Citrix License Server 11.10 installation hang 7 Comments

I had to update a Windows 2003 - Citrix License Server at one customer place and I wasn't ready for that... For the first time of my Citrix life I had to troubleshoot an upgrade process.... I have try to uninstall / install, update nothing allowed me to complete the installation of the Citrix License Server 11.10 on a Windows 2003 server... The installation was just stuck and never ended the installation process. So I had to understand why this installation was stuck, in the event log I had this message : "A provider, Citrix_GTLicensingProv, has been registered in the WMI namespace, Root\CitrixLicensing, to use the LocalSystem account. This account is privileged and the provider may cause a security violation if it doe not correctly impersonate user requests." Weird message and I'm not sure it's related to the installation issue I have so I chose to use the good old msiexec command line to enable verbose logfile of the installation process : And surprisingly I got useful information ! The installer wasn't able to process the creation of a service (sc.exe command) and I found this Microsoft Security Bulletin : MS09-012 The I downloaded the KB956572 and installed it on the License Server. Then the installation went fine... I lost half of a day trying to understand what was wrong... Resources : MS09-012 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (959454) Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB956572) Citrix License Server 11.10 download Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (959454)

Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.1) Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.2) Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.3) A new release of Citrix XenApp is available for download, this is a Tech Preview of Citrix XenApp 6.5, code name "Iron Cove", you can download it HERE (MyCitrix account required) This version of XenApp is part of Desktop Virtualization Tech Preview available at the same address. Here is what's new in this release : Server Platform Support The XenApp Technical Preview software can be installed on the following platforms. For all system requirements, see System Requirements. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Windows Server 20008 R2 Service Pack 1 Windows Desktop Experience Integration Installed by default when installing the XenApp server role, this feature provides a Windows 7 look and feel including desktop customization. PowerShell script options enable administrators to control desktop and environment defaults while allowing end users to customize their desktops.When installed and enabled, this feature also removes the Windows Server Manager Console from the XenApp server's toolbar and relocates the Citrix XenApp administrative tools such as the AppCenter to the Start menu's Administrative Tools\Citrix folder. See Delivering XenApp to Software Services Subscribers for more information. Citrix AppCenter The AppCenter provides a streamlined interface for performing management functions. From the AppCenter, you can manage components administered through other Citrix products, such as Citrix Secure Access and Citrix Single Sign-On. For Citrix XenApp, you can configure and monitor servers, server farms, published resources, and sessions. Session Prelaunch, Session Linger, and Fast Reconnect This collection of features improves the user experience by eliminating delays when launching and maintaining sessions. By using configurable Session Prelaunch policy settings, a session is started automatically when a user logs on to the farm. By implementing Session Linger policy settings, sessions remain alive for a configurable period before termination, rather than terminating when users close applications.Fast Reconnect, built into XenApp Technical Preview and requiring no configuration, helps minimize delays when users reconnect to existing sessions. Citrix HDX Enhancements This XenApp Technical Preview includes the latest HDX enhancements: HDX MediaStream Flash Redirection Audio Settings Multimedia Conferencing with HDX RealTime Increased 2D and 3D Application Scalability and Performance Prioritized Network Traffic Dynamic Windows Preview Support Migration Center with Graphical User Interface With the choice of using a PowerShell cmdlet command line or graphical user interface, XenApp administrators can import application, folder, server…

Now the final release of XenServer 5.5 is available for download ( with you MyCitrix account ) I had to upgrade my XenServer 5.5 beta 1 to this new release. My first step was to download all iso files and XenCenter 5.5, the I began with and upgrade of XenCenter, and the problem I had once everything was install, that didn't work... The XenCenter console disn't show up, the I choose to uninstall everything and delete the folder in "c:\program files\Citrix\XenCenter" and proceed the setup again. It did the trick. Then I was able to use this console to shutdown all the virtual computers, and then you can watch this quikc video to check what's happen during an upgrade of XenServer, it's quite simple but if you don't have the opportunity to see it at least you'll know how it looks like. [flash medium=7]

This video shows how to install Citrix XenDesktop 3 on Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 SP2. I was very surprise at first because I wasn't able to install Citrix XenDesktop 3 on Microsoft Windows 2008 (?!) This product is less than one week old and Microsoft Windows 2008 is not supported yet. In this video, I show how to install Microsoft SQL Express 2005 then Citrix XenDesktop 3. The next step will be as follow : How to install the Desktop Receiver. How to use Citrix XenDesktop 3 with Provisioning Server 5 and XenServer 5 or VMWare ESX. How to intergrate Portable Profile 2 with Citrix XenDesktop 3. Clik on continue reading to wath the video. [flash medium=5]

Now we know how to install Citrix Provisioning Server 5 on Windows 2008 ( Citrix Provisioning Server 5 on Windows 2008 ) and how to deploy the 'client' on a target device (  ) we need to know to learn how everything works together. This video shows how to configure Citrix Provisioning Server 5 and  how to create the first template then build a virtual hard disk from scratch and share it for 2 or more Virtual Machine.  If you want to use your Citrix Provisioning Server, you need to complete the two previous steps and have a Citrix Licence Server runing with proper licences. Click on continue reading to watch the video [flash medium=4] Next step, try to make everything work with XenDesktop 3 :)

Now the Citrix Provisioning Server 5 is install and running, the next step is to deploy the Target Device Client on a machine and I will show you this very simple and basic installation in the next video with a Microsoft Windows XP computer. The next step after this installation is to show you how Citrix Provisioning Server is working, the basics. [flash medium=3]

This quick installation will provide you the ability to test the product and run all the test you need to understand the way Provioning Server can change your point of view on provioning workstations and / or servers. This is a stand alone installation, which mean everything is install on the same server, DHCP, Pxe Boot, SQL Database, and TFTP server. No Active Directory interaction and no impact on the PRODUCTION network (be carefull to work in a separate VLan or on a close network. At first you need to download Citrix Provisioning Server 5 here, after you need to download and install Microsoft Framework 3.5Sp1 from here, and optionaly, download and install Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 from here. The video begin after the installation of the Framework 3.5Sp1. The first step in the video is the installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, you'll find it with the Citrix Provisioning Server installation files. Click on Continue to Read to watch the video. [flash]

Installing Citrix XenApp is very easy but you have to know some tips before running an installation of this product. First you begin with a clean Windows 2008, up2date. The you'll have to install Java JRE 1.6.0_05 then install the framework .net 3.5 and after you can install Visual C++ runtimes located on the DVD of XenApp 5 (in \support\vcredist x86 and x64) and you'll maybe need to install Microsoft Primary Interoperability Assembly 2005 located on the DVD too (in \Administration\Access Management Console\Setup\vs_piaredist.exe) Of course you need to have a licence server and think about the way you want to create (or join) an existing farm and the way you will build your datastore before. There is three easy way, local access database, with the SQLExpress localted on the DVD (in \Support\SqlExpress_2005_SP2) or a SQL Database. Then you're ready to go. Click on continue reading to watch the video [flash]

This short video was made to help begginner or people who want to know a bit more about this Citrix product. This is a very simple way to install Citrix Edegesight 5.01 on a Windows 2003 server. What you need to set up before is IIS role install on the server and a SQL database. I have try with SQL Express 2005 Adv edition but it wasn't possible to finish the installation. I'll try to find out about this issue (-2147217900 error) Edit 01 dec 2008: SQL Express is not supported by Citrix but it works. EdgeSight 5.01 on a W2K8 Server with SQL2008 with Advanced Services work, you just have to give the correct ReportServer URL wich is for SQL Express: http://%servername%/ReportServer_SQLEXPRESS (Tip from Pierre) Anyway, check this video, click on continue reading... [flash]