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User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and more.
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
Does Deploying Citrix in the Cloud Make Performance Monitoring Easier?
Organizations now have a variety of cloud-based options for delivering virtualized applications and desktops. Cloud deployments are fast, involve lower hardware footprint and simplify IT operations. A key question to answer in this context is whether Citrix Cloud services make performance monitoring easier than it was for on-premises deployments. Read this white paper and find out how to implement monitoring for Citrix Cloud environments.

The technology of cloud computing has caught up with virtual desktop infrastructures. Tapping into the agility and flexibility of cloud-hosted infrastructures, Citrix Cloud enables organizations to simplify digital workspace delivery. With many of the critical components of the Citrix delivery infrastructure hosted in the cloud and managed by Citrix, organizations can speed up deployment, lower hardware footprint, increase ROI, simplify IT operations. Despite the many benefits of Citrix Cloud, the performance management challenges still persist, just as they do in traditional on-premises Citrix deployments.

Read this eG Innovations white paper, and understand:

  • The two popular Citrix Cloud deployment options
  • Performance monitoring challenges in Citrix Cloud infrastructures
  • Stakeholders involved and their respective domains of responsibility
  • The various monitoring tools and options available
  • Best practices to set up performance monitoring
5 Best Practices to Achieve Successful Migration to Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.x
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. While many new features and enhancements have been introduced in 7.x, there are also some capabilities that were available in XenApp 6.5 and are no longer supported in 7.x (such as Citrix EdgeSight for performance monitoring). Despite all these changes, the success of the migration, ultimately, depends on ensuring outstanding performance and end-user experience in the new 7.x environment.

Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Key Considerations for a Performance Monitoring Solution for your Citrix Infrastructure
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures.
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures.
Is Your Citrix Monitoring Ready for Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x?
Organizations across the world are migrating from XenApp 6.5 to the latest version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x. This upgrade comes with radical changes to Citrix architecture, configuration, policy settings, protocols and deployment models. There are many components in the Citrix architecture that have been replaced with new ones. And many have also been newly introduced. With such a strategic change in the Citrix environment, traditional methods of monitoring won't hold good.

With the EOL of XenApp 6.5, organizations across the world are migrating to the latest version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7. This upgrade comes with radical changes to Citrix architecture, configuration, policies, protocols and deployment models.

With so many changes in effect, traditional methods of monitoring won't hold good. Your monitoring solution should be ready to adapt to the new enhancements in the 7.x product line.

Read this white paper by George Spiers, Citrix CTP and EUC Architect, where he explains in detail:

  • What’s changed from XenApp 6.5 to Virtual Apps and Desktops 7
  • What monitoring best practices to adopt for ensuring top performance of your virtualized environment and deliver outstanding user experience
The Case for Converged Application & Infrastructure Performance Monitoring
Read this white paper and learn how you can combine and correlate performance insights from the application (code, SQL, logs) and the underlying hardware infrastructure (server, network, virtualization, storage, etc.)

One of the toughest problems facing enterprise IT teams today is troubleshooting slow applications. When a user complains of slowness in application access, all hell breaks loose, and the blame game begins: app owners, developers and IT ops teams enter into endless war room sessions to figure out what went wrong and where. Have you also been in this situation before?

Read this white paper by Larry Dragich, and learn how you can combine and correlate performance insights from the application (code, SQL, logs) and the underlying hardware infrastructure (server, network, virtualization, storage, etc.) in order to:

  • Proactively detect user experience issues before your customers are impacted
  • Trace business transactions and isolate the cause of application slowness
  • Get code-level visibility to identify inefficient application code and slow database queries
  • Automatically map application dependencies within the infrastructure to pinpoint the root cause of the problem
Achieve centralized visibility of all your applications and infrastructure and easily diagnose the root cause of performance slowdowns.
ESG Report: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise
This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.
ESG research recently uncovered that 66% of organizations view their IT environments as more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago. The complexity will most likely increase, since 46% of organizations anticipate their network infrastructure spending to exceed that of 2018 as they upgrade and expand their networks.

Large enterprise and service provider networks consist of multiple device types—routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers—with proprietary operating systems (OS) and different configuration rules. As organizations support more applications and users, their networks will grow and become more complex, making it more difficult to verify and manage correctly implemented policies across the entire network. Organizations have also begun to integrate public cloud services with their on-premises networks, adding further network complexity to manage end-to-end policies.

With increasing network complexity, organizations cannot easily confirm that their networks are operating as intended when they implement network and security policies. Moreover, when considering a fix to a service-impact issue or a network update, determining how it may impact other applications negatively or introduce service-affecting issues becomes difficult. To assess adherence to policies or the impact of any network change, organizations have typically relied on disparate tools and material—network topology diagrams, device inventories, vendor-dependent management systems, command line (CLI) commands, and utilities such as “ping” and “traceroute.” The combination of these tools cannot provide a reliable and holistic assessment of network behavior efficiently.

Organizations need a vendor-agnostic solution that enables network operations to automate the verification of network implementations against intended policies and requirements, regardless of the number and types of devices, operating systems, traffic rules, and policies that exist. The solution must represent the topology of the entire network or subsets of devices (e.g., in a region) quickly and efficiently. It should verify network implementations from prior points in time, as well as proposed network changes prior to implementation. Finally, the solution must also enable organizations to quickly detect issues that affect application delivery or violate compliance requirements.
Add Zero-Cost, Proactive Monitoring to Your Citrix Services with FREE Citrix Logon Simulator
Performance is central to any Citrix project, whether it’s a new deployment, upgrading from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.x, or scaling and optimization. Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how you can leverage eG Enterprise Express, the free Citrix logon monitoring solution from eG Innovations, to deliver added value to your customers and help them proactively fix logon slowdowns and improve the user experience.

Performance is central to any Citrix project, whether it’s a new deployment, upgrading from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.x, or scaling and optimization. Rather than simply focusing on system resource usage metrics (CPU, memory, disk usage, etc.), Citrix administrators need to monitor all aspects of user experience. And, Citrix logon performance is the most important of them all.

Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how you can leverage eG Enterprise Express, the free Citrix logon monitoring solution from eG Innovations, to deliver added value to your customers and help them proactively fix logon slowdowns and improve the user experience. In this webinar, you will learn:

•    What the free Citrix logon simulator does, how it works, and its benefits
•    How you can set it up for your clients in just minutes
•    Different ways to use logon monitoring to improve your client projects
•    Upsell opportunities for your service offerings

Choosing the Best Approach for Monitoring Citrix User Experience
This white paper provides an analysis of the different approaches to Citrix user experience monitoring – from the network, server, client, and simulation. You will understand the benefits and shortcomings of these approaches and become well-informed to choose the best approach that suits your requirements.

A great user experience is key for the success of any Citrix/VDI initiative. To ensure user satisfaction and productivity, Citrix administrators should monitor the user experience proactively, detect times when users are likely to be seeing slowness, pinpoint the cause of such issues and initiate corrective actions to quickly resolve issues.

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How to Make Citrix Logons 75% Faster
Slow logon is one of the most common user complaints faced by Citrix admins. When logon is slow, it affects the end-user experience and business productivity. Because Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop logon comprises many steps and depends on various parts of the infrastructure, it is often difficult to know what is causing logon slowness. Watch this on-demand webinar where Citrix expert George Spiers will share best practices to optimize your Citrix infrastructure to make logons up to 75% faster.

Slow logon is one of the most common user complaints faced by Citrix admins. When logon is slow, it affects the end-user experience and business productivity. Because Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop logon comprises many steps and depends on various parts of the infrastructure, it is often difficult to know what is causing logon slowness. The biggest question every Citrix admin has is, “How do I make Citrix logons faster?”

Optimize Citrix Logon Every Step of the Way and Reduce Logon Times Up To 75%.

Watch this on-demand webinar where Citrix expert George Spiers will share best practices based on his real-world experience to optimize your Citrix infrastructure to make logons up to 75% faster.

•    Understand what factors are involved in Citrix login processing
•    Learn optimization techniques to make logon faster including profile management and image optimization
•    Learn how to improve logon times using new Citrix technologies such as App Layering and WEM
•    Pick up tips, tricks and tools to proactively detect logon slowdowns
•    View this webinar and become an expert at managing Citrix logon performance end to end.

View this webinar and become an expert at managing Citrix logon performance end to end.

Top 10 VMware Performance Metrics That Every VMware Admin Must Monitor
How does one track the resource usage metrics for VMs and which ones are important? VMware vSphere comprises many different resource components. Knowing what these components are and how each component influences resource management decisions is key to efficiently managing VM performance. In this blog, we will discuss the top 10 metrics that every VMware administrator must continuously track.

Virtualization technology is being widely adopted thanks to the flexibility, agility, reliability and ease of administration it offers. At the same time, any IT technology – hardware or software – is only as good as its maintenance and upkeep, and VMware virtualization is no different. With physical machines, failure or poor performance of a machine affects the applications running on that machine. With virtualization, multiple virtual machines (VMs) run on the same physical host and a slowdown of the host will affect applications running on all of the VMs. Hence, performance monitoring is even more important in a virtualized infrastructure than it is in a physical infrastructure.

How does one determine what would be the right amount of resources to allocate to a VM? The answer to that question lies in tracking the resource usage of VMs over time, determining the norms of usage and then right-sizing the VMs accordingly.

But how does one track the resource usage metrics for VMs and which ones are important? VMware vSphere comprises many different resource components. Knowing what these components are and how each component influences resource management decisions is key to efficiently managing VM performance. In this blog, we will discuss the top 10 metrics that every VMware administrator must continuously track.

The Top 10 Metrics a Citrix Administrator Must Monitor in Their Environment
We have invited George Spiers, who is a Citrix architect with rich experience in consulting and implementing Citrix technologies for organizations in various sectors, to write this guest blog and enlighten us on the topic of Citrix monitoring. George is also a Citrix Technology Professional and has contributed immensely to the Citrix community. Read on to see what George thinks are the top 10 most important metrics that Citrix administrators must monitor.

Citrix application and desktop virtualization technologies are widely used by organizations that are embarking on digital transformation initiatives. The success of these initiatives is closely tied to ensuring a great user experience for end users as they access their virtual apps and desktops. Given the multitude of components and services that make up the Citrix delivery architecture, administrators constantly face an uphill challenge in measuring performance and knowing what key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor.

We have invited George Spiers (https://www.jgspiers.com/), who is a Citrix architect with rich experience in consulting and implementing Citrix technologies for organizations in various sectors, to write this guest blog and enlighten us on the topic of Citrix monitoring. George is also a Citrix Technology Professional and has contributed immensely to the Citrix community. Read on to see what George thinks are the top 10 most important metrics that Citrix administrators must monitor.

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