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Automated Master Image Creation

Automated Master Image Creation

  When deploying a new computer or server image using MDT / SCCM, one of the most time consuming parts is Windows Update. So if the reference image isn’t getting updated on a regular basis, the deployment time will increase each and every month. To achieve the fastest deployment the reference image should be automaticallyContinue Reading

Windows 2012 Deduplication and Hyper-V

Windows 2012 Deduplication and Hyper-V

A couple a months ago I kicked XenServer out of my lab and replaced it with Hyper-V as explained in details in the blog post Goodbye XenServer Welcome Hyper-V 2012. In this blog post I’m gonna show you how Windows 2012 Deduplication saved me 78% (204GB) on my already expensive Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD without spending a dime.Continue Reading

Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

One of the great new features of Windows 2012 R2 is the possibility to customize Windows 2012 Start Screen using Group Policy. With the release just released it’s time to get started. First you need to copy C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions from a Windows 2012 R2 Server to \\DOMAINFQDN\sysvol\DOMAINFQDN\Policies\PolicyDefinitions. Replace all existing files with the newer versions. ForContinue Reading

Domain Pass-Through to StoreFront from Client OS

Domain Pass-Through to StoreFront from Client OS

In blog post Citrix Receiver 4 with Domain Pass-Through I explained how to configure Citrix Receiver automatically inside a Hosted Desktop OS or Server OS with XenDesktop 7. That being the old style ICA in ICA. So what’s needed to configure this automatically on the clients end point device? That’s a question I’ve gotten aContinue Reading

Goodbye XenServer Welcome Hyper-V 2012

Goodbye XenServer Welcome Hyper-V 2012

As my fellow CTP Carl Webster writes about in his last blog post A Look Inside Webster’s Lab Phase 2 I’m also moving away from XenServer. The reason? The need for speed. SMB 3 is fantastic and even with SMB 2 it puts XenServer back to the stone ages in terms of network performance, readContinue Reading

Citrix Receiver 4 with Domain Pass-Through

Citrix Receiver 4 with Domain Pass-Through

I have gotten a lot of questions from my customers which I provide free support to through my membership sites xenapptraining and appv5training. What happened to Citrix Receiver Enterprise 4? Well there isn’t one according to Citrix, and that’s probably the reason why you find the 3.4 Enterprise version on the XenDesktop 7 media. SoContinue Reading

Alike Backup – Free for XenServer and Hyper-V

Alike Backup – Free for XenServer and Hyper-V

For those who have been following my blog for some time know that I’m a big fan of PHD Virtual Backup or at least used to be. I’ve been following PHD since it’s early days. Unfortunately the company has grown to fast and the superb support has disappeared. Doesn’t matter how great the product isContinue Reading

7 Reasons Why You Need to Learn App-V 5 Today

7 Reasons Why You Need to Learn App-V 5 Today

We’ve been doing server virtualization for years and hopefully most businesses run the majority of their servers on a hypervisor from Citrix, VMware or Microsoft by now. With the release of Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 the same is going to happen to the application space. I remember back in the days when VMware took off, those consultantsContinue Reading

Citrix XenServer – Make your network 10x faster

Citrix XenServer – Make your network 10x faster

When putting most of your workloads on a Hypervisor you should not take for granted that you automatically get the maximum performance out of the box. You as the administrator need to perform additional tests to verify that the network performance are at it’s best. Last week I upgraded my Citrix XenServer Home Lab andContinue Reading

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

My favorite IT management console is just released in version 2.0 with a great bunch of new features and enhancements. This is a sponsored review, but I love this product and have been using it at all my customer since the first release. In this blog post I’ll cover what’s new in this release. I’mContinue Reading