Archive for July 18, 2011

Citrix: XA6 and SP1 for Windows 2008 R2 CtxAltStr Filter Driver issues

I recently update some Citrix servers at a customer site with SP1 for Windows 2008 R2 and ran into some problems which I blogged about earlier but I forgot one of the problems I ran into untill this morging when I saw a tweet from CitrixReadiness with the CTX129241 article about the CtxAltStr Filter Driver:

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Citrix: Web Interface delay on First Page

Recently I did an installation of the Citrix Web Interface 5.4 and noticed a delay on displaying the first page after restarting the server, this problem happened also when I restarted the IIS Service.  I found CTX117273:

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RES Workspace Manager and Change Password dialog

One of our customers noticed that the balloon that pops up when a password is about to expire isn’t displayed properly while using RES Workspace Manager. I send them an old powershell script that checks Active Directory and sends an email when the password expire date is within 14 days.

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Citrix: Images in Citrix PVS or MCS and some tips and tricks

In this blogpost I will gather some tips and tricks on creating images in Citrix PVS and/or MCS but they will be applicable on VMware View implementations to because most of them are OS related. The first couple of tips I got from this document which is written for View but like I already said you can use this for XenDesktop.

 

Windows OS Optimizations

• Install Windows Patches, then turn OFF Automatic Update

• Disable Serial and Parallel ports in Device Manager (if they exist)

• Set Screensaver to “None” or “Blank”

• Disable System Sounds (Set Sound scheme to “None”)

• (Windows 7) Uninstall Tablet PC Component

• Disable Windows Error Reporting

• Remove unnecessary boot applications (Quicktime, Real, Adobe Acrobat Updater, etc.

• Remove unneeded Windows components (Outlook Express,Messenger, Games, etc.)

• Disable unnecessary services

Wireless Zero ConfigurationSecurity CenterHelp and support
TelephonyShell hardware detectionIndexing Service
SSDP Discovery ServiceTask schedulerMachine Debug Manager
Remote RegistryThemesNetwork Location Awareness

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Citrix: Hide Applications in Citrix Web Interface

On of my customers wanted to hide the application tab from their Web Interface 5.4 configuration. I found the CTX122133 article which describes how to hide a specific application or application folder:

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Citrix: XenDesktop 5 on Hyper-V

I’m building a demo site with Xendesktop 5 on Hyper-V (including MCS and no PVS, because it’s just a demo). While the installation went without real problems the configuration had some minor issues. I used the CTX127578 article as a reference.

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