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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Windows Server 2012 Licensing - a quick reminder

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] July 29, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, VMware vSphere

This came up recently for a customer and while it's not new news, I thought a quick reminder would be useful. There are a few key points to remember about licensing of Windows Server 2012 in server virtualization projects, these rules apply to XenServer, VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, etc.:

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Citrix is all new in June

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Kenneth Fingerlos [fa icon="calendar'] June 29, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix XenMobile, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, NetApp, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop

If you've been paying attention to Twitter lately, you've probably noticed that there have been a lot of new announcements and releases from Citrix over the past 7 days. So many in fact it can be difficult to keep straight exactly what is going on. I'm going to try to clear up some of the murk and hopefully help you understand how these announcements are going to impact your plans for the near future. I'll try to detail each of the announcements and product updates and what's new with them.

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Lewan Synergy of the Rockies

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] October 25, 2012 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenServer, NetApp, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop

Our Lewan Synergy of the Rockies event was yesterday, here are some highlights and links from the event.

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P2V Conversion of Linux Virtual Machine (for XenServer)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] April 14, 2011 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix XenServer, Linux, How To Guide

With XenServer 5.6 Citrix removed the old Linux P2V tool which was included in earlier versions of XenServer. The old version 5.5 tool will not work with XenServer 5.6, and only supported older distributions.

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Virtualizing Citrix Provisioning Server

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2011 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop

Citrix Provisioning Server (PVS) is a powerful technology both for hosted virtual desktops and for ensuring consistency across a XenApp farm by using PVS to deliver XenApp. A common question in deploying PVS is whether it can be virtualized...and I think this article by Citrix does a great job of laying out the decision criteria we use in deciding whether it can be virtualized. I'm also happy to see that Citrix called out the lack of LACP support in XenServer...while XenServer is a capable hypervisor the lack of this feature almost always means that virtualizing PVS in a large production environment is out if XenServer is the hypervisor (and 10Gb is not in play).

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[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] November 23, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenServer

What's that you ask? Open source web-based console clone of Citrix XenCenter I reply.

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Intel 5600 “Westmere”

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] March 20, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer

Good article from AnandTech on the new Intel 5600 series processors.  Pay special close attention to the Virtualization Round Trip Latency graph and explanation.  This is one of the key reasons that virtualized guests continue to improve in performance and close the gap to a physical host.

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How-To Convert VMware Virtual Machines to Citrix XenServer Virtual Machines

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] October 2, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix XenServer

I'm a VMware guy myself but since we cross-train, I wanted to post this for the rest of the team. I also thought it might be good info to share as I was asked by a customer this question. A quick search found this Citrix Knowledge Center How-To document which does an excellent step-by-step walkthrough with screenshots on the conversion process.

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