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  • 2004, Quantified

    In addition to the visible work I did in 2004 (writing, teaching, and speaking), did you know that I spent 10,145 minutes on my mobile phone, 22 weeks on the road, and received 350,000 spam emails? Read on for more of my 2004 stats......
    Brian Madden on December 31, 2004 : 6 comments , 12,460 views
  • 60-Second Review: Marcorp's "Managed Profile" Product

    Managed Profile is one of the many products that solves profile problems in Citrix and Terminal Server environments. It does so in a unique way, building a solution out of an IIS web server and a SQL-based database. Managed Profile combines profile management, registry settings management, and printer management into a single product....
    Guest Bloggers on December 31, 2004 : 6 comments , 11,517 views
  • Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame Network Performance Troubleshooting (Part 2 of 2)

    This is the second part of my comprehensive guide to troubleshooting network performance issues in Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame environments. Today's article starts with how you can build a test lab for this task and then proceeds step-by-step through the actions you can take to address each networking issue....
    Brian Madden on December 22, 2004 : 9 comments , 44,041 views
  • Updated: Citrix and Microsoft Renew their Licensing Deal

    Citrix and Microsoft announced today that they're renewing their cross-licensing agreement for another five years. While the press release contained all the required buzzwords, the essence of this deal means that Citrix won't have to worry about negotiating with Microsoft again until 2009....
    Brian Madden on December 21, 2004 : 16 comments , 10,580 views
  • Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame Network Performance Troubleshooting (Part 1 of 2)

    I've spent a lot of time over the years writing about Terminal Server and Citrix Server performance tuning, but I've pretty much ignored the network side of things. However, the reality of the real world is that it's often the network that causes poor performance in server-based computing environments. To that end, I've spent the past few months compiling this paper which is going to be about 20 pages when I'm done. Here's part one....
    Brian Madden on December 20, 2004 : 23 comments , 66,578 views
  • Looks like I won the Citrix trademark usage fight!

    About a year ago I lost a battle with Citrix over whether I was allowed to place ads on Google based on Citrix's trademarks. A judge in a similar court case ruled today that "as a matter of law it is not trademark infringement to use trademarks as keywords to trigger advertising," and it looks like Google is now letting ads be linked to keywords such as "Citrix" and "MetaFrame" again....
    Brian Madden on December 15, 2004 : 2 comments , 13,136 views
  • How do you deal with the loss of a single member server?

    I've started wondering how most people handle recovery from a loss of a single Citrix MetaFrame or Terminal Server in their production environments. Do they rebuild from sratch? Restore from tape? Reimage? Break a mirror? There are so many options. What do you do?...
    Brian Madden on December 15, 2004 : 29 comments , 11,787 views
  • New Features on BrianMadden.com: Forum / Comments Integration

    I'm happy to announce that I've just implemented a feature on BrianMadden.com that a lot of people have been asking for: The comments at the bottom of articles are now fully integrated with the forum system....
    Brian Madden on December 12, 2004 : 2 comments , 14,028 views
  • New Tool from Nikolic: Softricity Command-Line Import

    Daniel Nikolic (The "D" in DADE Power Tools) has created a command-line utility that lets you automate the process of importing large numbers of applications into a Softricity Softgrid database....
    Brian Madden on December 12, 2004 : 1 comments , 11,673 views
  • How the Default Load Evaluator can Ruin your Day

    This is the true story of a Citrix administrator's worst day on the job. It's about how the loss of five Citrix servers in his environment brought the remaining twelve down, why the default load evaluator is to blame, and how you can prevent it from happening in your environment. By Ron Oglesby...
    Ron Oglesby on December 09, 2004 : 13 comments , 25,823 views
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