App-v client tip – unable to run PS scripts without admin privileges?

Just noticed this on the test VDI was working as quite a lot of app-v sequences have dependencies on external powershell scripts. Noticed on migrating these sequences to Windows 10 had issues with running App-v apps which included sequences that had external powershell scripts that were being called wouldn’t work unless I logged on with […]

Unable to start app-v client in Windows 10 (build 1603)?

Working on testing app-v packages using Flexera AdminStudio test machine facility (quite nifty actually) and by default was picking up errors using the App-v launcher relating to the app-v client service not being started. Manually starting the service didn’t bring any joy (another error with a -214 code). Fix for this was simple enough in […]

Windows VDI environment? getting poor performance on SCCM downloads?

Recently been tasked with migrating a fair ton of apps from Win7->10. One of the challenges in this space is testing. Previously with Windows 7 the guys worked on static persistent VM’s rolled out to testers to run their updated app through it’s paces. Few obvious problems with this approach I) Quite a bit of […]

PVS write cache filling up? handy filter in Procmon to give a clue as to what’s causing it

So of course with write cache filling up issues no simple way to tell what’s going on. Needless to say like most quirks that happen in Windows the sysinternals tools can come to you rescue. Recently started work on a windows 10 PVS image and after about 10 minutes the write cache would fill up. […]

Enabling logging for troubleshooting app-v issues in your citrix environment

When troubleshooting App-v issues in your citrix environment one of the first usual port of calls will be to enabling logging. To enable Studio and VDA logs used for App-V, you must have administrator privileges. You will also need a text editor such as Notepad. To enable the Citrix Studio logs: Create the folder C:\AppvLogs. […]

Remote nano server admin : quick few commands needed to get you access to box

Recently was given a project with a proof of concept involving the use of Windows 2016 nano servers (don’t even know if that’s there official title :)). Anyhow as not quite your conventional windows servers took a wee bit of lurking to find what i needed to get access. Bit of background: So Nano server […]

Handy URL’s relating to 2012 r2 RDS environments

2 areas’s that always need some TLC are patch management and AV. Enclosed couple of URL’s relating to them: For patch management (covering various RDS roles): Recommended hotfixes and updates for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 For Anti-virus https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/822158      

W2k16 clustering – transient failure monitoring improvements

Recently came across a good MS blog article that covers some of the improvements made in VM monitoring at a cluster level in Windows Server 2016: Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016 Good to see MS taking note of these “softer” type failure scenarios that occur more often in the VM space.  

Nifty new MS cluster feature (2016 Server tech) – configure your own witness in the cloud

An interesting feature within W2k16 within the clustering framework is the cloud witness. Quorum maintenance being one of the most important parts of any cluster design. With DR can be a design challenge as MS recommend that the quorum is located in a 3rd data center. As a lot of companies operate using 2 data […]

IE11 issue: cannot type in any dialog boxes eg google,yahoo etc?

Had this one recently and was driving me crazy. Basically was looking to optimize logon performance in our xenapp environment and as part of it was slicing and dicing our existing v.large GPO into smaller more logical components. As a result of the slicing and dicing all looked good apart from this strange issue with […]