As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to support two related but critical phases. The first is to inventory and assess the physical desktop environment in order to create a baseline for the performance and quality of the user experience for the virtual desktop counterparts. When planning and preparing, organizations would like to know which desktops, users and applications are a good fit for desktop virtualization and which ones are not. The second phase is to track the virtual desktops in production in order to proactively identify when performance and user experience does not meet expectations, as well as to continue to refine and optimize the desktop image and infrastructure as changes are introduced into the environment.
Because virtual desktops live on shared systems, the layers of technology make it more complex to measure and classify fitness and user experience. But with increased industry knowledge and the emergence of best practices, plus new purpose-built products such as Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX, it is now possible to more accurately measure and classify both fitness and user experience. This white paper covers these best practices and provides an introduction to the VDI FIT and VDI UX classification capabilities in Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX.
Active Directory (AD) offers IT system administrators a central way to
manage user accounts and devices in an IT infrastructure network. Active
Directory authenticates and authorizes users when they log onto devices
and into applications, and allows them to use the settings and files
across all devices in the network. Active Directory services are
involved in multiple aspects of networking environments and enable
interplay with other directories. Considering the important role AD
plays in user data-management and security, it’s important to deploy it
properly and consistently follow best practices.
Active Directory Basics is a tutorial
that will help you address many AD management challenges. You’ll learn
what really goes on under the Active Directory hood, including its
integration with network services and the features that enable its many
great benefits. This white paper also explains how administrators can
make changes in AD to provide consistency across an environment.
In addition, the Active Directory Basics tutorial explains how to:
This IDC vendor profile analyzes Cirba’s Software-Defined Infrastructure Control with workload aware predictive analytics.
“Customers interviewed by IDC credit Cirba with helping them substantially reduce infrastructure and software licensing costs by improving the density of their environments without compromising application and workload performance.”
Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed
has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches
over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every
method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include
time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The
too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess
spending on application licenses.
Too many companies are settling on less than optimal
solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of
the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to
dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a
single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user
needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into
a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the
right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right
fonts. It is possible and it is simple.
Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides
a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT
overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending
Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based
policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and
enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images.
FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any
other similar technologies available today.
A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment
solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the
methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises
valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution
that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than
degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously
personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications
and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And,
of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or
cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.
UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
Over the last decade, the Citrix portfolio of solutions has dramatically expanded to include Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, XenMobile, Sharefile and Workspace Cloud. And, the use cases for Citrix technologies have also expanded with the needs of the market. Flexwork and telework, BYOD, mobile workspaces, PC refresh alternatives and remote partner access are now common user paradigms that are all supported by Citrix technologies.
To deliver the best possible user experience with all these Citrix technologies, Citrix environments need to be well architected but also well monitored and managed to identify and diagnose problems early on and prevent issues from escalating and impacting end users and business processes.
This 2nd-annual research report from DABCC and eG Innovations provides the results of a comprehensive survey of the Citrix user community with a goal of exploring the current state of Citrix performance management and helping Citrix users better understand current challenges, technology choices and best practices in the Citrix community.
The survey results have been compiled into a data-rich, easy-to-digest report to provide you with benchmarks and new insights into the best practices for effective Citrix performance management.
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for
deploying application and desktop virtualization in today’s expanding
enterprise, they provide a unified platform that makes application and desktop
delivery fast and easy.
utilize the new Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) as well as several new
features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote
access of your virtual applications and desktops.
In this Citrix-Ready white paper, Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7,
you will discover real-world experiences as well as the top eight best
practices in deploying Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, including how to:
Numerous components as
well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items comprise
today’s complex Citrix infrastructures and all can affect the user experience.
At any given time, one or more of these components may fail or experience an
issue and service organizations spend a significant amount of time and effort
diving into each of the various components in order to properly address and
Download this white paper to get a
comprehensive checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be
considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to
effectively manage performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures. Jo Harder, Application and Desktop Virtualization
Analyst, details a checklist for importance level and vendor consideration
broken out into the following categories:
This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers
with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to
analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and
business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line
of business (LoB) executives.
To test backup performance, they created 2,000 AD users and
utilized LoadGen to generate email traffic. Each user received 120 messages and
sent 20 messages over an 8-hour workday. Using this load level, we established
performance baselines for a data protection using direct SAN-based agentless VM
In this scenario they were able to :
Citrix logon monitoring has been a topic that has been getting a lot of attention. In some domains, users logon multiple times into their Citrix infrastructure. Slow logons affect the user experience and reduce user productivity.
This whitepaper discusses different ways of monitoring Citrix logon times, reviews what is necessary for complete visibility into the Citrix logon process and presents how to diagnose Citrix logon slowness issues quickly to improve the user experience and enhance productivity.
Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to outline the necessary approach
to centrally control and manage FTAs for Word 2013 and WordViewer using
After addressing the reason and symptoms of
the issue, Duncan asserts, "If the desire is to 'Control the FTA' centrally
and manage the associations with FSLogix, preventing the users from overriding
the FTA settings," then "to achieve this you can create 2
separate FTA rules, one for Word 2013 and another for WordViewer."
applying these rules alongside the FSLogix Hiding rules for the applications,
then the Administrator can ensure that the FTA that is applied is the one that
they have allocated to the application group.
will also prevent a user from being able to right-click the file and assign
their OWN FTA preferences.