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5 Key Reasons to Upgrade Now to VMware vSphere 6.5

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Data Security, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter, Information Security, VMware Horizon

How time flies! Old reliable – Vmware vSphere 5.5 – is set for retirement in September of this year, meaning it will no longer be supported as of September 19, 2018.

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It’s had a good run and due to its impressive stability and wide adoption, I still see it deployed within many of our clients’ environments.

So what now? Our recommendation is to upgrade your systems to vSphere 6.5. Not only do you get the essential extension of support, but some really great new features.

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Co-IT: The Evolution of IT in Supporting Organizational Vision

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Todd Johnson [fa icon="calendar'] August 16, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Virtualization, Networking, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, IT Solutions, Mobility

Technology. Change. Two words so inextricably intertwined, nearing synonymous. Organizational needs are driving technology innovation and technology changes are enabling organizational innovation.

To achieve these organizational needs, today’s users want, need and expect the ability to work from anywhere, using anything and at any time.

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Cisco Live 2017 Recap, News & Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] August 8, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Cisco, Networking, Unified Communication & Collaboration, Email Security, Cloud Computing, Product Announcements, Data Security, Information Security, Meraki

Cisco Live is one of the most awaited events every year for networking enthusiasts. This year the conference returned to Las Vegas, June 25 – 29 with some impressive stats: 28,000 attendees , 3,000 speakers and 1,000 education sessions.

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Citrix Synergy 2017 Recap, News & Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] June 16, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Virtualization, Citrix XenMobile, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, Lewan News & PR, Microsoft Windows, Cloud Computing, Microsoft Azure

This year’s annual Citrix Synergy conference took place in sunny Orlando, FL at the end of May. The event never disappoints and once again indicates that it’s going to be an exciting year for Citrix customers!

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"vPOSE" Best Practices for New Technology Adoption

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Todd Johnson [fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Virtualization, IT Solutions

It’s increasingly difficult to balance the benefits of technology innovation with the rate at which you and your organization can consume it. We see two primary factors in this:

  1. The increasing rate of technology innovation. Take written communication—papyrus was used for 3000 years before paper, only 400 years came between the printing press and the typewriter, then just 60 years until the computer text editor.
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Citrix Summit Recap: New Product Releases & Feature Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] March 8, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix XenMobile, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Linux, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, Networking, Unidesk, Cloud Computing, NetScaler, Microsoft Azure, Nutanix

It’s coming up on two months since I attended Citrix Summit 2017 and there have been numerous releases, products and features I’m now excited to be able to share with you! Here's a rundown of what's new.

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How to Score an A Grade on Your Citrix NetScaler SSL Virtual Servers

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] February 14, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, NetScaler

Have you had your external SSL based Virtual Servers on a Citrix NetScaler scanned? Scanning with free utilities such as ssllabs.com can ensure that you have the proper certificate chain on the NetScaler to avoid any certificate errors on browsers. In addition, this can flag any security issues with your SSL based virtual servers.

But what if you don’t get an “A”? Let’s look at what causes a lower letter grade, and what you can do to improve your score.

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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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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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