Month: June 2015

Xenapp lifecycle announcement changes

As per http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122442 noted with interest relating to xenapp 4.5/5 for windows 2003 server editions

*On March 3, 2015, Citrix lengthened the Extended Support period for these releases by changing the End of Extended Support milestone from 14 July 2015 to 14 July 2016.”

Is interesting in light of Microsoft’s 14 July 2015 EOL date for 2003 server http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/ that citrix will continue to cover for an additional year.

 

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Citrix field tip: save all that AppCenter discovery time every time with a few clicks

If you go into the AppCenter console as much as I do best just getting the thing automated to skip all the wizard nonsense.

So http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX126752 – will do just the job, mentions 6.0 but is more than applicable for 6.5.

AppCenter

Handy field tip: Double-clicks too responsive in 2008 r2/Win7 envir ? here’s the reghack to slow them down

Funny one this as have a published app which when navigating folders needed incredibly quick finger taps to browse through folders. So in essence simple to do for one user (via Control Panel | mouse | Double-click speed).

To program in via GPO interestingly was a bit of a rabbit-hole at first to find, nothing obvious via GPO settings so figured group policy preferences would need to rescue me here. Sure enough in an easy enough spot:

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hkey_current_user\Control Panel\Mouse\DoubleClickSpeed – value 700 Reg_SZ

Higher the value the slower the double-click.

 

Some Citrix products you may be working on just reached End-of-life

Was aware of a couple of products been working with in the citrix space that were due for end-of-life but didn’t realize they’d already passed:

Products reaching the End Of Life (EOL) milestone this month (June 2015):

  • EdgeSight for Endpoints 5.x
  • EdgeSight for XenApp 5.0 through 5.3
  • EdgeSight for XenDesktop 5.x
  • Provisioning Services 6.x
  • XenDesktop 5.x
  • XenClient Enterprise 4.x

For full product list see and their status see:

http://www.citrix.com/support/product-lifecycle/product-matrix.html

Field tip: Publishing “My Network Places” in citrix – 2 things you need to know

Recently came across a rather large use case for this application as a large number of file servers have been migrated to 2 centralized data centres. Result of which being file access using explorer in branches could be quite slow depending on distance (or vis-à-vis latency).

From doing a quick test utilizing the network places for users and accessing via a citrix published application from a server in the same data center resulted in much improved performance (the greater the gain on users’ coming in from a greater distance needless to say)

2 things did come across though

1)

When publishing My Network Places needed to employ the below string in the location details (working directory empty)

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} “%*”

2)

On using Iexplore.exe or explorer.exe need to add the following registry key otherwise won’t launch

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Citrix\wfshell\TWI

Value Name: LogoffCheckerStartupDelayInSeconds
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: An integer that denotes the time to wait for the application to start (10 Hexadecimal recommended)

Not “terribly” recommended by Microsoft to do above but been finding the published app stable and very popular with the user base.