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Setting up a Citrix XA/XD 7.9 Proof-of-Concept on AWS – Part 3

Part 3 of the Citrix XA/XD 7.9 POC on AWS stand-up.


This will be the installation of the Citrix components on our all-in-one t2.medium EC2 instance. The instance will host the Desktop Delivery controller, StoreFront, SQL Express, and Citrix Licensing. read more

How To Change Virtual Disk Provisioning Scheme from Thick to Thin in vSphere 5.5 web client

Previously, we went over how to change your provisioning scheme from ‘Thin Provisioning’ to ‘Thick Provisioning’ in vSphere 5.5 web client. This time we will do the reverse for going from ‘Thick Provisioned’ to ‘Thin Provisioned’. read more

How to Change Virtual Disk Provisioning Scheme from Thin To Thick in vSphere 5.5 web client

In certain situations, you may want to change the format of a virtual machine from ‘Thin Provisioned’ to ‘Thick Provision’. In most cases, thin provisioning is used to optimize the utilization of available storage in a storage pool by over-subscribing capacity with allocation that is needed ‘at the time’. read more

Configuring LDAP Authentication in vSphere 5.5 vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

The vCenter 5.5 VCSA has just been deployed and you want to setup LDAP authentication. For this example, we want users in the Domain Admins AD group to be able to login to vCenter with their AD credentials. To do that, here’s what is needed:

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XenApp/XenDesktop 7.5 Services

XenApp/XenDesktop 7.5 Services

Delivery Controller:

  • Citrix AD Identity Service – This service is responsible for managing all Active Directory accounts required for virtual machines if using XD published desktops. This service is used heavily if Machine Creation Services is used. If the service is stopped, you will no longer be able to create or remove desktops through MCS.
  • Citrix Broker Service – This service manages connections from endpoint devices (users) to published desktops and applications. If this service is stopped, users won’t be able to launch their applications.
  • Citrix Configuration Logging Service – This service logs admin activity and configuration changes done to the environment. If the service is stopped, you will no longer see updates in the “Logging” pane in Citrix Studio. You will, however, still see updates up to the point that the service was stopped.
  • CItrix Configuration Service – This service stores configuration information on the other Citrix Services. If the service is stopped, Citrix Studio becomes unresponsive and no longer displays information (spinning wheel is displayed when browsing Studio tabs).
  • Citrix Delegated Administration Service – Manages admin permissions within Citrix Studio. If the service is stopped, users can still launch applications and desktops but administrators will lose administrative access to the site.
  • Citrix Diagnostic Facility COM Server – This service manages Citrix diagnostic trace sessions. If working with Citrix Technical Support, this service needs to be started in order to collect and upload traces using CDFControl.
  • Citrix Environment Test Service – Manages test for evaluating the state of a XenDesktop site. If this service is stopped, you will won’t be able to run functions such as “Test Site” or “Test Delivery Group” in Citrix Studio.
  • CItrix Host Service – This service communicates with the hypervisor when using XD Desktops. If stopped, you won’t be able to perform functions such as creating, removing, shutdown, restart, etc… of your XD Desktops in Citrix Studio.
  • Citrix Machine Creation Service – This service allows your to create new VM’s through MCS. If stopped, you will be unable to create a Master Image and produce VM’s with it.
  • Citrix Monitor Service – Provides historical information about sessions and connections which can be queried (through PowerShell or Citrix Director for example). If the service is stopped, Citrix Director will no longer display monitoring information.
  • Citrix StoreFront Service – This service manages deployment of StoreFront. If this service is stopped, you will no longer be able to manage your StoreFront deployment through the “StoreFront” tab in Citrix Studio.
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    Setting up a Citrix XA/XD 7.9 Proof-of-Concept on AWS – Part 1

    Background: I will be setting up a small proof-of-concept Citrix Environment on Amazon Web Services for testing purposes. This particular POC will be completely on AWS and utilize a combination of free tier and paid on-demand instances. Eventually, I hope to integrate additional features such as autoscaling, a XenMobile component, and integrating it with an on-premises infrastructure for a hybrid environment. I will be breaking up this article into different parts: read more

    Updating External Access Certificates for NetScaler 11.0

    Background: The scenario is you are changing the URL that clients will use for external access to your Citrix environment. Perhaps the environment has an SSL certificate for 1 website but is changing the name (ie. from storefront.contoso.com to go.contoso.com) or upgrading to a wildcard certificate. In any case, here are the general steps you can follow for this process: read more

    AWS Terminology

    Background: Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a large variety of products and for many of us coming from traditional on-premises environments it can be easy to get confused with the terminology. My goal here is to give a brief description of the AWS services (as of June 2016) and identify their on-prem equivalents (or best match in my opinion). Please feel free to comment if you see any areas that can use clarification. This is a list for my personal supplement and is not meant to be an authoritative or all-encompassing resource. All information was obtained from the AWS Documentation site, which you can visit at aws.amazon.com/documentation. read more

    WordPress – How to Create “Hover” Menus

    To create hover menus for the main menu bar, it is quite simple now:

  • Login to your WordPress management console.
  • Navigate to Appearance>Menus.

  • Navigate to the Categories section. You must have some Categories pre-defined. If not go and make some at this point.
  • Choose the View All tab.
  • Select all the categories that you want to add to your menu. This should also include any sub-categories  you want to appear in the hover menu.

  • The categories that you selected will be populated in the Menu Structure window in the right.
  • Re-order categories to your liking.
  • Any sub-categories that you want to appear in your menu, you can move slightly to the right by clicking and dragging.

  • Configuring it this way will give you the following result on your WordPress site.

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    WordPress – How to Change Default Front Page

    To change the default Front Page or “Home Page” in WordPress, perform the following steps:

    • Navigate to your WordPress management page.
    • Navigate to Settings>Reading.

  • Select the option “Your latest posts.” This will change the home page to show your most recent posts. Alternatively you can set a different “static page.”
  • Save your changes
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