XenDesktop Client Time Zone Redirection not Working

Despite setting the HDX policy to use client time zone, the time was still different on the client than the endpoint. Checking the usual places in the registry and some W32TM queries revealed nothing… w32tm /query /source w32tm /tz Then I manually tried to change the time zone on the XD machine…error – can’t! Time to check permissions. Looks like users need to have the ‘Change the time zone’ right for this to work, and … Read more…

Powershell One-liner of the Day: XenDesktop Users that have not Logged on in 60 Days or More

Just a simple one-liner to get a listing of all users that have not logged into their XD desktop in 60 days or more – this is for static desktops or XD PvD. Requires: XenDesktop PowerShell SDK (studio commandlets) AD Powershell commandlets Use MaxRecordCount for large environments Replace “DOMAINHERE\” with your domain

Web Receiver Browser Integration Trouble Again

StoreFront Web Receiver is having some browser integration pain – and this time, it’s with Chrome. The symptoms are as follows: With the April update that disables NPAPI by default Chrome users will always be prompted to install Citrix Receiver Chrome users may be prompted to save or open .ICA files Chrome users may be pushed to the HTML5 receiver if it is enabled – if not, the application\desktop launch will fail The official Citrix … Read more…

Sophos UTM Home Edition Install

There are a lot of options when it comes to Firewall\Unified Threat Management appliances – including hardware, software, and virtual appliance. Several names come to mind including pfSense, Untangle,┬ám0n0wall, and the topic of this post – the Sophos UTM Home Edition appliance (formerly Astaro Gateway). After doing fairly extensive research, I decided upon this distribution for a few reasons: Available as a virtual appliance, or software to run on your choice of hardware (or Sophos … Read more…

Optimizing Provisioning Services with Powershell

When you’re deploying lots of systems, anything that can make the deployment more efficient is always welcome – so basically, any automation is always welcome. These scripts I use on both PVS servers and targets – the first script disables all network offloads on the VMXNET3 adapter and the second sets up the persistent data on the writecache volume (obviously the 2nd is only for targets). Here’s the first – this is specific to PVS … Read more…

Citrix XenApp 6.5 Upgrade to 7 Uninstall Order

If you are looking to upgrade a 2008R2 XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp\XenDesktop 7.x, you will more than likely be uninstalling the 6.5 bits prior to installing the 7.x VDA. Currently, project Serenity is still in beta and appears to migrate mostly datastore objects and settings – you still need to manually migrate the user servers. Per this Citrix article (which is a bit outdated) the only noted procedure is to uninstall hotfixes first then … Read more…

Citrix Folder Redirection not Working in Internet Explorer

This post should really be titled “Folder redirection working great and only showing endpoint drives and NOT showing XenDesktop files in Internet Explorer”. But in all actuality, folder redirection wasn’t involved at all. This issue was presented as only endpoint drives and folders are showing when the user browses a File\Open dialog from an IE page. This is a XenDesktop environment, so the user was expecting to have some mapped drives and content in their … Read more…

VMware vCenter Documentation Script Version 1.3

This is a minor release. What’s new: Support for VMware PowerCLI 6.0 (Note: I have not fully tested on vSphere 6 yet – this is just to support the new cmdlets) Beta performance graphs for Hosts and VMs Use the -Chart parameter to give this a try Requires .NET chart controls (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14422) – They are included in Windows8\2012 and .NET 4.0 I believe Temporarily saves .PNG images before importing them into the Word document   … Read more…