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  • Will someone please sell me a Citrix Access Gateway?

    I wrote about Citrix's new hardware appliances, the Citrix Access Gateway, a few days ago. I think these devices are really cool and I'd love to use one internally to secure the remote access to my own systems for our employees. The problem is, I can't seem to get me hands on one of these things!...
    Published Feb 11 2005 by Brian Madden , 12,240 views, 18 comments
  • Understanding Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 Licensing Port Usage

    MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 servers must communicate with license servers, and this communication requires certain TCP ports. In this quick article, we'll look at which ports are used (and why), and how you can change them to fit your environment....
    Published Feb 10 2005 by Brian Madden , 26,986 views, 9 comments
  • How do MetaFrame Access Suite version 3 and newer license files work?

    By now most people are familiar with the basics of MetaFrame Access Suite version 3 licensing, the core tenet being that you download license files from Citrix and put them on your license servers. But what exactly are these license files and how do they work?...
    Published Feb 09 2005 by Brian Madden , 15,858 views, 4 comments
  • Enough with the Webex lawsuit already!

    By now you've most likely read in the "other" tech press that Webex is suing Citrix for cybersquatting. I personally think that while true, this story is way overblown and it's probably a result of a single rambunctious employee at Citrix, and it's not really the fault of Citrix "the company."...
    Published Feb 06 2005 by Brian Madden , 13,853 views, 5 comments
  • Citrix Releases its first Hardware Device

    Citrix officially entered the hardware market on Tuesday by releasing a Citrix Access Gateway appliance. This 1U silver and red box provides secure remote access to all sorts of applications....
    Published Feb 02 2005 by Brian Madden , 13,048 views, 15 comments
  • Terminal Server with 8 CPUs and 8GB RAM: How does it scale?

    The folks at visionapp in Germany just published a fantastic paper detailing both the method and results of doing scalability testing for Terminal Server on large hardware. They tested Windows 2000 and 2003, with HyperThreading enabled and disabled. Even if your servers aren't this big, you can use their methodology to perform scalability testing in your own environment....
    Published Jan 25 2005 by Brian Madden , 14,234 views, 10 comments
  • BriForum 2005 conference site launched, breakout session details posted

    By now most people have heard that we're putting together an independent Citrix and Terminal Server technical conference called "BriForum" that will be held April 11-12, 2005 in Washington DC. I'm proud to annouce that we've just launched the official website, complete with speaker bios and session details....
    Published Jan 05 2005 by Brian Madden , 10,136 views, 4 comments
  • 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......
    Published Dec 31 2004 by Brian Madden , 12,757 views, 6 comments
  • 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....
    Published Dec 22 2004 by Brian Madden , 45,578 views, 9 comments
  • 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....
    Published Dec 21 2004 by Brian Madden , 10,827 views, 16 comments