To day I read a very interresting blog, and I want to share it because now the service pack 2 for Windows Vista and 2008 is out, we have to know what's inside ! And Aaron Parker did the work and just blog all the terminal server related fix include in the SP2 : As you’re most likely aware, Microsoft has recently made available Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. If you would like to know the details of every single fix and feature in the service pack, download this spreadsheet: Hotfix and Security Update List: Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2. What’s always interesting to me is what is in the latest service packs that will directly benefit Terminal Servers. The table below lists all of the hotfixes in SP2 that directly relate to Terminal Services, and it’s quite the list. So it’s time to get testing and deploying: You can read the full post here : http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/windows/windows-server-2008-sp2-whats-in-it-for-terminal-servers

Updated post HERE : XenServer 5.6 FP1 add local drive to backup VMs with OpenFiler BE AWARE !! To follow instructions in this blog post you have to know linux shell and XenServer command line usage. You can wipe data if you don't understand what you're trying to do. Try in a TEST environment before making any change in production. A Citrix KB is available here : http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX121313 Today I had to add two 500Gb SATAu hard drive to my XenServer. Plug this two hot plug drive in this Dell 2950 III was the easy part, configure the new RAID1 in the Perc 6i controller wasn't so easy... This bios is very annoying and after 2 hours we found the good menu and where to create the new volume... Once this step done, and after 16Gb of memory more, XenServer started without any problem, the drive wasn't available through the XenCenter so I though I had to mount it or something like that. So here comes the few steps to add a local storage to your XenServer 5.5 : Type : fdisk -l you'll see the list of all volumes and hard drives, then : Type : pvcreate /dev/sdb sdb is my new volume and then to configure it as a local storage : Type : xe sr-create type=lvm content-type=user device-config:device=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST3320620AS_5QF7QZZL name-label="LOCAL SR" scsi-SATA_ST3320620AS_5QF7QZZL is the name of my volume, you'll have to change this value with your own, and name-label is the name you want to give to your local storage. and this is it ! Remark : If your XenServer is a pool, you need to put it off, follow above steps and put back the XenServer in your pool.

I had a new toy and I'm typing this news with it, this is my new Asus eeepc 1000 he. This is really cool, very small and quite powerfull, I have choose to deploy Windows 7 on it and I'm very surprise it works perfectly. This is very very cool with Citrix Receiver I can connect from everywhere at work, when I'm in the train, at a customer office etc etc. So just to say this new toy took me some time and now I'm late on eveything :) The XenDesktop installation and setup with PVS is almost complete, I just have to type some word and upload the video, it's very simple and will allow you to setup you own XenDesktop. I have also setup a XenServer 5.5 beta 1 and a Merchandising Server, I would have like to setup a Dazzle server but the beta is not available yet... Everything should popup very soon in here so stay tune !

[Issues at the end of this post...] Here it is ! Full of promizes, and full of new options we are all waiting for. Let me tell you first, this is BETA release from Citrix, so don't complain to me or to Citrix if you crash your production servers, you have to run test and wait for the final new release. You can access the whole stuff from your MyCitrix account in Tech/Beta preview of XenServer. You have to download the two isos files, the proper license file and XenCenter (there is a new 5.5 version). To perfom this update just boot on the CD you just download and follow the instruction on the screen, this is what I did in the next video : [flash medium=6] Once it's done, just reboot and you did it ! Now let's me show you some of the new things I saw, I will come back later on it with a full report, it's sunday and I'm suppose to stop to geeking around during the week end :) Edit : later in the afternoon... First issue : The network didn't work at all on the new XenServer 5.5 Beta 1. I wasn't able to ping it and wasn't able to ping from it. Weird behave, it looks like the system doesn't have the parameters showing in the console recorded in the network configuration file. First try was the good, just reconfigure the network management card with the same parameters as before, so the configuration will be record again in the filesystem. BUT I DIDN'T LAST.... I had to browse a bit Citrix's support to find out I had to edit a file : /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 and add : ETHTOOL_OPTS="speed 100 duplex full" I think it finaly did the trick... I will wait for tomorow to tell you it was good.

Citrix deliver us a new way to connect to Citrix infrastructure, a new approach to access the application delivery architecture. Exit the classic ICA Client formely know as Client Citrix ICA and on the late XenApp Plugin. The installation is very basic, you have to install Citrix Receiver to be able to deploy plugin after. Plugins are listed as follow : Receiver : Designed specifically for devices leveraging Microsoft Windows operating system platforms  Plug-ins : Online app plug-in 11.1.1 Previously the “XenApp Plug-in for Hosted Apps.” Use of the Online app plug-in 11.1.1 independent of Citrix Receiver is not supported. Offline app plug-in 5.1 Previously the “XenApp Plug-in for Streamed Apps.” Communications plug-in 2.2.777 Previously the “EasyCall Plug-in for Windows.” Secure access plug-in - enterprise 9.0.68 Previously the “Access Gateway 9.0.68 - Enterprise Plug-in for Windows.” To download, follow this link : https://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=1690022&productId=1689163#top and of course you'll need to have your MyCitrix account to log in.   Here we go for some screenshot : There is a lot of cool things, and I'll begin with the desktop windows, when you resize it you can keep the session resolution, no more scroll bar to reach the start menu :) You can also reduce very easyly a full screen desktop to return in your original environment (before it was shift F2) And the last very cool new thing is Citrix Merchandising Server, the best way to ensure the deployment of your Citrix Receiver and all plugins. I'll soon post more information about that. This is the video of Mark Templeton when he presented Receiver at Citrix Synergy 2009 : [flash http://www.citrix.com/tv/s/tv/players/ctv_viral_1_0.swf?ctv=404 w=486 h=412 mode=0]

For Windows 7 RTM (7600) go here : http://www.archy.net/2009/08/10/vmware-workstation-nat-problem-on-windows-7-rtm/  Vmware workstation 6.5.1 build-156735 can be installed on Microsoft Windows 7 RC Build 7100 without any problem. I was able to open all my VM but I had an issue with the network nat translation. All my VM didn't had internet access through the host nat (Windows 7). Since the Windows 7 Beta Build 7057 a new network address has been used to establish communication between VMWare Workstation and Microsoft Windows 7 (192.168.137.0/24) Here come a short article to help you to go through : 1. Run the Virtual Network Editor as Administrator (Use RunAS or right click and Run as Administrator on vmnetcfg.exe) 2. Goto Host Virtual Adapters and remove all VMNet instances (VMNet1 and VMNet8 typically). 3. Click Apply. 4. Add New and Assign it the new adapter to VMnet1. 5. Click Apply. 6. Select the Host Virtual Networking tab. 7. Click the > next to VMnet1 and change the address and subnet to the ICS network (192.168.137.0 / 255.255.255.0) 8. Click Apply. 9. Go to the NAT tab and select VMNet1. 10. Click Edit and change the Gateway to the ICS gateway IP (192.168.137.1) 11. Click Apply and restart the NAT service. (Counter-intuitive, I know.) 12. Go to the DHCP tab. 13. Add VMNet1 and remove all others. 14. Click Apply. 15. Select Properties of VMNet1 in DHCP Tab. 16. Enter a Start and End Address for DHCP Scope (192.168.137.50 to 192.168.137.75 as an example) 17. Adjust client lease to a few days to avoid potential DHCP client renewal timeouts. 18. Click OK / Click Apply. 19. Select Host Only Networking for every VM that needs NAT out to your host network/internet. 20. Enable ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on the Windows 7 Host network card that provides connectivity. Select VMNet1 as the network card that needs access. It did the trick with my VM Windows XP SP3 / Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2003 Watch some screenshot of the Virtual Network Editor : Don't forget to share the internet connexion (last screenshot)

As you already might know, I own a company call Activlan (http://www.activlan.com) and we have an engineer who flew to Las Vegas for the Citrix Synergy of this year. We just launch a small blog in french to put online everything what Laurent grab on this summit :) http://citrix.activlan.com/ Enjoy ! Even if this is in french only, there is many cool links :) and if you need some more information, just ask !