Here we are, first Summit day of two dedicated to partners. There will be some big announcement and this is the time I can enjoy technical hand on labs, networking 200% and exchange about technology and concepts. I went to two sessions today, the first one was about the new XenApp (Code Name IronCove) migration tool and I'm glad to see everything I've been doing with Powershell scripts is now incorporated in a nice GUI and shipped with the upcoming XenApp 6.5 version. I make a short description list bellow and I will download and try it as soon as it's available to public. Migrate all the settings from a farm to another Need to create Configuration Logging Database after the migration process Citrix WebInterface 5.4 leverage the application flow migration WorkerGroups Mapping System path problem (32/64bit program files and program files (x86) supported during the migration And more stuff but I didn't have wifi during the session :) The Configuration Management has been re-branded as well with some more option, which make more sense. The second session was Reference Architecture and design principles for large scale hosting, it was interesting to learn how Citrix is sharing this information and I was very surprise to see I used the same way on the last big architecture project I've been working on, even the architecture design schema look a bit like the one I did a month ago :) This kind of session give some ideas for the next project and even if I don't agree on everything, the overall Citrix products allow to distribute all kind of desktop with security and flexibility. Then it was time for the Keynote, I will make it short, the big announcement is : Citrix acquired Kaviza. The v-consultants, analysts or other member of the v-community saw it coming, I think this is a real strategic move from Citrix and it will definitly bring VDI on another dimension. VDI is becoming mainstream and Kaviza (part of Citrix System now) will help a lot. The second day of Citrix Summit has been a session day for me, running everywhere, grabbing something to eat and try to get as much information as possible before the party night

The second day was for me about technical stuffs in the morning and more oriented sales in the afternoon. I wan to attend some technical event as TechEdge ones because we always learning, even a small details from the editor, and I needed to go to sales because I'm very often in the front line trying to sell vendor's solutions. So here is bellow my schedule for yesterday : Schedule for Tuesday, May 11 6:30 am- 7:30 am Breakfast (Marriott/Hilton) 7:00 am- 8:30 am Breakfast (Moscone West, 3rd Floor) 8:00 am- 8:50 am SUM301 – Debugging a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environment Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2003-2005 9:00 am- 9:50 am SUM302 – Troubleshooting XenDesktop deployments Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2003-2005 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM118 – Grow your NetScaler business by targeting new use cases Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2014 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM108 – Generate new revenue by upgrading Secure Gateway to Access Gateway VPX Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Networking Meeting with xxxx, Serge RAJEVIC Level 2 Foyer, Table A1 1:30 pm- 2:20 pm SUM203 – The power of FlexCast delivery: any desktop to any user Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 2:30 pm- 3:20 pm SUM103 – Drive desktop virtualization sales with a smart strategy Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 3:30 pm- 4:20 pm SUM214 – Build a site recovery demo from start to finish in one breakout session Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2007,2009,2020,2022 4:30 pm- 6:45 pm SYN501L – Geek Speak Tonight! Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2000-2002 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Synergy Welcome Reception Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 1 TechEdge : Debugging Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp was interesting nothing new about XenApp, some useful information but that's it. Putting everyone who attended this session at the same level of understanding is nearly impossible, 25 first minutes are to explain a classic architecture and 25 to speak about debugging tools, not in deep. Some highlight for this session : Most common problem, VDA Registration, to debug : XDPing to check the time sync issues Check port connectivity (telnet XDPing, CtxPrtChk) Check RSOP for AD inconsistencies Check the event Viewver Capture remote CDF trace with CDF Control VDA connectivity problems Leverage XDPing (CTX123278) to rule out common causes Capture remote CDF Trace Check for display driver switching…

First day is over and I will report about session what I attended yesterday. My schedule was light compare to what I will attend today, the second day : 10:00 am-10:50 am SUM207 – The technology behind XenClient and the XenClient VM Synchronizer Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2008,2010,2012 11:00 am-11:50 am SUM206 – Management, simplified – with XenApp Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 1:00 pm- 1:50 pm SUM201 – Migration from physical PCs to XenDesktop: a technical overview Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2004-2006 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm SUM502 – EMEA Partner Forum Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2008,2010,2012 The most important session for me was the first one about XenClient and the XenClient VM Synchronizer, I wrote a blog about that and I really can't wait to be able to download this "new toy". Then the second session of the day was about Citrix XenApp6 combine with Microsoft SCVMM. For all partner, at least in EMEA, this is something déjà vue, there are white papers and technical guides about that and I won't write too long about this subject (maybe a full blog about that) The third one was about the migration from physicals devices to XenDesktop. This was interesting to give the basics and know how don't blow a XenDesktop project by forgetting the basics of this kind of project. This was very simplified because there was only 50 minutes but the big steps were here. The opening keynote was ok, Mr Templeton thanks all the partners which make Citrix what they are today, there is a lot of money on the table to save all the people and buy us a green suite :) The Gartner point of view about desktop virtualization was very interesting, I took a lot of information from there. At the end of the day, the EMEA Partner forum was lead by Mr Scott R. Herren (Very nice to meet him and exchange a bit about french market) and remind everyone 2009 was a disaster until the last quarter and XenDesktop 4 saved Citrix from a lot of troubles. Very large XenDesktop deals (largest maybe) came out at the end of 2009. Then a welcome party in a museum, with a lot a funny things around, and I finally met Sir David McGeough from Citrix Readiness, It was a real please and I'm very glad to met…