“DJ, why are you giving away your best Citrix Tips?”
This question was asked of me recently- and I didn’t hesitate to give an answer. So I think I’ll give it to everyone here as a kind of open letter to the Citrix community…
It all has to do with quantity. I seem to give out the same things almost every week, not only in conversation but in my consulting engagements as well (regardless of if I’m representing Citrix, a Reseller or my own consulting company). So I asked myself two questions:
- Why do I always seem to be giving the same advice? Is that such a bad thing? It makes my job easier, right?
- Are they really that important if people aren’t doing them?
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I started off the day with an extortion letter. Someone managed to grab a password I used 10+ years ago. This person (or possibly even company/country, this email was surprisingly well written) thinks that I’ll wire them 7000 USD in Bitcoin to keep them from sending supposedly ‘incriminating’ videos to my contacts…. because they have access to my computer and my webcam… yeah, sure.
Clever- but not going to happen. They don’t have access to my computer, but they do have my attention!
The goal of this series is to outline some of the more common Citrix Mistakes that I have been seeing in my consulting engagements. These top three were chosen not because of frequency per se, but for the sheer impact they have. I chose them so that when you implement the fixes – you can be the hero. The #CitrixHero.
So- you set up Citrix User Profile Management (UPM)! Good for you! Except it’s not working…. Before you rage quit the whole thing, here’s a few things I check when I have issues! [Last Updated Aug 1, 2018]
In the name of security, Google may have made Chrome an even larger burden for virtual workspaces. The change to the latest version of the browser will start rendering each page in its own memory and process space. This is good for security (think Spectre) … But a nightmare for virtual workspaces, especially Server OS VDA (XenApp).
What to do?
Fare the well, XenApp 6.5. Talk about an amazing run! But alas, the product is no more… I’ll break this all down in a moment and what it means for you if you still find yourself running any XenApp version except 7.6 LTSR, 7.15 LTSR or 7.14 to 7.18. June 30th was a big day for Citrix, yet it passed with barely any fanfare. I thought maybe I’d do something about that!
(information current as of July 9th, 2018)