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Download and install latest Office 365 via Office Deployment Tool (ODT)

Inspired by Trond Eric Haavarstein’s evergreen PowerShell setup scripts, I created a download and install script for Office 365 Deployment Tool (ODT).

Microsoft Office 365 is the new standard in the EUC space right now. To honor this, we need a fast and reliable way to install it with our favorite deployment tools like MDT or PDQ,  for example when you rebuild your master images.

There are a few different ways to deploy Office 365, but they are all similar:

  • You need the Office 365 Click-to-run setup.exe (Office Deployment Tool (ODT))
  • You need a XML configuration file
  • You decide to deploy from a pre-build offline cache or the files are downloaded from Microsoft each and every time

And then you go: setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

Pretty straight forward you think, but non the less I had problems with this approach. And this is due to the fact, that the Office Deployment Tool itself gets updated pretty often. And this breaks your unattended deployments sooner or later, as the setup.exe stops working. Continue reading “Download and install latest Office 365 via Office Deployment Tool (ODT)”

HowTo: Update Seafile Server for generic Linux to version 6.3.4 64bit

Seafile Server is an open source alternative to public cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Citrix Sharefile. It works on free Linux Distributions like Debian and gives you the freedom to use the comfort of a modern synchronization client, the simplicity of a modern WebGUI, completed with the knowledge where your data is and who can access it.

Since 15.09.2018 the fourth maintenance release version 6.3.4 is public available.

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Office 365 ProPlus now officially supported on Windows Server 2019 + release of FSLogix

Today Microsoft made a huge announcement for the EUC community: Office 365 ProPlus now officially supported on Windows Server 2019 and FSLogix is now available for everyone who is entitled!

You can find the official announcement from Microsoft here: Improving the Office app experience in virtual environments

Additionally Microsoft finally releases a slightly rebranded version of the FSLogix Full suite which is now called Microsoft FSLogix and doesn’t need a license key anymore. Also the versioning has been changed, to reflect the style of several other Microsoft of Citrix products with now 4 digits,the first 2 digits refer to the year, and the last 2 digits refer to the month. The version being now is called 1907. Check out if you’re eligible. You must be licensed for one of the following Microsoft products: Continue reading “Office 365 ProPlus now officially supported on Windows Server 2019 + release of FSLogix”

New Citrix Software as of June 2019: CVAD 1906, WEM 1906 and Workspace app 1905

Yesterday Citrix released several new versions of their software

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1906 (formerly XenApp)

Download: https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-virtual-apps-and-desktops/product-software/citrix-virtual-apps-and-desktops-1906.html
What’s new: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-virtual-apps-desktops/whats-new.html

Examples of new features:
  • Several Command-Line changes
  • Citrix Director Session Auto Reconnect Logging
  • Optimization for Microsoft Teams

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XenApp 6.5 Hotfix Rollup Pack 7 + all Hotfixes

I bet several XenApp Administrators around the world still have XenApp 6.5 Farms to manage and so do I. Here’s a table about all post-HRP07 Hotfixes.

Last month I had to manage a XenApp 6.5 Farm which was still on Hotfix Rollup Pack 3 without any further Hotfixes. This farm suffered from regular published Desktop session disconnects. When the users tried to reconnect to their disconnected sessions, they received a new sessions instead, leaving all their apps and documents opened and unreachable in the orphaned session. Continue reading “XenApp 6.5 Hotfix Rollup Pack 7 + all Hotfixes”

WSUS Automated Maintenance

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) aren’t always fun to manage.
Console stops responding? Large WSUS folder? Decline superseded updates? Hundreds of Language packs? Windows XP updates? There is a solution!

In many companies, either small, medium or large Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a must. WSUS is necessary if you plan to cache and control the distribution of Windows and Office updates in your local network. But WSUS has its issues out-of-the-box. Let’s take a look at WSUS Automated Maintenance by Adam Marshall! Continue reading “WSUS Automated Maintenance”