Archive for February 15, 2011

RES PowerFuse 2010 and Aero look

One of my customers discovered that it is possible to use the RES PowerFuse 2010 shell and have the Aero look in Windows. He called RES Support to ask if this was correct and how he could configure this because it adds some extra eye-candy to the user interface. RES could reproduce the setting by logging on with the Windows shell the first time and turn on Aero in the Windows shell, when the user logs off and logs back in with the PowerFuse shell the applications have transparent edges and the Windows key-Tab functionality works.

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RES Workspace Manager 2011 released

From the partner mail I just received:
A new version of Workspace Manager is available today! This new version now offers capabilities to set dynamic privileges, website security, integration with Service Orchestration and much more. This builds on the proven and trusted advantages of a centrally managed and dynamic computing environment, zero profile technology and being OS and application delivery independent.

Microsoft RDS, RDS Gateway, RDS Web Access and SSO

A colleague of mine wrote a design for a customer based on Windows 2008 RDS with a RDS Gateway and RDS Web Access with Windows 7 and XP workstations, when accessing published applications the single sign on worked but when publishing a desktop the single sign on failed. We logged a call at Microsoft Support and after extensive troubleshooting we couldn’t directly solve the problem. Microsoft created a fix for this bug in Windows 8 and back ported it to Windows 7 but our customer wanted to deliver the applications on multiple, managed and unmanaged platforms so we advised them to implement Citrix XenApp with a Citrix Access Gateway so the new requirements and old requirements could be fulfilled.

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Add Computers Automatically into the MDT Database with Powershell and RES Automation Manager

Yesterday I was at a customer who uses WDS, MDT in combination with RES Automation Manager to roll out Windows 7 workstations. We created a database in MDT to store the serial number, the mac address and the host name of a machine. This is used when deploying a workstation so the sys admins don’t have to fill in the computer name during deployment. One of the sys admins asked me if we could automate the action of putting the data in the MDT database so when a new machine is deployed it  registers in the database without interaction.

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Citrix Configuration Logging Database

While I was interviewing a customer for a Citrix XenApp 6 implementation one of the requirements was logging of all changes to the configuration so I wrote a design stating that the Configuration Logging Database should be used to fulfill this requirement. When I came to the point of configuring the database I used the wizard to complete the Citrix Configuration Logging Database setup but at the point I typed in the service account credentials the wizard would fail to display any databases.

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Create mandatory profile and use this in RES Workspace Manager

After my last post I got some feedback about the use of mandatory profiles and how to implement them using RES Workspace Manager. First of all you have to create a mandatory profile for the OS you want to use. Let’s say you want to create a mandatory profile for Windows 7.  Microsoft published a great how-to on their website containing the following steps:

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