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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. IT Management As a consultant I do get around a bit to various sites, and I am constantly amazed at the number of sites that do not even **begin** to even loosely follow any kind of Best Practices - How many sites have you been to, or at right now that have bought Tivoli, Unicenter, etc and NOT finished installing it? Are you one of the 65% that still have it in the Filing Cabinet?
Thinking of a Remote Computing Solution based on Citrix/VDI/BladePC’s? Make sure your Network is up to the task, or you might have curious issues?
Recently I found myself at a school down near Melbourne carrying out what should have been a relatively simple PoC (Proof of Concept) of 20 x BC2500 BladePC’s in an Enclosure with some T5730 Thin Clients, and initially all went pretty well and then I found that I had some issues with the SAM Registration service….. from the BladePC’s not communicating very well (or at all) with the SAM Server BTW – SAM = HP’s Broker, Session Allocation Manager So then I was thinking through some ideas about what ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:11 PM

What will 2006 bring for Windows Mobile? from Jason Langridge
I think it's quite possible that 2006 may well end up being the year that we see a very real step towards convergence of mobile devices. I'm thinking along the lines of IT Tech heads who currently go to see a customer in their car and may well find that at the end of their journey they are having to pack away the: Stereo Head Unit iPod or MP3 Player Navigation System Mobile Phone PDA Wouldn't it be nice to finally find a device that suits "your" form factor requirements that can do all of this in ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2006 8:50 PM

Is the g-smart part of the new wave in SmartPhones? Push Email from Microsoft is here!! (Or at least in Asia? ;-)
So it would appear that MS are not letting the predatory Lawsuit from Vista slow them down? As reported over in MSMobiles the new Gigabyte g-smart is the first Mobile 5 device to come ready prepped with the AKU 2 (as the MSFP is going to be known?) Fancy looking device, I must say, but this clearly looks like it's an Asian version and I'd be thinking that there's still some way to go before we see it available in Europe? And Jason is also confirming that it does have Push Email ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:25 PM

Reminder regarding time sync in a domain
Hi All, Just a note regarding an issue I had to help resolve a little while back? Issue: We had a pre-sealed image of an XPe intended for a customer, who wanted to join it to the domain, come through and during testing at our location and on site for the customer it was found that it simply refused to get it's time in sync Research: What we able to narrow down to is that the Registry Entry for: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\C... was listed as Type = NoSync and ......

Posted On Saturday, October 11, 2008 10:03 PM

Released: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 now RTM and available for download
So this mornings news from Alessandro is the release of Hyper-V - Download a trial here. I have also included at the bottom of this post a number of links that Justin Zarb helped collate regarding where to find all kinds of info relating to Hyper-V Release: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 0 Comments | After over three years of development (the product was originally announced at WinHEC 2005 conference) Microsoft finally releases today its first bare-metal virtualization platform: ......

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2008 7:05 AM

Renaming a Computer or Thin Client for large scale deployments? Whether you are using Altiris, PXE, RIS, SMS, etc. this is a tool worth checking out
While the deployment we were assisting with today was maybe not that large even by local standards the issue was something that comes up on a some what regular basis. A customer wants to have a number of Thin Clients imaged to their specifications and then drop-shipped to various locations ready to go. Part of this involves creating and applying Asset Tags to the devices – a small thing to be sure – but for the poor folks in charge of keeping track of the devices this was vital. The issue was that ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:16 PM

From The Australian: Automation key to HP next-gen strategy + Keeping virtual server sprawl in check
So I was reading these two articles in todays IT Section and it started me thinking about the fact that I hadn't really looked through Opsware's web site to see what it did, and then it started to dawn on me that not only is Opsware looking really good, it also looks like a shift for HP in that this does a lot of the tasks that are currently done by Altiris Deployment Manager (OEM'd by HP as the Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP)). It can build from bare metal, offers Config Management, Patching, Compliance, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:14 PM

Modifying RDP5 & 6 to always connect local drives as well as USB devices…
So if you have a look at the MSTSC.EXE file that starts the RDP session and use the /? to call further info from the component you get something very much like this: But if you dig a just a touch deeper you will find that the MS Terminal Services Client or RDP Client as it is more commonly known draws the config information for most of its settings from the simple DEFAULT.RDP file that will typically be saved in the Users profile. (see example below) So if you want to make changes to the way it behaves ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 11:24 PM

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

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

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of www.techagility.info 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 www.techagility.info and if you are after the feed then you can find it at www.techagility.info/feed See you there? ;-) ......

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

Mixed Novell and AD Authentication issues
Recently I have been looking in to some issues relating to mixed Novell and AD Authentication at customers sites and there does not seem to be too much information that is readily available so I thought it might be useful if I post some of the details and links here as a helper to others? ;-) One of the most interesting points is that it would appear that Novell really hasn't done much to the Novell Client in quite a while, and even with the advent of Vista it has not so much revisited the classic ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:55 AM

SoftGrid Visio Stencils
Justin Zarb has a blog linked below that comes up with some very useful bits of info relating to SoftGrid, these Visio Stencils just happen to represent the "eye candy" ;-) , there is loads more and this is an extremely usefully resource if you're quite involved in SoftGrid Sequencing? SoftGrid Visio Stencils It must have been at least 3/4 months ago I came across these stencils and I said than I would blog about them..... well as you can tell I never did! ubba cool stencils for visio when your designing ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:53 PM

Dell to give VMware ESX Server 3i for free?
Talk about the cat among the pigeons? I was certainly aware that MS's 2008 was to have Hyper-V included at a minimal cost of USD$28 but that is not due for another 5 months or so, and it was always expected that the pricepoint would come down to meet MS but this is quite early I would have thought? As Alessandro points out - this will cause some serious pain in the Sales Channel, this is where Citrix had a big jump on VMware and as far as I am aware VMware was getting very serious about trying to ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 2:32 PM

HP adds thermal mapping to energy-saving services
So if you are looking at trying to trim costs and stuff more gear in the Datacentre than is physically possible then this might also be a useful way of "getting more out of less"? ;-) HP adds thermal mapping to energy-saving services Knowledge of air-flows in datacentres can lead to greater efficiency, vendor says HP has added thermal mapping capabilities to its datacentre assessment services that show customers how they can potentially save between 10% and 45% on energy costs by using cooling systems ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 9:06 AM

More details on ETEN M600 and AnexTEK moboDA 3360 on MSMobiles
So MSMobiles is keeping bang up to date with more details on the ETEN M600 There is also news about a new PocketPC device that looks like a SmartPhone, the AnexTEK moboDA 3360 "... but is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, not smartphone and has fast processor and Wi-Fi on board... apart from being very good Pocket PC phone, it can be thus considered to be good Skype phone! " But when I've had a look at the details, it quickly becomes apparent that these devices are somewhat heavier than ......

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 10:37 AM

So the Feds have staved of the "Running of the Bears"?
So the Feds have staved of the "Running of the Bulls Bears"? Well it would appear that they have for today at least. Until of course everyone wakes up tomorrow and recovers from the hangover and notices that they are only just back where they started? Today's *massive* rally has simply clawed back the gains from last Wed. and I can't help thinking that it's not a good idea to add more and easier access to money when we are seeing a worldwide credit squeeze? Surely this is like pouring petrol on an ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:29 PM

Thinstall quick out of the blocks?
It's good to see quality products don't always have to languish in no-man's land following an acquisition? Hopefully they haven't lost too much steam and can maintain their enthusiasm? It now just remains to see how VMware integrates this component in to the bigger picture? VMware Project North Star Beta (Thinstall) (for Windows Systems) Latest Version: Beta | 3/05/08 | Build 3.350 What's Coming Upcoming enhancements in the VMware Project North Star release: Expand the production services and product ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:04 PM

Licensing Windows Client Operating System in Multiuser Scenarios - read Microsoft's definition here?
Now somewhile back I produced the following post regarding any other alternatives to RDP and ICA and at the time I might have been somewhat flippant about NComputing's model based on Windows XP SP2, and since then there have been a number of other companies like Miniframe jump on the same bandwagon where they are effectively using a desktop based OS to provide concurrent multi-user sessions and I always thought this did somewhat fly in the face of the EULA? At the time I was sort of suspecting that ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 9:55 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

Why VDI might have an up-hill battle to win the hearts and minds of CIO's?
A very comprehensive rundown (from Massimo) of the potential issues being faced by anyone trying to implement a VDI solution? I certainly agree with Massimo on a number of points, just as it's quite easy to move from physical to virtual on the Server side this almost sets the customers expectations that it's just as easy to do the same for the Desktop, and this is where things are sometimes getting undone? Why Desktop Virtualization is not as easy as Server Virtualization In the last few months I ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 12:57 PM

Cold Shower for VMware? or just a dose of reality instead of virtual ;-)
So it looks like the gloss is coming off the VMware IPO? now that we are back down to the $70 mark I wonder how many people will stop and remember that this was an IPO of only $29? Let's be honest here, regardless of the hype surrounding the stock and the IPO, most companies and advisors do not normally release a stock for IPO and price it at 30% or 50% of value? It was priced at $29 for a reason and now we are starting to come back to that. If anything I feel sorry for those that are not intimately ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:29 AM

A Virtual Web Server from your Phone/PDA?
So based on two recent announcements it might actually be possible shortly to host your Virtual Web Server from your PDA? Seriously, it might not be possible today - but don't bet against it being real in the next year or so? Turn your phone into a file and web server When you want to connect to your Windows Mobile phone you've got a few options. You can either use ActiveSync via the supplied cable or you can remotely connect over the WiFi with applications like Pocket Controller. Now there's another ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 10:08 PM

Is Quest quietly building a comprehensive IT Infrastructure Management Suite?
So it's worth considering what this news might mean in it's wider context? As Alessandro quite rightly points out, Quest is almost in stealth mode with regards to it's Virtualization plays, it is much more widely known for it's AD Admin tools, etc. - not Virtualization? When you have a look through the Products and Solutions offered by Quest the main reoccurring theme would appear to be "Management" and the tools to assist Admin's in Management of the various IT Systems. Provision was effectively ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:37 PM

A Hypervisor for the masses? $28 a pop on OEM? "You can't be serious!!"
from virtualization.info: Well this clearly looks like it is vindicating some of the comments from Brian Madden's site that Hypervisors will become a commodity, and what will clearly differentiate will be the Management Tools for Virtual Machines. Microsoft Hyper-V is the final name for codename Viridian Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments With an unexpected announce Microsoft opens TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcellona revealing that final name for codename Virdian will be Hyper-V. Tentative name ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 10:28 AM

From virtualization.info: Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor??
So What is going on here? now everyone is getting on the Virtual Bandwagon? I also find it interesting to note that VMware's share price has recently gone off the boil and is now down from around $110 less than a week ago to as low as $76?? and this was after the news from Oracle was announced. Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor, breaks VMware idyll Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments By surprise Oracle today announces its own hypervisor based on Xen: Oracle VM. The new product includes ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:45 AM

Oracle refuses to accept the idea of Virtual Servers?
It would appear that Martin is getting a hard time from the Oracle regarding the Licensing element. Is this just me, or does this seem like Oracle is sticking their head in the sand? I find it incredibly hard to understand that in the latter part of 2007 Oracle finds it difficult to accept or accommodate the concept of Virtualization. Oracle licensing: not OK We have received word on our Oracle licensing problem. Unfortunately the word from Oracle HQ in The States was not good. They still will not ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:29 AM

Leostream Announces Version 5.x of Connection Broker
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 09/10/07 -- VM World Conference -- At the VM World Conference running this week, Leostream Corp., a leading provider of Virtual Hosted Desktop software and physical-to-virtual conversion tools, today announced version 5 of its Connection Broker for the management of access to hosted desktops running in virtual machines. The Leostream Connection Broker dynamically assigns users to Hosted Desktops whether running on physical or virtual machines. "Leostream has been building Connection ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:24 PM

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

The news VMware would have liked to release at VMworld? Plans of a 10,000 Server migration to virtual.
As Stephen Hilton from Credit Suisse puts it "You can't be a box-hugger any more", although it's interesting to note that they expect to be only just past the half way point by the end of 2009? Perhaps they should consider looking at Power Recon? I'm sure that they have, and it will certainly make very interesting reading when the Whitepapers start emerging as a consequence of this project... What has always been a challenge in any large IT Department (and they don't come much bigger than with the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 7:37 PM

Vista, is this the bridge too far for Microsoft? - Business doubts grow about Vista migration
So far in speaking with Clients this certainly reinforces what I'm hearing - no one seems in any hurry to go and install Vista - so far I know of only one Compant here in Australia that has plans to install this in the next 6 months. Business doubts grow about Vista migration Gregg Keizer Users are happy with what they have or considering Linux and Macs Fewer businesses are now planning to move to Windows Vista than seven months ago, according to a survey by patch management vendor PatchLink, while ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 9:07 AM

New Site Stats counter from whos.among.us
So I noticed this morning that ClusterMaps has my blog as having had nearly 150,000 visits: Running total of visits to the above URL since 15 Dec 2005: 147,567 I was also looking at TechCrunch over the weekend after reading an Article in Wired and noticed that they are using something different that I had not seen before for tracking Site Stats called whos.among.us, this provides a very tidy small "widget" (code) that provide info in to graphs.among.us and it displays this quite flash graph below, ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 10:59 AM

Citrix EdgeSight now available as a download?
Well I was actually looking for something else at the time but I have just been looking through ftp.citrix.com and I was suprised to see what appears to be an early release of the EdgeSight product? "edgesightERP-EP" (5Mb) and "edgesightERP-PS" are (12Mb) are in folders that have a date of 2nd of August. For more info on what EdgeSight is check the details here it's all about "End-User Application Performance" but more importantly monitoring it as well. Caveat: I have not installed these files (I ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:59 AM

From Brian Madden - Citrix invests in xDI vendor Desktone - Who will win the VDI race?
I noted this yesterday and I must confess that initially I had a brief look at Desktone's web site and after looking everywhere for some technical detail it would appear that the most you are going to get at this stage is the very nice graphic and not much else? I must confess that I'm quite curious about the "dynamic best fit protocol" and what that might entail? At the moment everyone is trying to jump on the xDI bandwagon and try to carve out a slice for themselves and yet they all still appear ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:48 AM

Deciding which Thin Client is the best for your organization? Is there a new paradigm starting to play out?
Deciding which Thin Client is good for you? So you are considering a Desktop Refresh in your organization? Are you aware of the impending "Tipping Point" where the difference between PC's and Thin Clients is about to become blurred? Traditional Thinking: Traditional thinking around Thin Clients focus's on the matrix between a choice of Hardware at a good, better and best level and the choice of O/S that is used which is typically WinXPe, WinCE or Linux - this then prompts the decision maker to ask ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 1:06 PM

If VECD is an expensive option for a VDI then perhaps you might want to consider a Linux variant that looks like Windows XP?
So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop. From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 11:31 AM

Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization
So it's great to see that the info is slowly starting to emerge and be defined - to be sure it'll be a slow process... Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:26 PM

TeraCopy - is it possible to resume a file copy across regular drives using standard SMB, CTRL+V, Cut and Paste, etc? - Yes it is!
Copy your files faster and easier it claims from this little tool from Code Sector, and that it does. I was trying to get a 500Mb file from an FTP site and was being concerned about the speed only being 15 - 18k so I connected via the VPN Service and was getting 80 - 100k. No problems there? But then I got a BSOD from a file called crypto.sys...... after the file had reached 28%.... figures!! So I was keen to finish the file using the VPN method as opposed to the FTP, but I was really concerned that ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 1:12 PM

Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:10 AM

Server Core getting closer? What going back to Servers with no GUI, there's a suprise ;-)
I'm keen to see how well the Server Core is adopted, as I was always a fan of the earlier Netware Servers before they started adding the JavaX GUI front end - very light and purposeful. So I thought I'd drop a note about two sites I've come across today: Introducing The Server Core blog Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following: DHCP server File Server ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2007 2:29 PM

MS Licensing for XP Desktops in VDI/DDI/Virtual Desktop design - VECD (Vista Enteprise Centralized Desktop) - how does it work, and what License do you have to buy?
Hi All, I had an Integrator ask me for the details on how they could solve the MS Licensing dilemma around a relatively simple (??) VMware XP SP2 Desktops being delivered from an ESX VMware Server. As this was essentially a VDI scenario I found it somewhat interesting that this info didn't appear to be readily available. As I knew that Prudential UK was listed as a Success Story by VMware at http://www.vmware.com/custo... I was able to find that a chap called Andy Ruby was ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:10 PM

Vodafone Germany launched HTC Wizard as VPA compact II
As reported on MSMobilesNow this looks like a sexy looking little toy - but I wonder is it because the keyboard looks vaugely like the Nokia Communicator? or is that just my imagination? ;-))(And I guess there's been an update on Pricing since this article at MSMobiles was posted, as it's now Euro 149 with a Contract) ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:11 PM

Looks like HP has a small conundrum on their hands with the iPaq HW6500 Series?
Microsoft celebrates release of HP iPAQ hw6500 in USA but analysts say: no Windows Mobile 5.0 so do not buy it!Microsoft has launched new section at their website devoted to HP iPAQ hw6500 series phones just released by Cingular: ... but analysts are extremely angry and say clearly "no matter what features it has, don't buy it because it doesn't have Windows Mobile 5.0". Can't say fairer than that? Especially as not too long ago HP was silly enough to accidentally release info on the 6700 Series ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:15 PM

Rugged Thin Clients for Construction and Mining environments
I thought it might be useful just passing on some info regarding this particular model of Thin Client because of the fact that here in Australia we are seeing something of a Resources Boom and anyone in the areas closest to Mining companies may find this style of Thin Client of real interest. In the US these devices are used by Wal-Mart and fitted to the Fork Lifts, this way the driver can scan in the Pallet details through to the ERP system even while moving from Cold Storage to Truck Dock and back ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:26 PM

Australian Red Cross deploys Neoware M100 mobile thin clients
So we have managed to get some rather nice press here in Australia in an interesting story in Tuesday's Australian IT newspaper about the security benefits the Australian Red Cross has gained from deploying the Neoware M100 thin client notebook...... From a Technical perspective I have so far successfully tested the following PCMCIA Data Cards: Telstra NextG Turbo Card - MF332 Hutchison 3G - Merlin XU870 Vodafone - Huawei E620 If you, or a Customer, has an interest in Neoware's M100 Thin Client and ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:23 PM

From Citrix to Neoware
So a few people I have spoken to have asked me recently why the switch to Neoware after Citrix? Well, let's just say that the decision to leave Citrix wasn't made by me.... So that leaves... why Neoware? Well, when I weighed up all the positives that I uncovered during my research in to them I was quite impressed with what they have managed to accomplish in the last 5 - 7 years, as well as what they are doing now to grow the business. Some highlights of these details are: 63% CAGR over the last 5 ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 3:18 PM

6 Steps to a Simpler Network - If you get the fundamentals in order, you will stand a better chance of getting it all together
Now I was looking for something completely different, but I happend upon this little Gem - 6 Steps to a Simpler Network - courtesy of the MCP Magazine 6 Steps to a Simpler Network There's a saying in IT that "complexity is the enemy of security." It's also the enemy of efficiency, troubleshooting and other critical network functions. Here are six ways to untangle that crowded web you've weaved. by Bill Heldman May 2005 Has your single LAN of the '90s evolved into a gargantuan enterprise? If your ......

Posted On Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:21 PM

Interesting Haking/Security Magazine - Personal Firewall Comparison Test
I found a rather interesting Magazine down at the newsagents over the weekend called Hakin9 (Issue 2/2007), more can be found at www.en.hakin9.org , and it would appear to be the Alter Ego if you like of the Software Developers Journal? There was a very interesting Consumers Test on Personal Firewalls that indicated that the Comodo Personal Firewall was the best at keeping things secure with Jetico and Zone Alarm rounding out the other two podium positions - what was quite suprising is that Comodo ......

Posted On Sunday, April 15, 2007 7:18 AM

Trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site? Page not Found?
I spent a rather frustrating day yesterday trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site yesterday, if you want to run through their Test Takers menu system you will be prompted to decide to look for IT Certifications and then coose which Vendor aligned Certification Track you are interested in - at this point it should redirect you to the appropriate page - well what you end up with is a fancy "Page not found" message. Eventually I sucumbed to ringing the 1800 number - while I was on the line I ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:27 AM

iMate SP5/Orange C600 vs. Blackberry 8700g
Well it had to happen at some stage didn't it.... There I was having a great time and then it got dropped on me - Citrix have now dropped a brand spanking new Blackberry 8700G on me. As a longtime user (and dare I say it - evangelist) of the MS Smartphone format in both the C500 and later in the C600 versions I have been quite comfortable with this, it works, it does what I need - in that I thought I had finally found some sort of Device Nirvana where I had one device that was my PDA, Mobile Phone, ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 11:31 AM

Next Release of Citrix Presentation Server - Technology Preview - from Orestes Melgarejo who presented this at iForum 2006
The major bullet points are listed below, but the key here is that the latest Tech Preview for Citrix Presentation Server is available right now. Customers who are current on Subscription Advantage can go to their mycitrix portal and download the media and licenses today. If any of this, AND Tarpon, is of interest to how you are going to architect your solutions then go grab a copy and start building your lab? ;-) Full post at http://citrixcommunity.com/... Integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:30 PM

From AppSense's Security Blog - Possibly the Most Sophisticated Malware Ever ....??
Just having had some free time during Training (oops! did I say that out loud..? ;-) and I was checking some of the latest news via Bloglines and came across this piece from AppSense's Secuity Blog - I have copied the contents in full here because this would appear to be a new escalation in how far the Black Hatters will go to potentially "Own" your device, very worrying news if tis is merely the start of a trend? Original PostIn the usual confusing way of the antivirus industry it has been given ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 1:48 AM

Citrix's "Project Kent" - Citrix now going for a bold mission statement?
So I've heard some rumour that this is one of Citrix's next project ideas? On the surface of it, it makes good sense because it will also cause (by default) the very integration between the various product lines that exist today after the recent acquasitions, not to mention that it will also provide a potential revenue stream to help fund this integration. I'd imagine that if it gains traction, both internally and with customers feedback, then the more successful it is then this will be the start ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 8:10 AM

RIM's enterprise dominance comes to an end?
I've noticed this article over at the Register.co.uk concerning the emergence of MS's Mobile email solution based on Exchange 2003 SP2 and Windows Mobile 5 devices using ActiveSync to communicate. I was fascinated when I first learnt of the Always-Up-To-Date (AUTD) feature that was in Exchange, and covered that here "Blackberry Killer" Solution back in June 2005, it took me a while to get it even close when I had all the client components at Orange SPV C600 AKU2 by March, but I had to wait until ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 8:27 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

For those who have started looking at EdgeSight 4.1 there is a new Hotfix
Attachment: EdgeSight 4.1 Patches.zip (27.5 K) For: Computers running Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 with the following installed: EdgeSight 4.1 Server Date: September 5, 2006Language supported: English (US)Readme version: 1.0 Where to Find DocumentationThis document describes the issue(s) solved by this hotfix and includes installation instructions. For more information, see CTX110957 – EdgeSight User Guide, Version 4.1. Issue(s) Resolved in this HotfixPatch 1 – updated report ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 4:51 AM

Why Vista will mean the end of the Microsoft monolith?
Does Vista mean the begining of the end for Microsoft? Well that's an interesting suggestion from John Naughton at the Observer I found this courtesy of Bink.nu and it does raise some interesting points regarding the gestation period of Longhorn and it's challenges getting to this point? Have we reached the natural plateau of how large a software program can be? There will be a predictable (and expensive) PR campaign to coincide with the final release of the software. But in Redmond, Washington, ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:59 PM

Microsoft opens Network Monitor 3 beta 2 to public - Other Public Beta's from Microsoft
So again courtesy of Bink.nu I came across the other Blog that Alessandro writes at Security Zero, where I have normally just been tracking what he writes at virtualization.info What I also found interesting was the stats - 1,951 Participants for Network Monitor 3 Beta 2, 38 Bugs, 20 Active. This has been available since 6/06/2006. Network Monitor 3 Details:Upcoming Network Monitor 3 will offer several new features and will finally be an uncapped, free, stand-alone application for Windows XP/2003/Vista/codename ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 11:16 AM

Is the Print Media still effective? and thoughts on Leadership "The seven habits of a highly ineffective Prime Minister"
I had the opportunity of relaxing a little on the way home yesterday as I was coming back from Havant to London on the train and decided to buy a copy of the FT. After scanning through it a particular article caught my eye - "The seven habits of a highly ineffective Prime Minister". Now I will comment on this, but I can only provide a link to www.ft.com/stern , as "the full contents of this article will require registration" Well, that's not strictly true. You need to register with the FT, provide ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 5:24 AM

Citrix Is Changing It's Attitude Towards The Community? (slowly)
Now I did notice this post by Michel at Thincomputing a week or so ago and it is building all the time, they're now up to 14 Bloggers? Although some are not quite as enthusiastic as others? Kudos though to Sam Johnston from the Dublin office for getting things off the ground. Although it's interesting to note that this would appear to have been established on the 14/15th of August and Citrix's own internal document regarding Citrix corporate blogging policy is dated 22nd of August? ;-)) I would imagine ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 6, 2006 7:02 PM

Leadership Essentials from Rene Carayol
I had the benefit of attending last years Citrix iForum in Edinburgh when they had a Business/IT Directors Track that was chaired or organised by Rene Carayol. From that I have kept an eye on his web site and suscribed to his updates. From this I recently received the following: Leadership Essentials 1 It is essential as the Inspired Leader to select talent better than yourself! Ensure they are A players, as you will want them to recruit talent better than themselves. Most B players do not have the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 12:10 PM

Blogging on the inside, by a CEO no less?
More to the point, this is not a IT technical company either.... At a customers site at the moment the CEO is actually blogging 2 - 3 times a week on their intranet, and I have started trying to find the time to have a quick glance every now and then. This was posted last week and I thought it worth popping up here? (I have xxxx'd the company name to protect the innocent ;-)+++++ Quote +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... read an interesting article in Fortune magazine (xxxxxxxx is ranked in their Global ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 11:00 AM

Beyond MySpace? How many compromised PC's are connected to the Internet?
I've just been reading this over at AppSense's Security Blog and it's amazing to think how simple some this can be, as well as frightening to think how many possible devices have been compromised out there? It's starting to look like it's a good idea to do all your general browsing (at least from Home? ;-)) via a locked down device running under VMware? or at least try one of the other alternative methods of making your browser more secure? +++Full Article+++++++++++++Following on from the recent ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 8:24 AM

Interview Worksheets from Microsoft - at the right price?
I came across this via an email from our Microsoft TRM and thought that the Documents were quite detailed and informative, they would certainly be quite a help if you wanted to create a formal procedure or process for your interview questions? Education Competencies: Interview Worksheets Action Oriented - Interview Worksheet.doc 41 KB DownloadDownload Assessing Talent - Interview Worksheet.doc 40 KB DownloadDownload Building Effective Teams - Interview Worksheet.doc 38 KB DownloadDownload Comfort ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 6:52 PM

Softgrid Pricing Announced: Now Drastically Lower - What chance has Tarpon got now?
Thanks to Michel Roth at Thincomputing.net has received information on the new pricing Microsoft has put on the Softgrid products. This is really earth shattering! Prices of the Softgrid products will be cut by as much as 85% This is how it will be: • Softgrid Desktop Licenses: €32 / $38 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses: €18 / $21 (list) • Softgrid Terminal Server Licenses will no longer be based on the concurrent number of users (as in all Microsoft products)• ......

Posted On Friday, August 4, 2006 6:40 PM

Citrix Access Gateway 4.2.3 Update released? Have a careful look at "CTX108902 v4.2.2 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway"
I'm just going through a proof of concept at a client's site for an AG+AAC Implementation and I was looking at bringing the AG up to 4.2.2 as I heard there were a few critical patches, and interestingly enough the link to 4.2.2 from CTX108902 ends up pointing at a 4.2.3 Download?? BTW - Don't forget to remove your existing Admin Tool and then download and install from fresh after upgrading the CAG!(But you knew that didn't you? ;-) The 4.2.2 lists these Known Issues and Issues Fixed: Known Issue(s) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:58 PM

Thoughts on Application Virtualisation or Streaming - how does Citrix's Project Tarpon compare with Softgrid and Altiris's SVS?
So among several other things this week I managed a quick sneak peak at an early (Alpha?) release of Citrix's Tarpon (Application Streaming) yesterday, what I found interesting was not that it would appear that Citrix are leaning towards using blue instead of red for some of the pretty bits? nor that there was a nice shiny new Citrix Client, but I suddenly realised that I was examining Tarpon from a purely Technical Focus and to really appreciate what might be possible meant that I had to shift to ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 5:42 PM

Migration of Servers to Dissimilar Hardware and other P2V, V2P and P2P Options (Specifically DL360 G2 and G3 to G4 and above?)
Preamble: Us Citrix Guys have been bouncing against the issue of migration to dissimilar hardware for a while now, with quite a number of customers with Images or Production Servers based on DL360 G2's and G3's and these Images are now needing to be applied to G4's. Obviously there wasn't too much issue between the earlier two, but as we start approaching the G4 platform this has caused some issues with the 5i/6i Array Driver. We do tend to have a policy of trying to Sysprep where ever possible as ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 5:49 AM

Citrix Access Gateway Scalability - Technical Design Considerations for AG and AAC for 10,000 Users and above (Hint - use Netscaler? ;-)
Technical Design Considerations for AG and AAC for 10,000 Users · The two following pages detail the caveats and considerations that need to be addressed when designing an AG and AAC Implementation for up to 10,000 Users · It should be kept in mind that these details were documented as of January 2006 and as such there have been some changes since then. · It was anticipated that Citrix would be making reasonable efforts to improve the number of *Tunnels* available to the AG, however ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:26 PM

New "C" Class Bades from HP launched today
I attended one of the events today at London Bridge where HP "announced" the release of the new "C" Class blade enclosures. Nice bit of kit, but it was somewhat let down by a very American brand of marketing where we had two of the seniors from HP supposedly ad libing via script, very droll. Anyway, I've popped over to their on-line buying and configuration tool in the US and by filling one of the new enclosures with 16 x BL460c's with Dual 3.2Ghz CPU's, 4Gb RAM, 2 x 36Gb 2.5" SAS Hot Pluggable Serial ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:49 PM

Rising Energy Prices? Best keep an eye on your Electricity and Gas Bills?
UPDATE - RESULTWell it has taken nearly a total of 3 - 4 hours and various phone calls but they have now agreed to cancel the debit side (= about £170 off the bill) and add a further £50 credit for the inconvience and effort I've had to go through before they see the light. It's definately worth sticking to your guns and pushing for what you know is right? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... Now I will freely admit that what I have copied below is merely a ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 9:34 PM

Troubleshooting the Citrix IM Service
I was recently asked to help a customer resolve an issue where they felt that once the a couple of the new Citrix Servers were migrated from the old NT Domain to the new AD Domain the IM service appeared to fail - possibly due to restrictions in the GPO's? First of all, not the easiest nut to crack this one, this would appear to have been a number of compounding issues that caused the fault - and coupled with the GPO Security it was easy to believe that this had caused the fault. Check the registry ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 5:01 AM

Ensuring that Speed Screen Latency is enabled/enforced via Web Interface 4.x
I Had a client ring in with an issue today, although they are still testing, they wanted to be sure that the Speed Screen Latency was enabled for the users testing from Johannesburg, Sth Africa. They pointed out that they had already checked CTX103204 and CTX344154. I had a quick check of these and then rang him back and we initiated a GoToAssist Session. I explained the background of the template.ica file as it has been used in the older NFuse Implementations and how it is now based on the default.ica ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 9:07 PM

Sources: Microsoft in talks to buy Softricity???
Thanks to Bink.nu for the heads up to the original article here at iTnews.com.au So maybe this explains why Softgrid was running a bit slow on getting around to x64 version, etc? Interesting times ahead? Microsoft is in talks to buy application virtualisation software vendor Softricity of Boston, USA CRN has learned."It's coming down to the final stretches," said one source close to Microsoft who is familiar with the discussions. "It's not a done deal yet but it's just last minute haggling kind of ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 10:04 AM

Australian Economy... In a word - Booming!!
While I was back home in Australia the latest Government Budget was released, initially there was a lot of press making a big thing that there was going to be a Surplus announced (i.e. The Government had spent less than they received) and I didn't really think it was that big a deal. It wasn't until the following Sunday when I caught a review of this on a News Program did it really hit me what it was all about - this wasn't just for the year on year accounts - Australia is now debt free!! Just over ......

Posted On Monday, June 5, 2006 8:59 AM

Whale acquisition will broaden Microsoft’s secure access solution? Citrix might have more of a fight on it's hands?
So thanks to Bink.nu I noticed this little note yesterday. So, late last week it was MS buying Softgrid, now it's Whale to add SSL-VPN's to the bag of tricks, what must the Management at Citrix be thinking....????? So how must this be going down at Citrix as they realise that the - as yet unreleased - Tarpon and AIE could be under threat by the Company that provides Terminal Servers? (I know...... TS is running on Citrix's MultiWin core - but they did agree to sell it way back... right? ;-) and now ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:15 AM

Use your phone to convert photos of whiteboards and documents into searchable PDF files? brilliant idea!
I picked this up from a fellow Geekswithblogs blogger - Tariq Convert photos of whiteboards and documents into searchable PDF files. scanR is a powerful service that automatically: cleans photos of whiteboards and documents tags documents with extracted keywords delivers the results as PDF files or faxes You can try it for free, and there is also a client for WM5 PocketPC, SmartPhone and Treo 700W ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:42 AM

640 x 480 Projector from your Mobile/PocketPC/PSP? Digislide - one of the elite "global innovators" for 2006?
I came across this article after it was syndicated in The Australian newspaper. A small Adelaide company, Digislide, based at Dry Creek, is earning worldwide attention after inventing a miniature projector to solve the problem. The Digismart is a thumb-sized micro-optical device that can project on to a wall a 43 x 28cm full-colour image from a range of hand-held devices, including mobile phones, GPS navigation systems, MP3 players, portable media centres, gaming machines, PDAs and laptop computers. ......

Posted On Thursday, May 11, 2006 1:48 PM

I'm Currently on Holidays in Perth, Australia
I don't mean that to sound like I'm rubbing it in - just explaining why I'm not doing too many posts at the moment. I'm having a great time down south at the moment enjoying visiting the wineries around Margaret River region and will be back in Perth next week. Perth is currently in the grip of a real mining boom, with the record prices of Minerals and other Commodities pushing this particular State in to a near frenzy. I was considering looking at some property investment - and now I'm discovering ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 1:17 AM

Doug Brown is after your suggestions for the ‘Tweaks Section' of the next MIAB (Methodology in a Box) Release
DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the updated Methodology in a Box 4.0 ‘Tweaks Section' Updated April 26, 2006 - BETA 2These performance, security, and usability ‘tweaks & tips' apply to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0. The goal of this section is to detail the basic tweaks needed to tune Windows for a Citrix and Terminal Services environment. This paper is just a draft of what will appear in the upcoming Methodology in ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:12 AM

VMware releases Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta available for download
VMware Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta Program Download hereVMware is proud to announce the Beta availability of Virtual Machine Importer 2.0, the latest desktop utility for IT professionals and software developers/testers working with virtual machines. VMware Virtual Machine Importer (VMI) is a freely available, stand-alone utility to import virtual machines from different source formats into several VMware product destinations, and can be used to: Move virtual machines across different test/dev ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:37 AM

Want Push email NOW! (Blackberry Alternative from Smartphone/PocketPC) Mail2web has this running as a Beta service - Have your Proof of Concept working in minutes!
Thanks to Gears at CoolSmartPhone, I've worked through the details of their post and it does exactly what it says on the tin. So, if like me you have issues with the infrastructure and/or security concerns that are stopping you from deploying this at your office, then try this as an alternative by having your emails forwarded. It's not ideal, but it is a guarenteed way of being able to demonstrate to your colleagues how good MS Push Email is and how very much like the Blackberry Service it is in ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:23 AM

So what is your desktop going to look like this time next year? Virtualized Applications for everbody?
I’ve spotted this post from Martin Banks at TheRegister and I guess it’s because he has recently interviewed David Greschler, of Softricity due to the (upcoming) release of SoftGrid 4.0 I have reproduced it here in full, but I think it is of particular note because it very accurately gets to the heart of why this particular technology and SoftGrid in particular is growing at 100% year on year (in some ways I’m surprised it’s not a higher number?) "Virtualised applications ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 11:26 AM

Better Rebates To Tempt Citrix Partners - Advisory Rewards to be increased from 10 to 15%??
I'm just checking the date on the calendar to make sure it's not actually the 1st of April, because I'm starting to suspect that Citrix is actually starting to knuckle under and compete? Don't think so? I don't blame you, but have a look at this: Posted at SmartOfficeNews.com.auCitrix is increasing the amount of rebates it offers partners in an attempt to get them taking advantage of the company's newest products. Wendy Smith, Channel Programs Manager said the company is increasing the rebate from ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:48 AM

Lightweight (almost Ultra Light?) Dual Core Laptop?
Now call me crazy, but I always thought the purpose of having a laptop in the first place was to be mobile? Not dragging around something that weighs in at over 5 kilos (before adding the power supply?) with a 17" screen, etc. So it's real nice to see some very sharp Laptops coming out with the Horsepower AND a light weight, like this little number from ASUS? Check out all the details at Engaget4.2-pound, 1.45-inch thick lappie packs in a battery-friendly 13.3-inch "Color Shine" LCD, Intel Core Duo ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 9:07 PM

A sneak peek at future of Windows Mobile? How about the Roadmap through to 2008?
Thanks to MSMobiles for the note about LocutusBorgMan's post in the BrightHand Forum. (NOTE: As far as I am aware this is in the public domain, not restricted by NDA) Here he posted the link to a MS Presentation in Interlaken for MS Mobile Developers, and although it was very developer biased, slide 55 was quite illuminating from my point of view so I've included it below. Equally LocutusBorgMan's notes make an interesting read:Seems like Crossbow, which is supposedly a second edition of WM5.0 like ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 5:34 AM

Doug Brown releases the first draft of MIAB 4
For those us that have seen, read and used Doug's earlier works with MIAB (Methodology in a Box) this is exciting news, even if you aren't interested in Citrix or Terminal Servers, there will be lots to learn from his documentation, although this is an early draft. Update: I believe Doug will be adding a form where you will be able to submit other suggestions at some stage shortly. Methodology in a Box™ Tips & Tweaks Section Beta! DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 3:46 AM

300th Post - WARNING TO HTC UNIVERSAL USERS! - problems with AKU2 ROM upgrade for HTC Universal (M5000, Xda Exec, etc.) Pocket PC phones
Although I haven't got one of these devices, as I'm more than happy with my C600, I think it only fair to help warn those of you that do that you MAY inadvertently end up in a scenario where it is possible that you might turn your pride and joy into a rather expensive paperweight? I was alerted to this by MSMobiles about the article by nedge2k in MSMobileNews If you have bootloader v0.56 on your device, DO NOT upgrade to an AKU2 or you will turn it into a paperweight!To check your bootloader, hold ......

Posted On Sunday, April 23, 2006 2:19 PM

Citrix Captures No. 1 Position in SSL VPN Unit Market Share in 4Q 05 Just One Year After Entering Market
Well it was only a matter of time? Press Release hereI have said it before, and I'll say it again, Citrix's Marketing Team should take the biggest share of the plaudits for this. They have taken an SSL VPN product and hyped it to an almost unbelievable degree. To give you an example of what I mean - I went to one Customer who was accessing Citrix thru an IPSEC VPN and they were having all sorts of issues (especially getting the Client end installed and working) and initially we were called in to ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:55 PM

Have you tried Groove Virtual Office yet?
I have given it a brief trial and it's certainly got a lot of promise as a collaboration tool built off the back of Office 12. My brother has been using it quite extensively back in Canberra, Australia and we have both successfully trialled real time collaboration in Word and Excel. This would appear to be a pretty good example of a product that now has legs as more people take up on Broadband connections? The only thing missing is the Voice or VoIP component (did I hear you mention Skype? ;-) Groove ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:47 PM

The future of application virtualisation? I'm not sure how old this interview is but the figures make interesting reading
Courtesy of my BlogLines rss'd Google News searches I came across this article,Desktop application virtualisation could quicken fixes, boost reliability and lower desktop support costs. Kevin White reports. The bit that really reminded me how recent this space is was:To date, the desktop application streaming market has been championed only by niche vendors such as Softricity, AppStream, Endeavors Technology and Stream Theory (the latter two having merged in 2005), but now Citrix is about to join. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:33 PM

Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regard to Virtualization? (i.e. Softgrid, VMware and Altiris) and just what is a Hype Cycle? Take the Poll
So after the previous post regarding Virtualization and what it might mean to Citrix's dominance I have done a bit of ferreting around and found some neat code over at MindVizTracker that has enabled me to add a Poll to ask you what you think? Have a look a below the Add on the left side and you should find something like this: Poll: Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regards to Virtualization?? Technology Trigger? Peak of Inflated Expectations? Trough of Disillusionment? Slope of Enlightenment? ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:11 PM

Where is Virtualization heading, and how this might effect the design and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers?
I have been doing some brainstorming with Charles@eknowlogy over the past few days regarding Virtualization and how this may change the face and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers and he has pointed out some new developments that might have some far reaching effects like:Marathon Launches Next Generation Application Availability Software Solution Built on Patented Virtualization Technology So based on this, and an article Brian Madden did a little while back regarding this I have put together my ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software Virtualisation Solution
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net for the link to this: Aaron (aka Parky) has done a short write-up of Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software and although it is rather brief I think it's correct in that the Altiris release has some catching up to do - I wonder if that's why they released it as version 2.0? ;-)) (Although I do find it a bid odd that SVS insists on creating all of it's virtualization files under C:\fslrdr<layer number>... surely this isn't hardcoded?) ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:00 AM

Citrix Products and Internet Explorer ActiveX Update (KB 912945)
Citrix have released this article CTX109553 regarding interaction with ActiveX, and it looks like this issue could be with us for some time? If we come across any handy workarounds I'll post the details here - better yet, if anyone else has any answers, post them here as well? SymptomsWhen used with Citrix Web Interface 4.x and/or Citrix Access Gateway Advanced Access Control 4.x, both the embedded ActiveX ICA and embedded RDP clients require the end-user to click in the ICA or RDP session before ......

Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:00 AM

Multi-monitor support for Citrix ICA Sessions - dual screens and the like
Update - I got a note from Stefan Vermeulen at http://www.printingsupport.com regarding some info from Brian Madden's forum and have posted it in the Comments - this includes the Registry tweak to increase the buffer to 16Mb per session. I've been asked about multi-monitor support for Citrix ICA Sessions twice in the last week or so from two different sources so I thought it useful to pop this in as a post? Using Multiple Monitors with Seamless Windows Seamless Windows Problem with NVidia Dual Screen ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 6:18 AM

Ericom would appear to be gaining ground as the front runner for Citrix's competitor?
Well it looks like Ericom's attendance at BriForum in Washington has gone to it's head? ;-))Thanks for the heads up from Charles@eknowlogy on this Some while back I did a post questioning if Citrix's near monopoly on the Terminal Server/Remote Access market was reaching it's zenith (Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?) and back in January my pick of the competitors was Ericom based on it's relatively mature WebConnect Product that can provide Seamless RDP Sessions ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:46 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Push email with MSFP enabled WM5 Devices - while working with existing Firewalls like Checkpoint, etc.
So Microsoft has posted this article for those who want to deploy Push email but this is interesting that I've noticed this today almost immediately after going through an online discussion with some of the security team at my end that has seen us decide (read - me capitulate under overwhelming numbers??) to try using Nokia's Intellisync to achieve push email. OK, I'm gutted, and not just because I've spent so much spare time over the last 9 months or so trying to line this up but the reality of ......

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 6:42 PM

From the Exchange Blog - Direct Push is just a heartbeat away
If you have a need to understand the full details at a very deep technical level of how the HeartBeat function works in Exchange 2003 SP2 and WM5 devices then check out this article here. Background Exchange 2003 introduced the Always Up To Date notification feature (AUTD) that kept devices up to date by sending SMS triggers to the device. The triggers were sent from the enterprise as SMTP messages to the SMTP front end at the mobile operator. They were then sent through the SMS gateway as SMS messages ......

Posted On Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:16 PM

Possible problem with Citrix PS4 R01 breaks Session Reliability for Java client through CSG?
If anyone is contemplating applying R01 for Presentation Server 4 you might want to just check this out beforehand? This has been found at a Customers Site by one of our Consultants and he has confirmed this by duplicating it in a VMWare environment. Issue:Java client through CSG with Session reliability turned on only works if the STA is on a Citrix PS4 server which doesn't have R01 installed. If, as usual, all Citrix servers have R01 installed then it simply stops working. The Java client fails ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 3:07 PM

Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) under VMWare
Courtesy of Brian Madden's site, Rich Crusco over at Frameworx has just released a Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway, if you need to understand how this system works in more depth and want to have a good mess with it this is the way to go ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 5:10 AM

A round up of Citrix and SBC based Articles - in no particular order..... ;-)
I've had a couple of articles pinned in Bloglines to post at some stage and I never seemed to quite get around to it - until today, time for Spring Cleaning? This comes from MS Terminal Services.orgBandwidth Management: Part 3 – Guaranteeing and Protecting ICA/RDP on LAN/WANQuite a tidy article from Andy Jones, that gets in to how to protect the bandwidth for ICA. However a lot of Customers seem to get put off Packetshaper by the price, a slightly different solution that can sometimes give ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 2:39 PM

A round up of news regarding Push Email for WM5
So this popped in today from CoolSmartPhone - and this is fantastic news from my own selfish point of view? Looks like they will definately be competing with TMobile's efforts? Orange have announced pricing their new Microsoft Exchange Direct Push e-mail plans, according to this ComputerWeekly story. Data bundles will start at £6.50, giving users 10Mb of email. Medium usage packages will cost £12 per month for 30Mbytes, with high usage costing £25 per month for 200Mbytes.You'll need ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 1:00 PM

Orange finally waking up to how Certificates work in the real world?
I've been sent an email today from Orange because I'm signed up to their Developers site, and it seems they have finally cottoned on to the fact that not everyone has installed Verisign Certificates on their Exchange Servers - so now they have at least explained how to go about getting Root Certificates added to the latest devices (C600, M600, M3000, M5000, etc.) that have a higher level of security applied. Anyway, head over to OrangePartners for the lowdown on how Orange thinks that you should ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:05 AM

Citrix Pricing discounts of up to 44% to get from Winframe and XP to PS 4.0??
Now some of you may recall that I recently heard a rumour that Citrix were definately prepared to be somewhat flexible on their pricing (especially if you mentioned that you might be considering something like Ericom instead?) well now it appears that they have taken that somewhat further? OK, so first of all the Good News - this includes one years Subscription Advantage (So you should also qualify for the next release?) AND also allows you to upgrade from ANY Citrix Server product, even goinig back ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:13 AM

Don't like WISP from Citrix? then just change the way Web Interface looks with this template?
If you don't like WISP (Web Interface integration for SharePoint) then how about modifying Web Interface to look like SharePoint? So now there are no excuses for anyone who looks after SharePoint and Web Interface, there are two different approaches depending on the specifics of your local environment. Thanks to Michel, I've just been looking at this template by Jason CongerLogin Screen Applications Page ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 7:00 AM

Shortcuts and Input Tips for Smartphone and PocketPC from Windows Mobile Team
I came across this little nugget at the Windows Mobile Team's Blog that I thought was worth sharing? Smartphone SpecificEasy access to numbers. In both T9 and ABC mode, you can usually get a number by pressing and holding the button. For instance, the 2 button can be a, b, c, or 2. Press it once and you'll get a letter. Press and hold it and you'll get the number. This is a lot faster than switching to 123 mode if you just need to type a few numbers. Lock the keypad. On smartphones that have a separate ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 5:44 AM

All change at Microsoft? Seems like they've been bitten by the Virtual Bug?
So reviewing a couple of neat things today at Bink.nu Microsoft has added Linux support to Virtual Server 2005 R2:Supported operating systems actually are:Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.2Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.3Novell’s SuSE Linux 10.0Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4Red Hat Linux 7.3Red Hat Linux 9.0 Then there was this link from Bink to Alessandro's site about MS now making ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 8:57 PM

Welcome to Charles at eKnowlogy - new Blog regarding SBC, Thin Client, Softgrid and Virtualization, etc.
If you have any questions or problems regarding these subjects (including the advantages of 64bit Servers, etc.) you won't go too far wrong checking things out with Charles - it's early days, so if he hasn't blogged about it yet then drop him an email and ask. eKnowlogy. As far as Technology goes, Charles is one of the most passionate people I know, he won't rest until he has an answer ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 4:58 AM

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?

Dave

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

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, DNC-IT.com 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

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

Mobile Technology Reaching Mass Adoption in UK Retail Sector
Directly from Jason Lagridges Weblog: I participated last week in a series of press briefings around some research that we (Microsoft) did with Martec International to investigate the growth of mobile solutions in Retail.Whilst in 2004, only 28% of the UKs leading retailers had adopted or planned to adopt mobile technology [1] , less than a year later the Mobility in Retail 2005 Survey reveals that mobile solutions are now being used or are planned for use in-store by 83% of respondents.You can read ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:11 PM

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

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

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 “significant new enhancement” 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 11.2.1.5. 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

Press release of news regarding - Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall / Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for the updates, Essentially this is 4 Press Releases from Citrix regarding the 2 Products, each product is accompanied by news from ICSA Labs about security Certification. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about the AG Hardware? I'd suggest you pop over and have a quick look through Brian Madden's article from yesterday entitled "The facts about the Citrix Access Gateway, the Generic hardware it's built on, and running it in VMware" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:50 AM

Process Explorer updated at SysInternals.com
Just in case you hadn't heard - Michel posted at ThinComputing that this has now been updated to version 10.20 If you have to do any serious troubleshooting in a Citrix and/or Terminal Server environment you will find this tool invaluable! Download now at ProcessExplorer ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:25 PM

Samsung's SGH-I320 Q-killer
OK, so now I'm really getting confused, is this supposed to be the BlackBerry Killer or the Q-Killer? How can it be the Q-Killer when the Q hasn't even made it out of the box yet? Can someone tell me that? ;-) <sheesh!> What's made by Samsung, runs Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU2, and looks like the lovechild of a Blackberry 7100 and a Motorola Q? That'd be Samsung's new SGH-I320, which features a QVGA display, Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, and MicroSD slot. We'll keep you posted on its expected ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:19 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. ( www.live.com ) 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

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) as Guest on VMWare - this is now Possible!! - details here
One of the problems with anything that is contingent on specific Hardware is that it is quite difficult to test or carry out any diagnosis but it now looks possible with the advent of VMWare 5.5 it is now possible to mimic intel NIC's and as such it might actually be possible to replicate a CAG on VMWare 5.5. Check out the discussion here at VMWare **Caveat** This is on VMWare 5.5!In essence this is quite simple - as reported in the VMWare VMTN Discussion Forums by Petje, all that is needed is to ......

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 1:12 PM

MUI (Multilingual User Interface) In A Terminal Services World
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net for the update, A new article on MSterminalservices.org 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

Citrix CCIA count
An interesting piece of Trivia (unless of course you are actually pursuing Citrix CCIA accreditation? ;-)) Suki from Citrix Education (UK?) mentioned at the Citrix Partner Exchange that as far as:Global CCIA Count goes there are:250 Globally50 in Europe12 in UK(I hope I've quoted her correctly? If not please let me know?)Kind of makes it a small number? and as such, probably highly desirable ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:21 PM

Attended Citrix's Partner Exchange here in UK last week - update on NetScaler
NetScaler now with Citrix: While at the Citrix Partner Exchange last week, we ended up learning about the new NetScaler product (Citrix bought the company not so long ago). Much more than just a Load Balancer or Accelerator, this is more like a Full Application Switch with loads of Functions, Citrix see this (probably, ;-) as embracing and extending their reach further in to remote access infrastructure? (If I keep this up I could get a job with their Marketing Dept.? What is it capable of doing? ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 9:19 PM

Citrix have updated their CCEA process - just in case you haven't heard?
The thing that keeps bugging me on this is that although they have updated the PLAN, it's only the CPS 4.0 CCA Exam that has been through Beta so far and available to the Public, all the rest of this is way in advance of the Exams even reaching Beta, and YET ALREADY they are insisting that Citrix Partners get up to date on accreditation......... Give me a break! Very few people saw MPS 3.0 as being sufficiently compelling to go through the upgrade process, and the same with our accreditation. It ......

Posted On Friday, October 14, 2005 7:04 AM

Very comprehensive guide to Application Packaging and Deployment as well as Citrix Installation Manager
This just in from DABCC.com, a very detailed (and lengthy ;-) guide on how to approach IM Packaging and deploying applications in general with a focus on Terminal and Citrix Servers. Although, I'm currently looking at an issue with deploying Adobe Acrobat Std where it keeps trying to carry out some activation process, and I've found that Adobe is suggesting that the only way around this for Terminal or Citrix Servers is to install the Volume Licensing version ONLY! Interestingly enough this article ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:31 PM

Record notes and Phone Calls with VITO Audionotes
Now here is a very nifty little tool - how often do you find yourself in the midst of a conversation that just needs jotting down and you don't have three hands? Kudos to CoolSmartPhone for the heads up. VITO AudioNotes is an MP3/WAV recorder for Smartphones and Pocket PC's. Released today it's an easy way to record those important memos or thoughts on the go. It's simple to use to - you don't need to worry about stacks of recording formats etc - just choose MP3 or WAV, then set the quality to low, ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 6:45 PM

Living with Windows Mobile AKU2, or How I learned to Love Push e-mail and Stop Worrying
Courtesy of a link I found at MSMobiles, I found this article by GeekZone Here I have just posted what is effectively the exec summary, but please do have a read of the full article? as it has loads of detail, and it also points to a default of possibly 12Mb a month consumed by the HeartBeat, but I believe this was on a setting of 24 hours a day? so it's quite possible with a reduced setting outside the core business hours you might see something like 4Mb a month? Bring on the datacardsOne more thing ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:38 PM

Citrix Releases v4.2.1 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway (CAG)
Courtesy of Doug Brown at DABCC.COM there is this news of what is effectively a hotfix for the CAG (Citrix Access Gateway) I can also confirm with Doug that this will simply update the device without blowing away your existing Config, Licences, etc. However, it is always good practice to plan for the unforseen? so it's not a bad idea to save a copy of the config in a safe place before upgrading, don't you think? ;-)) If you are currently running Citrix Access Gateway version 4.2 you can upgrade to ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:48 PM

Ex-Gizmondo exec walks from wreckage - of $1m Ferrari
Now I'd seen this story reported in a few places, but the Reg has now posted an update with a photo of what's left of the Passenger compartment - basically the front half, forward of the firewall (not that kind of Firewall!!!, the original kind....) Picture exclusive Former Gizmondo Europe executive Stefan Eriksson was this week involved in a car crash that shredded in his million-dollar Ferrari Enzo. Eriksson, who told police he was not the driver of the vehicle, walked away from the impact with ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 10:08 AM

Push Email for Orange Devices - just around the corner?
From CoolSmartPhoneJeremy Platt has emailed in about the new push email facility coming from Microsoft. According to what he's heard, the ROM update for Windows Mobile 5 devices on Orange should be available before the end of this month. To make that news even better, the ROM upgrade will be an incremental one. This means that you guys won't have to do a complete ROM re-grade - these are usually pretty hefty 11Mb downloads. It'll almost be a "patch".We'll keep out eyes and ears peeled for this one! ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:14 AM

Is Citrix getting too big for it's own good?
Today I was involved in a design meeting with a client where we discussed the pro's and con's of how the AG + AAC might add some value to an Infrastructure that is already heavily biased to Citrix. To a certain extent it was a "no-brainer" as it all fits together so well, and we also had a Citrix Sales person as well as a Citrix SE (Systems Engineer) on hand just to keep things going nicely. Now those of you who have delved in to looking at the AG in depth will have found that it is listed as a "failover" ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:03 PM

Has HP released news of the HW6910/HW6915 Mobile Messenger or not?
Now this was posted at MSMobiles a few days ago... but interestingly enough all the links are now broken with the exception of the Accessories page makes you wonder when it might actually be released? UK division of HP makes the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910February 12, 2006 [Pocket PC phone]No more digging deep in the website of HP is needed - now it is enough to go to HP UK website, click on professional handhelds and the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910 are presented officially. Also the probable reasons of ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:23 AM

Thin Computing ROI : The Untold Story
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net This paper written by Randy Perry of IDC sponsored by Wyse on the return on investment (ROI) of Thin Computing (Server Based Computing) environments: "Latest research from IDC, the leading global technology analyst firm, reveals that enterprises adopting thin computing achieve an average Return on Investment of 421% and pay back the cost in less than 11 months once their thin client solution is deployed. Thin computing also releases IT staff from the time-consuming ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:46 AM

Provocative Title?? - The nightmare of Lotus Notes
I came across this blog from the Razor at the Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, and thought it was fairly apt? Now that we have MS on the cusp of being able to provide an enterprise Mobile push email solution it seems like they are very much in the driving seat? I have always been hearing numbers bandied about regarding Exchange and Notes being almost 50 - 50 with somthing like 120 Million or so users each? At the end of the day I personally feel that Outlook as a Client is very intuative as well ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:10 PM

Push E-Mail is Go Go Go???
So noticed this at CoolSmartPhone this morning, I guess it's time to keep our eye's peeled on Orange's site? "Cingular Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone today announced free upgrades to the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for all their Windows Mobile 5.0 customers, enabling Direct Push functionality and providing enhanced device management and security for messaging applications. Palm Inc. and i-Mate also reaffirmed their commitment to free MSFP upgrades. In addition, new Windows ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 6:05 AM

Virtual PC vs VMWare
Now there has been a lot of info running through the blog channels regarding VMWare recently, nearly all of it referencing VMWare's bold step to make the server variation of GSX free. But in amongst this I discovered this neat little Blog from Mike Holdorf's Blog regarding switching from Virtual PC to VMWare So after all of this, it was time to give VMWare a try. I used VMWare a long time ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience. I downloaded Workstation 5.5, installed and everything was fine. Upon ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 5:36 AM

OK, standby, MSFP and AKU2 for WM5 has finally LEAKED!!
UPDATE - This link below relates to the Wizard - not the Tornado/C600 But from this I'd expect it won't take too long before we start seeing the other models being leaked in a similar manner. It is always a good practice to always use Winzip to extract the files from within the executable and double-check which model this is for BEFORE trying to apply it?I know that this message is teaching some to suck eggs, etc. but it still needs to be said? This has just been posted on MSMobiles, but if you really ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 11:26 AM

Some interesting new Tech Articles from Citrix Support
Thanks to my colleague Garry, New Version of DSView http://support.citrix.com/a... Configuring Smart Access for Published Applications http://support.citrix.com/a... Basic Customization of the Advanced Access Control 4.2 Logon Point http://support.citrix.com/a... Changing the Logos and Title of the Default Navigation Page for AAC 4.2 http://support.citrix.com/a... ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 7:58 PM

New hotfixes and CTX Articles released from Citrix Support
Reminder to self - sort out Citrix Watcher on Support site!! Now for some reason I'm not getting these updates emailed to me, so I really should sort out the watcher from the support.citrix.com site. But in the meantime I've still been getting updated courtesy of Doug Brown at dabcc.com So what's new? ICA Sessions Do Not Go Into a Disconnected State SymptomsOn occasion, ICA sessions do not assume a disconnected state when ICA KeepAlive is enabled. This occurs because ICA KeepAlive packets rely on ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 1:53 PM

Tired of waiting for the Vaporware to condense into something that works? (Open Source Push Email available also for Pocket PC/WM5?)
New just been posted in MSmobiles about an open source Project called Funambol Now MSmobiles has always been keen to be setting the record straight with regard to MS's claims about the Push email (MSFP, AKU2, etc.) just being around the corner, pointing out about the onging court action by Visto, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reply Jason has regarding this and when we might actually start to see some releases by the Carriers? What is quite exciting is that although this is listed ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 5:34 AM

2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4
Posted By Bink on February 7, 2006 at 1:38 PM Now you may not think this is very interesting? Then just jump to the bottom of the story and check out the price? Now that's got your interest? ;-)) 2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4Easily implement SSL, resource based load balancing and session reconnection for Microsoft Terminal Services or Citrix Metaframe servers 2X releases 2X LoadBalancer for Windows Terminal Services & Citrix Metaframe: a tool to ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 9:38 PM

Overclock your Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC phone with TI processor and make it Skype capable !
So I've come across this little note at MSmobiles.com I'm sure that some people wil find this useful? unfortunately seeing as my new C600 does not have WiFi this isn't of that much interest to me. And if you do use these notes to Overclock - remember it's completely at your own risk!! ;-)) Now you can download simple program that will overclock your HTC Wizard or HTC Prophet and make it thus faster - fast enough to handle Skype voice calls properly. We have tested it with HTC Prophet (i.e. i-mate ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:58 AM

News of RFID? We've been using it on the London Undeground for 12 months or more...
So both of these stories have come to light from Engadget:It's interesting to see that NYC Subway will be getting RFID Passes soon? I'd personally say my experience on the London Underground has been very good, and I'll be glad when they can expand it to cover the Rail Network as well "Select customers" to trial RFID NYC subway pass We were a bit wary when we first got an offer for an RFID credit card, but we're defintely gonna fight tooth-and-nail to become the few, the proud, the Metropolitan Transportation ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 7:47 PM

ActiveSync 4.x Troubleshooting Guide - this is the best place to start
Ah, so now for a topic close to my heart, seeing as I've got hold of my new C600 (did I mention that already? ;-) I'm keen to see just how much I can get the ActiveSync working *without* the MSFP. Now if you have any problems with ActiveSync I'd recommend you check out Chris De Herrera's site because this *ActiveSync 4.x Troubleshooting Guide* is the business as far as getting down and dirty with figuring out why the little Bleeep Bleep isn't connecting properly. The only reason I'm still strugling ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:28 PM

New head of EMEA Citrix at Chalfont here in the UK?
This just in from Google News.... New Managing Director Set To Strengthen Citrix’s Success Published 6th February 2006 Richard Jackson to head-up business activities in the UK, Ireland and South Africa...February 6, 2006: Access infrastructure specialist, Citrix, has appointed Richard Jackson as regional managing director.In his new role based at Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, Jackson will manage a 60-strong team and focus on increasing sales of the Citrix solution suite in the UK, Ireland and ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 2:55 PM

So more on this WiFi/Network play - Skype and Google fund 'illegal' Wi-Fi start-up
From CNET News.com This is a very intriguing idea, some while ago I was having a play with some tools like NetStumbler for *discovering* WiFi networks and also came across some maps from Julian Priest - The State of Wirless London who had effectively taken an Audit or Census of London's WiFi capabilities back in March 2004, complete with coverage maps, etc. I would imagine that nearly 2 years later we would be just about saturated with full cover across most of London? Does anyone else have any updates ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 9:10 AM

Getting virtual clients managed - Softricity now integrated with SMS
So this news in from TheRegister.co.uk A potential weak spot in the otherwise rather enticing offerings of Boston-based Softricity looks like it gets filled today with the announcement that it has launched a version of its SoftGrid Virtual Application Server that integrates with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS). The ability to provide sysadmin staff with applications management information plus management control over the SoftGrid environment is an important step forward. In the ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:21 AM

Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider
Very interesting note here from Engadget? Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider Posted Feb 3rd 2006 8:01PM by Evan BlassSo it seems that Google may actually have a plan for world domination after all, involving cheap PCs that connect exclusively to a private "Googlenet." The London Times is reporting that "a leading content provider" has been quoted as saying "We are in discussions with Google to provide content for their alternative Internet service, to be distributed through their Google ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2006 1:38 PM

Vmware strickes back to Microsoft Virtual Server and makes GSX server free!
So hot of the press - this in from Bink Last November Microsoft released Virtual Server 2005 R2 with an astonishing price of $99 for standard edition and $199 for enterprise edition. Virtual Server is a direct competitor to Vmware GSX.Now it seems Vmware strikes back, they are going to make Vmware GSX server free! Looks to me like VMWare would HAVE to be tying this to at least a high-level OS like 2000/2003 Server? Surely you wouldn't be able to run this on XP SP2? Otherwise wouldn't they be undercutting ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 8:38 AM

All the latest news and hot gossip regarding WM5, SmartPhones and Blackberries?
Well, I noticed a few articles this week and I have been trying to find the time to put it all together, but it's all moving so quickly it's getting crazy..... But what's even more telling about this is the news (rumour?) that Vodafone here in the UK would appear to be actively engaging with existing customers who are currently using Blackberry servers/services and advising them to switch to MS PocketPC devices? This must be music to Jason's ears? Oh, and if you are at all interested in what might ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 7:13 PM

Citrix Systems sued over patent?
From the Miami Herald Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix Systems (CTXS) is accused in a federal lawsuit of infringing on a patent held by Canadian firm 01 Communique Laboratory. 01 Communique on Wednesday sued Citrix in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio alleging Citrix GoToMyPC, software that allows users remote access to home or office computers, infringes on a patent held by the Mississauga, Ontario, company. 01 Communique, which makes remote-access software called I'm in Touch, obtained ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:42 PM

How easy is it to hack your company?
I came across this blog from Razor in the Sydney Morning Herald and the full article (Anatomy Of A Break-In.)makes fascinating reading. Razor doesn't have any illusions about the diligence with which the corporate world is looking after our personal data - we doubt they even know how bad things are and what a gullible lot we are. But this step-by-step account of the systematic compromising of a major multinational shocked even us. Key staff were warned that an assessment team would try to crack their ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:39 PM

Orange UK, Orange Developers and how Security is being changed/implemented on SmartPhones - should we be concerned?
So continuing on from last nights rant/ramble regarding Root Certs on my C600……. I originally sent this email to Orange Developers trying to find out why I couldn’t at least unlock my Phone from the point of view of running unsigned applications on it. This used to be one of the first things I always did after I’d upgraded or flashed the C500, straight over to http://developer.orangews.c... and enter my details along with the IMEI number and hey presto “Application ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 5:10 PM

ActiveSync across the wire on the C600 - DONE!! (But interesting reply from Orange Developers)
As it turns out it's possible that the cert wasn't necessary as one of my colleagues (Thanks Alex!) pointed out "just uncheck the SSL box and it should be fine" - and lo and behold it was!! So although I've now proved it works, I'm still a bit miffed on a few accounts: Why can't it be using SSL? (I think this is related to point 2?) We still have the security team at our place insisting that OWA hides behind the FW-1, so everyone who wants/needs access to OWA needs to have an account set up on the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:18 PM

Call yourself a Consultant? - this is a pretty good definition
Came across this at SightLines Consulting and thought that this is a very simple but powerful definition of what Consultancy is all about - in some ways it almost reads like a Consultants Charter or like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors? Please consider reading the full article because there are five points along with the summary that I would almost consider as required reading for anyone who considers themselves a Consultant - in fact I know I'm going to try and reread this every now and then to ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:21 AM

Successfull ActiveSync of C600/WM5 with Exchange 2003 SP2? (or how to add a Root Cert to WM5?)
Well, I think at last I've finally found the time, AND managed to find the specifics of what was holding this up so that I'm currently in the process of sycing the Phone with Exchange remotely via an AG+AAC connection back to the Exchange Server across the SSL VPN. What transpired is that out Exchange Server has an Equifax Cert, but not a regular Equifax cert, that would be too easy - this is the CA-1 variety that has an expiry of 2020. So as this wasn't built in to the WM5 device you have to go ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 8:56 PM

Citrix posts fat profits??
Just looking through Google's news feed for Citrix and spotted this at VNUnet Thin-client software vendor Citrix grew its fourth quarter turnover by 26 per cent to $269m and its full year turnover by 23 per cent to $909m, compared to the same periods last year. Revenue from license updates also grew by 18 per cent and technical services revenue, comprising of consulting, education and technical support, grew by 33 per cent, both compared to the fourth quarter of 2004. Citrix also claimed that for ......

Posted On Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:01 PM

What is Citrix going to be announcing at the Solutions Summit in Florida this week?

Rumour has it that there is quite likely to be **another** update to the AG+AAC, perhaps they will be adding something that will improve the alleged Load Balancing between devices?

Meanwhile I wonder if it's possible to lay a bet at the bookies about when the next version of CPS will be due out?

Posted On Sunday, January 29, 2006 6:29 PM

2005 mobile phone shipments smash record
This from TheRegister - Demand drives sales up 19 per cent World+dog bought 244.9m mobile phones during the final three months of 2005, market watcher Strategy Analytics (SA) said today, adding that the figure is a record one. For the year as a whole, some 810.5m handsets shipped, up 19.1 per cent on 2004's total, 680.5m. SA reckons shipments will rise 14.8 per cent this year, to 930m units, before shooting past the 1bn mark in 2007. Ads_kid=0;Ads_bid=0;Ads_xl=... ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 11:16 AM

RIM's fate could be decided on February 24th
Just in case you hadn't picked on this anywhere else? more at Engadget But I definately like Evan's spin on this....... Why does it seem that the RIM drama is really taking place on two trains heading in opposite directions: in the Patent Office where NTP's questionable patents seem close to being invalidated, and in federal court, where RIM is but one ruling away from being forced to shut down sales and service nationwide? Maybe it's because an injunction by Judge James Spencer on February 24th ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 10:58 AM

Softricity Doubles Annual Revenue And Driving Record Fourth Quarter Growth In 2005
From Michel at ThinComputing.net Softricity today announced record revenue for Q4 2005, rounding out the company's most successful year to date. Softricity more than doubled CY 2005 revenue over 2004, with 109% year-over-year growth. It closed out Q4 with 74% YOY growth. Read the full press release here. In any large Citrix Farm this technology can be very simply cost justified simply on savings for not having to bother doing any regression testing when adding new applications, as well as cost savings ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 7:58 AM

Cool VoIP Hacks Using Asterisk - how VMWare can add value?
Now I was searching on something different entirely (as is the case normally) but came across this interesting little note about running Asterix on VMWare at Christine.Net: Cool Hack #1: Performance Tuning for Asterisk VoIPKristian Kielhofner, the creator of AstLinux, showed the crowd his embedded Linux distribution for running Asterisk. This hack is important if you need your VoIP tuned for performance. First: Heavily loaded servers interfere with sound quality - but while you don't care if a web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:59 PM

Woize - Cheap T'Internet calling from your Windows Mobile device?
So I icked up this little item from CoolSmartPhone, though it's a shame it's not much use to me as the new C600 doesn't have WiFi......... <snif>, but other than that it's very nice, love the new screen..... MSMobileNews have spotted that Woize now has a client available for the Smartphone. Woize is a bit like Skype in that it'll let you make lots of calls for very little money. There's also a version of the software for Pocket PC too (seen here) which lets you make and receive calls and do ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:52 PM

How to Install Skype in a Presentation Server 4.0 Environment - really??
Mmm, I'm not really sold on this as somethng I'd want to do? However everyone has different ideas of their needs and what sort of solutions will make things work for them, so I shouldn't just dismiss this straight away..... Indeed Citrix have already been making a point that the AG has been designed to accomodate VoIP and SIP from the start, as well as the CPS having the ability to assign Virtual IP's to executables, so as this article appears to demonstrate - it is possible. Still not sure why you ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:24 AM

Configuring Web Interface for Microsoft SharePoint with Access Gateway with Advanced Access Control (WISP)
Again from Doug Brown: A new Citrix Article regarding problems with getting WISP working correctly, SymptomsAttempting to configure Web Interface for Microsoft SharePoint with Access Gateway with Advanced Access Control 4.2 fails with an access denied message. CauseIn order for Web Interface for SharePoint to work with Advanced Access Control, you must have the Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server version of SharePoint with the service configured. Also, the Microsoft Single Sign-on Service for Web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:16 AM

Troubleshooting Citrix MetaFrame - Procedures
This just in from DABCC: Trying to track down and resolve technical problems on a Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server environment could be one of the most frustrating experiences. To help you through the process, this document explains the necessary steps you need to do for effective troubleshooting on a Citrix environment. In addition, this document addresses some common problems. Written by Marcel van As, this document details the following: · Basic flow for Citrix troubleshooting· How ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:11 AM

ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack - Windows Edition 2.20 now available

Thanks to Marc for the heads up on this, but I think this is going to have to go on the "to do" list for the moment unless I get called on to look at Altiris specifically....

More at http://altirisbe.blogspot.com/2006/01/hp-rapid-deployment-pack-220.html

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:02 PM

Moto Q cancelled or not? - it would appear not, we hope ;-)
From MSMobiles: We were reporting lately that Motorola Q smartphone had been cancelled, so let's take a second look at this "cancellation situation", and let's see what Jason Gordon from Motorola: ... has to say about it: Q is a family of products and although the first Q will be based on CDMA/EVDO, there will be other members of the family that are based on other air interfaces. ... or in other words "Q smartphone is not cancelled and apart from CDMA-EVDO version of Q, there will be several other ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:55 PM

Happy Birthday to DABCC.com for 7 Years - I can't believe that I'd missed Doug off my rss feeds?
I have realised that I have made something of an error in that I have failed to include Doug Brown @ DABCC.com in my list of RSS feeds, so I have taken a good look through the items that have been posted in the last month or so and posted a consolidated list here: But please take time to check out Doug's site and keep an eye on the MIAB ver 4.0 coming soon.... Web Interface 4.0 Command-line Installation and Site Management Web Interface 4.0 supports installation, uninstallation, site creation, site ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:32 PM

Looks like RIM is having a hard time in the US Courts - still
Supremes shun RIM - again The US Supreme Court has rejected Research in Motion's latest request that it weigh in on the Blackberry maker's battle with US intellectual property holding company NTP. The Court this week said it would not review the US Court of Appeals' August 2005 verdict that RIM had indeed infringed NTP's patents and which sent the case back to the District Court where RIM now faces the prospect of being told to stop offering its service to US users. More at TheRegister.co.uk So does ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:04 PM

AppSense Joins Microsoft SecureIT Alliance
So this just in from Michel at ThinComputing ___________________________... a leader in endpoint security for the enterprise, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft SecureIT Alliance, a community of industry partners working together to provide security solutions for the Microsoft platform. AppSense will collaborate with other SecureIT Alliance members to identify new security features and combinations of products with services to ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:14 PM

Flex Profile Kit Version 5 has been released by Jeroen - How to get serious with Roaming Profiles!
I'd imagine most people involved with Terminal Servers and/or Citrix Servers will have come across this at some stage, if you haven't you are missing out, but the thing is that it's not just for us guys (and gals) to play with - ANY environment that has Roaming Profiles can make use of this to seriously lock down and control Roaming Profiles. In my experience it's Roaming Profiles that is the biggest piece of crap that IT Support have to contend with, I can't believe that MS can label their O/S's ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:18 AM

VMWare To Support Mac OS X Client?
It would appear that some are a little dissatisfied with VMWare leaving the Mac community out of the loop so they've now opted to start an on-line petition to give VMWare a push, if you're a Mac user (or indeed, a potential Mac user?) then you might want to check this out and add your name to the list? Thanks to madhattekdiggs ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:05 AM

Clustering And Load Balancing White Papers from Microsoft
Michel over at ThinComputing has unearthed a very neat set of White Papers from Microsoft covering Clustering and NLB....Server Clusters: Majority Node Sets Describes how to set up a majority node set, how to size a majority node set cluster, and what to do if you lose quorum. Server Clusters: Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 Frequently asked questions on a wide variety of subjects related to server clusters. Network Load Balancing: Frequently Asked Questions for ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 7:08 AM

Is the Software Industry Mature or Ripe for Disruption?
On the back of my comments about Citrix and it's competitors, it was interesting to unearth this little gem about the Software companies from the viewpoint of a developer.... Oracle and SAP say that enterprise software is boiling down to three or four vendors. Why bother with all of the moving parts, they ask, while citing industry statistics that make it sound inevitable. I'm placing my bet on the other end of the spectrum. The next few years will see the rise and fall of technology empires and ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:22 PM

Push Email - There are no delays, so claims MS..... (Must be the OEM/Handsets then? ;-)
Just for the record, I haven't forgotten that the C600 has finally actually become available in Orange's shops (or at least it is available here in Glasgow this week - don't ask!) but it really has been a case of getting around to finding the time to pop in and sort something out. Sometimes it pays to make some time for the other half and remember her instead of rushing off to salivate about the next bit of cool tech? (Anyone dare to comment? ;-) Anyway, from Jason's Blog: (talk about the gestation ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) - Capacity Planning, Scalability ideas for 10,000 users?
This info has been passed on to me from Rob, one of the Citrix SE's here at Chalfont, UK. I'd be thinking that if you are looking at a large implementation of AG+AAC you might want to have a quick peruse of this before you submit your budget request? ;-) Read on..... Mmmm.... So at Rob's request - it would appear there will be another update to the AG shortly.... I would naturally assume that this would conincide with the Florida Partner Exchange coming at the end of the month, in the meantime if ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:33 PM

New Download: Citrix And Terminal Server Performance Pack courtesy of Michel at Thincomputing.net
Personally, I'm begining to think that Michel has far too much time on his hands? ;-)) All in one easy and convient download• VisionApp's Big Iron Test • Citrix Presentation Server for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions Performance and Scaling Capability • Brian Madden's Comparing 32-bit and 64-bit Memory Architectures • CTX101705 - Troubleshooting Slow Logons • CTX105314 - Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues • CTX106463 - Troubleshooting ICA Session Performance ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:31 PM

Setting up RSA with a pair of WI & CSG using WLBS? RSA client complaining about multihomed?
Just in case anyone else is searching for "PrimaryInterfaceIP"....??I had 2 x 2003 Servers running WLBS, WI4, CSG3 and RSA 6.0 Local Client and it still kept failing with "Multihomed host detected" ; "Primary IP assumed is x.x.x.x" appearing in the Event Log. we had tried setting both IP's on the Node in the RSA Console, but still no joy. So I found a Support note from RSA that referenced "PrimaryInterfaceIP" but didn't dish out the details, but that was OK because this led me to a MS Article - Sdtest ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:52 PM

Terminal Server Security Best Practices
This handy little hint at Session Computing popped up on ThinComputing Windows Terminal Server and Citrix Presentation Server are wonderful ways to deploy secure applications to corporate users, however like anything else there are some guidelines to follow. This page lists best practices for securing Windows Terminal Server or Citrix Presentation Server. The really nice part of this is that it doesn't get bogged down with details - it just tells you like it is In the same vein of Security, be aware ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:07 PM

TSProfile Path's - Sometimes it just comes back to the basics?
It seems recently we are getting quite a number of potentially new customers asking us to help with issues that they seem to have had some difficulty getting on top of. Generally the quickest and easiest way is just to fire up the trusty GoToAssist session and have a real "look" at what their issue is, that's when the fun starts. ;-)) But what has really prompted this blog is that when I did my first Citrix Admin course (It was on Winframe 1.6 back in 1996) it was really hammered in to us that you ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:21 PM

Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?
It was interesting to note a couple of different articles that popped up on Michel's site this week, it seems to me that Citrix might have pushed the Presentation Server revenues about as far as it can? In some ways they are acting like the 800 pound gorilla that does what ever it wants because it can get away with it? There's no doubt that Citrix is price sensitive in it's newer markets like the SSL-VPN play as well as NetScaler, etc. but in the Terminal Server market it is still quite a price to ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:32 PM

Nikon to end film camera production?
Well I noticed this article in TheRegister last week.... Takes me back a bit, I'd been keeping an eye on the Digital Camera market for some while, when I finally took the plunge on a trip to South Africa back in 1998 and purchased a Nikon CoolPix 900 for a massive AUD$1,450 Duty Free. It may to seem like it now, but the 1.3 Megapixel camera was just starting to show promise as having a quality to match the SLR's. Who would have thought that Digital Cameras would have overtaken their SLR brothers ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:16 PM

Updated - HP Printers Supported In Citrix Presentation Server Environments, incl. x64
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.Net for this one.... The January 2006 edition of the HP / Citrix compatibilty guide: Citrix has collaborated with HP to test select HP printers and their associated HP print drivers in a Citrix Presentation Server and Citrix Presentation Server for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition environments. Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 for Windows was tested on Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 7:42 PM

How to keep an eye on your SQL Servers from a PocketPC
This from Jason's Blog: CompactDba solution allows you to monitor/control SQL Servers from a Pocket PC!This looks like a pretty cool solution for SQL DBA's! You can use it to monitor your SQL Servers alerting you of any issues or problems that may be happening inside your infrastructure! Check out the details here Now I don't really get along with the PocketPC form factor - but if I was a SQL DBA this would definately make me take a serious long look at my preference for the SmartPhone form factor ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 7:36 PM

SkyScout - Possibly one of the neatest gadgets from the 2006 CES
How about this for another example of convergence? In this case it's not a convergence of devices, it's a convergence of technologies. By combining GPS with reference to 3 axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the earth you can get what amounts to a personal guide to what you are looking at in the night sky. SkyScout's unique features include:“Tonight’s Must-See List” - When the SkyScout is turned on, it will ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 7:52 PM

User Mode Process Dumper Version 8.0 - for troubleshooting badly behaving Terminal Server apps?
I can only agree whole heartedly with Michael Roth over at ThinComputing that - "This util is sure to come in handy ....." The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image (including system processes such as csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, services.exe, etc) on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes. Generated dump file can be analyzed or debugged by using the standard debugging tools. The userdump generates dump file by several triggers; ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:30 PM

FarmAppUtil Tool from Citrix - backup for your Published Apps
Michael Roth over at ThinComputing.Net has been busy this morning ;-) Hot off the press from Citrix (CTX107934) is a cute little tool to export all of your Published Apps available for FR3 and above. This functionality has been available for some while from Thomas's web site Citrix4ge.de for some while now, it'll be interesting to see if there any significant differences between the two approaches? DescriptionThe FarmAppUtil tool saves all the application properties with users and servers assigned ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:07 AM

Cybercrime 'more lucrative' than illegal drugs??
Looks like this slipped under my Radar over the Xmas break? More at the Register I would suggest that as all of these figures are estimates, they do need to be treated with a certain amount of caution, however it does point to a worrying trend that we all need to be vigilant both at work and at home? 1Estimates about dollar losses from e-commerce fraud ($2.8bn in 2005, according to CyberSource, for example) tend to pale in comparison to industry estimates of losses due to software piracy and computer ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:56 AM

Mobile Management made easy with Sybase iAnywhere's Afaria
Had a very pleasant day out at the London Boat Show on Saturday with my mate Dave Oliver. While we were at it we chatted quite a bit about Technology as we do, we are geeks after all ;-), and in the process he did explain about this very cool Management System for mobiles from Sybase called iAnywhere's Afaria. How about scripted support for Window Mobile (2002 - Mobile 5), Windows CE (Version 2 -5) , Windows Win32 (Windows XP,2000,2003), Smartphone (2002- Mobile 5), Palm and Symbian? When you get ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 9:06 PM

Future of Blackberry - from Forrester Research
Courtesy of Jason Langridge: Forrester's views on Blackberry It was produced by Ellen Daley and covers some interesting areas - specifically: Today's RIM/NTP story. Competitors are cashing in. The future of RIM and the mobile enterprise. What to do now/recommendations. You can download the PPT for free ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 8:45 PM

Taking Exams - a different approach?
As mentioned earlier, I had to complete some XP level Citrix exams just to recertify my CCEA Status, and in the end I have used www.actualtests.com as some study material. All I can say is that this stuff really does what it says on the tin. As it happens I manged to get away with getting 98% in just under 18 minutes - definately the business ......

Posted On Friday, January 6, 2006 8:38 PM

Oil becomes the newest weapon in Moscow's arsenal ??
OK, somewhat off topic I must admit - however those of us involved in IT Strategy and Design always need to keep an eye on what drives the business - so it is only prudent that we do keep something of an eye out as to what is happening in the Global Economy as well as your Local Economy. Now I don't mean to be scaring anyone or being overly alarmist, but at the moment I feel the Economy here in the UK is doing quite OK, especially in Stocks and Shares - it's their turn on the Cycle - but still reasonable ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2006 8:15 PM

Merry Xmas

I hope everyone enjoys the Xmas break and has a good time? We're also looking forward to some snow on Tuesday if we're lucky.

Cheers to one and all, and may your god be with you. Here's looking forward to a more peaceful world in the new year?

Dave

Posted On Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:40 PM

Get your email and blog updates using SmartPhone
I've long been a fan of using Exchange 2003's OMA to get my Corporate email on my SmartPhone but now Google has formally released their Mobile version of Gmail at m.gmail.com Along with this I have also signed up with Bloglines as they also manage to recognise the small form factor of the SmartPhone so this leaves it nice and simple for me to now keep up to date with my Corporate and Personal email as well as my RSS Feeds when on the go. Give them a try, I don't think you'll regret it ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 21, 2005 6:40 PM

Updated "Tools and Resources" section on Citrix's Web Site?
OK, OK, So I'm bored....... I'm sitting in a rather hot Build Room that has little or no ventilation looking after the base builds of a few Servers and getting them SysPrep'd and Ghosted away using Bart's PE and while I'm waiting for that to happen I'm doing some browsing...... OK? Anyway, have a look at this link at Citrix - "Tools and Resources" - as this does seem to have had an update? Now let me point out that I was asked to login before accessing this area, and from the looks of it it was similar ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:55 PM

Citrix Troubleshooting Tips - Don't forget the Basics!
A colleague of mine was looking in to an issue last week where the users appeared to be having very slow logins, as seen in this CTX Article 107433The Logon Process Hangs At "Running logon scripts..." What it turned out to be was that this was a system integrated in to a Novell Environment and somewhere in their login script was some lines that messed with the PATH Statement. Now this should have been set not to mess with the Citrix Servers - but, never mind... - so anyway, the PATH was actually ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 8:18 AM

Sony BMG RootKit - Ooops, the ongoing DRM fiasco....
Well, some might say that this highlights a very good reason not to Buy CD's? But that would be somewhat cheeky? ;-) In an interesting aside to this though that I read today in PC Pro is the comment about the people and their PC's that have been effected by this must surely be running Anti-Virus in some flavour or other? And it's more than likely this was the case that 80 - 90% of these people were running a fairly up to date Virus Definition File? And if this was the case - how come the AV Protection ......

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:12 PM

ClustrMaps - a very neat way of literally "seeing" where your Web Site Visitors are coming from
With some spare time on Friday just before heading off to the Company Xmas party I took the time to check out Brian Madden's earlier article about A listing of Citrix and Server-Based Computing Blogs and Websites and while looking through these I came across the ThinGuy (Craig Bender) again. (Oh, and thaks for the inclusion Brian! ;-) What I found quite neat was a little map to one side of his blog for ClustrMaps so that you can have a nifty little world map showing where around the world your Net ......

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2005 7:46 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP NOW extended till June 30, 2007 (yes FREE until 2007!!)
Again Brian's got the scoop - this has now been extended until 2007http://www.brianmadden.... Microsoft Extends Windows 2003 TS CAL Transition Plan until June 2007 I had previously reported that you had until December 31, 2005 to obtain your "free" Windows 2003 TS CALs if you bought Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003. I'm happy to announce that Microsoft has extended this transition program an additional 18 months! If you're confused, read this article Brian ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:19 PM

UPDATE - Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) as Guest on VMWare - this is now Possible!! - details here

<Ahem!> It would appear that this is not contingent on VMWare 5.5 after all........   ;-)

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 11:08 AM

Remember to keep the Front Door locked? Security basics in a Citrix Environment
I can't remember why it came up again today, but I was reminded of an article Brian Madden did back at the start of the year (also based on Thomas's earlier comments on what *should* be added to WI) on Security regarding the use of the "robots.txt" in an NFuse / Web Interface installations. Now just a quick review of these google searches:"MetaFrame Presentation Server Login", was 70, now 241"MetaFrame XP Login", was 300, now 335"/MetaFrame/default/login", was ??, now 133 So on the surface of it, ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:16 PM

Gartner advises halting BlackBerry rollouts??
More info from ZDNet Looks like it might be more of a "storm in a teacup", but it's still not good press for Blackberry? Especially as they still seem to be smarting from some poor financial results? The ongoing patent dispute in the US has led the analyst firm to recommend firms stop all mission-critical BlackBerry deployments Analyst firm Gartner has advised its clients to halt all mission-critical deployments of Research In Motion's BlackBerry email devices because of a legal battle that could ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 9:55 AM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) and Advanced Access Control (AAC) 4.2 has now been formally released
Just a short note that Citrix has actually finally released the 4.2 version Firmware for the device and the AAC components. So far I have been unable to confirm where the WI 4.2 image is, but I guess that's not quite as important? Update:The Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) and Advanced Access Control (AAC) 4.2 is available from MyCitrix under the Licensing > Channel Licensing > Download Software - whereas the WI 4.2 image is available from Downloads > Web Interface > 4.2 I am currently doing ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:11 AM

New troubleshooting tool from Citrix called MedEvac 1.0
So what does it do?.......And where can you get it?Project Medevac 1.0Project Medevac 1.0 in PPTPurpose The MedEvac tool is utilized to run checks against a Presentation Server farm to verify environment health. Health Check Overview This tool can be used to check the following components of a Presentation Server Farm: 1. Verify XML Service health: a. Verifies that the XML Service is able to respond to an XML, Web Interface, Program Neighborhood Agent or Program Neighborhood Client request. b. Verifies ......

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 9:58 AM

Sick of carrying two mobile phones? how about 16 SIMS on the one card?
My mate Angus is one of these poor IT chaps who's been dragging around two mobile phones for some while now, one for Work and one Private, and he finally decided to do something about it. One option involved cutting the SIM in half, which he was somewhat reluctant to do, but now he has discovered an alternative method at Sick of carrying two mobile phones where he has just started blogging. Essentially someone has come out with a SIM card that can hold 64K memory and a USB 2.0 adaptor to allow you ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 8:01 PM

What is a Long Tail economy? and How Consultants *CAN* get their own Magic Wand
First of all, sorry for the length of this - and I'll understand if you can't be bothered? but at least go and check out the blog at Sightlines Consulting please? You know how it is with us self confessed Geeks? You start searching or researching for a particular answer or information and then the power of the HyperLink takes over and before you know it you are in another Metaverse all together, looking around for the breadcrumbs or the piece of string to guide you back to the path? So it was with ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 9:31 PM

TomTom 5 is now updated to 5.2 for Windows Mobile 5 - get your Download Now!
Nice little note at MSMobiles that TomTom 5 has now been updated. It's not too straight forward in that you must remove the card and update it from a Reader somewhere - but at least they have tried to be very explicit about the Fact that this WIL NOT WORK from ActiveSync, etc..... I've just got a secondary 256Mb MiniSD cardyesterday so now I can roll back the WM5 to 2003SE, back this up to the new miniSD, roll forward again to the WM5 (but now having a secure back up plan....;-) and then reformat ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:41 AM

How to upgrade a C500 to WM5?
Well this has worked a treat, and I only have the briefest details here to hand at the moment so bear with me and I'll add more when I get time, but..... here are my notes for what it's worth? Caveat - don't mess with your phone unless you have a reasonable idea what you're doing? - do not blame me if it goes seriously "pear shaped"? - Caveat+++Warning+++This is a little more complicated than you might think. There are a lot of ways to screw up where you need a lot of patience and willingness to ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 9:25 PM

Are you thinking of upgrading to Server 2003 in a Citrix or Terminal Server environment? What do you do about the TSCAL's?
One of my MS Colleagues here at work was trying to get his head around how to deal with the TSCAL's when upgrading the AD to 2003, and to be fair this also involves upgrading the Hardware. They were looking at a rather complex process involving a system state restore on new Hardware etc. making sure that the FSMO was moved off the same server as the TSCAL Licensing....... all in all it started to get pretty messy Essentially be aware that under 2000 - 2000 TSCAL Licensing Service needs to be on a ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 12:29 PM

How to Load Balance two Citrix Web Interface Servers - Brian Madden
Brian has posted a neat article that covers the Load Balancing aspect of the non-Presentation Server components (read Web Interface / Citrix Secure Gateway) for your Citrix Farm, with a good guide to other alternatives to Windows NLB and their Pricing. ConclusionLoad balancing WI servers is really simple. So go ahead and use NLB, or get fancy and buy an application switch. The bottom line is that you have options and the configuration is pretty straightforward. I've always found it very useful to ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 10:45 AM

Orange SPV C600 appears on Orange Business Website - but I have a C500 on WM5 ;-)
Well I see yesterday that CoolSmartPhone has posted that the C600 is making an appearance on the UK Orange website, and although I will be keeping a keen eye on how this progresses, I'm not hugely bother that much as I've finally got around to spending the time in getting my head around the Windows Mobile 5 Upgrade instructions to flash my C500 to WM5. I was a bit concerned at one point when it looked like I could no longer get an ActiveSync connection, but the main thing is that if you've been updating ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2005 7:35 AM

Delays and downgraded forecasts from Blackberry?
So I saw this in ZDNet this morning, Looks like MS still has a reasonable window of opportunity available but they (and the Carriers?) really need to get the MSFP out shortly and solve any of the issues with WM5? Research In Motion has cut its new-subscriber forecast for the third time this year, after suffering delays shipping new models Research In Motion on Wednesday lowered its new-subscribers projection by 8 percent for the rest of the year after two new BlackBerry models failed to ship on time. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 24, 2005 8:51 AM

A different take on encrypted sessions for Citrix?
Well this is quite a different slant on how to maintain a continuous encrypted session from a Mobile Device or Laptop back to a Citrix Server regardless of whether you want to use GSM/GPRS/WiFi? I'll let my mate Dave over on his Blog explain about Apollo from Brand Communications a bit more, but I can definitely see the advantages from a Hospital, Police, Fire service sort of perspective in that although they need more security, they also need the mobility aspect? Quote:Put very simple their product, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:24 PM

Citrix's Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control looks poised to become a market leader?
I was chatting to someone at Citrix the other day about the Access Gateway and they are clearly pleased with it's debut so far, some interesting facts that came my way are: Globally the Access Gateway started off at #30, being a fairly late entrant in the running It has now risen to #5 on revenue in just over 6 months Citrix would argue that because it's cheaper it would be fairer to measure by units shipped, in that case it's now #3 Globally Apparently the other two in front are Juniper and F5 Q3 ......

Posted On Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:40 PM

Does anyone else hanker after this little device? the Orange SPV M3000...
It would seem it's already available in France for 250 Euros, and yet they're not thinking of releasing it here? More details on Orange's French web site, complete with EDGE and WIFI 802.11b...... And at CoolSmartPhone they have been having a poll as to how many of us here in the UK would like to buy... I'm still a bit concerned about the size of this, or I should say I was, until I checked out the full review of T-Mobiles offering at CoolSmartPhones where there are some very nice shots that clearly ......

Posted On Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:27 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP ends December 31, 2005 (yes FREE!!)
Courtesy of Brian Madden comes this timely reminder..... (I have posted here in full, because this is too important for anyone effected to miss) If you owned (or were licensed for) Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003, you are eligible to receive a free Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Client Access License (TS CAL). However, I just learned that this program will expire on December 31, 2005, so make sure you get your free license soon. Huh? As you might remember, in the days of Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 8:33 PM

Unofficial Upgrade C500 to WM5?
Caution!!! - I have not tried this, yet ;-) so cannot verify that all works as advertised. However, if you really want to give this a shot the best place to look is:Typhoon Installing WM5And you will probably want to keep an eye on this just in case....... ;-))Typhoon downgrade to WM2003 As far as the actual ROM goes, you'll have to dig around a bit yourself......... ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 7:14 AM

Top Management of Microsoft in panic? - visionary memos sent to Microsoft employees
Another interesting bit of info from MSMobiles: While we were complaining here for several years already that Microsoft lacks innovativeness and thus is missing out on many major business opportunities, it looks like Bill Gates (de facto boss of Microsoft) and Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) have noticed it just now! Major changes at Microsoft coming! Read on! Lately Steve and Bill have promoted Ray Ozzie to a position of CTO - Chief Technical Officer. With this catchy name and visionary statements ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 4:57 AM

Vital Scan SmartPhone diagnostic software released in beta version - for your CAR!!
Yes for your Bluetooth enabled car! fancy resetting that annoying Maintenance sign? Is this for real? Another wow from me, this can only bring real benefits in roadside repairs, especially given the way modern vehicles are developing more of a propensity for reliance on electronics. More here courtesy of MSMobiles, or the full story at Vital Engineering ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 8:21 PM

Global shipments of smart mobile devices up 75% year-on-year in Q3 2005
Courtesy of SmartPhone Thoughts.net I came across this little snippet from Canalys:but of particular note was the stellar climb from Motorola? Who says the upcoming "Q" isn't attractive? Worldwide smart phone market soars in Q3 - Nokia hits new high, Palm’s business crosses over to converged devices Reading, UK - Tuesday, 25 October 2005For immediate release Global shipments of smart mobile devices up 75% year-on-year in Q3 2005 Handheld shipments fall 18%, while converged devices more than ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:52 PM

New SmartPhone - C600 and PocketPC - M3000 from Orange - but not in the UK!!
So I've seen here that MSMobiles covered: Orange has EDGE networks in France, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Belgium but not in UK, so release of these 2 phones with EDGE: the Orange SPV M3000 Pocket PC phone: ... and Orange SPV C600 smartphone ... is not such a good news for UK, particularly because C600 lacks Wi-Fi and M3000 has only slow Wi-Fi (802.11b but no 802.11g). But it looks that here in the UK we will be left behind? I see also at MSMobiles that the Orange Web site in Switzerland is very ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:45 PM

Thoughts on AG and AAC after messing around on a client's site?
I've finished the day and come home after spending the best part of the last 3 days getting AG and AAC 4.1.2 installed at a client's site. So after a nice glass (or two) of Bourdeaux..... What do I think now? Well given that this particular client has a heavy bias towards Notes due to their WebSphere developers AS WELL AS Active Directory, you wouldn't be surprised to find that they have two disparate LDAP's ?? would you? Mmm..... I'm thinking that something that has been sitting in the too hard ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:34 PM

BlackBerry fault exposes BBC emails
Noticed this little note from ZDNet that was interesting today? The BBC has shut down its BlackBerry mobile email service after executives started receiving chunks of other people's emails The BBC has stopped its staff from using BlackBerry devices after a flaw in BlackBerry Enterprise Server meant workers received portions of emails intended for colleagues. The service was suspended after BlackBerry devices, used by 300 of the corporation's executives who spend the most time out of the office, started ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:52 PM

Revolutionary smartphone medical application....... like WOW!!
From MSMobiles a trully compelling reason why mobile applications are making a very real difference to how we work and communicate. I mean, live real time EKG waveforms!! fantastic - this is the way of the future! Check out the full story at UCLA, or even better, the Video ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 7:43 PM

Problems with ActiveSync 3.8 or 4.0?
MSMobiles also have an article about some issues with ActiveSync 4.0? and this then points to an Article at Microsoft. But to be perfectly honest, I think the best and most comprehensive place to look for answers when you are troubleshooting ActiveSync issues is Chris De Herrera's ActiveSync Troubleshooting Guide ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:13 AM

Other **very** interesting Citrix news regarding Access Gateway 4.2 release - try ftp://support.net6.com?
Isn't it funny how you start searching for some interesting bit of info and you turn up something that is almost relevant, but altogether more interesting? I was just doing a general search on "Citrix and blog" in Google and again was reminded of ThinComputing.net where I found this rather intriguing piece of news: "Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 Beta Is Available"VanBragt.net mentions that Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 Beta is available for download from the netscaler ftp support site: ftp://support.net6.com/v4.2... ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 5:26 PM

Troubleshooting MS issues in a Citrix Environment? Try this handy page?
So in the same vein, there is also a page regarding MS Issues, start here or pick a link below? Microsoft Updates and Information (Relating to Citrix and Terminal Services) This is the central location for Microsoft and Terminal Services related resources that specifically apply to Citrix administrators. Microsoft Updates Known Issues with Microsoft Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 Users Unable to Connect to Presentation Server After Installing Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Unable to Connect with ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 10:34 AM

Citrix Troubleshooting - Start Here!!
Like it says on the outside of the tin, start here, or jump in on a link below? Troubleshooting Information This is the central location for Citrix administrators and Citrix engineers to troubleshoot technical issues for all Citrix products and technologies. Top Troubleshooting Guides Brief Troubleshooting Guide (All Products/Technologies) Web Interface 4.0 Troubleshooter's Guide Secure Gateway 3.0 for Presentation Server Troubleshooter's Guide Troubleshooting Technotes Troubleshooting TWAIN with ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 10:29 AM

Benefits of Microsoft Mobile Messaging - ROI and why you should "just do it" ;-)
Thanks to Jason's Blog for the heads up on this, Some highlights of this document: Companies in the study paid back the cost of implementation in 4.3 months The one-year return on investment (ROI) of implementing the mobile solution was 129% Better quality of work life resulting in less employee turnover Efficient management of mobile devices and greater security of mobile data and mobile access Reduced costs from pulling back notebook computers that were used primarily for email and the reduction ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 8:20 AM

Current state of Play regarding the Citrix Access Gateway (AG) and the Advanced Access Control (AAC)
We have had confirmation that the date **should** be the 27th of Nov. but in the meantime this is what we have been advising customers who are interested in the AG and AACCustomers should delay deployment until Firmware 4.2 is released on 27th nov. Really none of our customers should proceed with a deployment of the AG/AAC until the release of the new version 4.2 Why are we recommending this? The basis for not recommending the current firmware is down to the new features and functionality: new look ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:17 AM

Official Word On Orange C600 Wifi, AND possible WM5 upgrade for both the C550 and the M500?
If you are at all interested in upgrading your handset, or getting your hands on one of the new Windows Mobile 5 powered devices, you should really keep an eye on the MoDaCo Forums and Portal. The M5000 as you would expect was brilliant, but whats more interesting is I asked the nice chap from Microsoft if the C600 final would have WiFi or not.His response was that it was in this prototype version in my hands, and will remain so if the handset passes Orange's multiple tests which take into consideration ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:37 PM

OK - so here it is.... Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003!!
So why is it listed as being posted on the 11th? mmmmm.... Anyway, direct link here, and if you're looking for more info on the mobile devices side of this then perhaps you'd be better off with this Exchange Server 2003 Support for Mobile Devices? have a good look through this as there is some quite good links at the bottom of this page. When I find more about the mysterious MSFP, I'll post here ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:25 PM

Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 - release date of update 27th Nov
In a previous Post I stated the date for the release of Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 would be a week after iForum in Vegas - but that quite plainly didn't happen. It now appears that Citrix have settled on the 27th of November as the date for the release of the 4.2 code. For anyone working on rolling out AG's and attendant AAC's you might want to at least prep your clients that there will be quite a change to the NAV UI (It's now going to be called the NAN UI???) and it changes from the Orange colours ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:48 PM

IBM set to launch PC by the back door??? via Citrix?
I really don't know why IBM think this might be a good idea? Does anyone else know? After selling its PC business to Lenovo, IBM is expected to launch a BladeCentre running VMware ESX and Citrix client software for running large PC farms. The technology isn't a straight-up PC, though. Instead, it combines IBM's BladeCenter servers with VMware's ESX Server software for running multiple operating systems on one computer and Citrix Systems' software for letting people tap into programs running on a ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:24 AM

News of ESX 3 and more from VMWare ......

Just caught the news over at TheRegister of:

Both ESX Server 3 and VirtualCenter 2 are in beta testing and will ship in the first quarter of 2006

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:04 PM

Upgrading MetaFrame Presentation Server to CPS 4.0 – Useful Articles from Citrix
Came across a rather nice consolidated list of CTX Articles covering migration of Citrix Farms up to CPS 4.0: CTX106832 – Presentation Server 4.0 Migration Guide Migration path for XP F2/FR3 and MPS 3.0 to CPS 4.0 CTX106831 – Service Pack 2005.04 – FAQ commonly asked question about Service Pack 2005.04 CTX105728 – MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0 Installation Checklist EN - Check list before proceeding with installation of CPS 4.0 CTX106319 – MetaFrame Presentation ......

Posted On Friday, October 14, 2005 6:54 AM

Updated Brief Troubleshooting Guide from Citrix
Citrix have updated their Brief Troubleshooting Guide for Sept 2005 - look for CTX106727 in support.citrix.com, although you may need to be logged in to the Support Site to gain Access.
If you can't access it, drop me a line and I'll try and sort something out?

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:43 PM

Now, let's get back to those Blackberry Killers? From Nokia???
It seems like everyone is getting in on the act? As reported on TheRegister today: Nokia has launched three new mobile phones designed to please both the IT department and the business and mobile email user. The E60, E61 and E70 are the first of the E-series and will be available in the first quarter of 2006. They run on Symbian operating systems and will work on GSM and 3G networks. They can also link to WLANs using Bluetooth and infrared. According to Nokia they are easy for IT departments to manage ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 4:07 PM

So the new Orange 5000 (HTC Universal) is too big? Try this for a tiny Laptop/Tablet
So, what are my options? Well..... I will definitely have a look at the M2000 (HTC Wizard) and check that out for size. But in the meantime, if anyone is looking for the ultimate in a portable Laptop then perhaps you might want to track down one of these? The folks over at Mobile Reviews have a review of a Sharp Zaurus that weighs in at 300 grammes. You might have to look hard in the photo below to see it, it's that small. Although it's running Pocket Linux, I wonder if anyone's brave enough to try ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:39 AM

Thoughts on Citrix Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control (AG & AAC)
Courtesy of our Citrix Authorised Support Centre status I spent 2 days last week covering the Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control with the Product Readiness Team in Dublin. What was quite illuminating from my (Citrix Focused) point of view was that we also managed to drag in one of our Security Consultants so that we could get more independent view on it's capabilities. The reality of it from his point of view is that he is quite amazed that we still need two devices to hang this all together, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:16 AM

Citrix Unveils “Constellation”: Next-Generation Application Virtualization Technologies - Built for/on Microsoft “Longhorn” Server
Well this is interesting, and on the surface of it, it would certainly appear that Citrix is working their relationship with MS pretty hard? It will be interesting to see what other *rabbits* get pulled out of the hat this week? I wonder how much of this is Citrix or MS developed technology? 10/10/2005 » Today at its 8th annual business and technology conference, Citrix iForum™ Global 2005, Citrix President and CEO Mark Templeton announced a major technology development initiative, codenamed ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:23 PM

Citrix formally releases x64 version of Presentation Server 4.0
Well it was released today: (my comments in blue below)If you want the original Planning Whitepaper from Citrix - check my original post at http://www.geekswithblogs.n... Key Enhancements in Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions Significantly increases user density per server to drive down both initial deployment costs as well as recurring operating costs. The 64-bit version of Presentation Server supports up to 65 percent ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:06 PM

Can I now call myself a coder? I think not! (Script Kiddie - more like)
At a client's today and he was asking if I knew of anything that would let them switch between screens on a PC that was being projected on the wall. This currently shows the Incoming Call Stats and they were hoping to have it automatically switch between the two screens. After a quick scout through Google I came up with http://www.ericphelps.com/s... and in this I'd found Activity.vbs: Const DELAY_MINUTES = 10 Wscript.Sleep DELAY_MINUTES * 60000 Do CreateObject("Wscript.Shell... ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 12:56 PM

How does the new Citrix Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control architecture work?
They say a picture communicates as much as a thousand words?Try this for size? Bear in mind that for PoC (Proof of Concept) and smaller deployments there is really only a requirement for one device in the DMZ (AG or CSG/WI that you build yourself) and one on the Internal LAN (AAC) that would do all the work. From what I've seen in the past, there is no need to go beyond this until you start exceeding 150 - 200 concurrent users unless you want redundancy from the beginning ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:46 PM

More on Citrix Access Gateway 4.1.2..... and how it ties in to the new AAC (Advanced Access Control - or the old MSAM?)
I think this has been one of the most frustrating periods in (in the last xx years) with dealing with Citrix and their product line up........The acquisition of Net6 promised so much, but it arrived *in-house* at a time when they were clearly well into the next revision of MSAM and quite possibly already leaning towards the End-Point Analysis route. So consolidating the two Products/Software (MSAM/Net6) was probably a headache in itself, but then combine that with the Architecture, Design and the ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:30 PM

Brian Madden has been a bit quiet for a while, but has now bounced back with a vengence
If you are interested in Citrix at all, you should really make Brian Madden's site one of your regularly visited sites What if Citrix dropped ICA and just went with RDP?September 28, 2005Editorial >> I've been thinking a lot about Longhorn Terminal Services and the future of Citrix recently, and I found myself wondering what would happen if Citrix stopped working on ICA and just went with RDP. Microsoft's Complete Longhorn Terminal Server Feature ListSeptember 27, 2005Article >> A lot ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:38 AM

Nokia opens up mobile email - competing with Exchange SP2 Blackberry
So although I have been away on a rather nice two week break in Egypt, it's nice to see that Nokia has released the details on their "spoiler"......... Nokia Business Centre, as the new email system is to be known, seeks to bridge the gap between the world's 650 million corporate email accounts and the elite of about 10 million who have mobile access to their business email in-boxes. The Finnish group, long expected to push into a market that brought success to RIM's BlackBerry devices, said it wanted ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 7:20 PM

"Blackberry Killer" Exchange SP2 and Mobile 5 now might have competition from Nokia?
Rumours are appearing about the possible resurfacing of Nokia having another tilt at the Mobile Office Connectivity side of things. Does anyone recall a rather unfortunately named product called NOBS? (Nokia One Business Something?) Sounds to me like now that they have licensed ActiveSync they’ve decided they want to get on the Blackberry Bandwagon as well? Essentially this would appear to continue on from the older Nokia offerings so it’s rumoured to be referred to Version 4.0 even though ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:08 PM

Did you want an SSL-VPN for home use? Think it might cost too much? Think Again!
Now how does this sound? I've only just been introduced to this today but it certainly makes me wonder how easy it is? So far looking through the documentation on this it's pretty slick, when I couldn't find Java 1.5 (a prerequisite...) it offered to go and download it for me AND it is covered by the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.Certainly compelling enough to try? ;-)) Why not, it's the right price?UPDATE: This is so easy....... seriously simplifies SSL VPN - honestly, so long as you can read their ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:53 PM

More Bad News For Lotus Notes?
I picked this up originally from an article in the MS Exchange BlogNow this is interesting news, the last I heard some 4 – 6 months ago was that things appeared to be equally split between Notes and Exchange at approx. 120 Million users a piece. The article doesn’t appear to mention actual figures, just percentages, but as Gartner and IDC both agree it does tend to lend weight to each report?I believe we have yet to see a real impact on Exchange’s growth due to the take up of Mobile ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:53 PM

Security for Mobile devices
I found this little Gem on Jason’s Blog last night. If you are at all concerned about how to ensure some degree of Security on mobile devices within your organisation you should really review this – sorry, late me restate that – you must review this, it’s essential reading. Although the headline is for CESG, Jason quickly points out that:“CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and are the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:38 PM

Coming releases at Citrix iForum - Las Vegas 9-12 Oct. - Access Gateway 4.2 and WISP (Web Interface - Share Point intergration)
I have had it confirmed from within Citrix that the latest release version 4.2 for the Access Gateway and Access Gateway Enterprise will be anounced and available for download through MyCitrix.Com a week later. The same goes for the WISP Project, it has seen a little news courtesy of BrianMadden's Site, but essentially this will be formally unveiled at Las Vegas iForum. To a certain extant this will also bring to a close Citrix's pursuit of the "Portal" space and I am assuming it will now be taking ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2005 12:40 PM

Orange offers cut-price broadband - £9.99/month for 2Mb
A quick check at both Wanadoo and Orange's web sites show this hasn't been posted yet but that's not a suprise. I'd also suspect that it will be capped at 2Gb. Now if you'd like a 2Mb Service that's uncapped for £14.99/month then head over to Force9 ;-) So far it has been a bit like Ronseal - it does what it says on the Tin!More at http://www.theregister.co.u... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:30 PM

WatchGuard and Citrix have teamed up to provide mid-market SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access? Really?
So you do your best to keep an eye on what’s going on – especially in your particular specialist area – and so when you do get a chance to read one the popular IT Magazines like ITWeek you don’t expect too many suprises. Sure, Symantec has bought Sygate, already saw that in theregister.co.uk a few days ago, HP leaks details of next generation iPaq’s (HW6700 series), yawn old news, WatchGuard and Citrix teamed up to provide mid-market SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:00 PM

Citrix Global Channel Chief Ross Brown Resigns
Ross Brown to Assume Role As COO For EEye Digital Security Citrix global channel chief Ross Brown has resigned from the company and will join security vendor eEye Digital Security as COO on Sept. 2. Brown, vice president of Worldwide Channels and Operations, joined Citrix in 2002 after holding management positions at several consulting companies and at Network Associates, IBM and Tech Data. Brown said he is moving up the ranks and across the country — from Ft Lauderdale, Fld., to Aliso Viejo, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 5:31 PM

VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide - download Sample Pack
For anyone who is remotely interested in VMWare ESX Server (and who in the Enterprise side of things isn't?) then you would be well advised to pop over to the http://www.vmguru.com web site and download the Sample Pack of the VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide. This book was released on 5th August and is available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.Just a quick idea of what it covers: (The sample pack actually contains chapters 5 and 9) Section 1. Introduction to ESX Server1. VMware Overview ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:05 PM

Citrix Presentation Server for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions - Performance and Scaling Capability Document
I use my "myCitrix" logon credentials on the Citrix Support page, here you can sign up for alerts to new Hotfixes and articles. Today on Sunday there have been over 120 released (I wonder whose job it is to release these on a Sunday?) although the vast majority of them have been for the Japanese versions, but the article below was worth wading through and deleting all the others. Just as it says on the tin:http://support.citrix.c... very interesting ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 8:17 AM

Automatically Document your Citrix PS4 Environments? Sounds great to me...
Something I came across over at Brian Madden's site:http://www.brianmadden... Although it would appear that this is only applicable to CPS 4, so if you have anything earlier than this it's quite possible that it won't work. I don't have anything available to test this on at the moment, so I'd be very interested in seeing some sample output at some stage ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:20 PM

How to get Roaming Profile behaviour from Mandatory Profiles - Some raw notes on Flex Profiles 4.01
Abstract:How to harness the resilience and speed of using a Mandatory Profile in a Large MS Centric Environment, but still retaining the Flexibility and Customisation of the Roaming Profile. Redirected Folders enforced by GPO's can take care of most of the hard work in this, but the registry and the modification of the NTUSER.DAT File still represents something of a challenge. Flex Profiles is a Freeware product available from www.brianmadden.com/content... or try Jerome's site at ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:07 AM

Thoughts on Altiris and VMWare - Are these two competing architectures?
Altiris: Using Altiris/HP RDP the concept s to automate the build process and script each process so that it is: Automatic, as much as possible Modularised, in that each separate step is done independently What this enables is that you can switch Hardware and you would only need to change the “drivers” section of script, everything else should be able to remain as it is VMWare: Can be run as a host on Windows Server or Linux O/S, or in the case of ESX Server be run on “bare metal”. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:14 AM

The Concept of DR (Disaster Recovery) is dead!
Pretty provocative statement? What do I mean by this? Any of this sound vaguely familiar? This then possibly progress's at some point (when the next yearly(?) review of the DR Plan comes around) to add a bit more hardware and possibly some dedicated Leased line of some kind to enable comms? Although this is still somewhat half-hearted, when questioned about why it takes so long to test someone will usually point out that the reason it took so long is that: A - It wasn't done properly by *the other ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 7:31 AM

Session 3 – IT Directors - iForum 2005
Sorry for the delay - moving blogs etc. Now bear with me on some of this as it's almost RAW note taking - and I'm still waiting on the PowerPoint to confirm some of this but I have to say that I'm still getting goosebumps on my arms when thinking about how this came across, it felt like **My Personal Call to Arms** Notes: People recruited to the industry 20 – 25 years ago were/are risk averse We now have different challenges Skills are now not as important, now it’s Attitude and Personality, ......

Posted On Monday, June 13, 2005 11:23 PM

Tues 7th - iForum 2005
Today I have sat in most of the sessions for targeted for IT Directors - predominately chaired by Rene Carayol - If you ever hear anyone speak about IT Leadership - this is the chap to listen to - fantastic and inspiring. More later ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 12:36 AM

Don't forget the past or we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes?
I think this once used to be a phrase that was very popular, especially back around the times of last 2 world wars - what has this got to do with IT?Good question - when I first started getting my hands on Servers they were typically Novell Netware 3.11 or 3.12's and when you started trying to troubleshoot a "Slow Performance" issue, or even worse, an "Abend" (the equivalent of a BSOD!) the very first thnig you'd do is disable or remove the Anti-Virus. (Back in those days, they just weren't that ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 12:19 AM

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