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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. February 2006 Entries
Very comprehensive guide to Application Packaging and Deployment as well as Citrix Installation Manager
This just in from DABCC.com, a very detailed (and lengthy ;-) guide on how to approach IM Packaging and deploying applications in general with a focus on Terminal and Citrix Servers. Although, I'm currently looking at an issue with deploying Adobe Acrobat Std where it keeps trying to carry out some activation process, and I've found that Adobe is suggesting that the only way around this for Terminal or Citrix Servers is to install the Volume Licensing version ONLY! Interestingly enough this article ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:31 PM

Record notes and Phone Calls with VITO Audionotes
Now here is a very nifty little tool - how often do you find yourself in the midst of a conversation that just needs jotting down and you don't have three hands? Kudos to CoolSmartPhone for the heads up. VITO AudioNotes is an MP3/WAV recorder for Smartphones and Pocket PC's. Released today it's an easy way to record those important memos or thoughts on the go. It's simple to use to - you don't need to worry about stacks of recording formats etc - just choose MP3 or WAV, then set the quality to low, ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 6:45 PM

Living with Windows Mobile AKU2, or How I learned to Love Push e-mail and Stop Worrying
Courtesy of a link I found at MSMobiles, I found this article by GeekZone Here I have just posted what is effectively the exec summary, but please do have a read of the full article? as it has loads of detail, and it also points to a default of possibly 12Mb a month consumed by the HeartBeat, but I believe this was on a setting of 24 hours a day? so it's quite possible with a reduced setting outside the core business hours you might see something like 4Mb a month? Bring on the datacardsOne more thing ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:38 PM

Citrix Releases v4.2.1 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway (CAG)
Courtesy of Doug Brown at DABCC.COM there is this news of what is effectively a hotfix for the CAG (Citrix Access Gateway) I can also confirm with Doug that this will simply update the device without blowing away your existing Config, Licences, etc. However, it is always good practice to plan for the unforseen? so it's not a bad idea to save a copy of the config in a safe place before upgrading, don't you think? ;-)) If you are currently running Citrix Access Gateway version 4.2 you can upgrade to ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:48 PM

Ex-Gizmondo exec walks from wreckage - of $1m Ferrari
Now I'd seen this story reported in a few places, but the Reg has now posted an update with a photo of what's left of the Passenger compartment - basically the front half, forward of the firewall (not that kind of Firewall!!!, the original kind....) Picture exclusive Former Gizmondo Europe executive Stefan Eriksson was this week involved in a car crash that shredded in his million-dollar Ferrari Enzo. Eriksson, who told police he was not the driver of the vehicle, walked away from the impact with ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 10:08 AM

Push Email for Orange Devices - just around the corner?
From CoolSmartPhoneJeremy Platt has emailed in about the new push email facility coming from Microsoft. According to what he's heard, the ROM update for Windows Mobile 5 devices on Orange should be available before the end of this month. To make that news even better, the ROM upgrade will be an incremental one. This means that you guys won't have to do a complete ROM re-grade - these are usually pretty hefty 11Mb downloads. It'll almost be a "patch".We'll keep out eyes and ears peeled for this one! ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:14 AM

Is Citrix getting too big for it's own good?
Today I was involved in a design meeting with a client where we discussed the pro's and con's of how the AG + AAC might add some value to an Infrastructure that is already heavily biased to Citrix. To a certain extent it was a "no-brainer" as it all fits together so well, and we also had a Citrix Sales person as well as a Citrix SE (Systems Engineer) on hand just to keep things going nicely. Now those of you who have delved in to looking at the AG in depth will have found that it is listed as a "failover" ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:03 PM

New PVPro mini projector has no moving parts
Saw this over at Engaget and considering it's only Black and White, and that it's only a prototype it is still incredibally small? ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:37 AM

Has HP released news of the HW6910/HW6915 Mobile Messenger or not?
Now this was posted at MSMobiles a few days ago... but interestingly enough all the links are now broken with the exception of the Accessories page makes you wonder when it might actually be released? UK division of HP makes the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910February 12, 2006 [Pocket PC phone]No more digging deep in the website of HP is needed - now it is enough to go to HP UK website, click on professional handhelds and the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910 are presented officially. Also the probable reasons of ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:23 AM

Thin Computing ROI : The Untold Story
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net This paper written by Randy Perry of IDC sponsored by Wyse on the return on investment (ROI) of Thin Computing (Server Based Computing) environments: "Latest research from IDC, the leading global technology analyst firm, reveals that enterprises adopting thin computing achieve an average Return on Investment of 421% and pay back the cost in less than 11 months once their thin client solution is deployed. Thin computing also releases IT staff from the time-consuming ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:46 AM

Xplorer360 grants read/write access to Xbox storage?
I noticed this over at Engaget a few days ago, I've been tracking these little *improvements* as things come to light on the new Xbox360 as I think this will make a good addition to the Home Entretainment system soon ;-) We can't confirm or deny this yet, but a couple of guys but the handles of Roofus and AngerWound whipped up a program called Xplorer360 v0.9 (Beta 1), which supposedly grants full read/write access to the Xbox 360's hard drive and memory units, including physical / logical drive ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 1:57 PM

Press release of news regarding - Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall / Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for the updates, Essentially this is 4 Press Releases from Citrix regarding the 2 Products, each product is accompanied by news from ICSA Labs about security Certification. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about the AG Hardware? I'd suggest you pop over and have a quick look through Brian Madden's article from yesterday entitled "The facts about the Citrix Access Gateway, the Generic hardware it's built on, and running it in VMware" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:50 AM

Process Explorer updated at SysInternals.com
Just in case you hadn't heard - Michel posted at ThinComputing that this has now been updated to version 10.20 If you have to do any serious troubleshooting in a Citrix and/or Terminal Server environment you will find this tool invaluable! Download now at ProcessExplorer ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:25 PM

Samsung's SGH-I320 Q-killer
OK, so now I'm really getting confused, is this supposed to be the BlackBerry Killer or the Q-Killer? How can it be the Q-Killer when the Q hasn't even made it out of the box yet? Can someone tell me that? ;-) <sheesh!> What's made by Samsung, runs Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU2, and looks like the lovechild of a Blackberry 7100 and a Motorola Q? That'd be Samsung's new SGH-I320, which features a QVGA display, Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera, and MicroSD slot. We'll keep you posted on its expected ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:19 PM

Delightful little device? - Sony Ericsson K610: lightweight 3G phone
So this just in this afternoon from Engadget: Rather tasty looking little gadget? And it would appear that little is the operative word? Sony Ericsson is leading its 3GSM charge with the K610, a lightweight (92 grams), thin (17mm) 3G candybar with Bluetooth, dual cameras (2 megapixel for shots, VGA for video calls), and that all-important (for Sony at least) Memory Stick Micro slot. Expect it in Europe sometime in the second quarter ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:14 PM

Provocative Title?? - The nightmare of Lotus Notes
I came across this blog from the Razor at the Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, and thought it was fairly apt? Now that we have MS on the cusp of being able to provide an enterprise Mobile push email solution it seems like they are very much in the driving seat? I have always been hearing numbers bandied about regarding Exchange and Notes being almost 50 - 50 with somthing like 120 Million or so users each? At the end of the day I personally feel that Outlook as a Client is very intuative as well ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:10 PM

Push E-Mail is Go Go Go???
So noticed this at CoolSmartPhone this morning, I guess it's time to keep our eye's peeled on Orange's site? "Cingular Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone today announced free upgrades to the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for all their Windows Mobile 5.0 customers, enabling Direct Push functionality and providing enhanced device management and security for messaging applications. Palm Inc. and i-Mate also reaffirmed their commitment to free MSFP upgrades. In addition, new Windows ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 6:05 AM

Virtual PC vs VMWare
Now there has been a lot of info running through the blog channels regarding VMWare recently, nearly all of it referencing VMWare's bold step to make the server variation of GSX free. But in amongst this I discovered this neat little Blog from Mike Holdorf's Blog regarding switching from Virtual PC to VMWare So after all of this, it was time to give VMWare a try. I used VMWare a long time ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience. I downloaded Workstation 5.5, installed and everything was fine. Upon ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 5:36 AM

OK, standby, MSFP and AKU2 for WM5 has finally LEAKED!!
UPDATE - This link below relates to the Wizard - not the Tornado/C600 But from this I'd expect it won't take too long before we start seeing the other models being leaked in a similar manner. It is always a good practice to always use Winzip to extract the files from within the executable and double-check which model this is for BEFORE trying to apply it?I know that this message is teaching some to suck eggs, etc. but it still needs to be said? This has just been posted on MSMobiles, but if you really ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 11:26 AM

New hotfixes and CTX Articles released from Citrix Support
Reminder to self - sort out Citrix Watcher on Support site!! Now for some reason I'm not getting these updates emailed to me, so I really should sort out the watcher from the support.citrix.com site. But in the meantime I've still been getting updated courtesy of Doug Brown at dabcc.com So what's new? ICA Sessions Do Not Go Into a Disconnected State SymptomsOn occasion, ICA sessions do not assume a disconnected state when ICA KeepAlive is enabled. This occurs because ICA KeepAlive packets rely on ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 1:53 PM

Tired of waiting for the Vaporware to condense into something that works? (Open Source Push Email available also for Pocket PC/WM5?)
New just been posted in MSmobiles about an open source Project called Funambol Now MSmobiles has always been keen to be setting the record straight with regard to MS's claims about the Push email (MSFP, AKU2, etc.) just being around the corner, pointing out about the onging court action by Visto, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reply Jason has regarding this and when we might actually start to see some releases by the Carriers? What is quite exciting is that although this is listed ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 5:34 AM

2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4
Posted By Bink on February 7, 2006 at 1:38 PM Now you may not think this is very interesting? Then just jump to the bottom of the story and check out the price? Now that's got your interest? ;-)) 2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4Easily implement SSL, resource based load balancing and session reconnection for Microsoft Terminal Services or Citrix Metaframe servers 2X releases 2X LoadBalancer for Windows Terminal Services & Citrix Metaframe: a tool to ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 9:38 PM

Some interesting new Tech Articles from Citrix Support
Thanks to my colleague Garry, New Version of DSView http://support.citrix.com/a... Configuring Smart Access for Published Applications http://support.citrix.com/a... Basic Customization of the Advanced Access Control 4.2 Logon Point http://support.citrix.com/a... Changing the Logos and Title of the Default Navigation Page for AAC 4.2 http://support.citrix.com/a... ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 7:58 PM

Overclock your Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC phone with TI processor and make it Skype capable !
So I've come across this little note at MSmobiles.com I'm sure that some people wil find this useful? unfortunately seeing as my new C600 does not have WiFi this isn't of that much interest to me. And if you do use these notes to Overclock - remember it's completely at your own risk!! ;-)) Now you can download simple program that will overclock your HTC Wizard or HTC Prophet and make it thus faster - fast enough to handle Skype voice calls properly. We have tested it with HTC Prophet (i.e. i-mate ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:58 AM

News of RFID? We've been using it on the London Undeground for 12 months or more...
So both of these stories have come to light from Engadget:It's interesting to see that NYC Subway will be getting RFID Passes soon? I'd personally say my experience on the London Underground has been very good, and I'll be glad when they can expand it to cover the Rail Network as well "Select customers" to trial RFID NYC subway pass We were a bit wary when we first got an offer for an RFID credit card, but we're defintely gonna fight tooth-and-nail to become the few, the proud, the Metropolitan Transportation ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 7:47 PM

New head of EMEA Citrix at Chalfont here in the UK?
This just in from Google News.... New Managing Director Set To Strengthen Citrix’s Success Published 6th February 2006 Richard Jackson to head-up business activities in the UK, Ireland and South Africa...February 6, 2006: Access infrastructure specialist, Citrix, has appointed Richard Jackson as regional managing director.In his new role based at Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, Jackson will manage a 60-strong team and focus on increasing sales of the Citrix solution suite in the UK, Ireland and ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 2:55 PM

So more on this WiFi/Network play - Skype and Google fund 'illegal' Wi-Fi start-up
From CNET News.com This is a very intriguing idea, some while ago I was having a play with some tools like NetStumbler for *discovering* WiFi networks and also came across some maps from Julian Priest - The State of Wirless London who had effectively taken an Audit or Census of London's WiFi capabilities back in March 2004, complete with coverage maps, etc. I would imagine that nearly 2 years later we would be just about saturated with full cover across most of London? Does anyone else have any updates ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 9:10 AM

Getting virtual clients managed - Softricity now integrated with SMS
So this news in from TheRegister.co.uk A potential weak spot in the otherwise rather enticing offerings of Boston-based Softricity looks like it gets filled today with the announcement that it has launched a version of its SoftGrid Virtual Application Server that integrates with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS). The ability to provide sysadmin staff with applications management information plus management control over the SoftGrid environment is an important step forward. In the ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:21 AM

Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider
Very interesting note here from Engadget? Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider Posted Feb 3rd 2006 8:01PM by Evan BlassSo it seems that Google may actually have a plan for world domination after all, involving cheap PCs that connect exclusively to a private "Googlenet." The London Times is reporting that "a leading content provider" has been quoted as saying "We are in discussions with Google to provide content for their alternative Internet service, to be distributed through their Google ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2006 1:38 PM

Vmware strickes back to Microsoft Virtual Server and makes GSX server free!
So hot of the press - this in from Bink Last November Microsoft released Virtual Server 2005 R2 with an astonishing price of $99 for standard edition and $199 for enterprise edition. Virtual Server is a direct competitor to Vmware GSX.Now it seems Vmware strikes back, they are going to make Vmware GSX server free! Looks to me like VMWare would HAVE to be tying this to at least a high-level OS like 2000/2003 Server? Surely you wouldn't be able to run this on XP SP2? Otherwise wouldn't they be undercutting ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 8:38 AM

All the latest news and hot gossip regarding WM5, SmartPhones and Blackberries?
Well, I noticed a few articles this week and I have been trying to find the time to put it all together, but it's all moving so quickly it's getting crazy..... But what's even more telling about this is the news (rumour?) that Vodafone here in the UK would appear to be actively engaging with existing customers who are currently using Blackberry servers/services and advising them to switch to MS PocketPC devices? This must be music to Jason's ears? Oh, and if you are at all interested in what might ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 7:13 PM

Citrix Systems sued over patent?
From the Miami Herald Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix Systems (CTXS) is accused in a federal lawsuit of infringing on a patent held by Canadian firm 01 Communique Laboratory. 01 Communique on Wednesday sued Citrix in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio alleging Citrix GoToMyPC, software that allows users remote access to home or office computers, infringes on a patent held by the Mississauga, Ontario, company. 01 Communique, which makes remote-access software called I'm in Touch, obtained ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:42 PM

How easy is it to hack your company?
I came across this blog from Razor in the Sydney Morning Herald and the full article (Anatomy Of A Break-In.)makes fascinating reading. Razor doesn't have any illusions about the diligence with which the corporate world is looking after our personal data - we doubt they even know how bad things are and what a gullible lot we are. But this step-by-step account of the systematic compromising of a major multinational shocked even us. Key staff were warned that an assessment team would try to crack their ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:39 PM

Orange UK, Orange Developers and how Security is being changed/implemented on SmartPhones - should we be concerned?
So continuing on from last nights rant/ramble regarding Root Certs on my C600……. I originally sent this email to Orange Developers trying to find out why I couldn’t at least unlock my Phone from the point of view of running unsigned applications on it. This used to be one of the first things I always did after I’d upgraded or flashed the C500, straight over to http://developer.orangews.c... and enter my details along with the IMEI number and hey presto “Application ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 5:10 PM

ActiveSync across the wire on the C600 - DONE!! (But interesting reply from Orange Developers)
As it turns out it's possible that the cert wasn't necessary as one of my colleagues (Thanks Alex!) pointed out "just uncheck the SSL box and it should be fine" - and lo and behold it was!! So although I've now proved it works, I'm still a bit miffed on a few accounts: Why can't it be using SSL? (I think this is related to point 2?) We still have the security team at our place insisting that OWA hides behind the FW-1, so everyone who wants/needs access to OWA needs to have an account set up on the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:18 PM

Call yourself a Consultant? - this is a pretty good definition
Came across this at SightLines Consulting and thought that this is a very simple but powerful definition of what Consultancy is all about - in some ways it almost reads like a Consultants Charter or like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors? Please consider reading the full article because there are five points along with the summary that I would almost consider as required reading for anyone who considers themselves a Consultant - in fact I know I'm going to try and reread this every now and then to ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:21 AM

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