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) With Windows 2008 and after, Remote Desktop Services included a new way to disable logon on the machine (check this article to read more about it and thanks to Laurent Falguière) the classic way when disabling logon is always bringing problems when a user tried to launch his disconnected application hosted on a disable server... Now you can manage this behavior : Allow logons and reconnections. Enable all logons, reconnections, and session sharing (default setting). Prohibit logons and reconnections. Reroute all logons, reconnections, and session sharing to other servers. Prohibit logons only. Reroute new connections and session sharing, but allowing users to reconnect to disconnected sessions. This state persists until you change it manually. Prohibit logons until server restart. Reroute new connections and session sharing, as above, but after restarting the server, the setting automatically changes back to Allow logons and reconnections. Coming with this XenApp preview, you can find in the ISO file a new Citrix EdgeSight version, 5.4 S540 Tech Preview. Since my XenServer @ home just came back to life, I didn't had time to go very deep with this new EdgeSight release, here are so far what I noticed : EdgeSight 5.4 support Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 The new EdgeSight for XenApp client version is 5.4.0.5094 Tech Preview, only for XenApp 6 and XenApp 6.5 Older client version doesn't seem to work (my XenDesktop VMsare not showing up in EdgeSight console) EdgeSight 5.4 seems to integrate IPv6 parameters Some new options, like exporting licenses usage to a file (It doesn't work yet...) A great tool very under rated I think, this is XenApp Power and Capacity Management. This tool is going from version 1 to version 2.1. This tool helps you to switch on and off your XenApp servers regarding a load you configured within PCM console. You can read XenApp Power and Capacity Management with provisioned machines blog post I made last year. The console doesn't change at all, except in the Machine Manager (Connection to the hypervizor) where you can now use and connect XenApp PCM with Hyper-V, SCVMM and ESX with vCenter ! Now XenApp PCM is open to all big hypervizor on the market, I will implement it every time I'll have a new XenApp architecture to deliver…

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) In this blog, I will cover the new features, some are visual, some are not, I would like to go deeper on those change but I cannot find a lot of detailed information about Multi-Stream technology for example, I think I need to catch up with he product designer to know everything about everything. There are a lot of cool stuff and you need to think what it can bring you regarding your production, real life, experience. First, when you're done with the installation, when you check what's in the start menu, you will find some new items : Citrix Receiver is installed by default Application Definition Tool is installed by default as well The new migration tool Citrix XenApp Migration Center And Citrix AppCenter, the new name for the Citrix Delivery Service Console The new management console name is now Citrix AppCenter, it's shorter than Citrix Delivery Service Console but it remain the same look and feel, by using it, I think it's a faster than the previous one : A number of PowerShell scripts are installed by default but not run to make the published desktop look like a Windows 7 desktop. You can find the script here : "C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\App Delivery Setup Tools\New-CtxManagedDesktopGPO.ps1" Ensure to follow the next step if you want to try it : Run the New-CtxManagedDesktopGPO.ps1 script at the PowerShell command line. This script creates the following GPOs: CtxStartMenuTaskbarUser enables the Windows 7 look and feel for published desktops. It also changes the pinned shortcuts on the Taskbar and configures the user's Start menu to match the Windows 7 environment. This GPO includes a script that executes when a user logs on to the server for the first time. To ensure the script executes correctly, the PowerShell execution policy on the server must be set to AllSigned. CtxPersonalizableUser configures the user account that is accessing the XenApp server. It configures Windows policies to limit the available Control Panel applets and restricts users from installing programs, viewing properties, scheduling tasks, or shutting down the server. CtxRestrictedUser includes most of the policies from the CtxPersonalizableUser GPO. Additionally, this GPO configures the Desktop wallpaper policy to prevent users from personalizing their desktops and prevents users from modifying settings for the Start menu…