I wish to every single of you a happy new year 2012, I really wish you all the best as well in your professional life as in your personal one. 2011 will remain in my memory the worse of my entire life (on the personal side) and I just can't wait to take a fresh start in almost 5 hours now :) Next year will be a great year, a lot of work and project, I will work with some of you and I just love to share and learn among you all. The community is growing very fast but there is a core of few people I always meet around the world and it's always nice to share though on our work and passion. Enjoy your new year's eve and Happy New Year 2012 !

This is a new step in application and desktop delivery access point process but Citrix again made it very messy to understand (at least for me...) This is very important to know and understand every component of this new products, but between, Receiver Storefront, CloudGateway Express, CloudGateway Enterprise, AppController and all the past names, some of us can be lost, and our customer are even more lost... (nFuse, Web Interface  2 3 4 5 etc... and Receiver Storefront) If I remember well, at Synergy in Barcelona last October, CloudGateway had been introduce by Citrix CEO with this slide : Now when I read documentation about CloudGateway Express and Enterprise release, I think we lost something : The data "square" (ShareFile & RingCube (?)) is gone for now... Anyway, with the previous picture you can have a clear view about each component present in Citrix CloudGateway. First let's check what is the difference between CloudGateway Express and CloudGateway Enterprise : The difference is mostly around features, but what's not shown in Citrix edition and features matrix is a row with the price. CloudGateway Express is free because this product is here to replace the actual Web Interface and Program Neighborhood to give access to Windows App and Desktops. The enterprise edition is here to centralize access between Desktops, Windows Apps, SaaS and web applications. The upgrade from Express edition to Enterprise edition should be simple and painless, just need to try it out to check how simple it is :) Regarding the architecture, the big picture is simple, we had Web Interface, now we have Receiver Storefront and it should be it... But that's not :) To simplify user's life and give a centralized access to apps, again we need to build an architecture more complex than our good old Web Interface. In the previous image above, there is not that much difference if we consider Storefront is here to replace Web Interface and AppController as a new component to build a bridge between Desktops / Windows Apps and SaaS / Web Apps. The external access is still secured using an Access Gateway, I mean NetScaler Access Gateway (same product, new name), but if we look further, it more complicated than that : Same as Web Interface, high availability is possible with an external load balancing mechanism (ie NetScaler or MS NLB) Now an external database is required to host users…

After many years going from a customer to another, speaking with people all around the world, I wanted to share my experience regarding application integration. This is not a new topic but there are so many way to deliver applications today it can become very messy very fast. In a lot of companies I worked with, I had to face many different situations with different technologies and solutions. What I explain in this blog is just one way to get things done, maybe not the best one but I think this is the most efficient way to leverage Citrix / Microsoft solutions when it's about application delivery. I made a simple diagram to materialize my though when I plan to integrate or migrate new application into a VDI environment. When I write VDI, I mean : VDI = Virtual Desktops + Shared (Virtual) Desktops (SBC) For example, when I need to free a XenDesktop golden image from all the applications installed over the years, I need to understand : Is this application still in use ? Who need this application ? Why they need it ? How they use it ? How many users need this application ? Is there enough license for this application ? What is the update cycle of this application ? What are the prerequisite of this application ? Etc etc... Then I need to to know if I want or need to "virtualize" this application or not : First thing first : is this application working on a regular OS with a "normal" installation process ? Do you need to virtualize this application ? time & cost vs deployment & number of users What are the prerequisite for this application ? (XenApp silo needed or not, specific Streaming profile / AppV) Is this application need to be use offline, ie roaming users ? What is the application size (Mb, Gb) once it's installed ? Is this application supported on a 64bit Operating System ? All these point are what I'm asking myself before doing anything. There are a lot more question you need to ask yourself, it depend of each customer's environment and technologies in use. The more I look this diagram the more I find some other step to add, this is like a never-ending construction and a new puzzle at each customer's place. We could continue this schema with application compatibility between each…

This pack give you the ability to deliver a XenApp 6.5 touch-friendly interface or applications to mobile devices (iOS and Android). you can download this pack by following the link at the end of this blog (a MyCitrix account is required). Once you downloaded this pack, just unzip it, and you'll have 3 msi files : To install this pack you need to install one XenApp hotfix and one update to the Citrix Group Policy Management engine. Keep in mind, you'll need to reboot your XenApp box at the end of this update. Once everything is done and setup, don't look for change in the start menu, new tool or something like that, most of what has been added is within the Citrix AppCenter console, in the policy node (User tab) Your shared desktop should look like that after some configuration and GPO setting up : Citrix blog : http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/12/19/mobilize-your-enterprise-with-the-xenapp-6-5-mobility-pack/ Citrix XenApp Mobility Pack download link : http://citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=2317077

Citrix issued a maintenance release last week for the Access Gateway. This is an important release for what's coming next with StoreFront and CloudGateway. It gives the possibility to customize the logon point in a very easy way. I took some screenshot to show you how simple it is to customize your logon point. You have the ability to customize each logon point. You need to log on your Access Gateway : https://FQDN/lp/adminlogonpoint then click on the Management top menu and chose Logon Points One you have your Logon Points list, you need to edit the one you want to customize by clicking on the brand new Customization tab : You can either build your own template easily, chose the default grey Logon Point or the Green Receiver one. You can now switch from the default grey Logon Point : to the new Green Receiver one in just few clicks : New features coming with the 5.0.4 maintenance release : Adding Web Resources for a Basic Logon Point in Access Gateway When you create a basic logon point, you can add Web resources that users can access when they log on with Citrix Receiver. Web resources define the Web pages, sites, or applications that you want to secure in Access Gateway. For more information, see Adding Web Resources to a Basic Logon Point in the Citrix eDocs library. Customizing the Access Gateway Logon Page You can create a custom logon page by configuring the settings in either a basic or SmartAccess logon point. You can use the default Access Gateway logon page, use the Citrix Receiver design for your logon page, or create your own logon page with your graphics and logo. For more information, see Customizing the Access Gateway Logon Page in the eDocs library. New Version of the Access Gateway Plug-in for Access Gateway 5.0.4 Access Gateway 5.0.4 contains an updated version of the Access Gateway Plug-in. Changes made to the internal framework of the Access Gateway appliance prevent compatibility with earlier versions of the plug-in. Users must install Access Gateway Plug-in Version 5.0.4. Important: To install or upgrade to Version 5.0.4 of the plug-in, users must be an administrator or have administrator rights on the user device, unless you update the plug-in by using an Active Directory group policy. You can upgrade the plug-in by using one of the following methods: Push the Access Gateway Plug-in to…

This year has been special, not very easy on the personal side... Next year will be a better one with many new blogs around virtualization and cloud stuffs. The nice side of 2011 years has been I met lot of you around the world and it's always nice to exchange and have some fun with you all. Next year promise to be full of very good events, Synergy in San Francisco and Barcelona, E2E in Vienna, and so many others events around Europe... Until then, I wish you all a Merry Christmas !

Installing Citrix CloudGateway Express (Citrix Receiver StoreFront) was the easy part, setting it up wasn't that hard. But being able to use it was a bit more tricky. I tried to install it at first with a remote database, I encounter several issue and I've never been able to add application to the dashboard. I got this message every time : The fact I tried to use and external database didn't allow my Receiver Web dashboard to be saved, this is the reason why I got this error. I didn't had time to troubleshot this issue, this is clearly a right issue between the server I chose to install Citrix CloudGateway Express and The server where my SQL database is hosted. So I installed Citrix ClouGateway Express with a local SQL database and everything went fine. When I tried to add the store I just created on my workstation, I haven't been able to do it unless I had a https URL, I got this pop-up message : To be able to add http store URL, you need to change or create the following registry key (old Dazzle trick)