Since I have my Apple computer, I needed to learn some basics like new shortcuts : Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard In Leopard, the following keys can be held down while selecting an area (via Command-Shift-4 or Command-Control-Shift-4): Space, to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves Shift, to resize only one edge of the selected region Option, to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point To burn an ISO file : Insert a blank disc. Start Disk Utility. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file. Select it. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions. Very good and useful tool : http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/french/onyx_snowleopard.html website is in french but the software in English. Here’s a list of system start-up hot keys to press while Mac OS X is booting, and their various effects: C – Boot from a CD/DVD T – Boot in Target Disk mode (FireWire only) N – Boot from an attached network server (NetBoot mode) X – Attempt to force Mac OS X to boot Shift – Boot up in ‘Safe Mode’ which has limited functionality Command+V – Boot into Verbose mode Command+S – Boot in Single user mode

If you need to build an EdgeSight architecture for more than 6000 agents, you need to know you will have to split your database and EdgeSight server (web server) associated with it. This next architecture doesn't include Edgesight database broker you will need for XenDesktop VDI deployment. If some of you are looking forward a VDI deployment for EdgeSight just let me know, Twitter, Facebook, email, comment or phone, I can make it simple for you, and you won't need to read the 300 documentation pages ! This is a slightly different approach with file share and database broker... A typical data upload size for an EdgeSight for Endpoints agent is 80KB. EdgeSight for XenApp agent data uploads are typically larger due to the greater amount of data collected and can reach 300KB. These data upload sizes depend on a number of factors such as the agent properties and the usage profile of the system hosting the agent. From Edgesight Admin guide page 22. Of course it depend how your worker are configured and what data you need to collect. I'm still trying to figure our how to calculate the amount of data transferred from agents to the web server, this is a complex calculation and it take a lot of time for something Citrix should provide. So architecture for large environment is the same as the one you could watch in the previous blog - Citrix Edgesight architecture scenario – part 1/2 - except you need to split database and EdgeSight server. Only one Citrix license server and you can also keep one SQL Reporting Services for both Edgesight servers. This configuration means you need to configure agents with a different http address, for example, at one customer I had 4000 XenApp servers and 5000 Endpoint agents, so I choose to split Endpoint agents on one Edgesight server and all XenApp on the other. This is not very handy when you want to check from XenApp servers to the endpoint statistics, but this is the way it is for now.  By multiplying EdgeSight environment, complexity is getting stronger and find the good information is sometimes a matter of hours instead of minutes... What Citrix should consider for the future of Edgesight : Stop to check Citrix licenses on the Edgesight Servers, only agents is enough I think, then we would be able to load balance Edgesight Servers and SQL…

After two very busy days at Citrix Summit 2010, and 3 days at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco, this massive event reach the end. I came here this year to watch, learn and share my everyday consultant life. I learned a lot, not from technical contents deliver from Citrix but by speaking to everyone around me and making some very interesting contacts. Positive points : I met many interesting people I passed one Citrix certification for free I know building a XenDesktop architecture is not so complicated I was able to know more about XenClient This event took place in a city I came for the first time I learned some technical details at TechEdge events Negative points : Too many clouds, not in the sky... I don't think Summit and Synergy are the event Citrix should speak about cloud computing I'm a bit worried about the future of Citrix System Integrators and resellers Citrix should consider making level based sessions This is it, I'm looking forward next Synergy in Berlin, I hope things will change a bit. Before I will attend PubForum in Frankfurt, Germany.

Citrix Summit is over, now this is Synergy with Citrix partners and customers.  There was twice and maybe more people in the same building, that was be huge. Sessions I attended this day were as follow. Schedule for Wednesday, May 12 6:30 am- 8:00 am Breakfast (Marriott/Hilton) Marriott/Hilton 7:00 am- 9:00 am Breakfast (Moscone West, 3rd Floor) Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 3 8:00 am- 8:50 am SYN308 – From A to XenApp: the comprehensive technical guide to optimal XenApp farm design (2010 Edition) Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2007,2009,2020,2022 9:00 am- 9:50 am SYN321 – Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 10:30 am-12:30 pm Synergy Opening Keynote Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 3000-3012 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm Solutions Expo Hall Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 1 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm Lunch Solutions Expo Hall 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm SYN422D – Practical HDX – optimizations for the real world San Francisco Marriott – Yerba Buena 1-2 I will be fast today, session are too average level, I think this is good session for XenApp, XenDesktop administrators on the way, there are many detailed architectures, a lot of debugging / troubleshooting tools explanations but that's it. There was nothing like deep memory dump analyzes, network packet capture and analyzes, it remains 'mainstream' for experimented Citrix engineers. So I used my time to understand how things are working at Synergy, V.I.P groups, clans and underground wars... I did have many theories about that but I keep it for myself :) Those guys are like rock stars in virtualization small planet, this is funny, it really remind me of what's happening behind the scene in music business. Some are true with themselves, committed, honest and frank while some others are really annoying (passi satana perkele) and some situation are just unreal. Cloud computing ? yeah right... Everyone needs to write something about this trendy rock'n roll attitude but they lost the point, users and CxOs are lost and if they're lost they won't pay for something they don't understand. Wait ! I need to check my crystal ball to write an blog about future of workstations and operating systems... Back to Synergy, there was the opening keynote from Mark Templeton about what's going on the crazy Citrix planet. There are many ongoing things for this year, and here…

The second day was for me about technical stuffs in the morning and more oriented sales in the afternoon. I wan to attend some technical event as TechEdge ones because we always learning, even a small details from the editor, and I needed to go to sales because I'm very often in the front line trying to sell vendor's solutions. So here is bellow my schedule for yesterday : Schedule for Tuesday, May 11 6:30 am- 7:30 am Breakfast (Marriott/Hilton) 7:00 am- 8:30 am Breakfast (Moscone West, 3rd Floor) 8:00 am- 8:50 am SUM301 – Debugging a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environment Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2003-2005 9:00 am- 9:50 am SUM302 – Troubleshooting XenDesktop deployments Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2003-2005 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM118 – Grow your NetScaler business by targeting new use cases Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2014 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM108 – Generate new revenue by upgrading Secure Gateway to Access Gateway VPX Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Networking Meeting with xxxx, Serge RAJEVIC Level 2 Foyer, Table A1 1:30 pm- 2:20 pm SUM203 – The power of FlexCast delivery: any desktop to any user Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 2:30 pm- 3:20 pm SUM103 – Drive desktop virtualization sales with a smart strategy Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 3:30 pm- 4:20 pm SUM214 – Build a site recovery demo from start to finish in one breakout session Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2007,2009,2020,2022 4:30 pm- 6:45 pm SYN501L – Geek Speak Tonight! Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2000-2002 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Synergy Welcome Reception Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 1 TechEdge : Debugging Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp was interesting nothing new about XenApp, some useful information but that's it. Putting everyone who attended this session at the same level of understanding is nearly impossible, 25 first minutes are to explain a classic architecture and 25 to speak about debugging tools, not in deep. Some highlight for this session : Most common problem, VDA Registration, to debug : XDPing to check the time sync issues Check port connectivity (telnet XDPing, CtxPrtChk) Check RSOP for AD inconsistencies Check the event Viewver Capture remote CDF trace with CDF Control VDA connectivity problems Leverage XDPing (CTX123278) to rule out common causes Capture remote CDF Trace Check for display driver switching…

First day is over and I will report about session what I attended yesterday. My schedule was light compare to what I will attend today, the second day : 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM207 – The technology behind XenClient and the XenClient VM Synchronizer Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2008,2010,2012 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM206 – Management, simplified – with XenApp Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 1:00 pm- 1:50 pm SUM201 – Migration from physical PCs to XenDesktop: a technical overview Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm SUM502 – EMEA Partner Forum Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2008,2010,2012 The most important session for me was the first one about XenClient and the XenClient VM Synchronizer, I wrote a blog about that and I really can't wait to be able to download this "new toy". Then the second session of the day was about Citrix XenApp6 combine with Microsoft SCVMM. For all partner, at least in EMEA, this is something déjà vue, there are white papers and technical guides about that and I won't write too long about this subject (maybe a full blog about that) The third one was about the migration from physicals devices to XenDesktop. This was interesting to give the basics and know how don't blow a XenDesktop project by forgetting the basics of this kind of project. This was very simplified because there was only 50 minutes but the big steps were here. The opening keynote was ok, Mr Templeton thanks all the partners which make Citrix what they are today, there is a lot of money on the table to save all the people and buy us a green suite :) The Gartner point of view about desktop virtualization was very interesting, I took a lot of information from there. At the end of the day, the EMEA Partner forum was lead by Mr Scott R. Herren (Very nice to meet him and exchange a bit about french market) and remind everyone 2009 was a disaster until the last quarter and XenDesktop 4 saved Citrix from a lot of troubles. Very large XenDesktop deals (largest maybe) came out at the end of 2009. Then a welcome party in a museum, with a lot a funny things around, and I finally met Sir David McGeough from Citrix Readiness, It was a real please and I'm very glad to met…

Citrix announce one fact : 72% of devices will be laptop. Citrix XenClient is a type 1 hypervisor (bare metal) and can run in stand alone mode without the back end Citrix XenClient Synchronizer. This is build on the 64 bit open source technology used with XenServer and you can run multiple virtual desktops simultaneously. Different VMs are completely secure isolation from each other and are hardware independent VM. A named call Service VM Architecture has been develop for extensibility. XenClient provide a good end user interaction and advanced security for your devices and you data. With centralized security policies you can for example allow one user to run a VM for 4 days in a offline mode and if the suer doesn't connect on internet the VM will be shutdown until the user is able to connect and authenticate to request more time. The XenClient SDK should be available in 2011 The Citrix Receiver for Xenclient is the first Service VM for XenClient. Using Citrix Receiver for XenClient provide a very simple user interface to access, create and configure VM locally. You can very easily switch between local VMs. Synchronizer for XenClient is the backend to manage XenClient and manages centralized delivery of VMs. It also provide a full time backup & rapid recovery with a smart backup delta data. You can remote kill VMs and manage local policy controls with Citrix Synchronizer for XenClient. A bit of architecture : XenClient is based on a very thin piece of code taken and shared with XenServer. This is a linux control Domain and you will use paravirtualized drivers as well as being able to allow direct access to hardware for a specific VM. The XenClient user interface is Receiver for XenClient. Flexible Virtualization Architecture, as mention above, disks, networks devices, USB and graphics devices are virtualized and ensure VM portability. You have also a selective passthrough, 3D Graphic Direct, Intel AMR Direct : Mix and match : You can give Direct access to GPU to a specific VM, same for storage and network separately (?) to confirm. Synchronizer for XenClient Architecture : Synchronizer will be provide as a XenServer image and will be up and running within 10 minutes (Merchandising Server like cli wizard). The admin interface is web based (https) and authentication can remain local or being linked with an Active Directory. VM delivery and administration are using a…

Today is my last work day before I leave to United States, flying until San Francisco to attend Citrix Synergy 2010. Last year I got my tickets but I lost my passport and I wasn't able to fly until Las Vegas (...). This year, only Iceland's volcano will be able to stop me :) Synergy is important for me and the key point for me is Citrix XenClient. This is a revolution in the conception of what is a personal computer versus professional computer. I bet this market will explode within 3 years and I see huge business opportunities... I really look forward this event there is so many people to meet and the schedule promise to be very interesting. Many people I know already book me for different purpose, just meet and hand shake for good instead of sharing over the internet, meeting, work and interviews. Here is my schedule, if you come to one of these sessions, just come over to say me hello, I'm always glad to meet new people ! Schedule for Sunday, May 9 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm Networking Meeting with Alexander Juschin, Serge RAJEVIC to define Schedule for Monday, May 10 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM207 – The technology behind XenClient and the XenDesktop VM Synchronizer Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2008,2010,2012 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM206 – Management, simplified – with XenApp Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2004-2006 1:00 pm- 1:50 pm SUM201 – Migration from physical PCs to XenDesktop: a technical overview Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2004-2006 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm SUM502 – EMEA Partner Forum Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2008,2010,2012 Schedule for Tuesday, May 11 6:30 am- 7:30 am Breakfast (Marriott/Hilton) 7:00 am- 8:30 am Breakfast (Moscone West, 3rd Floor) 8:00 am- 8:50 am SUM301 – Debugging a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environment Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2003-2005 9:00 am- 9:50 am SUM302 – Troubleshooting XenDesktop deployments Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2003-2005 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM118 – Grow your NetScaler business by targeting new use cases Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2014 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM108 – Generate new revenue by upgrading Secure Gateway to Access Gateway VPX Moscone West Convention Center - Moscone 2001 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Networking Meeting with Pierre MARMIGNON, Serge RAJEVIC Level 2 Foyer, Table A1 1:30 pm- 2:20 pm SUM203 – The power of FlexCast delivery: any desktop to…