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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. Citrix I hesitate to use the word Expert or Guru, because there is always someone else who knows more than I do. Having said that, I nearly always know someone who will know the answer. Please - if you disagree with anything posted, please reply and discuss, chances are it's me who's ignorant?
WinCE Citrix ICA Client Drive Security issues?
This is something I'm currently working on and as it's been ongoing for a little while I figured I'd post the problem just in case anyone else might have any ideas?? So I currently have a Customer who has these issues: They have a mix of WinCE 4.2 and 5.0 As they are a Library they want very tight security on the devices They need to give users access to save content to either a USB Stick or a USB Floppy The change in the access mechanism between CE 4.2 and 5.0 has left them with a security issue ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 5:07 PM

From Brian Madden - Cool! The iQurious / visionapp Experience is now free
So I just need to add this to the list of things to look at when I get time? ;-) Cool! The iQurious / visionapp Experience is now free At BriForum in Chicago this past April, Rick Dehlinger told me about a project he was working on called the "iQurious Experience." Based on visionapp's Platform Management Suite, the "Experience" is a product that automatically builds a complete working Presentation Server 4.5 environment in about 20 minutes. The general idea is that you download the tool, point it ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:50 AM

From TheRegister - Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow - really?
Well, you have to hand it to the boys at El Reg, they certainly sound confident it's on for tomorrow? Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow Gets hypervised By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View ? More by this author Published Tuesday 14th August 2007 20:45 GMT Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned. In a bid to expand its software management play, Citrix will grab the developer of the open source Xen hypervisor. The deal will give XenSource heftier corporate ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:29 AM

Login Consultants benchmarking tool to compare VDI vs. SBC?
My only disappointment is that we are currently in the middle of moving our current Solutions Centre from one Office location to the other so it'll be some while before I get a chance to test this. It certainly looks quite impressive and it does have some lofty aims, but from a brief look through as well as their well deserved reputation based on Flex Profiles I'm sure this will stand up to it's promises. Test Scenario’s With login VSI you can compare many different scenarios: • VDI vs. SBC • VMware, ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 10:31 PM

Thinstall to be reborn as ThinApp under VMware's new management?
So along with Alessandro I'm curious as to why the name ThinApp has been chosen as it does have more than a passing resemblance to Citrix's new XenApp? I wonder if this is any indication of the coming marketing campaigns in the push for customers attention in the Desktop Virtualization market? ;-) VMware ThinApp is the final name for Thinstall technology In January 2008 VMware, a hardware virtualization company, acquired an application virtualization startup called Thinstall. The plan is to use the ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 5:45 PM

Jong-Yong Yun, CEO of Samsung Electronics on gadgets - A lesson for Citrix?
In an article in the FT today Jong-Yong Yun makes the comment - "Watching TV on a mobile phone is a pleasure" His pet peeve that makes him mad is - "A gadget which I cannot instinctively figure out how to switch on and off - and use - makes me mad. If consumers need a manual to learn how to operate it, it cannot gain popularity. A gadget should be simple enough for everyone." This for me resonates with what I feel Citrix needs to look at next..... Citrix still has a lot of good will in the marketplace ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 7:59 PM

Future vision of VDI? What if the Hypervisor was cheaper and flexible enough to run on BladePC's/BladeWS's - could vMotion/XenMotion then switch on demand?
I am sure this is not really what VMware had in mind when they were touting VMware OnDemand? I'm guessing they had more of an idea that it would combine some of the benefits of ACE with ESX? ;-) I have just got back from some training in Houston and while listening to a question from a colleague from the UK where he asked if "VDI was going to be able to use the full suite of Hypervisor functionality like vMotion..." and that got me thinking... Some of the Conventional Wisdom around the place holds ......

Posted On Monday, April 28, 2008 3:58 AM

Live Demos of VDM2 from VMware and XenDesktop from Citrix
In some cases the regular methods of "Going to Market" with a new product is fraught with pitfalls as it is conceived by Marketing and/or Product managers who then seem to loose sight of what the Customer is actually after - I've always thought it better to get the product and solution in front of the customer as quickly as possible and let them make up their mind and give feedback? In all fairness, with some of the larger Vendor's there is so much red tape and bureaucracy this makes it nigh on impossible ......

Posted On Saturday, February 9, 2008 2:41 PM

Developing Applications for Server 2008? How to make sure they are compatible with Terminal Server and the other new features:-
Back when I was focused on Citrix Servers and helping people get the best out of existing Terminal Server and Citrix Server installations it was somewhat surprising how many Applications AND Developers all do their own thing in whatever way they like with no regards to Standards like these. There was similar material from Microsoft regarding Server 2003 and I always kept the details in template email ready for when asked. Anyway, these links below should start you off in the right place? Windows ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 10:45 AM

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of for a few weeks now, and although I still have some tweaking to do on the graphics side of things, it's time to open the doors for all. I will probably still drop the odd post this way, but essentially all is now going to the new site. So the home page is at and if you are after the feed then you can find it at See you there? ;-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:08 AM

Pricing for ESX Server 3i (stand alone) to be less than $500?
So Allessandro is certainly well connected in the Virtualization space and as XenSource will be clearly getting some serious airtime in just over 2 weeks time at the newly re-badged iForum (oops, Application Delivery Expo) hosted by Citrix then I'm sure that VMware will be trying to make sure that it has some choice announcements just before and even during the last week of October. Note to self - must be less cynical ;-) For those who will be attending iForum 2007 in Las Vegas, please drop me a ......

Posted On Thursday, October 4, 2007 8:28 AM

Any chance of an independent ROI Calculator for VDI and Virtual Desktops?
Now this is quite interesting because up until now most of the news and information (dare I say Hype?) has been based around the benefits of flexibility and high availability (like VMotion, etc.) but we are now starting to see enough real world examples of Server and Desktop Virtualization that we can have broad benchmarks or rule-of-thumb guidelines that are indicative of the savings that can be gained even at the design stage when details of the intended environment are almost non-existent? Although ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 8:47 AM

Download Server 2008 and get your first look at Viridian?
After a wet and wild weekend camping Dugie pulls out all the stops again... Thanks Dugie, I wasn't aware I needed to install the 64bit version to make it work? URLs for Windows 2008 RC0 and WSv WSS, Virtualization September 25th, 2007 If you want to download Windows 2008 RC0 with the Windows Server virtualization preview, the URLs are below: Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise - 2.6 Gb Windows Server 2008 RC0 Datacenter - 2.6 Gb Remember to grab the 64 bit version (6001.16659.070916-1443_amd... ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:14 PM

Microsoft's Viridian at 1Mb to be significantly smaller than VMware's ESX 3i hypervisor at 32Mb?
I was checking some other news over at ChannelRegister and found this interesting little snippet. I'm sure the Microsoft marketing will make a lot more of this than it's worth? ;-) Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown I'm pretty sure that this is part of the reason VMware has pushed so hard with ESX Server 3i - a 32MB version of its flagship product that can and will be embedded into the flash memory of servers. Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu and others have lined up to include ESX 3i ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 11:17 AM

ClearType Bandwidth can increase bandwidth requirments for RDP sessions by up to 600%?
In a post by Helge Klein at IT from inside he has done sometesting regarding the impact of utilising ClearType across RDP connections and the upshot of it is that this has the potential to increase your bandwidth usage by 300% or if using 32bit colour this can be as high as 600%. Your mileage may vary- best to test extensively before you turn this on? This is based on server 2008 CTP, June 2007 so this may improve before the official release? colour - for my US readers this is how it is spelt in ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:50 AM

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