Want to road test Azure RemoteApp ? here’s how in 6 easy steps

Want to test Azure RemoteApp ? here’s how in 6 easy steps Requirements-wise just need an MSDN subscription, if looking to go production there are no up-front costs and no termination fees with this service. Payment for Azure is based on the services you consume. Depending on what resource you are running in Azure each […]

OneDrive incl citrix environment tip : how to automatically map as drive

One key requirement you may come across from your users in a hosted shared environment if utilizing OneDrive for Business may be commonly asked again and again to make their OneDrive files available from Explorer, to do this first download script from below: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/OneDriveMapper-automaticall-d7d498b0 Step 2 is to programmatically include it for all users’, obvious means is via GPO, steps […]

Quick SCCM tip: how to check SCCM site server is up / down via PS cmdlet

Always handy when dealing in a large scale SCCM environment to have good controls in place for monitoring site server availability, of course from a day to day perspective if a site server was to exhibit issues users’ will probably let you know before you’d know but below is a simple PS cmdlet easily of […]

Good current System Center Orchestrator best practice : use MBPA

One commonly overlooked good practice to put in place for your SCO environment is to invoke the use of the Microsoft best practices analyzer which by default is not installed with Orchestrator and is a firm recommendation to help assess the health of your Orchestrator environment. First, you’ll need to download and install the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA) on the […]

App-v tip : how to easily flush app-v cache

One command that is handy to know when hitting app-v issues is the ability to flush the app-v cache – below are the steps necessary to achieve this task: On your Windows 8.x machine, log in with any account that has local administrator permissions. Start | run | cmd.exe | powershell.exe and  enter the following commands: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned […]

2k12r2 Hosted shared desktop/RDSH image tip – how to clear server manager from running

One pesky thing you might notice from time to time when preparing a hosted shared desktop is by default on logon for a new user will see the server manager icon on the taskbar – as generally these users will be non-admin users never a reason to have it there. Quick and easy way to […]

Citrix UPM logon performance tip – Upgraded to a IE10 or later as your standard browser in your PD environment? clean up your cookies so!

In our environment we have a 6.5 farm running UPM 5.1, over the last couple of years migrated to Internet explorer 11 as part of our standard hosted shared build. One thing took us a little while in getting around to doing as part of housekeeping for this process was to clear off IE8 cookies […]

Citrix logon performance tip: Make sure to disable unused sections of GPO’s you are using

Pretty common tip but worth repeating – be surprised how many seconds you can shave off by doing it. To do: i) On the server you administer your GPO’s run gpmc.msc ii) Under group policy objects on the left-hand pane right-click on the group policy you want to amend and choose properties iii) Right-click on the group policy on […]

App-V troubleshooting tip: hitting issues with app-v apps in a citrix environment?

Can be a bit of challenge for app-v newbies when troubleshooting issues relating to app-v particularly if using them in a SCCM/App-V setup in a citrix environment as there is a number of moving parts at play. One simple tip to help you encountering issues relating to app-v launches is to open up the level […]

Looking to set disconnected/idle/active session limits in your XenApp sessions?

Few links to help you set at the policy level, worth noting that active session limits are set at the RDS layer. To set disconnected / idle timeout settings for your xenapp session: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX127318 To set active session limits for your xenapp session https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753112%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396