing a modern OMS
Guide to energy measurement applications and standards
Sustainable Energy Efficiency
New Industrial Automation System Topologies made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things
The Impact of Energy Management on Process Automation Systems
Comparing UPS System Design Configurations (search for your topic and then choose document tab)

Note: Vendors can update, add, or remove sample papers listed above at their discretion.

The post Data Center Power & Cooling is a Mature Science appeared first on Richard Jones.

Categories: Virtualisation

Installing the new ROM release for your Titanium

The Iconbar - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:23
Elesar emailed all its clients and announced on the newsgroups that there was a new software update for the Titanium. In this article we will download and install it with a sequel to look at the new features.

As well as the 'vanilla' Titanium, CJEmicro's and R-Comp have systems based on the board. As my machine is from R-Comp, I checked with Andrew Rawnsley about whether it was a good idea to install or wait for an official update from them. R-Comp are indeed planning to do a proper machine-specific update once they had done their own testing. You can wait for them or you can use the new update. If you have a machine from CJEmicro's I would confirm their advice first.

If your Titanium is your critical work machine, you might want to wait a little while to let others test the upgrade (which is equally valid advice on new MacOS, Linux or Windows updates).

The Elesar download link actually takes you to a download page on the ROOL website where you have a choice of downloads, depending on how 'cutting edge' you would like to be. The bottom item is the recommended stable release and it is twice as big because it includes a second version of the ROM.

The official download is the 5 meg download which contains everything you need to upgrade your Titanium and a clear and helpful readme.

There is a potential risk for things to go wrong, so you are advised to make sure you have backups of all your data before you start (always a good idea to keep regular backups in any case!). Murphy's law generally means the more prepared you are the less likely things will go wrong...

Two versions of the new OS release are supplied, with and without zpp included. Which one you choose will be down to your personal preferences and the software you are using.

The actual upgrade consists of 3 steps:-
1. Update the software on your disk (using Merge to update !Boot with any changes).
2. Sanity check by soft loading the ROM on your machine using the softload obey file, just to make sure. If there are any issues, you can then revert back to the original with a quick reboot.
3. Use the FlashSQPI application to burn a new copy of the ROM onto your system. This can be a little time-consuming and should not be interrupted. Once it is done, you can reboot the machine.

Before you do any of this, it is worth reading the readme fully TWICE.

It is very easy to see if the machine has been updated.

You have an updated machine running the latest version of RISC OS for your machine. Next time we will look at what is new...

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Categories: RISC OS

Knowledge Center Highlights: App Virtualization & VDI (July Edition)

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:00
Hello Citrix Community! We’re sharing a hand-picked list of articles based on the most frequently referenced topics within the Citrix Tech Support team for July 2017! How Do I for Windows Application Delivery

Citrix’ XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization provides a …

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Crash Course in XenApp/XenDesktop Admin Skills Saves Time & Money

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:00

It’s hard to allocate scarce time and money to training, even when you know that up-to-date skills and knowledge are essential to the success of your organization, your team and your career.

Citrix Education understands this challenge. That’s why we …   Related Stories
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Now Available: New Exams for Citrix NetScaler 12!

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:30
Citrix Education is pleased to announce the availability of two next-generation Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA – N) certifications based on Citrix NetScaler 12Do not delay and be among the first to take and pass the NEW!…   Related Stories
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Are the RISC OS show dates on your calendar?

The Iconbar - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:49
It may seem a long way off with the long summer holidays stretching out to there distant horizon, but September and October will come round all too quickly.

So here is a quick reminder to make sure you have notes the date for your diary...

London RISC OS Show will be on Saturday 28th October 2017 at its usual venue of St Giles Hotel - Feltham, London

It is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

All the major (and many minor players) in the RISC OS world attend (and generally run special offers and have new releases). So it is great place to see them, sample their wares and catch-up with other enthusiasts.

In recent years, we have seen some innovations at the RISC OS show with organisers setting up taxi shares, meet ups or lifts via the RISC OS newsgroups, websites or at the show. The Internet make finding other attending much easier, so don't leave it until the last minute this year. The summer will fly by...

There is a useful RISC OS Calendar page over at RISCOSitory which covers shows and also includes user group meetings if you are looking for (or organising) an event.

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Troubleshooting Splunk Error “Search Process Did Not Exit Cleanly”

Helge Klein - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:30

When Splunk displays an orange warning triangle instead of a chart or table it is time to investigate. Start by clicking the triangle to bring up a dialog with the error message. In my case that looked like this:

Search process did not exit cleanly, exit_code=255

Finding the Root Cause

In many cases, the best resource for troubleshooting Splunk searches is Search job inspector. You can open it by clicking the i icon below a chart:

This opens Search job inspector in a new browser tab. The top of the page summarizes search properties and lists the errors that have occured:

Sometimes that is all you need. Not in this case, though. We have a distributed deployment with search head and indexer clusters. In such a scenario it is not always trivial to get to the right log file from the right machine.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and expand Search job properties. Scroll down once more. The last row has what we need: links to the relevant search logs on the indexers:

As you saw above we got the same error on both our indexers splunk-l3 and splunk-l4. We’ll just look at splunk-l3 for now by clicking the link in the additional info row in search job inspector. This is what we get:

07-20-2017 22:39:24.810 INFO dispatchRunner - Search process mode: preforked (reused process) 07-20-2017 22:39:24.811 INFO dispatchRunner - registering build time modules, count=1 07-20-2017 22:39:24.811 INFO dispatchRunner - registering search time components of build time module name=vix 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO BundlesSetup - Setup stats for /opt/splunk/var/run/searchpeers/13A7F4FB-8087-49CF-9097-2497E1AB27B3-1500582939: wallclock_elapsed_msec=67, cpu_time_used=0.0360000, shared_services_generation=2, shared_services_population=1 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO UserManager - Setting user context: splunk-system-user 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO UserManager - Done setting user context: NULL -> splunk-system-user 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO UserManager - Unwound user context: splunk-system-user -> NULL 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO UserManager - Setting user context: helge 07-20-2017 22:39:24.812 INFO UserManager - Done setting user context: NULL -> helge 07-20-2017 22:39:24.814 INFO dispatchRunner - search context: user="helge", app="uberAgent", bs-pathname="/opt/splunk/var/run/searchpeers/13A7F4FB-8087-49CF-9097-2497E1AB27B3-1500582939" 07-20-2017 22:39:24.814 INFO SearchParser - PARSING: tstats sum(Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendMB) AS "Send volume (MB)" sum(Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetReceiveMB) AS "Receive volume (MB)" sum(Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendReceiveMB) AS "Send+Receive volume (MB)" from datamodel=uberAgent.Process_NetworkTargetPerformance where (nodename = Process_NetworkTargetPerformance) (Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetRemotePort="*") (Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.AppName=*) (host="*") groupby Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.AppName prestats=true | addinfo type=count label=prereport_events | fields keepcolorder=t "Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.AppName" "Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetReceiveMB" "Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendMB" "Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendReceiveMB" "prestats_reserved_*" "psrsvd_*" | prestats dedup_splitvals=t sum("Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetReceiveMB") sum("Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendMB") sum("Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.NetTargetSendReceiveMB") by "Process_NetworkTargetPerformance.AppName" 07-20-2017 22:39:24.873 INFO UserManager - Unwound user context: helge -> NULL 07-20-2017 22:39:24.874 ERROR dispatchRunner - RunDispatch::runDispatchThread threw error: Comparator '=' has an invalid term on the right hand side: NetTargetSendLatencyMs*NetTargetSendLatencyCount

Bingo! The last row has an error message pointing to a problem with the expression NetTargetSendLatencyMs*NetTargetSendLatencyCount. At last we know what’s wrong.

Fixing the Error

The search is against a data model, so let’s look for the problematic expression NetTargetSendLatencyMs*NetTargetSendLatencyCount in the app’s data model JSON file, located in the app subdirectory default/data/models. The expression is used in a field calculated by the following eval expression:


Exactly what Splunk was complaining about. Apparently Splunk has recently become a bit finicky when fields are NULL in calculations. Let’s replace the expression with something a bit safer:

if (isnotnull (NetTargetSendLatencyMs), if (isnotnull (NetTargetSendLatencyCount), NetTargetSendLatencyMs*NetTargetSendLatencyCount, null()), null())

And that’s it. Happy splunking!

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Summer School Isn’t Just for Kids! Add New Skills This Season with Citrix Training

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:00
Summer school has moved far beyond its roots as­ a make-up session for students who faced difficulties during the year.

Today, anyone can benefit from a summer education course. And right now may be the perfect time to catch up …

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New - NetScaler Gateway (Feature Phase) 12.0 Build 51.24

Netscaler Gateway downloads - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:30
New downloads are available for NetScaler Gateway
Categories: Citrix, Commercial, Downloads

New - NetScaler Gateway (Feature Phase) Plug-ins and Clients for Build 12.0-51.24

Netscaler Gateway downloads - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:30
New downloads are available for NetScaler Gateway
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