Citrix CloudGateway 2.5 – MDX 5 Comments

What about MDX ? I think this is smart move from Citrix who push toward managing Apps and native Apps deployed to the mobile devices instead of trying to fully manage the device itself. Now this technology is not mature yet and needs some time and improvement and each version is a giant step forward. I'm really looking forward what's coming and soon be announced by Citrix. Overview Full support for both personal and corporate usage (BYOD) Corporate apps and data secure even on employee-owned devices New consumer-driven devices supported immediately No risk of corporate data loss or compliance exceptions when: Device is lost or stolen or employee leaves organization Collaboration / file sharing apps used on the device Governance is built-in Policies can be updated on hundreds of apps with no requirement to change source code No requirement for developers to change the way they develop apps or learn mobile security standards What is the meaning of MDX ? Mobile Device eXperience. There are 3 key MDX technologies :   Application wrapping tool Mobile App Wrap tool runs on Mac OS X Mobile App Wrap tool for Android Beta Available Takes a pre-compiled iOS native application bundle (.IPA) as input Produces repackaged iOS application bundle with Citrix app wrapper logic inserted (.MDX) Recertifies the repacked app with using a customer provided enterprise distribution profile TIP : Where are stored IPA files on your MAC OS ? Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion: ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/ Mac OS X 10.6: ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/ Windows 7: C:\Users\Username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications\ App Preparation Tool for iOS Applications (iOS only) installation The application can be launch from the Applications within the Citrix folder Using Citrix App Preparation Tool :   And then the application is asking for an iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile and iOS Distribution Certificate If you're like me and wondering how to get this two things, here you are : iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile [link] and [link] iOS Distribution Certificate [link] This is where it hurts... to get the iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile a subscription to the iOS Developer Program is required and this is about 99$ per year. Then the deployment can be done with the AppController   and voilà ! Since there are still a lot of NDA topics about this subject and since I won't pay 99$ to Apple to write a bit more about that, that's it for now but it gives a…

myCitrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 4 Comments
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This year wasn't as surprising as it has been in the past years on the innovation and "really new stuff". Perhaps this is is because since I'm a CTP I know a lot more on Citrix plan before the announce it but I think the evolution Citrix brings into their product now will still take a year to go and be released and ready to go. Some announces are old already, many things have been announced at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco and many announces made were about products already available since couple of months. Anyway, here is my wrap up so far : ByteMobile is now part of Citrix, acquisition in july (Official Announcement here) over 6 billion mobile devices growing 50%+ mobile data is video & multimedia growth - 25x over the next 5 years This acquisition brings Citrix cloud networking convergence with mobile data a bit further. XenServer The general availability of the 6.1 released has been made one month ago (Official Announcement here) and the major features are : live storage migration batch conversion of vmware vms Citrix Cloudplatform integration XenClient XenClient Enterprise 4.5 is available now for ultrabook and after Citrix other acquisition this year (Virtual Computer) advanced set of features are coming along with this new realease : Broader hardware compatibility XenClient Enterprise is now localized VLAN tagging support External network access to Synchronizer via Citrix NetScaler SSL bridging SSL offload Windows 8 guest OS Native Windows experience A new display architecture Dual external monitors in a docking station 30% improvement in hypervisor boot time VM export support A Citrix community blog post detail every new feature released here : [click] Partnership with Microsoft is going the same weird way as it has always been :) Some numbers and information have been given during the keynote : 80% growth XenDesktop on Hyper-v Windows server 2012 with Hyper-v Improved vm density with hyper-v Windows 8 support native UI design & platform support + GoToMeeting GoToMypc ShareFile and AppDNA are supporting the new Microsoft Operating System as well Citrix Receiver for Windows 8 early release on Windows Store Here is some screenshot :   GoToMeeting HD faces now on iPad With this new release it's now possible to present with an iPad. You can also create meeting direclty from the iPad   Podio Updates and improvement to extend the work between meeting (team and customers) integration…

Citrix released few days ago the first public technical preview for Citrix ShareFile part of the Follow me Data strategy announced by Citrix CEO during last Synergy in Barcelona. You can download Windows, Mac, Android and iOS clients and register here : link Citrix acquired ShareFile last year in October 2011 (link) less than six months later we have a Technical Preview to check out. What is Citrix ShareFile ? This is an "add-on / plugin" for Citrix Receiver (iOS, Mac, Windows, Android) and it allows you to access, share centralized data and request files from all your devices. This is a "Dropbox like" but design to be enterprise ready. Citrix likes to compare ShareFile to Apple iCloud but it's not so "iCloud" because you can control what you want to share, you can easily chose what needs to be "synchronized" across all your devices. With iCloud, I know all my music is in iMatch but I would have like to keep private some of it on my computer, now everything is somewhere in the Apple iCloud... Make common data services like search, share, sync, secure, authenticate, open and preview available to a wide range of applications, services and use cases through a set of open APIs. Extend secure data sharing services to new and existing apps stored in public and private clouds and accessed from millions of different business and consumer devices. Connect data seamlessly to the way people collaborate today, ensuring that the right documents and files are always accessible when needed, and always up to date. Where my data, personal and professional are stored ? With this Technical Preview, all your files are stored "in the Cloud" within the Citrix ShareFile infrastructure. I remember what I saw last October (2011) at Synergy in Barcelona we should be able to store data in our own datacenter. I don't know any detail yet but this is the feature that will kill DropBox (for the companies that use it) Local : Yes, the data is store on you devices, Windows and Mac in a dedicated folder but not for the iOS and Android devices which you need to download every time you want to look at a ShareFile document. Datacenter : Not yet (in the Tech. Prev.) Cloud : Yes, everything is already stored within the Citrix ShareFile infrastructure I also remember this slide i saw during Mark T (Citrix…

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

Part 1/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Personal Cloud 1/3 Part 2/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Private Cloud 2/3 Part 3/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Public Cloud 3/3 Private Cloud The gateway between Public Cloud and Private Cloud is an Unified Service Broker to allow access to Windows apps and desktops, web and mobile apps, SaaS apps, Corporate and cloud data, this broker is Citrix CloudGateway. Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise for Windows apps @ desktops, Web, Saas & Data will be available at first and then Mobiles apps and 3rd party data will come soon. Citrix Cloud Gateway Express will be available for free for Windows apps & Desktops to replace the Citrix Web Interface. The upgrade from the Express edition to the Enterprise will be possible. Then an App sandbox for mobile devices is shown to give the ability to secure applications and data on every mobile devices, while being able to control (Wipe, disable) from Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise Console. Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 are pushed forward as a single product with the well know Flexcast model. Citrix Personal vDisk technology (RingCube) is announce as well : Personalized apps, data & prefs Departmental & user installed apps Single OS image management Reduce storage by 65% Personalized PC experience Citrix announcement : Citrix Extends Desktop Virtualization Leadership with Acquisition of RingCube The biggest release of HDX in Citrix history : 2x number of users on existing WAN Flash redirection 1000s of miles Local scanning and printing 6x faster Guaranteed Quality of Service Real time voice and video Windows 7 Experience for Citrix XenApp to make a server-hosted desktop personal to lower the cost and maximize the user experience. More information HERE Texas Instrument and Ncomputing have been chosen to build chips with HDX inside, system-on-a-chip. Citrix goal here is to bring HDX to the maximum number of devices. Citrix Receiver for Microsoft Windows 8 has been shown on stage with a nice Metro interface. Then Microsoft Windows 8 has been accessed remotely through HDX and XenDesktop with an impressive demo playing multi-gesture application using Metro framework. The next and last part of this blog will be about the announcement made during Citrix Synergy about Public Cloud. Next Blog : Part 3/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Public Cloud 3/3  

Citrix again made several big announcement around the Cloud Technologies. I haven't been able to fly to Barcelona this year to attend Synergy so I had to figure out how to know things without being able to go there. Citrix Synergy Live saved my Synergy :) Part 1/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Personal Cloud 1/3 Part 2/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Private Cloud 2/3 Part 3/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Public Cloud 3/3 Citrix Receiver is now compatible with 1.5 billion devices now, and there is a new version (5.0) for iPads and iPhone (iOS 5 compatibility) 50% faster app launch 40% less bandwidth Multitasking Native experience for keyboard and gesture Citrix XenDesktop is the number one product to give access to desktop virtualization, after Citrix bought Kaviza, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is now available for download here : Tech Preview (MyCitrix account required) One of the very big announcement is about App-Dna acquisition, Citrix shows how much stay focus on the application will be the most important part in xVirtualization . Citrix announcement : Citrix Accelerates Anytime, Anywhere Access with Acquisition of App-DNA Netscaler SDX is announce to be able to contain 40 instances per box (40:1) with XenServer 6 inside Citrix XenServer 6 has been announce as well will the following statement: Enhanced SR-IOV for NetScaler SDX HDX 3Pro optimizations for XenDesktop Microsoft System Center Integration Citrix partnership with Cisco is extended to another level New multi-year strategic alliance Focused on innovation from desktop to cloud First delivery from new alliance - optimizing the Cisco network for Citrix HDX New Cisco endpoints with embedded Receiver Mark Templeton leverages consumerization with BYO-3 (3 devices per user), Post-PC, Three-PC (Personal Cloud, Private Cloud and Public Cloud) moving from PC-era to Cloud-era. He also spoke about TCO / TVO (same as in Synergy San Francisco) Then Mark T. spoke about data, apps, preferences, location, devices and friends and give a seamless access and define it >> mobile workstyle. Personal Cloud ShareFile is a new product introduce by Citrix to being able to share files while keeping security and confidentiality. It look like a Microsoft Outlook plugin and a desktop widget, iPad application (Windows, Mac and Linux) seeing the demo, it look like a more visual-user-friendly Dropbox with a completely customizable web interface for everyone. Send, request & share files within Microsoft Outlook Mobile - your data from all your devices Desktop widget &…

Citrix Summit is over, now Citrix Synergy takes place, I attended several very interesting sessions : Spotlight on the desktop virtualization startups (GSL!) with Simon Bramfitt Virtual Reality Check phase IV: best practices for virtualizing Terminal Server and desktop workloads (GSL!) with Ruben Spruijt and Jeroen van de Kamp Getting from "Wow to How", Part 1&2: Designing an architecture for desktop transformation that can adapt and scale with Daniel Feller, Florian Becker and Douglas Demskis. Terminal Server vs. VDI: 2011 edition (GSL!) with Brian Madden and of course the Keynote with many cloud-ouncement delivered by Mark T, many announcement, mostly around network products line I made a list of the essential point shown today : Kaviza is now a part of Citrix The partnership with Microsoft is stronger, with the full integration with App-V and System Center VMM, with HDX supporting remote FXand with Hyper-V SP1 supporting 40% more VMs. In Microsoft System Center, a new XenApp connector, updated management packs, SCOM : Monitor and manage XenApp, XenDesktop & NetScaler. XenServer management by managing both Hyper-V and XenServer VMs in a single console. And the v-alliance (Microsoft and Citrix) GoToMeeting HD Faces : Multistream HD 1920x960, 6 ways video and the public beta is available today HERE XenClient 2 is official now, is available today as well, Express Edition / Tech Preview and you can grab it HERE, XenClient 2 is : 3x expanded hardware compatibility, Expanded graphic support, Production scale Synchronizer, simplified user experience XenClient XT has been announce as well, this version is build to support, Extreme security / Extreme isolation / Extreme performance A new Receiver for iPad with the following specs : Simpler self-service user experience, Fast app switching (that's totally cool), Higher resolution desktop (1600x1200), Improved bluetooth keyboard support, Store configuration auto-discovery, faster graphics & 40% less bandwidth, Accelerated video performance, Double pass encryption of passwords, Jailbreak detection (WTF?) A new Receiver for the web, for all the web browsers. There is also a new Receiver for Windows Tech Preview available HERE GoToManage for iPad to support physical & virtual desktops from anywhere, Remotely manage networks and servers, Free for individual IT pros, easy upgrade path for expanded usages & features available soon... NetScaler Cloud Gateway to aggregate, orchestrate, deliver all Saas, web and Windows apps The Follow-me data across devices is a kind of Citrix DropBox attached to the receiver, the idea is to…

This is the idea I have from time to time, and maybe Citrix are already on it, but I wanted to share this because you might want to add your own ideas to the list. Synergy in San Francisco is very soon, it might be the right time to come to some of the product managers and exchange about some of these items. XenCenter Console for iPad (and iPhone ?) XenCenter Console for Mac OSx XenServer statistics in EdgeSight Background customization back in the Citrix Receiver for iPad Free move and placement of shortcuts back in the Citrix Receiver for iPad Capacity and Power Management for vSphere and Hyper-V Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 support for EdgeSight XenClient support for MacBook hardware XenDesktop Offline Desktop in XenClient That's it for today, but I'm sure I will have some more idea very soon... I'll update this blog then.

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