Citrix Receiver 11.9.0 for Mac color issue 12 Comments
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I had this weird issue on my iMac 27" running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with the Citrix Receiver 11.9.0 while installing it. The color of my Windows 8.1 published desktop went really weird : On the left this is my desktop with Citrix Receiver 11.8 and on the right Citrix Receiver 11.9, this is really weird and resizing, full screen or not, the color remain degraded. So I posted on Citrix's forums and I got very quickly an answer from Dustin Norman [link] To make it quick a change in the Citrix Receiver config file needs to be done. You need to edit and change the line in the [WFClient] section And then, here you go, everything is back to normal. vd3d is the component for Aero redirection, I don't fully catch what is the impact to disable it, I need to check it a bit further to fully understand.

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…

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…

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.

Since I have my Apple computer, I needed to learn some basics like new shortcuts : Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard In Leopard, the following keys can be held down while selecting an area (via Command-Shift-4 or Command-Control-Shift-4): Space, to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves Shift, to resize only one edge of the selected region Option, to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point To burn an ISO file : Insert a blank disc. Start Disk Utility. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file. Select it. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions. Very good and useful tool : http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/french/onyx_snowleopard.html website is in french but the software in English. Here’s a list of system start-up hot keys to press while Mac OS X is booting, and their various effects: C – Boot from a CD/DVD T – Boot in Target Disk mode (FireWire only) N – Boot from an attached network server (NetBoot mode) X – Attempt to force Mac OS X to boot Shift – Boot up in ‘Safe Mode’ which has limited functionality Command+V – Boot into Verbose mode Command+S – Boot in Single user mode

In this post I explain how I tried to troubleshoot this issue, if you need the solution, go at the end of this post. My company (Activlan) had to renew our certificate installed on our Citrix Secure Gateway 3.1.3. As you might know, Citrix has issued some virtual appliance and I had to chose between, Citrix Access Gateway 4.6.2 VPX and Netscaller VPX Express (Free !). My choice was to integrate a Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) mainly because we are using other product to manage VPN to all our customers and I wanted to install what I needed, nothing less, nothing more. So here we go, I got my xva file from MyCitrix account and I just deploy it on our XenServer, very easy, very simple, just some clicks. Once installed and basics configuration set, I had to generate the CSR (Certificate Signing Request) and wait for Verisign to send me the certificate I had to use with the CAG. This was a big adventure and of course I should have read the manual before, and configuration isn't so easy but I guess when you do it all day long you begin to know everything and I can say now, I know how to troubleshoot a CAG from the client side to the Web Interface. This error I got with my Mac didn't show up on my Windows computers. In fact Apple doesn't have a very big list of root certificate install on their OS compare to Windows. Here is the error message I got when I wanted to launch published application (XenApp). I was able to login in the CAG and the Web Interface as well, but not able to launch application. SSL Error 61: You have not chosen to trust "Verisign Class 3 Secure Server CA - G2", the issuer of the server's security certificate. Error number: 183 Sexy message, isn't it ? After searching around a bit I found this thread on Citrix's forums : http://forums.citrix.com/message.jspa?messageID=447656 everything went clear, I didn't had the root certificate on my computer to validate my brand new certificate from Verisign... So I tried to find how to get these root certificates, especially Verisign Class 3 Secure Server CA - G2, the one I needed. I found this Verisign address http://www.verisign.com/repository/roots/pca_certificate.html where you just have to fill a form to get a zip with everything what you might need : As you…

This update has been released and is quite big, almost 500Mb (!) The 10.6.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes for: an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly a graphics distortion in Safari Top Sites Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts a problem that prevented authenticating as an administrative user issues when using NTFS and WebDAV file servers the reliability of menu extras an issue with the 4-finger swipe gesture an issue that causes Mail to quit unexpectedly when setting up an Exchange server Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing a problem adding images to contacts in Address Book an issue that prevented opening files downloaded from the Internet Safari plug-in reliability general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3874. For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

So I got my new computer, a Mac, yes I step in, first because i'm curious and second because I need a Mac environment to develop some Iphone applications and I was tired to fight to install Snow Leopard on regular computer. I gave my Asus Eeepc 1000HE to my mum so I needed to buy a new computer. I choose a MacBook Unibody, the new one with 2gb of ram, as soon as I got it I installed Windows 7 with bootcamp on it and I wanted to make some new VM to work but 2gb memory was clearly not enought. So I bought 2x2gb OCZ (OCZ SO-DIMM DDR3 2 x 2 Go PC8500) and open my MacBook to change that : There are 8 screws to open this computer : The I add to unclip the back, and it came by itself, now you can see the hard drive and memory module above These are the Samsung memory module The second one is under The new ones in their package Here we go It fits :) And this is it, putting back the bottom of the MacBook and boot the computer up [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL-4aYu3ioI]