Replacing Edgesight with Goliath Performance Monitor

After receiving quite a bit of feedback from my first post on Replacing Citrix Edgesight with Goliath Performance Monitor (GPM), I have decided to create a feature-to-feature comparison between Edgesight 5.x, Desktop Director\Insight, and Goliath Performance Monitor. With this comparison, it should be clear that GPM is more than capable of replacing your existing Edgesight deployment and Desktop Director, while a useful utility, it isn’t and wasn’t meant to be an Enterprise monitoring solution for Citrix … Read more…

Deploying Windows 10 MDT Style

As of yesterday, MDT 2013 Update 1 is available for download – this is the much awaited update to MDT that allows for deployments using Windows 10. It requires two updates: The Windows ADK for Windows 10 – https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/dn913721.aspx MDT 2013 Update 1 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48595 The ADK is the largest install – if you have installed the ADK before, you know that the initial file you download is just a setup tool – the actual download happens … Read more…

Windows 10 Media Center Replacement

Well, it’s been fun, Media Center. Your time came a bit too soon if you ask me…I’m referring, of course, to 2009 when Microsoft made the last code changes to Media Center and started slowly dropping features from it – ahem, Sports Experience – since Microsoft Support has even started acting like WMC never existed and the original support article is now gone, I’ll refer you to a post over on TheGreenButton – here. I guess … Read more…

How to Proactively Accelerate & Improve Citrix Deployments by Monitoring During POC & Pilot Phases

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We all want seamless rollouts of Citrix XenApp\XenDesktop and we use a number of tools to achieve that reality. I’ve found a unique software that allows me to proactively understand the performance impact of Citrix XenApp\XenDesktop on the IT infrastructure and ultimately end user experience early in the deployment lifecycle. In this post I will give you 4 examples of how to use the software to avoid potential issues. VDI deployments When large VDI deployments … Read more…

How to Patch MDT OS Images Using WSUS

You should already be using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for deploying servers in production, in test environments, in lab environments – you get the idea. It’s a simple way to guarantee a reproducible, consistent image every time; and it also provides a decent amount of flexibility for driver installation, application installation and deployment automation (and I love automation). What is even nicer is that you can patch the OS images such that every deployment will … Read more…

VM Deployment in Nutanix Community Edition with MDT

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The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is my preferred method for deploying Virtual Machines in the lab (everywhere, really) – There are no potential issues with cloning, software can be automatically installed, and a driver pool can be kept up to date. It also allows for offline servicing of the base image, so no waiting for 140+ Windows updates. One of my latest adventures has been using Nutanix Community Edition (NCE) to get a feel for how … Read more…

Creating a PowerShell Profile

Inspired by this Hey, Scripting Guy! post, I decided it was time to figure out exactly what a PowerShell profile could do. If you’re like me, you open a PowerShell window, load a module, do some quick commands, come back a few hours later, load some more modules, and so on – all on the same PoSH window. First read the article, then create your own PowerShell profile as follows: Then create your profile. As … Read more…

Backup VMware with Veeam Free PowerShell and FreeNAS

I use FreeNAS to store the virtual machines for my lab. I had previously used NFS as it allowed for really simple backups of VMs – take a snapshot, do a copy from the snapshot directory to a different dataset, remove the snapshot, done. NFS is nice because it allows you to view the filesystem directly from the storage server…NFS on FreeNAS\ZFS is not nice because it essentially requires flash for the intent log due to … Read more…

VMware vCenter Documentation Script Version 1.5

This is a minor release. What’s new: vCenter permissions and non-standard roles (admin, read-only, etc are built in and thus won’t output) DRS rules and groups Note: the above features are available only in HTML, Word, and export output formats; text is not included and will not be for any minor upcoming features. A major overhaul of the script output functionality is planned for 2.0 and new features outputting in text will be deferred until then. … Read more…

NetScaler Upgrade 10.5 to 11

This post will cover upgrading the NetScaler code from 10.5 to 11 – more specifically, this covers upgrading from NetScaler 10.5 build 55.8007.e as discussed in my previous post here. The upgrade process is fairly straight forward – download the firmware from Citrix, then login to the web GUI under System, and select ‘Upgrade Wizard’. Note 1: If you are upgrading an HA pair, read this Citrix article first Note 2: If you are upgrading from NetScaler 10.1, … Read more…