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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. April 2006 Entries
Doug Brown is after your suggestions for the ‘Tweaks Section' of the next MIAB (Methodology in a Box) Release
DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the updated Methodology in a Box 4.0 ‘Tweaks Section' Updated April 26, 2006 - BETA 2These performance, security, and usability ‘tweaks & tips' apply to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0. The goal of this section is to detail the basic tweaks needed to tune Windows for a Citrix and Terminal Services environment. This paper is just a draft of what will appear in the upcoming Methodology in ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:12 AM

Use your phone to convert photos of whiteboards and documents into searchable PDF files? brilliant idea!
I picked this up from a fellow Geekswithblogs blogger - Tariq Convert photos of whiteboards and documents into searchable PDF files. scanR is a powerful service that automatically: cleans photos of whiteboards and documents tags documents with extracted keywords delivers the results as PDF files or faxes You can try it for free, and there is also a client for WM5 PocketPC, SmartPhone and Treo 700W ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:42 AM

VMware releases Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta available for download
VMware Virtual Machine Importer 2.0 Beta Program Download hereVMware is proud to announce the Beta availability of Virtual Machine Importer 2.0, the latest desktop utility for IT professionals and software developers/testers working with virtual machines. VMware Virtual Machine Importer (VMI) is a freely available, stand-alone utility to import virtual machines from different source formats into several VMware product destinations, and can be used to: Move virtual machines across different test/dev ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:37 AM

Want Push email NOW! (Blackberry Alternative from Smartphone/PocketPC) Mail2web has this running as a Beta service - Have your Proof of Concept working in minutes!
Thanks to Gears at CoolSmartPhone, I've worked through the details of their post and it does exactly what it says on the tin. So, if like me you have issues with the infrastructure and/or security concerns that are stopping you from deploying this at your office, then try this as an alternative by having your emails forwarded. It's not ideal, but it is a guarenteed way of being able to demonstrate to your colleagues how good MS Push Email is and how very much like the Blackberry Service it is in ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:23 AM

So what is your desktop going to look like this time next year? Virtualized Applications for everbody?
I’ve spotted this post from Martin Banks at TheRegister and I guess it’s because he has recently interviewed David Greschler, of Softricity due to the (upcoming) release of SoftGrid 4.0 I have reproduced it here in full, but I think it is of particular note because it very accurately gets to the heart of why this particular technology and SoftGrid in particular is growing at 100% year on year (in some ways I’m surprised it’s not a higher number?) "Virtualised applications ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 11:26 AM

A sneak peek at future of Windows Mobile? How about the Roadmap through to 2008?
Thanks to MSMobiles for the note about LocutusBorgMan's post in the BrightHand Forum. (NOTE: As far as I am aware this is in the public domain, not restricted by NDA) Here he posted the link to a MS Presentation in Interlaken for MS Mobile Developers, and although it was very developer biased, slide 55 was quite illuminating from my point of view so I've included it below. Equally LocutusBorgMan's notes make an interesting read:Seems like Crossbow, which is supposedly a second edition of WM5.0 like ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 5:34 AM

Doug Brown releases the first draft of MIAB 4
For those us that have seen, read and used Doug's earlier works with MIAB (Methodology in a Box) this is exciting news, even if you aren't interested in Citrix or Terminal Servers, there will be lots to learn from his documentation, although this is an early draft. Update: I believe Doug will be adding a form where you will be able to submit other suggestions at some stage shortly. Methodology in a Box™ Tips & Tweaks Section Beta! DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 3:46 AM

300th Post - WARNING TO HTC UNIVERSAL USERS! - problems with AKU2 ROM upgrade for HTC Universal (M5000, Xda Exec, etc.) Pocket PC phones
Although I haven't got one of these devices, as I'm more than happy with my C600, I think it only fair to help warn those of you that do that you MAY inadvertently end up in a scenario where it is possible that you might turn your pride and joy into a rather expensive paperweight? I was alerted to this by MSMobiles about the article by nedge2k in MSMobileNews If you have bootloader v0.56 on your device, DO NOT upgrade to an AKU2 or you will turn it into a paperweight!To check your bootloader, hold ......

Posted On Sunday, April 23, 2006 2:19 PM

Citrix Captures No. 1 Position in SSL VPN Unit Market Share in 4Q 05 Just One Year After Entering Market
Well it was only a matter of time? Press Release hereI have said it before, and I'll say it again, Citrix's Marketing Team should take the biggest share of the plaudits for this. They have taken an SSL VPN product and hyped it to an almost unbelievable degree. To give you an example of what I mean - I went to one Customer who was accessing Citrix thru an IPSEC VPN and they were having all sorts of issues (especially getting the Client end installed and working) and initially we were called in to ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:55 PM

Have you tried Groove Virtual Office yet?
I have given it a brief trial and it's certainly got a lot of promise as a collaboration tool built off the back of Office 12. My brother has been using it quite extensively back in Canberra, Australia and we have both successfully trialled real time collaboration in Word and Excel. This would appear to be a pretty good example of a product that now has legs as more people take up on Broadband connections? The only thing missing is the Voice or VoIP component (did I hear you mention Skype? ;-) Groove ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:47 PM

The future of application virtualisation? I'm not sure how old this interview is but the figures make interesting reading
Courtesy of my BlogLines rss'd Google News searches I came across this article,Desktop application virtualisation could quicken fixes, boost reliability and lower desktop support costs. Kevin White reports. The bit that really reminded me how recent this space is was:To date, the desktop application streaming market has been championed only by niche vendors such as Softricity, AppStream, Endeavors Technology and Stream Theory (the latter two having merged in 2005), but now Citrix is about to join. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:33 PM

Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regard to Virtualization? (i.e. Softgrid, VMware and Altiris) and just what is a Hype Cycle? Take the Poll
So after the previous post regarding Virtualization and what it might mean to Citrix's dominance I have done a bit of ferreting around and found some neat code over at MindVizTracker that has enabled me to add a Poll to ask you what you think? Have a look a below the Add on the left side and you should find something like this: Poll: Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regards to Virtualization?? Technology Trigger? Peak of Inflated Expectations? Trough of Disillusionment? Slope of Enlightenment? ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:11 PM

Where is Virtualization heading, and how this might effect the design and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers?
I have been doing some brainstorming with Charles@eknowlogy over the past few days regarding Virtualization and how this may change the face and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers and he has pointed out some new developments that might have some far reaching effects like:Marathon Launches Next Generation Application Availability Software Solution Built on Patented Virtualization Technology So based on this, and an article Brian Madden did a little while back regarding this I have put together my ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software Virtualisation Solution
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing.net for the link to this: Aaron (aka Parky) has done a short write-up of Softricity SoftGrid vs. Altiris Software and although it is rather brief I think it's correct in that the Altiris release has some catching up to do - I wonder if that's why they released it as version 2.0? ;-)) (Although I do find it a bid odd that SVS insists on creating all of it's virtualization files under C:\fslrdr<layer number>... surely this isn't hardcoded?) ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:00 AM

Citrix Products and Internet Explorer ActiveX Update (KB 912945)
Citrix have released this article CTX109553 regarding interaction with ActiveX, and it looks like this issue could be with us for some time? If we come across any handy workarounds I'll post the details here - better yet, if anyone else has any answers, post them here as well? SymptomsWhen used with Citrix Web Interface 4.x and/or Citrix Access Gateway Advanced Access Control 4.x, both the embedded ActiveX ICA and embedded RDP clients require the end-user to click in the ICA or RDP session before ......

Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:00 AM

Multi-monitor support for Citrix ICA Sessions - dual screens and the like
Update - I got a note from Stefan Vermeulen at http://www.printingsupport.com regarding some info from Brian Madden's forum and have posted it in the Comments - this includes the Registry tweak to increase the buffer to 16Mb per session. I've been asked about multi-monitor support for Citrix ICA Sessions twice in the last week or so from two different sources so I thought it useful to pop this in as a post? Using Multiple Monitors with Seamless Windows Seamless Windows Problem with NVidia Dual Screen ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 6:18 AM

Ericom would appear to be gaining ground as the front runner for Citrix's competitor?
Well it looks like Ericom's attendance at BriForum in Washington has gone to it's head? ;-))Thanks for the heads up from Charles@eknowlogy on this Some while back I did a post questioning if Citrix's near monopoly on the Terminal Server/Remote Access market was reaching it's zenith (Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?) and back in January my pick of the competitors was Ericom based on it's relatively mature WebConnect Product that can provide Seamless RDP Sessions ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:46 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Push email with MSFP enabled WM5 Devices - while working with existing Firewalls like Checkpoint, etc.
So Microsoft has posted this article for those who want to deploy Push email but this is interesting that I've noticed this today almost immediately after going through an online discussion with some of the security team at my end that has seen us decide (read - me capitulate under overwhelming numbers??) to try using Nokia's Intellisync to achieve push email. OK, I'm gutted, and not just because I've spent so much spare time over the last 9 months or so trying to line this up but the reality of ......

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 6:42 PM

From the Exchange Blog - Direct Push is just a heartbeat away
If you have a need to understand the full details at a very deep technical level of how the HeartBeat function works in Exchange 2003 SP2 and WM5 devices then check out this article here. Background Exchange 2003 introduced the Always Up To Date notification feature (AUTD) that kept devices up to date by sending SMS triggers to the device. The triggers were sent from the enterprise as SMTP messages to the SMTP front end at the mobile operator. They were then sent through the SMS gateway as SMS messages ......

Posted On Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:16 PM

Possible problem with Citrix PS4 R01 breaks Session Reliability for Java client through CSG?
If anyone is contemplating applying R01 for Presentation Server 4 you might want to just check this out beforehand? This has been found at a Customers Site by one of our Consultants and he has confirmed this by duplicating it in a VMWare environment. Issue:Java client through CSG with Session reliability turned on only works if the STA is on a Citrix PS4 server which doesn't have R01 installed. If, as usual, all Citrix servers have R01 installed then it simply stops working. The Java client fails ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 3:07 PM

Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) under VMWare
Courtesy of Brian Madden's site, Rich Crusco over at Frameworx has just released a Step-by-step guide on how to virtualize a Citrix Access Gateway, if you need to understand how this system works in more depth and want to have a good mess with it this is the way to go ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 5:10 AM

A round up of Citrix and SBC based Articles - in no particular order..... ;-)
I've had a couple of articles pinned in Bloglines to post at some stage and I never seemed to quite get around to it - until today, time for Spring Cleaning? This comes from MS Terminal Services.orgBandwidth Management: Part 3 – Guaranteeing and Protecting ICA/RDP on LAN/WANQuite a tidy article from Andy Jones, that gets in to how to protect the bandwidth for ICA. However a lot of Customers seem to get put off Packetshaper by the price, a slightly different solution that can sometimes give ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 2:39 PM

A round up of news regarding Push Email for WM5
So this popped in today from CoolSmartPhone - and this is fantastic news from my own selfish point of view? Looks like they will definately be competing with TMobile's efforts? Orange have announced pricing their new Microsoft Exchange Direct Push e-mail plans, according to this ComputerWeekly story. Data bundles will start at £6.50, giving users 10Mb of email. Medium usage packages will cost £12 per month for 30Mbytes, with high usage costing £25 per month for 200Mbytes.You'll need ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 1:00 PM

Better Rebates To Tempt Citrix Partners - Advisory Rewards to be increased from 10 to 15%??
I'm just checking the date on the calendar to make sure it's not actually the 1st of April, because I'm starting to suspect that Citrix is actually starting to knuckle under and compete? Don't think so? I don't blame you, but have a look at this: Posted at SmartOfficeNews.com.auCitrix is increasing the amount of rebates it offers partners in an attempt to get them taking advantage of the company's newest products. Wendy Smith, Channel Programs Manager said the company is increasing the rebate from ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:48 AM

Orange finally waking up to how Certificates work in the real world?
I've been sent an email today from Orange because I'm signed up to their Developers site, and it seems they have finally cottoned on to the fact that not everyone has installed Verisign Certificates on their Exchange Servers - so now they have at least explained how to go about getting Root Certificates added to the latest devices (C600, M600, M3000, M5000, etc.) that have a higher level of security applied. Anyway, head over to OrangePartners for the lowdown on how Orange thinks that you should ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:05 AM

TechFaithWireless - Possible competitor to HTC for SmartPhone and PocketPC market?
This just in courtesy of Jason's blog Over at MyPDACafe.com there is a post of some very cool looking devices coming out of China from TechFaithWireless HTC is probably known to all fans of the Pocket PC and Microsoft-OS based Smartphone platform. HTC is currently a clear market leader but this may change soon. One of its challengers among OEM and ODM manufacturers is Chinese TechFaithWireless, whose smaprtphone I am honoured to introduce to you today. Unlike many other smart phones with Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:47 AM

Citrix Pricing discounts of up to 44% to get from Winframe and XP to PS 4.0??
Now some of you may recall that I recently heard a rumour that Citrix were definately prepared to be somewhat flexible on their pricing (especially if you mentioned that you might be considering something like Ericom instead?) well now it appears that they have taken that somewhat further? OK, so first of all the Good News - this includes one years Subscription Advantage (So you should also qualify for the next release?) AND also allows you to upgrade from ANY Citrix Server product, even goinig back ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:13 AM

Don't like WISP from Citrix? then just change the way Web Interface looks with this template?
If you don't like WISP (Web Interface integration for SharePoint) then how about modifying Web Interface to look like SharePoint? So now there are no excuses for anyone who looks after SharePoint and Web Interface, there are two different approaches depending on the specifics of your local environment. Thanks to Michel, I've just been looking at this template by Jason CongerLogin Screen Applications Page ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 7:00 AM

Shortcuts and Input Tips for Smartphone and PocketPC from Windows Mobile Team
I came across this little nugget at the Windows Mobile Team's Blog that I thought was worth sharing? Smartphone SpecificEasy access to numbers. In both T9 and ABC mode, you can usually get a number by pressing and holding the button. For instance, the 2 button can be a, b, c, or 2. Press it once and you'll get a letter. Press and hold it and you'll get the number. This is a lot faster than switching to 123 mode if you just need to type a few numbers. Lock the keypad. On smartphones that have a separate ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 5:44 AM

Lightweight (almost Ultra Light?) Dual Core Laptop?
Now call me crazy, but I always thought the purpose of having a laptop in the first place was to be mobile? Not dragging around something that weighs in at over 5 kilos (before adding the power supply?) with a 17" screen, etc. So it's real nice to see some very sharp Laptops coming out with the Horsepower AND a light weight, like this little number from ASUS? Check out all the details at Engaget4.2-pound, 1.45-inch thick lappie packs in a battery-friendly 13.3-inch "Color Shine" LCD, Intel Core Duo ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 9:07 PM

All change at Microsoft? Seems like they've been bitten by the Virtual Bug?
So reviewing a couple of neat things today at Bink.nu Microsoft has added Linux support to Virtual Server 2005 R2:Supported operating systems actually are:Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.2Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.3Novell’s SuSE Linux 10.0Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4Red Hat Linux 7.3Red Hat Linux 9.0 Then there was this link from Bink to Alessandro's site about MS now making ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 8:57 PM

Welcome to Charles at eKnowlogy - new Blog regarding SBC, Thin Client, Softgrid and Virtualization, etc.
If you have any questions or problems regarding these subjects (including the advantages of 64bit Servers, etc.) you won't go too far wrong checking things out with Charles - it's early days, so if he hasn't blogged about it yet then drop him an email and ask. eKnowlogy. As far as Technology goes, Charles is one of the most passionate people I know, he won't rest until he has an answer ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 4:58 AM

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