Tag Archives: best practices

Optimizing Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop on VMWare vSphere

I previously wrote a series of posts about Optimizing XenApp on VMWare.  These posts were taken from REAL WORLD experience with tuning XenApp 4.5 on Windows Server 2003 running on VMWare ESX 3.5.  Obviously, times changes and technology improves.  Also, … Continue reading

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Fun with PVS on VMWare

I was recently engaged in a project deploying PVS 5.6 SP1 in an environment running VMWare vSphere 4.1.  This was not the first such environment, but we encountered some interesting issues.  I figured if this helps someone else out there, … Continue reading

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VDI Planning Guide: Highly Available Desktops

My latest article “VDI Planning Guide: Highly Available Desktops” has been published at E-Commerce Times under their Expert Advice section: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/73429.html A key advantage of virtualization is the ability to decouple an operating system from its hardware layer. This improves … Continue reading

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XenApp Audit Release Candidate

XenAppAudit Release Candidate available for limited preview, now available! My pet project, XenAppAudit Utility is now available for limited preview.  It’s not perfect, but its a good start… Automation Data Collection for XenApp Farms (versions 4 – 6) – leveraging … Continue reading

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White Paper: Keys to Managing your Virtual Environments

A white paper I updated for GlassHouse has been published: Keys to Managing your Virtual Environments. GlassHouse has assisted many organizations with the design, planning and implementation of their virtual environments. During the implementation phase, we help companies set themselves … Continue reading

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Upcoming Webinar: VDI: Are you Ready?

Base on my article Are you ready for VDI?, in this webinar we discuss the importance of identifying exactly what VDI means to your organization, how to determine if VDI is right for you and how to make it a … Continue reading

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Technical Deep Dive: XenApp Load Evaluators

One of the often overlooked features of XenApp is truly understanding the load evaluators. As a consultant, I commonly see environments using only the Default Load Evaluator. If I am lucky, they might be using the Advanced Load Evaluator. Rarely … Continue reading

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Are you ready for VDI?

More companies are investigating the benefits of implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  If you are one of those companies then you need to ask yourself, “Am I ready for VDI?”  The first step is identifying exactly what VDI means … Continue reading

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XenDesktop 5 Deep Dive: Machine Creation Services (MCS) on vSphere 4.1

As promised, I have published my Deep Dive around MCS over at The GenerationV Site: http://tinyurl.com/4tzpfts. Check it out! The data is abstracted, but all the source came from a real-world pilot. The question posed was, “What is the impact … Continue reading

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It’s been awhile…

WOW.  It’s been awhile since posting, but I have a lot of topics in the pipeline.  Since joining GlassHouse, I figured I would have more time to write, but the inverse has turned out to be true. However, thanks to … Continue reading

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