The new Citrix Receiver version 4.2.1 is available for install / update through the Apple Store for iPad only until now. Be careful when you already have configure your Receiver, all my store have been deleted, I need to configure everything from scratch. Changes are : iOS 4.2 Support On Screen trackpad Simplified gestures 2.5x faster session performance Self-service enterprise apps Web Interface support Access Gateway 5 support Third party authentication support Enhanced video out display Bluetooth keyboard support International keyboard support You can grab it from here : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citrix-receiver-for-ipad/id363501921?mt=8 Cool part, are the simplified gestures, it's really better with a lot more precision, you can now use a mouse pointer with your finger and that makes things very easy to click now. All the published application from different stores are displaying as favorite on the same page., no need to switch between stores to launch applications. When you add a new store, this new Receiver version try to "guess" what is behind the url you provided, for my setup, I added a store behind an Access Gateway VPX 4.6.2 and another one behind Access Gateway 5, everything has been detected automatically. Some screenshots : What I think we should have in this new version, what's missing is : Possibility to customize background wallpaper, the option no longer exists Possibility to arrange the icons, they are auto-arrange by default

This is time for some vacations, I need some rest ;) I wish to you all to have a merry Christmas and very nice time among families and friends. I will take some time to finish some new blog during these holidays, here is a short list of what's coming : Citrix Edgesight - Troubleshooting CHFarm in Citrix XenApp 6 ? Crashed VM in XenServer Testing printer drivers User Profile Management Wyse Xenith – Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp 2/2 XenDesktop 4 vs XenDesktop 5, what are the differences ? Migrating Existing XenDesktop 4 VMs to XenDesktop 5 I will enjoy the iPad I won during Citrix Synergy, see you soon, here or somewhere else ! Hyvää Joulua ! Joyeux Noël ! Merry Christmas !

Citrix XenDesktop 5 is available for download since this morning, very early... I was about to go to sleep when it became available; and believe it or not, I went to sleep ;) So what's new in XenDesktop 5 ? Is it a "Production Ready" software or will we need to wait for a FP1 and some updates ? First let's go for an installation, the goal of this operation is to replace my actual XenDesktop 4. So here we go, autorun is launch : Everything went fine, the first part of the installation was very smooth. Now the second part is about choosing between the four Editions you want to use. Express. A free download to help IT professionals get started with VDI, which supports up to 10 users. Platinum. A comprehensive enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with advanced management and security, in addition to the features of Enterprise edition. Enterprise. An enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with on-demand applications and FlexCast delivery technology, in addition to the features of VDI edition. VDI. For scalable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementations with Citrix HDX technology. As you might have notice in the screen shots above, I chose not to install Citrix License Server and Web Interface, I already have these component in my lab at home. As I decide to not install all the component on one box, the "Quick Deploy" Option is not available. So I will continue with the "Desktop Deployment Option" I guess. Right after I chose this option, the database selection and configuration menu appears. Ok, I'm not a DBA, I hope everything will be fine ! I created previously my database on my SQL 2008 R2 server... So I click OK : Nice... Something tel me the installation won't last only 5 minutes... Hmmm... The database exists... ok I will generate information to manually create the database with the "Generate..." button : So this options generates two file, one script to create a database schema for a XenDesktop site and another script only required if database mirroring is enabled to execute on the mirrored SQL Server database instance. I did it, everything ran smoothly, un ran the script with SQLCMD on my DataBase server. Then I've been able to continue the installation : Of course, I created my XenDesktop database and a user dedicated to it, so I needed to authenticate with this user : Next, configuration…

I just had the time to blog about the new Web Interface release, I was complaining a bit about the fact we were waiting for XenDesktop for a long time, I just hit the post this blog button, and XenDesktop appear available for download ! So here are the links : Citrix XenDesktop 5 Platinum Edition download Citrix XenDesktop 5 VDI Edition Download Citrix XenDesktop 5 Enterprise Edition Citrix XenDesktop 5 Online Documentation Citrix XenDesktop Design HandBook Enjoy ! Tomorrow, full report :)

This new version looks good ! This is far way better than the black dark previous one, 5.0 until 5.3. The first I must do every time I'm deploying a Web Interface is to change the template to something a bit brighter... This version 5.4 bring a "corporate" design and some new functionality : Updated end user interface. The layout and color scheme for end users has been updated to help improve navigation and readability. Session sharing for VM hosted applications. The Web Interface now supports session sharing for Virtual Machine (VM) hosted apps. This feature is only available for seamless applications and non-anonymous users. Multiple desktop access for users. In previous versions of the Web Interface, users could only access a single instance of a desktop per desktop group. Now, users can access multiple instances of desktops in desktop groups. For more information about assigning desktops to users, see the XenDesktop version 5 documentation. Improved smart card support for Access Gateway. Smart card authentication to the Web Interface is now compatible with more environments. The Web Interface can now accept User Principal Names (UPNs) from Access Gateway as well as the user name and domain. Additionally, the Web Interface has been updated to comply with FIPS. This new functionality can only be used with the pass-through authentication for smart card option and you must be logged on as a domain administrator. For more information about configuring smart card support for Access Gateway, see the Access Gateway documentation. Ability to set additional default values. Administrators can configure default values for all bandwidth-related settings, such as audio quality, color depth, bandwidth profile, printer mapping, and window size. ICA File Signing. The Web Interface digitally signs generated ICA files, to allow compatible ICA clients to validate that the file originates from a trusted source. This is what is announce by Citrix here : Web Interface what's new on eDocs Before I begin to dig deeper, here are some screen shots : and for the mobile side, the light edition of the Web Interface, it have been revisited as well : Now, is it really only what's new ? nothing under the hood ? I'm still trying to find out something new while I'm waiting for XenDesktop 5 :) Regarding debugging, the blog I wrote a while ago now is still functional : Web Interface 4.x 5.x Debug Mode Sources : Citrix eDocs…

Due to database outage, I needed to restore the last week database for www.archy.net. I still don't know why my database has been deleted yesterday night, the host don't even look at my incident in the ticket system... So we are back one week earlier and maybe 20 to 30 accounts less. If you register last week, please do register again.

Warning : For those who download Alcatraz before the 2nd of December 2010, please update it, same link. An issue around leaking desktop handles is affecting v0.9.0.31, when you update it you should have v0.9.0.32 Citrix announced the 29th of November 2010 a new project code name “Alcatraz“, part of the project “San Francisco” and can be combine with project “GoldenGate” (Check the end of this blog for the Citrix links about each project). The idea is simple, how to add a "lock" layer to all the published applications accessed by mobile users, how to improve "security" if a device is stolen, lost etc ? Citrix Labs try to give an answer with this new project and I think this idea is very well found. Without modifying your existing Citrix (XenApp, WebInterface, CAG etc..) architecture you can provide another authentication level before launching an application with a PIN Code request (bellow screen shot from my iPhone) To be clear, this is not a second factor authentication add-on / product for Access Gateway and Web Interface. This PIN code interface is load before the published application, once the user profile loaded. It look neat, but how does it work ? First you need to install Alcatraz msi on the XenApp servers you want to use for your tests, you can download msi packages here : https://www.citrix.com/English/SS/downloads/details.asp?downloadID=2305766&productID=186 (MyCitrix account is required) You will find one package for 32bit OS and another one for 64bit OS. All the binaries will be installed in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\Alcatraz” folder and you will find the following files: Then the only change you need to do is to amend or create published applications dedicated to mobile users using “C:\Program Files\Citrix\Alcatraz\Alcatraz.exe” /a “command line of published application” for the 32bit XenApp servers or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\Alcatraz\Alcatraz.exe” /a “command line of published application” for the 64bit XenApp servers. In the registry, you can find a part in HKLM\Software\Citrix\Alcatraz for 32bit servers and in HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Citrix\Alcatraz for 64bit servers and all the settings are explained on the project page here : http://community.citrix.com/display/xa/Getting+Started+with+Project+Alcatraz ChallengeInterval – This setting is disabled by default (set to 0). This setting will force the user to enter their pass-code after a period of time (in seconds) even if the user is interacting with the published application. (Default: Disabled) InactivityTimeout – This is the amount of time (in seconds) that a user has not interacted with their published…