March Presentation Madness!

March seems to be the month for doing presentations… at least for DJ. Here’s what the schedule looks like… so far…

Columbus CUGC – March 5th

The month started with a trip to Columbus, OH to present a few tips to keep the Citrix Consultant away!

Hi there @TheCitrixCoach. Presenting at Columbus @myCUGC pic.twitter.com/jpBHJc4laj— Scott Bowling (@VTScott) March 5, 2019

eGInnovations – 7 Secrets to Becoming a Citrix Hero

On March 12th, I gave a presentation called “7 Secrets to Becoming a Citrix Superhero” on behalf of eGInnovations. You can register for the replay here. However, I have something special for you to grab before you watch the replay. I’ve put together a special printable guide you can use to walk thru the presentation! To get this emailed to you along with my Top 3 eBook (if you don’t have it already), click here:

XenAppBlog Expo – March 29th

This is going to be an awesome day of knowledge share. And the best part? You don’t even have to leave your home or office to attend! I’ll be giving a report on the 12 “Worst Offenders” or my Dirty Dozen; the things I find most wrong during assessments. Due to the timeframe I’ll be cutting this down to a simple report and offering the full webinar separately. That said check out this lineup of other speakers and sign up!  https://xenappblog.com/agenda/

Other Events

Citrix Hero Program – Live Q&A

For Current Citrix Hero Program members- don’t forget we’re talking about PVS and MCS performance Friday, March 22nd from noon to 2 Central US!

Nashville CUGC

The Nashville CUGC met on March 15th. It was a great time with my friends from Nutanix joining us.

What’s up in April?

April is going to be a big deal! We will re-open the Citrix Hero Program to the public (get on the waitlist here) April 15th. I’m putting together quite the celebration around it which will have even MORE presentations and fun activities to get excited about! Join our email list for those announcements!

We will also be doing a special for Active Directory you won’t want to miss!

Don’t Write a Book. Go Byte-Sized.

Don’t Write a Book. Go Byte-Sized.

Introducing the Byte-Sized Book Project

Writing a book is… really hard. But what if you could easily help one be written?

Well, that is exactly the opportunity in front of you!

Instead of writing chapters, editing, more writing, more editing and then distribution, worry, stress and…

okay, I may be relating some personal experience here…

As I mentioned in my February Newsletter – You can participate in a unique project… by submitting just 250 words.

This is the collaborative effort of Christiaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam – the Byte-Sized Book Project.

The question is – do you have something you’d like to say about Cloud design principles, leading practices or even recommended reference builds you’d like to relay to the world? This is your shot to be heard!

This is all about creating value for the community as a whole, but not asking for a ton from each person. I think it’s a brilliant approach!

So I encourage you to go for it! But don’t wait- the plan is to get the book edited and done in the next few months!

c’mon- 250 words is easy!

Learn a lot more detail here.

Support the project by going to https://www.bookprojectbytesized.com/  – Follow them on Twitter and spread the word!!!


Christiaan Brinkhoff

Giving Back

Giving Back

Did you know that 10% of our revenues go to charity? That means if you have a paid membership, buy our courses or do coaching or consulting with us… 10% goes to a charity each quarter. This is before taxes, before payroll or expenses! It is our commitment to Leaving this World Better than We Found It.

This post will be updated with highlights of what our Citrix Professionals community has been able to do!

Winter 2018-2019

Feeding the Hungry


For this season, we are supporting One Generation Away, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger within our generation.

Here’s a message from Chris, founder of One Generation Away – to YOU!

Going Beyond CYA – Why I Secure Passwords with Dashlane

Going Beyond CYA – Why I Secure Passwords with Dashlane

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!


Fujitsu New Zealand Wins 2017 Citrix Innovation Award

Fujitsu New Zealand Wins 2017 Citrix Innovation Award

New Zealand for the win! Sweet as!
The Citrix Innovation award for Partners is given every year at Citrix’s Summit, the kickoff event for partners and staff. I’m proud to say I attended and really resonated with the story of this year’s winner.

At Citrix Summit 2017, Fujitsu, New Zealand was named as winner of the Innovation Award for Partners competition. Atea and Envision IT were also honored as finalists.

Source: Fujitsu, New Zealand wins the 2017 Citrix Innovation Award for Partners | Citrix Blogs

A Personal Connection with New Zealand

I’m not going to beat around it, one of my life goals is to eventually move to New Zealand. After spending a week there in a campervan, my life was forever changed. But it also became clear to me that the country is as a whole one of the best use cases for Citrix technologies. From disruptive landscapes to earthquakes, the islands have some real challenges both behind and ahead and I’m proud of Citrix for meeting them over there.

When I visited- Christchurch especially – I was struck by how New Zealand has this spirit of “Fix it, make it work”. I call it the Duct Tape country. These are my people! We were just born on other sides of the planet.

Real World Challenges

Christchurch especially still has an entire area of downtown closed off and the city is dealing with widespread abandonment as a result. But what struck me was that the country as a whole is being forced into not relying on traditional wired data transmission from single sources. At the surface, this seems a perfect use for NetScaler SD-WAN, and it is. But over there they currently have infrastructure problems which make data transmission very expensive, especially Internet based. So, I immediately thought in 2013 when I was there about how HDX would be a fantastic solution to solve the bandwidth problem. The video in the link above tells the story of how an agency key to growth there was able to keep people safe and keep things working even thru the recent earthquake in 2016. And I think Citrix could play an integral part of allowing companies to keep working even when their buildings are closed off to people being inside them.

When Technology Changes Lives

I wouldn’t work with this technology if it didn’t change lives. And the ability to work dynamically everywhere in this case is literally keeping people safe and keeping them from abandoning the city and even possibly the country. Good on them.

Free hint for my friends in New Zealand: Citrix has some awesome things coming with HDX that will make bandwidth optimization even better… stay tuned!

And yes- if you have a need for Citrix App Delivery expertise and are in New Zealand don’t hesitate to ask me to come spend a few months there. I’d do it in a heartbeat 😉

And by the way- if you go to New Zealand to visit- let me recommend the guide I used when I was there, which takes you thru the iconic locations used for Lord of the Rings: Buy at Amazon.