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Fix: Running Cisco Spark on Citrix XenDesktop w/ Windows Server 2016

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] January 30, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Unified Communication & Collaboration

Spark is an awesome cloud-based solution from Cisco for meetings, messaging and calling. We use it for internal meetings, presentations and have been setting up for clients. Shiny and new unfortunately also means there are still some bugs to work out and Cisco’s support and documentation on Spark doesn’t cover it all.

Here’s one of the issues I’ve encountered and some steps to hopefully help you resolve it.

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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'] Microsoft Azure, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix, Microsoft, Virtualization, How To Guide, PowerShell

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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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'] Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Azure, PowerShell, How To Guide, Data Backup & Recovery

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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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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Sharefile SAML AD Authentication Fails on Chrome and Firefox

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] September 4, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix

After configuring our ShareFile to integrate our AD accounts using AD FS 2.0 and SAML for login, we found several user could not log in with Chrome or Firefox. They would go to the SAML login URL and then enter their correct AD credentials. The login would then fail. Using IE with the same credentials was successful. After investigation, the issue was linked to AD FS 2.0 and Chrome/Firefox, not ShareFile.

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Unable to add Sharepoint Connector after enabling the feature on StorageZones Controller 2.0

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] July 2, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix

I upgraded my Storage Center from 1.1 to the new StorageZones Controller 2.0 recently released from Citrix. This version is supposed to integrate connections for on-prem storage, network share connectors, and ShareFile connectors. I was excited to set up the Sharepoint access for my mobile users so I enabled just the Sharepoint feature on the controller install and logged into the ShareFile portal to create the connectors. However, in the portal under the Connectors tab, it told me that No Connectors-enabled StorageZones have been created…

I double-checked my configuration and everything looked right. I contact Citrix ShareFile support and apparently there is a bug in the current release. You must enable both Sharepoint and Network File Shares, even if you plan to use only one of the features, in order to create the connectors in the portal. Once I did this, the portal gave me the option to start creating connectors successfully. The bug is supposed to be fixed in the next update. Of course, I then later found out, 2 hours into troubleshooting and another call to Citrix later, That the Sharepoint connections will not show up for mobile devices for another week.

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Enable Alt+Tab Application Toggling in a Citrix XenApp Desktop Session

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] June 14, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenApp, How To Guide

I recently had a request for a user to be able to toggle between different applications inside their Citrix XenApp desktop session with alt+tab. The Citrix receiver provides this functionality with a registry change. There are a couple ways to send the hot key combo of Alt+tab to the Citrix session, but below I will show how to pass the physical hot key combo of Alt+tab from the client workstation to the Active Citrix session window (non-fullscreen mode).

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