Scripting a PVS Capacity on Demand Model with XenApp 6.5 Part 4

I had originally stated that this would be a 3 part series consisting of the following: Analysing PVS usage Adding a server to a collection Removing a server from a collection I came to the realization though that removing a server from a collection is really just the process of adding a server to a […]

Scripting a PVS Capacity on Demand Model with XenApp 6.5 Part 1

I’ve loved PVS as a XenApp solution for years now.  It really is the ideal way to provide XenApp at scale given the serious savings on hardware cost and maintenance.  In my ideal XenApp design you don’t even need disk because you can just cache entirely in RAM (thank god for 384GB blades!).  Because you […]

Citrix Local App Access and RES Workspace Manager Conflicts

I’ve spent the last few months working with Citrix trying to get our XenApp Local App Access working.  It’s been an incredibly frustrating experience to be honest because there isn’t a lot of logging to show what’s up.  We finally found a log entry that showed the shortcut folder being created and then instantly destroyed, […]

Using PVS for XenApp? You Should be Caching to RAM!

I’ve been going through a lot of design options for PVS and storage lately in my day job.  There’s so many great options now from Nutanix, Simplivity, and the like that administrators have available that it makes me wonder if the traditional NAS or SAN will ever regain their foothold in the world of a […]

Killing User Sessions in XA 6.5 with Powershell

Hey, just a handy tip I picked up from the Citrix Engineers LinkedIn group.  Have you ever wanted to kill a single user’s sessions across multiple servers?  Or to clear all disconnected sessions on a farm to free up resources?  Here are two easy powershell scripts you can run that will do just that.  You […]

How to Fix Virtual IPs in ESX

So in this post I detailed how Virtual IPs on ESX5 with Server 2008 R2 were broken.  There’s a fix, but is isn’t pleasant if you have a lot of servers.  Quite simply you have to uninstall the VM tools, enable Virtual IPs, and then reinstall the tools.  The unfortunate part is that you will […]

Virtual IPs on 2008R2 using ESX 5 U1 is Broken

In case you haven’t delved into the world of Virtual IPs on XenApp 6.5 it is a seriously strange world.  With 4.5 on 2003 the Virtual IP functionality was controlled entirely within the XenApp console.  Sure it was more than a little unclear, but it was all in one place.  In migrating to 6.5 however we stumbled […]