Microsoft Office (Exchange) 365 – RDSH Myth 20 Comments

For many years now, the everything in cloud is happening more and more, among all the services / software available as a services, most of the vendor are promising a cheaper way to manage their software and a much more simple way to manage it.. I know some of you will disagree with what I writing about and some will agree, this is a view from my experience on the field :) A couple of weeks ago I launched a small poll on Twitter asking this question : "Why Do you think companies are moving to Exchange 365 ?" Here are the results : "It's less complex" won the poll follow by "it's a fashion" and then "it's cheaper"... I tend to agree with everything here, because if you get rid of a complete Exchange infrastructure with all the people you need to architecture and manage it, it will be cheaper and less complex for sure ! But this is just a dream without complexity of companies and without user's usage of their Outlook. What I try to point here is : Moving to Exchange 365 is not as easy as it seems, some company do have a "basic" Outlook / Exchange usage and it won't bring issues but most of the companies I saw have had issue because Microsoft and Microsoft's Partner did not capture the way users were used to work with their Outlook mail software. The picture above is the "put everything into the Cloud, you will save money" ideal. This ideal is true and can be reached when you know your users work habits and already have an organised mail infrastructure. But this ideal can be easily broken If it looks easy on the paper or in a Powerpoint presentation, simple things can break this kind of project into pieces and make it fails.. How ? Here is a list (to be completed :D ) Outlook plugins Online Mode RDSH environment Bad Architecture decision / Consulting ... ... Outlook plugins is the work enemy of the Cloudification because it means in 90% of the case you'll be forced to keep Outlook mail client, it's a road block for OWA adoption... Once you're stuck with the Outlook mail client, you need to deal with the Online or Cache mode with Exchange 365... Piece of cake right ? Workstation / Laptop --> Cache mode enable, no problem ! But what about…

Citrix XenDesktop 7 – Create Persistent Hypervisor Connection and Hosting Unit, Unattended 13 Comments

I blogged about how to automate Citrix XenDesktop 7 deployment and database creation, and how to join and existing XenDesktop 7 site unattended, but now to continue and go a bit further in the automation process, I needed and wanted to know how to automate Hosting Configuration by Adding Connection and Resources to the DDC in an unattended way. This blog will cover creation process for XenServer 6.x and vCenter (vSphere) 5.1 since I don't have access to a Hyper-V (yet), I went over Citrix eDoc to check how I could do this and I found here : [link] Thanks to Livio for some PowerShell help :) It helps to understand whet need to be setup and after few tests I ended up writing this script to automate this part :   This script have been tested with Citrix XenDesktop7 and XenServer 6.2 and vSphere 5.1

I've been contacted by this software vendor to try out their product and make a review, I've been interested because I'm always looking for new software, tools to bring to our customer's offer and complete the option available to backup virtual infrastructures. I know PHD Virtual systems company and what they do but I never had a chance and time to check out their stuff. In an upcoming blog I will try their Citrix XenDesktop monitoring solution and check what this product can bring to a XenDesktop infrastructure. For this backup software I won't be able to go very deep and test everything I would like because my lab is not that big and I don't have access right now to a biggest environment but as soon as it's possible I will deep dive into this backup solution. Few month ago I wrote a blog about backing up your VMs using OpenFiler and I will do the same kind of blog to check if using PHD Virtual Backup for Citrix XenServer is a good solution if you have XenServer platinum licenses or if you don't. FIrst let's check what you got with different XenServer editions : You can click on the image to make it bigger (in fact you can click on any pic on www.archy.net to make it bigger :) ) and as you can see, the "Automated VM protection and recovery" is now available from the Enterprise edition (needed to be platinum with XenServer 5.6) And Citrix mention that bellow this edition frame : [1] Automated VM protection and recovery is only available for the Advanced and Enterprise editions in the 6.0 release and later. You can check the XenServer edition page at Citrix website here : link What is Automated VM Protection and Recovery ? Utilizing an easy set-up wizard, administrators can create snapshot and archival policies. Regularly scheduled snapshots help to protect against data loss in case of a VM failure. The policies established are based on snapshot type, frequency, amount of historical data that is retained, and an archive location. Recovering a VM is completed by simply choosing the last good known archive. This is very easy to use and does it's job integrated in XenCenter administration console. I use this feature to backup all my VMs on my lab but I must admit this is a very basic solution for a basic need and it…

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…