Official announcement : Citrix CTP appointment (English) Annonce Officielle : Nomination Citrix CTP (Français) I feel very proud and I'm very honored being selected to receive a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. I've always looked all the former CTPs thinking they were great and at the same time thinking I will maybe be among them one day. This is the result of hard work and a lot of shared knowledge. Everything became possible because my company (Activlan) is the greatest one to work in and allow me such freedom to do what I love in my work. Activlan always supported me in all the action and makes me travel all around the world to meet all of you and share information and knowledge. Citrix gave me the opportunity to work several time with them at different level and I deeply appreciate that as well, Education, Consulting, Speaking engagement, I'm very proud to have this bond between our two companies and the trust which is going on. Thanks to Laura Whalen, Serge Rajevic and all people who always push me to go forward in life. Official announcement : http://blogs.citrix.com/2012/03/23/meet-our-newest-citrix-technology-professionals-ctps-3/

I updated last week my lab at home : XenServer 6.0 to XenServer 6.0.2 Provisioning Services 6.0 to Provisioning Services 6.1 and XenDesktop 5.5 to XenDesktop 5.6 Everything went well for XenDesktop, update was smooth and VDA update was successful and simple as well. I did the setup of Personal vDisk successfully and it worked without doing anything specific. Then I wanted to built a new Windows 7 golden image to take a fresh start and install the less application possible, this is when I began to have an issue with Personal vDisk : Startup failed Personal vDisk failed to start because the snapshot inventory has not been updated. Update the inventory then try again. Status code: 15 Error code: 0x0 Alright, I had a freshWindows 7 VM updated to the last Microsoft patches with Acrobat Reader installed, PVS Target Device, Citrix Profile Management, EdgeSight and XenTools... Every time I was creating a new vDisk using Imaging Wizard, the operation was successful but all the VMs I tried to launch after had this issue... I got the log files to try to understand what was wrong by clicking on the collect logs button : I got a zip file containing PvDSvc.log.txt, PvDWMI.log.txt and SysVol-lvmSupervisor.log, I will just past an excerpt here : Clearly with the SysVol-lvmSupervisor.log file, something was wrong... It took me some time to figure out what could be wrong. I just noticed every time I wanted to use Imaging Wizard, when the VM needed to reboot to load the vDisk and boot, before restarting the Personal vDisk inventory manager was launch and requested to be updated... So I did the update but at every reboot the same pop-up came again and again... I went to read the "manual" : To update master images that use personal vDisks You enable the personal vDisk feature for use with a master image when you install the Virtual Desktop Agent. During the installation procedure and after any update to the image after installation, it is important that the disk's inventory is refreshed and a new snapshot is created. This procedure describes the required steps. Because administrators, not users, manage master images, if you install an application that places binary files in the administrator's user profile, the application is not available to users of shared virtual desktops (including those based on pooled catalogs and pooled with personal vDisk catalogs). Users must install…

My XenServer lab has been updated / upgraded, XenDesktop is now 5.6, XenServer 6.0.2 and Provisioning Services is 6.1 now. I had one issue with this last one, I wasn't able to create a new golden image for my brand new XenDesktop 5.6 setup... I was able to create the new VHD through the PVS Wizard but once the VM rebooted the connection to the VHD wasn't initialized... I knew it was a network issue but I had to remember a very old issue I had with PVS 4 or early 5... First you need to uninstall XenTools and the PVS Target Device agent. Reboot and install XenTools. After you have installed the XenTools and rebooted your Windows VM you need to do the following: Type in a command prompt Then type Start DEVMGMT.MSC,  click in the View menu, and then chose Show Hidden Devices. Expand the Network Adapters tree and right-click the dimmed network adapter, to uninstall it