Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I finally got around to taking my VCP310 Exam

Just a quick blog update to say that I finally got around to taking my VCP310 exam this past weekend and, fortunately, passed.

Hopefully I should receive my intro pack, welcoming me into the ranks of VCP Massive soon.

If youre planning on taking the exam, the best advice I can offer is have tons of hands on experience, read and understand everything Vi3. Attending the course before hand helped me a lot, this is also a mandatory requirement for the VCP certification. Hit the Documentation website, download all of the Vi3 documents and read them, also run through the installs of all the components, including ESX and Virtual Centre,  familiarise yourself with the options and features available as well as how best to configure them (all covered in the Docos)

Good luck.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Citrix Branch Office Repeater

Citrix have unveiled their “Branch Office Repeater” device, this is a hardware appliance designed to improve application performance at branch offices over wide area networks.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Citrix Metaframe XP - Shadowing not available from CMC

If you are running Citrix Metaframe XP and, when you right click on a user to shadow them, the shadow option is greyed out it’s possible the CMC isn’t able to find a local ICA client.

Check to see if the following registry key exists, this is the key the CMC checks to verify the existence of a local ICA client.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WinFrameICA\shell\open\command "

I looked and no I didn't so

If this key does not exist then try reinstalling the ICA client from your installation media.



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Citrix Release XenDesktop 2.0


Citrix have unleashed the final release of XenDesktop (named XenDesktop 2.0).

This is Citrixs’ virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) delivery suite that, if the website and associated literature are to be believed, comes action packed with some pretty awesome features.

The core components are the Desktop Delivery Controller (Broker), this component is responsible for managing user connections to the virtual desktops as well as coordinating the dynamic provisioning of virtual desktops (to be discussed a little later).

You've then got the Virtual Desktop Agent which provides a management interface between the delivery controller and the virtual desktop as well as ICA-enabling the virtual desktop, this is the really cool part! Traditional VDI solutions made use of the standard remote desktop protocol (RDP) to allow users to connect and work from the virtual desktops, XenDesktop and the Virtual Desktop Agent allow user to connect to the Virtual Desktops directly over the feature rich ICA protocol. This means that many of performance optimisation technologies, including speedscreen can be exploited.

The final core component is the Client, the client gets installed onto the end users local workstation and facilitates the direct ICA connection to the virtual desktop.

I'll be installing, tweaking, breaking and rebuilding a XenDesktop environment over the next few days so check back for more updates to the blog!


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Welcome to my new Blog!

Hello all and welcome to my new blog, I’m going to use this blog as a forum for me to discuss and share my experiences as I work through my life as an I.T professional.

I’m planning to blog about problems I’ve encountered in my day to day job and how I went about solving them I also want to share with you my thoughts and ideas about tools and technologies I’m using as part of my job.

I hope the information I’m able to share through these blogs will help other people in the industry solve their problems and maybe even assist with their choices about what tools and technologies to use.

It goes without saying that I'd also welcome constructive comments and feedback on the content of my blog!

A little about Me

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My name is Mitch Beaumont and I've been a technology professional since 1999. I began my career working as a desk-side support engineer for a medical devices company in a small town in the middle of England (Ashby De La Zouch). I then joined IBM Global Services where I began specialising in customer projects which were based on and around Citrix technologies. Following a couple of very enjoyable years with IBM I relocated to London to work as a system operations engineer for a large law firm where I responsible for the day to day operations and development of the firms global Citrix infrastructure. In 2006 I was offered a position in Sydney, Australia. Since then I've had the privilege of working for and with a number of companies in various technology roles including as a Solutions Architect and Technical team leader.