How to Fix Applications Not Working with Citrix MCS or PVS

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] December 6, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Microsoft, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk

I always encourage clients to use the single image management solutions provided by Citrix. When done correctly, Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Provisioning Services (PVS) deployments can significantly decrease administrative overhead of managing images.

Updating the gold/master image and deploying read-only copies ensures not only consistency and ease of use in the environment, but makes the environment user-proof. Unfortunately, sometimes when clients implement MCS or PVS, it doesn’t play well with their current applications. These hurdles can make a client want to abandon single image management, but we can utilize tools that are already built into the Active Directory environment to resolve these issues. Here's how.

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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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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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Citrix Synergy 2016 Recap, News and Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] June 15, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Virtualization, VMware, Citrix XenMobile, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, Lewan News & PR, Microsoft Windows, Cloud Computing

This year Citrix Synergy was hosted in Las Vegas, May 24-26, at the Venetian conference center. Myself and another engineer from Lewan attended and came back with our heads full of announcements, product updates and a look at what’s coming next. It’s going to be an exciting year for Citrix customers!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or are still trying to digest all of the exciting and innovative announcements you heard while you were there, here is a recap.

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Hide Desktops to Create an Application-Only Store in Citrix StoreFront

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] April 14, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, PowerShell

In a perfect world—in any Citrix XenDesktop deployment—all of the applications install, license and run perfectly on a non-persistent desktop. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and there are applications out there that, for whatever reason, will not work properly on a non-persistent desktop.
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Citrix XenApp - Fixing the Excel Not Enough Memory or Disk Space Error

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] June 28, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Microsoft Windows

During a recent Deployment of XenApp 7.6 on Windows Server 2012 R2, when users ran an application that exported data to Excel they kept getting this error:

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