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ctxpro.com Upcoming Site Updates (Aug 2016)

Greetings! I have been working in the background on some upcoming new content for the site, which I look forward to sharing with you. September tends to be a busy month for Consulting work, so as I anticipate being much busier then, I have a few things I’m hoping to get done before the ‘rush’ hits!

There’s a few things I wanted to quickly update everyone on:

Upcoming Content

Here are some of the things I’m working on (I’ll link them when they are done):

Articles

  • Assess: Along with the upcoming courses in how I conduct Health Checks in XenApp/XenDesktop… I’ll be releasing a “Dirty Dozen“- the top twelve things I am seeing on assessments that people are commonly needing to address. I hope to do this every year for both this site and my other advanced sites!
  • Design: MCS vs PVS in 2016. There’s a lot of FUD out there and a lot of confusion as to what to do and when. I’m putting together a guide that I’m hoping will be helpful.
  • Build: Removing the Reserved System Partition on PVS vDisks. This problem is something I am seeing a lot more of as people transition to XenApp 7.x from Server 2008 and Windows 7. It typically occurs when a reverse build is needed to update, say… VMware tools and the PVS target software. Looking forward to sharing my latest advice on that! Update: This was published Aug. 9th! http://ctxpro.com/removing-system-reserved-partition/
  • Maintain: I can’t announce it just yet, but I’m working on some content on a monitoring tool that I feel I can recommend. I can’t wait to get it to you!
  • Blog RoundupFrom time to time, I’ll be trying to link to more blogs with great content that I read. My goal is to not just give you links but to summarize why you should read it. So as time allows, look for that new content category!

Courses and Training

  • Citrix Health Check Courses. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: share my knowledge and insights as to how to go beyond just the standard product education and look at the bigger picture. I think a good place to start is the general health check for Desktop and Application delivery (XenApp/XenDesktop). So I’ll start with either a 4 hr, 1 day or 1 week format. In the coming months I’ll be developing affordable introductory classes that will help the Citrix Professional conduct effective health checks in their own environment, customer environments and, for the Sales or Systems Engineer- how to identify which items to prioritize. If you are interested in becoming a beta tester for me, I’m very interested in your feedback when the time is right. ctxpro.com subscribers will always get discounted rates! As you can guess- yes, these will be a paid course with the goal of making you more marketable and able to garner trust in the industry! #worthit
  • Mentoring. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time- to offer personal mentoring to my subscribers at a discounted or rate. Basically, what I hear over and over again is that people feel like they are ‘dropped off the map’ once they complete a training course, so I want to build a program that starts with basic mentoring, building up eventually to full-on coaching. I would love your feedback on this as its fairly unprecedented and I need to figure out how to best balance the time with the fact that I’m still an active consultant for customers. Click the contact form to inquire more about this!
  • Free How-To Guides. Starting in September, my goal is to provide quarterly how-t0 guides on a topic selected by members, but also link to other great how-to guides from people like Carl Stalhood who do almost daily work in this area and I don’t care to reinvent the wheel!

Upcoming Site Updates

New Affiliates

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We don’t want to bombard you with random ads, but we do want our readers to have a way to give back for the content we’re working on. What better way than to share products we use and trust?
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-DJ “XenMaster” Eshelman
August, 2016

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Welcome to ctxPRO.com – Your Source for Advice and Career Awesomeness

Welcome to ctxPRO.com – Your Source for Advice and Career Awesomeness

Welcome!

My name is DJ Eshelman, founder of ctxPRO.com

DJ Eshelman in his Natural Habitat

DJ Eshelman in his Natural Habitat

I have been in the technology world for a long time, but I didn’t start out there right out of college. My career wouldn’t be anything like it is right now if not for the internet, and I feel like it’s time for me to give some back!

For the last year or so I have been asking myself two very important questions:

  1. Why is it with all the information out there, I still find IT Professionals struggling to understand how to effectively design, install and maintain Citrix products like XenApp and XenDesktop?
  2. Does the world really need yet another Citrix-themed website?

The answer, to my amazement has been:

  1. There is so much sales information and bad advice out there that it overshadows the rest.
  2. People keep telling me that they do…

So- here we go!

I run a very small company (being the king of originality, it’s called Eshelman Enterprises) with consulting from what I call BOT-Consulting.com (BOT stands for Belt of Truth). I have been working pretty much exclusively with Citrix technologies since 2004 – going so far as to be a Resident Consultant with Citrix Consulting Services for several years between 2010 and 2015 – in fact you’ll still see me out there representing Citrix as an Ad-Hoc resource from time to time.

One of the things I have done the most of for Citrix is to conduct assessments- and there is one thing that I see coming up on nearly every assessment:

Engineering Staff would benefit from further Citrix Education.

The problem is that there seems to be a gap between Education and Experience – and a further gap between Knowledge and Methodology.

So, I’m launching this site along with several others to come to help address these gaps- each with their own focus area – Administration, Engineering, Architecting and eventually an online Academy (a very exciting but daunting task!).

 

On this site we’ll focus on things Engineers care about – creative solutions, the latest tech and innovative approaches to development.

What we aren’t going to spend much time on is things that I feel are pretty well covered elsewhere- Sales Engineering techniques, Proof of Concepts and guides for Deployment. I think there is a lot of that out there, so I may link it from time to time (or in some cases try to correct bad information).

We will talk about ways to advance your career and make life easier for your team. We’ll talk about the day to day struggles of the modern systems engineer and talk real strategies for thriving!

We’ll talk consulting and if it’s the right move for you….

But we’ll also have some premium content and coaching available for paid subscribers as well!

I’m excited to get this going, and hope that among all the other things I’m focused on at the moment that I can add value here.

My mission in life is to Leave it Better than I Found It. And this is just one of many ways I’m working towards just that!

I encourage you to get registered for this site- subscribe and comment – let me know how I can help you!