How to Perform Single Image Management in Azure Resource Manager with Citrix XenApp

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] October 12, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, PowerShell, Microsoft Azure

Citrix and Microsoft appear to be re-kindling their partnership and Azure could soon be the Citrix preferred cloud hosting solution. Check out this video at the 13:00 minute mark.

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Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) vs. Machine Creation Services (MCS)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] September 30, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk

Deploying Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) with your new XenApp/XenDesktop site? Consider the benefits of Machine Creation Services (MCS) first.

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3 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Managed Print Services companies

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Michael Carroll [fa icon="calendar'] September 21, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, How To Guide, Printers & Copiers

When considering a managed print services provider, here are three key questions you need to ask to ensure superior service and support.

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Error fix: Microsoft SCCM 2012 Error Code Ox87D00668 (.NET Patching Issue)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by John Certeza [fa icon="calendar'] September 13, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft, How To Guide, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Here's how to fix Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 error code 0X87D00668: Failed to install update(s), Software update still detected as actionable after apply.

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Controlling Printing Costs with Print Governance

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] September 7, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Paperless Solutions, Paper, Printers & Copiers, IT Solutions

Guest blog post by DJ Jandl, our Director of Digital Imaging Solutions at Lewan Technology.

I’m often asked by our customers how to save costs related to printing, copying and faxing. One of the easiest solutions to implement, with cost savings realized almost right out of the gate, is Print Governance.

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Are you confident in your Disaster Recovery plan? Request a Free Review

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Scott Pelletier [fa icon="calendar'] August 30, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Data Storage, Data Backup & Recovery, Cloud Computing, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Data Security, Microsoft Azure

In the case of an outage, it's important for organizations to prepare their disaster recovery (DR) strategy now so they have a plan in place to prevent business downtime and revenue loss.

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How To: Azure Resource Manager VM Level Backup & Restore Without Snapshots

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] August 25, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Data Backup & Recovery, Microsoft, How To Guide, Microsoft Windows, PowerShell, Microsoft Azure

One basic task I found very underwhelming in the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM) portal was the backup. If you're thinking about taking a snapshot of a server as a precaution before you make any updates—sorry—snapshots don’t exist. You'll have to replace snapshots with backup and restore. I’ll break this down into the three parts: Backup, Recover, and Restore.

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NetScaler Website Redirection - The Nice & Elegant Way

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] August 10, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, NetScaler

Did you know that you can configure NetScaler so users don’t have to type in the https:// when going to StoreFront or the NetScaler Gateway URLs?

More often than not, this is accomplished using a crude method in which port 80 http Virtual Server is configured on the same IP as the https site and the Redirect URL field in the protection section of the Virtual Server is set. While this works just fine, it unfortunately also renders a permanently Down Virtual Server in the Load Balancing screen.

Good news though, there is a better way to configure the redirection that renders all of the Virtual Servers as Up by using Responder Policies.

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Paper Weight & Printing - how is it calculated and why does it matter?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] July 29, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] How To Guide, Paper, Printers & Copiers

Guest post by Eric Norris, who leads training and certification for our printer repair and copier service team at Lewan Technology.

Ever try running an extra thick piece of paper through your printer only to have it cause a pain-in-the-you-know-what jam?

If you’re like the rest of us, you have. (Queue paper jam meme #1)

Even if you’re running the sheet of paper through the bypass tray (which can accommodate specialty papers more readily), can one sheet of paper really make that much of a difference?


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Bug FIx: View Templates Folder in Azure Resource Manager Premium Storage

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, How To Guide, PowerShell

I recently ran into a snag where my Citrix XenApp Session Host was created in my Azure Premium Storage account. When you capture an image as a template, Azure places the template in the same storage account in which the server is currently running.

The Template folder is hidden by default in the ARM portal. You can use Azure Storage Explorer to navigate and see the Templates folder to get the template path and vhd name. However, the Storage Explorer doesn’t show the Template folder in the Premium Storage account. I can only guess that this is a bug. 

Here’s a work around by running a few PowerShell commands. Now I’m able to see the Template folder right from the ARM portal. 

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