Update on my Book

As you may know, I released my first book last October: Citrix XenApp® 7.5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions.

I had to opportunity to speak at both Citrix Synergy and BriForum Denver conferences this year on the same topic.  My book has received strong sales and positive reviews, including this one from Goodreads:

“One of the best books written on xenapp in my opinion. The book takes you through the 5 layered process in clear concise and well laid steps. Andy certainly understands his technology and has given me ideas on how to put together a low level design I am currently working on. Three are some great bits of information which just stand out and make sense. Well done Andy and packtpub for putting together such a good read”

Packt Publishing has been so happy with the first year of sales, they are offering a limited time 50% discount the eBook version!  So if you need another copy, want some for your team or even clients, check it out!  Click here or on the image below.

Discount code: CXDVS50
Validity: Till 20th Oct 2015

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Speaking at Citrix Synergy 2015

I’m happy to announce that I am presenting at Citrix Synergy again.  I had the privilege to speak at Synergy in 2011 on VDI Storage.  This year I am presenting on XenApp 7.6 Architecture, based in part off my book which I published last year.

Here’s the official catalog entry for my session, I hope to see you there!

  • Session Number/Session TitleSYN316 / Designing your XenApp 7.6 solutions A to Z
  • Session Description: Citrix XenApp can deliver your entire VDI solution, providing applications and hosted shared desktops. This session will go through understanding use case design, enterprise-grade XenApp architecture, and taking your designs from the drawing board all the way through to management operations—all based on real-world examples, including tips and tricks from the field.
  • In this session, you will learn:
    • About the new XenApp architecture
    • Considerations for environment design and implementation
    • Tips and tricks for maintaining your new environment
  • Session Date-Time/Location: Wednesday, May 133:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. / W224A
  • Session Track: Virtualization, Networking
  • Session Level: Technical –  Inter
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New Article: Planning for Desktop as a Service

In July, I had the pleasure of speaking at BriForum in Boston. BriForum is a popular vendor-neutral conference focused on virtualization and mobility technologies. My first session was titled Where To Stick It: VDI Storage Considerations; you can read more about that here. My second session was titled DIY DaaS: Creating your own Desktop-as-a-Service.

Unfortunately, the videos from my BriForum sessions are not currently available, but I would like to cover some of the main points of DaaS, based on my experience as a Virtualization Architect and current industry trends. During the session, we focused on these main elements:

• Understanding how DaaS and VDI relate
• Determining what DaaS means
• Creating your own DaaS Model

To read more, including tips from the real world, check out the full article at OpenSky’s SkyChat Blog

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New Article: VDI Storage Considerations

In July, I had the pleasure of speaking at BriForum in Boston.  BriForum is a popular vendor-neutral conference focused on virtualization and mobility technologies.  My first session, which was very well received, was titled Where To Stick It: VDI Storage Considerations.

During the session, we focused on three main elements:

  • Storage challenges for VDI deployments
  • Technology options for mitigating those challenges
  • Strategies for mitigating storage challenges

To read more, including tips from the real world, check out the full article at OpenSky’s SkyChat Blog

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Now Available: Citrix XenApp 7.5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions

I am happy to announce that as of October 21, 2014, my book is available for purchase!

Buy a copy… buy 10… they make great Christmas presents!

book_avail

You can read more about my book here and here.

You can order directly from Packt or Amazon for Barnes and Noble … or all of them!

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Print it!

MissionAccomplished

I am happy to say that as of this morning, my book is COMPLETE!

I approved the final clubbed draft of the work with the editors this morning.  It should go to press in the next day or two once the final index and table of contents is complete.

WOOT!  It’s been a long, slow process.  I learned a lot from it and can gladly say I did it.

Read more about it here.

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Coming Soon: My XenApp Book

Checking one off the bucket list…

bookMy book is in the final stages of production and should be available in September 2014.  This has been a much slower process than planned due to work changes, illness, and product updates… but the end is near!

Packt approached me last year to write an architectural guide to XenApp 6.5.  With the release of XenApp 7.5 earlier this year, we shifted the focus to the latest version; which required a fair amount of rewrite but is well worth it.

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Speaking at BriForum, Part 2

This afternoon I had the opportunity to speak again at BriForum.  I presented my DIY DaaS: Creating your own Desktop-as-a-Service session.  I had the pleasure (or misfortune) to follow Brian and Gabe on stage… that is a tough act to follow.

DIY DAAS

Overall, this has been a great experience; especially for my first BriForum.  Great venue, wonderful people.  I got introduced to some new technologies and products, but more importantly I was able to network with old friends and new.

If you get the chance to attend BriForum in the future, I highly recommend it.  BriForum 2015 will be in Boston again.

All of the sessions are recorded, I’ll post links once they are available.

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Speaking at BriForum

This morning I was able to speak at BriForum.  This is my first time attending or speaking at BriForum … great venue!

Where to stick it

My morning session was Where to Stick It: VDI Storage Considerations.  The session went well with good audience participation and feedback.  I’ll post a link to the slide deck and video, once they are available.

I’ll be speaking again Wednesday afternoon in a session called DIY DaaS: Creating your own Desktop-as-a-Service.

To see the full agenda, visit http://briforum.com/US/agenda.html

To hear an introductory podcast, check out OpenSky

 

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Fun with NetScaler Gateway and StoreFront

I don’t work with NetScalers on a regular basis.  I am familiar with the product and the capabilities, but prefer to leave that to NetScaler and networking engineers.  As I explained to a friend of mine once, I understand the core product, but it’s the overall networking and security landscape that I don’t have enough experience in.  It’s the same for someone to say they know Windows so they should be able to design a full virtualization environment… you need to know the full topology to be effective.

That being said, sometimes I still get my hands dirty in the NetScaler world, either because no one else is available or I am a glutton for punishment.  It seems like every time I do, I have to relearn points I had forgotten.  Some of the points raised in this post will be common sense or common knowledge, but I want to list them for my own future reference.  Who knows, they may help you too!

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