Post Citrix Synergy / E2Evc Dublin 2016 20 Comments

May and June are very busy with conferences every years, this year was no exception. Attending this kind of event is very important for the kind of work we are doing. Knowing what's happening in the technology world and keeping touch with all the people willing to share their knowledge and experiences have always been very useful to gather 6 months of information in only few days. Citrix Synergy 2016 - Las Vegas First thing first, Citrix Synergy in Las vegas ! As a CTP, Synergy always have a special flavour because I get to know so many things from Citrix my brain is melting for 48hours and I need few days to digest everything :) This year Citrix made several announcement and beside the usual renaming and marketing bullshit, if I had one announcement to keep, that would be the Microsoft thing. Many people I met asked me about that, what do I think and what should we need to read between the line. My answer had been direct and surprise some of you :) I think Microsoft understand the value Citrix will add to accelerate the adoption of VDI (ie Windows 10 in Azure) The protocol, the acceleration the experience Citrix will bring is obvious. Are we tending toward a Windows 365 product ? The answer is as simple as a yes. A lot of Citrix Partner have been confused with this announcement, and we can easily understand why as Citrix is taking this part of business away from certain partner mouth. Of course it's not yet publicly said and it will maybe never be ;) Citrix need to make things clear for everyone and give customers and partners the big picture, one day or another. What I read between the line is Citrix and Microsoft announce they will be the only one to deliver Windows 10 in a DaaS mode and only in Azure, it is true indeed, they will be the only one but only for few months. Give some time to Vmware, Oracle or whatever company forced to deliver Windows 2012r2 desktop as a Service because of Microsoft licensing limitation, few anti-trust trial and Windows 365 Windows 10 will be available from everyone, everywhere. Another thing about the Microsoft Citrix thingy to understand is some of Citrix products overlap on Microsoft ones. As Citrix already got rid of many products, I think we will see in the…

VDI, ok ? What’s next ? 58 Comments

This blog is a follow up to the discussion we had in Vienna during the Geek Speak session at E2E event. I had to leave to catch my flight back to France but this discussion was very interesting and I though about it during all my travel time... I'm still on it writing this blog VDI, Desktops... Shared, remote, dedicated, pooled and/or virtual VDI gives the possibility to deliver desktops to everyone, everywhere. Let's say it, in most of the company, users still needs a desktop, a Microsoft desktop; why's that ? Just because they are used to access a Microsoft Windows desktop at home and during the last 20 years we didn't deliver application using another way. Desktop rules the application access, at least until 3/4 years ago when smart phone, tablet / iPad came to everyone's life and change Microsoft Desktop user's life by accessing directly an application. Everyone is getting used to access applications without going through a Microsoft Windows desktop and I think that will change a lot of things within 5 years regarding the way we deliver an environment to our users. Desktop vs Application Why are we accessing a desktop today ? Mainly to open application and being able to switch from a windows to another, copy and past between applications etc. Going from this statement, which I think everyone will agree, why do we need this layer (Microsoft Desktop) to access applications ? As I mentioned before, we have habits and we are used to open our application through a Microsoft Desktop, I remember tried to publish an Internet Explorer few years ago on thin client, on the Web Interface, only application were published, no desktop at all; we had to fall back and published a desktop again because user experience was different, users we used to click to switch between applications instead of using alt-tab key. The amount of memory we tried to save by not publishing a desktop was quiet a lot and as we had to give a desktop back, we had to calcul again all the memory consume per user for a desktop and add more servers according to our results. As you can notice in the graph above, the difference between a seamless published Excel 2010 and a desktop (XenApp 6.5 with Excel 2010) is double. As we needed to publish desktop instead of only using published application, we had…

E2E Vienna, May 2012 14 Comments

This event have been great, this is always so nice to meet so many brilliant people from all around the world, this event is definitely my favorite one ! This is a small event, everyone can take his own place and participate to the discussion, during the session, between and after. This is what I love, sharing and learn while have a lot of fun. Presentation were very good, wonderful content and very nice evening every time. For those who attended my session, you can now download the slide deck here (you need to be registered user) : Next event is plan to be in November 2 to 4 in Hamburg, Germany. I'll be there for sure !  

Update : You can download my slide deck to have all the information you wanted to have (URLs, Registry keys etc...) E2E What's new in XenApp 6.5 - Impact in production env.   Next E2E event will be in Vienna, Austria the 25th, 26th and 27th of May 2012 ---- E2E is a great community conference around virtualization biggest actor on the international market, I have speaking engagement with Neil Spellings about Citrix XenApp 6.5, come and enjoy ! This presentation is about Citrix XenApp 6.5 new features and what it can bring to a real life production environment. Alex Juschin, internationally recognized Virtualization Expert, Microsoft MVP and Citrix CTP for the last 6 years, invites you to join the next “E2E Virtualization Conference 2011 London” in London Docklands, UK - November 18-20, 2011 in Novotel Hotel @ExCel. While the Agenda has yet to be finished it already contains over 35 Sessions on most actual topics like XenApp 6.5, XenServer 6, XenDesktop 5.5, Hyper-V v.3, ESXi 5 and many other topic's! Plus, as usual, great networking possibility with virtualization folks from all over Europe and US. Register today as there are just few places left www.e2evc.com E2E Virtualization Conference Agenda

... But only this time ! Due to personal reasons (some of you know me personally, so you might know why) I won't be able to to to Citrix Synergy in Barcelona. I'm very disappointed I was so eager to exchange with all of you about different technologies, new versions, features and architectures... My company (Activlan) will be in Synergy, 5 of us will make the trip and will be available to share and exchange with you all. It promise to be a great event, I'll watch everything I can on Synergy live broadcast. My next appearance will at at E2E London 2011, probably presenting Citrix XenApp 6.5 in November 2011. and many other places like, Citrix Expert day in Paris, Recontre des Virtualisations etc...

Last week, Alexander Jushin asked me if I would be ok to make a 45mns presentation at PubForum event in Dublin, I answer without hesitation yes and here we are on the way to build a new presentation focused on Citrix Provisioning Services. I like this product and I like to share my everyday work experiences. This presentation will be focus on the experience I got from the field and from all the best practices / tips I know can make the difference during a deployment. My session will take place on Saturday 14th of May 2011 at 15:00 in the room 2 (Be careful with the agenda slide'n drift :) ) Here is an extract from what I've plan to deliver : Citrix Provisioning Services – Technical Overview - by Stephane Thirion, France Citrix Provisioning Services has been update to a new version at the end of 2010, new features have been added (and removed) This session will bring an insight on the new features with a  “real life” production experience. Architecture point of view XenDesktop related : MCS vs PVS overview ? Should you virtualize PVS ? PVS Automation / industrialization, why and how ? Best Practices and Tuning Tips PVS You can read the full agenda here : http://www.pubforum.info/pubforum/Agenda.aspx I'm sure many of you already have some questions or/and would like to ear about a specific PVS subject, you can send me by email or by commenting this blog what you would like to know or understand, I'll integrate your request in this presentation. Here are the main reasons why it is a very good Idea to attend PubForum! PubForum Conference is a non-commercial event, which is a very cost efficient and a highly effective way to gain the best Citrix, Microsoft and other companies virtualisation products knowledge, as well to receive the best vendor and independent expert's training. It is also a chance to meet many independent industry experts, who are also attending the event and the ability to talk directly to the vendors support engineers in a non-formal atmosphere. Presenters and Trainers at PubForum include world recognized names in the field of Virtualization - those are Microsoft Most Valued Professionals, Citrix Technology Professionals and escalation Engineers from EMEA/Worldwide headquarters from  companies like AppSense, Citrix, Jetro, 2X, Microsoft, RES and other. Attendees learn the best practices on how to run projects, implement, troubleshoot, plan, optimize and…

PubForum is a nice true event, this is where I can find the best content about things I maybe don't have time to get in touch with. You can meet great people, socialize a lot and fill your brain with cool content. The first day at PubForum had interesting nice topics : Virtualization Oracle - the one from the field presented by Shaw Bass Access Gateway 5 the first step into the future of Access Gateway presented by Jay Tomlin User Virtualization with AppSense presented by Bas Bremmer and Danny O'Connor User Profiles Indide Out presented by Helge Klein Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 : featuring Hyper-V Dynamic Memory presented by Aidan Finn And a session about Citrix new cloud products, I'll come back on this one in a dedicated post. As you can see topics are pretty cool and pretty straight forward / technical, the second day will be very cool as well, I encourage you to come to this event next year this is a great resource for technical content and mind sharing about virtualization.