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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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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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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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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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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Error Fix: "The App-V server addresses must be valid URLs" in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.9

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Kevin Ottomeyer [fa icon="calendar'] July 11, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk

The new Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.9 has a lot to offer and worth making the upgrade, but being at the front of the line to implement a new release can also come with the risk of a few bugs. Here’s one we've come across and a quick fix to resolve the error.

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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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Microsoft Windows Server Fix for Get-DfsrFileHash Error 0x00000005

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by John Certeza [fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, PowerShell

Microsoft Windows Server recommends that you Validate Preseeded Files for DFS Replication during setup of Distributed File System (DFS) Replication. But when you validate file hashes on either your source or destination server you may get the following error:

Get-DfsrFileHash : Could not calculate the file hash. Error code 0x00000005

There isn't much information on error 0x00000005, however there is a simple fix I've found.

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Citrix XenApp 6.0 end of life is coming soon, what's your upgrade plan?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Kenneth Fingerlos [fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Lewan News & PR, Cloud Computing, Product Announcements

If you’re running Citrix XenApp 6.0, or even 6.5, you should already know the importance of August 24, 2016. But if you don’t yet, this is the end of life (EOL) date for XenApp 6.0 (and for XenApp 6.5 for customers of who don't have Subscription Advantage), meaning security related Hotfixes, technical support and product downloads will no longer be available.

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Office 365: How to Set Default Retention Policy for New Users

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by John Certeza [fa icon="calendar'] March 8, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft, Microsoft Office, How To Guide, Email Security, PowerShell

Like many organizations, you may want to enforce a Default Retention Policy for your users to comply with company policy, government regulations or legal needs. However, many help desks skip over retention policy setup during the new user process. Luckily there is a to set the default retention policy for all new mailboxes.

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