PVS tips and tweaks

This is just a quick cheatsheet of PVS tweaks we make.  All of these tweaks are essential to actually being able to capture a vdisk with PVS 6.1.   PVS Server Tweaks  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP\Parameters\                Key: “DisableTaskOffload” (dword)                Value: “1” Disable IPv6 Disable Network Monitor Driver Set Stream and Soap services recovery actions to Restart […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citrix Project Excalibur – The Future of XenApp is a Little Bleak

I have been working with the Project Excalibur tech preview for a while now and I have to admit… I am concerned.  For those who aren’t aware Project Exclibur is the attempt by Citrix to combine the XenApp and XenDesktop management into a single interface.  And if that alone wasn’t a big enough change, XenApp […]

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 […]

Cloning XenApp 6.5 on ESX

We recently started deploying XenApp 6.5 using VMWare ESX.  Our typical process is to convert to template and then use ESX deploy from template procedures.  VMWare conveniently built in a sysprep-like process that runs after the VM boots up and joins the network.  In XenApp 4.5 the process worked perfectly with the XenAppPrep command line […]