Use Citrix Desktop Director to Manage Your ESX Environment

Citrix Desktop Director is a great tool for your XenDesktop environment.  It allows you to manage the VM power states, user assignments, and see session statistics for troubleshooting.  That said it’s primary purpose really is integration with XenDesktop.  Oh sure, you can use it with XenApp 6.0 and XenApp 6.5 and I do.  But the […]

Preventing Pooled Desktop Shutdown Behavior

XenDesktop 5 doesn’t have an easy option to disable the shutdown on pooled desktops.  What that means is that every time a user logs off it will automatically reboot the desktop and rebuild it from the master image.  The problem is in the way Citrix implemented it.  Because this is a non-static desktop they assume […]

Unregistered Desktops Constantly Rebooting

We set up a group of unregistered desktops so that we could have them be managed by Desktop Director but not be brokered through XenDesktop (I’ll explain that one in another post!).  The problem was the darn things kept rebooting… all the time.  Turns out that Citrix sees the desktop as being in some sort […]

How to disable power management in XenDesktop 5

So this one bit us not once but twice (we forgot to set it again when we rebuilt our XD5 prod environment).  If you use static 1:1 desktops in XenDesktop 5 it isn’t smart enough to realize you probably don’t want it managing the power settings.  Every morning we’d get new complaints that VMs were […]