My first time: Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS)

After years of MCS virginity I decided it’s finally time to ditch the little farms and try out good ol’ Citrix Machine Creation Services.

Introduction

So today is my very first time: After years of MCS virginity I decided it’s finally time to ditch the little farms and try out good ol’ Citrix Machine Creation Services. In the last ten years I almost exclusively installed small deployments. The big ones have about 150 concurrent user. All are build upon XenApp 6.5 or XenApp 7.6+ with static persistent virtual machines. I always told myself, that static persistent virtual machines, together with a fully automated patch management (for example: PDQ) are enough. And this is still true, because the maintenance effort is virtually not existent. But it really bugs me, that I’m not equally familiar with at least one of the provisioning methods. You might ask, why I don’t try to learn PVS instead. Well, the simple reason is that my stomach tells me not to. The more valid reason is that MCS is included in every XenApp license and doesn’t require additional infrastructure. And additional infrastructure is always a really big topic for the customer.

This blog post won’t be a real classical Blog HowTo Guide, but more of a report of my journey to help me keep track about what I do. Maybe others suffer the same knowledge gap and are interested in my findings and the path I take. Continue reading “My first time: Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS)”

HowTo: Update Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM) from 4.x to 4.7 (v4.07.00.00)

A HowTo about the Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Update process for version 4.7

On July 18th 2018 Citrix released version 4.7 of Workspace Environment Management (WEM). This is an update guide.
Customer Success Services / Software Maintenance eligibility date: May 18, 2018

Download Citrix WEM 4.7 (v4.07.00.00) here:
https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp-and-xendesktop/components/workspace-environment-management-47.html

What’s new:
https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/workspace-environment-management/current-release/whats-new.html

Fixed issues:
https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/workspace-environment-management/current-release/fixed-issues.html

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HowTo: Upgrade your Delivery Controller to Citrix XenApp 7.18

In this post we will upgrade our Citrix XenApp Delivery Controllers to version 7.18.

On June 9th, 2018 the Citrix XenApp Current Release was updated to version 7.18:

In this blog post I’m describing the upgrade path for the Delivery Controller.

My environment:

  • Two Delivery Controller 7.15.0 on Windows Server 2016
  • MS SQL Database is on a separate SQL Server 2014

The Official Upgrade guide by Citrix: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/current-release/upgrade-migrate/upgrade.html

Download: https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp-and-xendesktop/product-software/xenapp-and-xendesktop-718.html

What’s new: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/current-release/whats-new.html

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Unable to Delete Resources: There is currently an active background action

An addition to CTX138318 about how to delete an old Citrix Studio Hosting connection.
Instead of deleting every task manually we make use of PowerShell piping and Out-GridView.

Today in Citrix Studio I discovered a dead Hosting connection I set up years ago for some MCS tests. When I tried to simply delete the connection, I received the following message:

The error message leads to the following (helpful!) KB article: CTX138318

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Tablacus Explorer is an awesome replacement for explorer.exe as a #XenApp published Application!

In XenApp projects you always face the challenge to decide whether to deploy a published Desktop or different published applications for the users. Many times you will have to use a combination of both. Especially in the published application use-case, you have to find a way to allow your users manage their files with a file explorer. This might not be a problem for Fat-Client users with their Windows 10 Notebooks inside the corporate LAN. Those can simply run their local file explorer and access smb shares.

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