One of my customer needs to have robust workstations in a factory where there is a lot of dust and vibrations. This is a common environment for a factory but it doesn't really suit for a computer. My customer is spending a lot of money in the maintenance of these computers. Worker in the factory need to access the company main ERP with those computers and they are accessing this software through a XenApp connection. My project was to build from the ground a new Citrix Architecture (XenApp / PVS / EdgeSight / PCM / XenServer / Netscaler etc...) and early in this project I wanted to include endpoints as a full part in this architecture. (If endpoints are failing, old plug-in versions for ex) the whole architecture won't mean anything if users are not able to have the full and last functionality introduced in this project. The factory workstations were a pain in the ass for everyone, for the IT department, technicians were always on the move, spending time trying to repair and most of the time just replace the computer. For the Finance department, it's very expensive to replace computer every month (basic / normal life cycle renewal for a workstation is about 3 year) and the need for more technicians to change and repair these machines. With issues listed above, bringing thin clients in this project was obvious and I really wanted to try the new Wyse product Xenith. So I called my french contact Boris Espiand (Wyse France) to borrow me this 'HDX ready' thin client. Less than one week after, I had it in my lab ready to test it. As my personal lab is limited to my XenServer @ Home, I won't make any performance test but I will be more focus on features and integration in the architecture I chose to design for my customer. I tested access to XenApp 6 published desktop (Hosted Shared), XenDesktop 4 with Windows 7 virtual machines and with Windows XP virtual machines (Hosted VDI) Of course HDX features have been tested, I plugged all sort of devices, webcam, wacom devices, mouses, USB hard drives, USB pen drives... The reference of the Xenith I received were : Model No : C00X C00X, 128F/512R, XENITH, INTL Part No : 902196-02L Serial No : 2NN0J549524 Here are some information I got on-screen within the admin menu : But first, here are my customer's needs…

2010 has been a blast on certification side. I was clearly late and I decided to get everything done by the end of the year. Now it's done, couple of weeks ago I passed the exam 1Y0-A16 to become a Citrix Certified Integration Architect. First what is it ? CCIA ? The Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Virtualization certification focuses on best practices for analysis and design of Citrix virtualization technologies. By testing a range of skills used to design strategic approaches to virtualization, the CCIA certifies the knowledge required for successful deployments, while providing recognition and credibility to IT professionals.  In addition to the required exams, a minimum level of real-world experience is recommended for candidates who choose to pursue this certification.  As the most advanced Citrix designation, CCIA expertise helps organizations lower implementation costs, increase implementation success rates and reduce implementation time. I remember, few years ago, I was watching CCIA guys with admiration, thinking those guy had very strong skills about virtualization. Now I'm in, it took a while because I wasn't ready before, I mean, understanding Citrix products is one step, but be certain about every component is another, being able to understand the virtualization market is definitely the biggest step I had to take and this one, no one teach it. I've been involve as well this year in the Citrix exam's building process, and it was very important to me because I want these certifications to continue to mean something. I hope I will be able to continue to bring some help to Citrix and continue to be a Subject Matter Expert on the certification they want to renew. (I)My company is currently looking for Citrix engineers and administrators here in France, I've interviewed 15 persons last week and only one really knows the basics (just for XenApp) this is very very hard to find the right people with good knowledge... This is another reason why I want to continue to help with certification exam building process, I want to help to make sure these certifications really mean something. Sources : Citrix Education CCIA