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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. March 2006 Entries
Cool script to automate VMotion migration on receipt of a ProLiant pre-failure ticket
This came through on an email from HP's Mike Harpur, he does a regular update of technology that we might find useful - if you're interested drop hime a note asking to be included on his mailing list. A top UK VMware guy (Rick Allen) just wrote a neat ‘’how to’’ paper. It combines the power of HP Systems Insight Manager and VMware ESX Server in order to automate VMotion on receipt of a ProLiant pre-failure ticket. This solution uses the base HP Systems Insight Manager product ......

Posted On Friday, March 31, 2006 6:05 AM

Posts with Images?

Just to let you know?  It looks like not all the posts with embedded images are coming thru cleanly?

If you find this to be the case, just try a right-click on the space and select "Show Image" - this would appear to correct this? Please let me know if this isn't reliable?


Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:46 PM

Stop whatever you are doing - the new display technology is now up with StarTrek and the Minority Report!
Have a look at these "commercially available" displays - this is fantastic - just as the price of Plasmas are tumbling because of the price of LCD's (with more technology enhancements down the track?) we now have real holographic displays - although in 2D? OK, so you don't think this really looks that good? Try the picture below? Or better yet - go and check out their web site. Now lets get back to the chap who was just boasting about how good his Home Cinema was?...... ;-)) Image: Supports full ......

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:25 PM

Netscaler 7000 - Citrix's marketing is world class?
I've always thought that Citrix's marketing is World Class - what do you think? All I can say is, have a look at the Bezel on this: How much time and effort was spent on "pimping this ride"? Can you believe it? You can just see it now, a Customer ringing up to request a DOA because the pretty red light at the bottom isn't coming on.....? Come on, tell me what you really think? Is this going to be the start of a new Trend? Can you see IBM starting to add little blue lights to their Logo's? ;-))) ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:29 PM

Microsoft, the big absentee of Virtualization?? Is Microsoft really committed to this?
Of all the Blogs and comments regarding Virtualization recently this is the one that I have found to be the most thought provoking. There was a time between 2000 and 2002 where I almost couldn't make my mind up whether to consolidate on VMWare or Connectix, depending on whether I needed USB support or something else at the time.... so have a look at the full article? I think Alessandro is on the money here, the way Microsoft is developing Virtual Server it's almost like they want to be in second ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 4:32 PM

New Exploits for ALL versions of IE - is Firefox the answer?
I've noticed a new post from AppSense's Response Centre regarding the new Exploit for all versions of IE There has been some discussion recently about another new vulnerability in Internet Explorer. All versions are at risk, including the latest beta of IE 7. Microsoft have suggest workarounds including setting the Internet and local security zone settings to high and disabling active scripting. There are working versions of exploits already being used to compromise machines on the internet. Currently ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 8:34 AM

Ericom WebConnect 5.5 - a Citrix Alternative?
So, I was thinking today about what's happening in the SBC (Server Based Computing) arena....... I have posted earlier about what Ericom was getting up to, and so it would transpire that they have now released their version 5.5 of their Web Connect product, and as good as it is (I have been playing with the Beta) the client for the end user still defaults to an install location of C:\WebConnect Client 5.5..... etc - instead of C:\Program Files\WebConnect Client 5.5 - now this may be a small complaint ......

Posted On Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:48 AM

WiMax now available in Central London at UrbanWiMax
Thanks to Jason for discovering this.Well it's nice to see it's here already - I did get excited intially by their offer: Try our service for FREE Worth £1353 included in the offer is: Connection charge Installation charge Urban WiMAX Equipment Router 3 month service Especially as UKOnline have recently changed their terms and conditions so that I *could* have opted out? but at £99 a month it's a bit steep for me as it's only home use. For my money I'll stick with UKOnline, at £15/month ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 7:37 AM

Scripting automatic startup for virtual machines under Virtual Server
OK, so I still haven't done any upgrades to the beast at home, it's still *only* running VMWare Workstation 5.5, and I haven't had any time to play about with the new Server or the older GSX Server. But it strikes me that this little bit of code might also work under Workstation anyway? It'll certainly make my VMWare's that I rely on a bit more reliable? ;-))Works for me - the poor man's ESX anyone? Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for spotting this Virtual Server allows you to configure virtual ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:07 PM

Possibly an interesting tool coming for Citrix Testing? Anyone going to BriForum?
So under the Technical Session details at Brian Madden's BriForum I spotted this, sounds quite interesting? Massive Stress testing with DeNamiK’s LoadGen, the free CSTK Alternative by Daniel NikolicJeroen van de Kamp, Login ConsultantsDaniel Nikolic, Duration: 60 minutes Summary: In this session we will discuss how to effectively setup massive load testing of a (production) Citrix Farm with DeNamiK’s LoadGen, the freeware alternative to the CSTK (Citrix Server Test Kit). Currently ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 7:53 PM

RUMOR!! - Citrix Licensing might actually be negotiable??
Now I do know that I have posted in the past about whether or not Citrix's monopoly might be a bubble waiting to burst - but I heard a rumor (and I will stress this is just a rumor!!) that one of the Govt. entities involved in the current NHS project that is supposedly locked in to a Citrix rollout were considering Ericom as an alternative?? At the 11th hour it appears that Citrix got wind of this and then did something of a climbdown on the price of their suite? Admitedly this sounds like it might ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 8:28 AM

Monster screen setup - Quake @ 10240x3072 anyone??
I came across this at this morning and couldn't help but be amazed...... Off topic but cool: Quake 3 Arena being played with a gyro mouse (the technology that the new Nintendo Revolution controller will be using) as well as a standard mouse. The resolution of the game is 10240x3072 and runs on a 24-monitor Linux cluster here at Virginia Tech's HCI labclick on pic for high res image, check source for all the details and video's ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:48 AM

Deploying Mobile Messaging with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) and Exchange 2003 SP2 Whitepaper
So this just in from Jason.... If you are even just thinking about how this might work in your environment (AND have an Exchange Server that you can upgrade to 2003 SP2?) then this is a very good detailed description of the steps to take. Attached to this blog entry is the 'hot' of the press document that describes how to deploy Mobile Messaging with Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 and the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) The current record for getting this up and running is 1hr 30 mins by ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 8:41 AM

Server Cloning with Presentation Server 4.0 - CTX107406
So courtesy of Doug's site, comes news of an updated Article from Citrix regarding Cloning of Servers Citrix notes.... Server Cloning Server cloning can provide more rapid deployment than a scripted installation. A few steps are required for cloning servers. These steps vary depending on the type of data store used for the farm, and are described in the following sections. Presentation Server is compatible with server cloning, but cloning software can cause the operating system or its add-ons to ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 7:40 AM

Ericom promises the announcement of a ‚Äúsignificant new enhancement‚ÄĚ to its PowerTerm WebConnect application access solution.
So in amongst the various items that I keep a track of using Bloglines I also came across this little gem regarding Ericom, now I don't know about you but the phrase “significant new enhancement” does make me curious. The main reason that I'm keeping a track of Ericom is that their WebConnect technology is something that I feel could be a potential competitor to Citrix (depending on how it shapes up) especially with the enhancements that should be available in Longhorn? Don't forget that ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:31 PM

Connectra SSL-VPN and Citrix Web Interface - how hard can it be?
So I'd visited a client early last week to look at a System at a bank that had been installed by another Integrator. I believe they'd installed it as a PreSales or Proof of Concept, so it was obviously done pretty quickly and they didn't neccessarily hang around to finish it all off..... (more's the pity?) So when I did have a look at it, I could understand the WI side, but I wasn't really conversant with how Connectra was setup. However I was able to clearly show that the reason that it wasn't working ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:22 PM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (Messaging and Security Feature Pack) Update - across the air ActiveSync!
Ok, so I guess by now you've probably noticed a bit of a trend happening here? Managed to fix an Issue relating to getting Connectra working with Web Interface and a Citrix Farm pretty easily this morning so I was able to duck in late and sit the Beta Exam, as well as have some time in the City Office connected up to the Exchange System and test the Mobile. Success - was able to get ActiveSync pushing email up to the mobile via carrier as opposed to via the USB connector. As it's already Thursday ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 2:51 PM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (MSFP) Update - MORE!! - read this before updating!!!
Just a quick note on this - be aware of what you are getting yourself in to........???Before updating to this new ROM you used to be able to run:RegeditSTG.exe the trusted version of regedit from HTC - not anymore, nor will any other Registry tool work So you will not be able to make the registry changes at:Start Regedit.exe and change the following registry keys:HKLM\Security\Policies... = 2 => 1 (RAPI)HKLM\Security\Policie... = 16 => 40 (Cert)HKLM\Security\Policie... ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 7:42 PM

Looks like it is possible to get WebSphere Application Developer to work with Citrix
So I had a bit of a challenge today, I needed to get WebSphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD 5.1.2) working correctly in a CPS 4.0 installation - took a little messing about, but here's the raw notes. First tried setting Virtual IP for WSAPPDEV.EXE - this was enabled with 30 IP's available. Checked via Event Log that IP's are being issued to Clients. Tried Setting Compatibility Flags for WSAPPDEV.EXE Decimal Value of 18 (Hex code of 18 and App Fails to start) just in case that might have resolved ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:50 PM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (MSFP) Update - NOW AVAILABLE - I'm downloading it now!!
Thanks to CoolSmartPhone and Nick Butcher ;-) It's now available to download here! This will bring the push email facilities (MSFP or Messaging and Security Feature Pack as MS used to call it?) promised by Microsoft. It's a whacking 34.5Mb download called "c600_mail.exe" from the Orange Business site and brings your handset up to version Orange state..."As part of our commitment to enable customers to get more for their money, Orange are now enabling all existing SPV C600 users to set up ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:22 PM

Beta - Presentation Server 4.0 Support exam - limited availability
So I have learnt earlier this morning that this Beta exam is available, although when I looked at it's availability, I found that I could not book it beyond the end of next week, so this leads me to believe that it has been out for some time? You may get lucky as I did this morning, or not? Citrix has released the beta 1Y1-258 Presentation Server 4.0 Support exam, which will be a requirements towards CCEA 4.0 certification. Study materials are not available at this time. The associated course, CTX-1258AI ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 11:06 AM

Is Google the new Microsoft? (Rumour of GDrive - Google supplying Infinite Storage to consumers? this can't be serious?)
Now it's interesting to see that this morning I have seen two articles that are both heading in opposite directions? Over at Doug's site we have Microsoft Launches Killer New Search Engine – Google Beware…WOW! Is all I can say, WOW! Microsoft just released an upgrade and complete makeover to their Search Engine. ( ) This thing is amazing and you must use it to believe how cool and easy search can be. As many of you might know, I'm not a fan of the search engine, or at least ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 9:38 AM

MUI (Multilingual User Interface) In A Terminal Services World
Thanks to Michel at for the update, A new article on by Cláudio Rodrigues on MUI (Multilingual User Interface) in a Terminal Services environment: This articles describes what MUI (Multilingual User Interface) is and the main reasons why it is a must on corporate environments dealing with multiple language requirements. Multilingual User Interface is a set of language specific resource files that you can add to Terminal Servers running Windows Server ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 6:44 AM

That push-email update for Orange devices might be as soon as next week?
Spotted this update over at CoolSmartPhone this morning, so hopefully there might be a pukka Orange update available as early as next week? I bumped into a few dubious-looking people last night. They didn't say much, however after giving them a few beers they told me something about the promised update for Orange devices. This update, as you may know, will bring the AKU2 and MSFP (MS Feature Pack for Exchange 2003) with the push-email stuff you're all looking for.They tell me that you should definitely ......

Posted On Monday, March 6, 2006 9:18 AM

So the release of MSFP and AKU2 for the C600 cannot be too far away?
So this came in from MSMobiles this morning: Later than promised by CEO of i-mate in an interview but at last it is here: ROM upgrade with push email (MSFP) for i-mate K-JAM (but not for other i-mate phones) and without support for A2DP (stereo audio over Bluetooth)! Latest Release details: The main improvements from the original AKU 1 Operating System, 1.x.9.x, are: Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP): Addition of the MSFP allowing Direct Push email, remote device wiping, security ......

Posted On Friday, March 3, 2006 6:19 AM

More twists and turns in Gizmondo exec's Ferrari crash - and more Pictures
So this just in from Engadget: Remember the former Gizmondo exec, Stefan Eriksson, who crashed his million dollar Ferrari Enzo last week? Well, leave it Eriksson to make even that really shady. According to Malibu sheriffs, not only did a supposedly-intoxicated and bloodied Eriksson flee the scene and reportedly blame the accident on a driver only known as "Dietrich" (despite the only blood being on the driver's side), but a magazine (and we don't think they're talkin' Guns & Ammo) was discovered ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:47 PM

64 bit Windows and 64 bit Citrix ready to go - but I'm still dealing with 16bit Apps?
I must confess there seems to have been a fair bit of work stacking up in the queue on the Help Desk recently, and there have been some problems that have seemed to defy logic, and then after a while they almost take on the persona of the Ugly Troll guarding the bridge, you just don't want to know about it - because you almost feel defeated just glancing at the heading, or when a request for an update lands in your email? Let me state for the record that I'm not *tied* to the Help Desk, all of the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 7:31 PM

Transcript: The Code Room - Breaking Into Vegas (or what happens when you don't Secure your Applications)
OK, so it's a little contrived, almost a bit like reading a rough draft for a CSI Plot, but for all that it does highlight how much we need to be aware of keeping things secure when we build them as opposed to patching them later? It's certainly an insight as to how things might happen....? Jessi Knapp: Voiceover: The real world is fraught with security challenges, privacy hurdles and mobility issues. All problems software developers solve every day. Join us now as we explore the latest tools and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 5:44 AM

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