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  • Citrix releases an ICA client for the Apple iPhone. Is this the future of Windows apps on mobile devices?

    After months and months of work, a preview version of Citrix’s ICA client (err.. “receiver” in their new nomenclature) is now available as a 0.9 version for free in the iPhone App Store. ( iTunes link ) The new client, which works on...
    Brian Madden on March 30, 2009 : 10 comments , 49,012 views
  • What is MDM, MAM, and MIM? (And what's the difference?)

    As you start to dig into the mobile device space, you're undoubtedly going to hear three acronyms thrown around: MDM, MAM, and MIM. So in this post I want to simply explain what each of these is and how they're different from each other. MDM (Mobile Device...
    Brian Madden on May 29, 2012 : 6 comments , 23,535 views
  • Flex Profile Kit 4.0 is now available! (And it's still free!)

    Jeroen van de Kamp's Flex Profile Kit is hands-down the most useful free utility for Terminal Server and Citrix environments. The all-new version 4 builds upon the previous version and adds many new features....
    Brian Madden on March 04, 2005 : 15 comments , 48,496 views
  • Remote display protocols for VDI: will RDP be enough?

    Most VDI solutions today make use of the RDP protocol. But RDP was designed for remoting business apps, which is very different than providing an entire local desktop experience remotely. Can RDP do this? Will it need to be extended like ICA? What about the other protocols and vendors out there, like ALP, SPICE, Net2Display, Calista Technologies, Teradici, and DeskTone?...
    Brian Madden on November 05, 2007 : 43 comments , 47,719 views
  • If you spend more than $15 on a thin client device then you are a fool!

    New thin client devices are rediculously expensive. I think people should just buy old ones from eBay and configure them for DHCP and ICA auto connections. (I'm serious about this.) Read on to learn how and why....
    Brian Madden on June 01, 2005 : 49 comments , 46,741 views
  • RedHat SPICE vs RDP vs ICA performance video

    I realized as I was writing today's VDIworks article that we never published the performance videos that we recorded last year when we visited Qumranet's (now Red Hat's) offices in the Bay Area. The information we got is very interesting,...
    Gabe Knuth on June 18, 2009 : 18 comments , 45,545 views
  • It's Official! Microsoft is Adding an RDP over HTTPS Proxy to Windows

    The R2 update to Windows Server 2003 will include an RPC over HTTPS proxy that will allow clients to securely connect to RDP sessions over the public Internet. This is similar to Citrix's Secure Gateway product....
    Brian Madden on May 31, 2004 : 34 comments , 44,866 views
  • The real reason the "official" Microsoft Office for iOS doesn't matter for enterprises

    Okay, so Microsoft finally released a version of Microsoft Office for iOS . Sure, the reviews claim that it sucks compared to other third-party office suites, and sure, it requires a $100-per-year Office 365 subscription to get it, but in reality neither...
    Brian Madden on July 10, 2013 : 7 comments , 44,456 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 , 44,159 views
  • Brian Madden launches Internet Radio Show / Podcast

    I've just launched a podcast / Internet Radio Show called Brian Madden Live. It's a technical show about Citrix and server-based computing technologies where I'll interview experts in the industry to find out how different products work....
    Brian Madden on August 19, 2005 : 13 comments , 43,963 views
  • Ilja Godau Releases Tool to Automatically Document your Citrix PS4 Environments

    A Danish Citrix consultant named Ilja Godau has created a tool that can automatically document all the settings of Citrix servers in a PS4 farm. Just double-click the EXE on a PS4 server and it will create HTML pages that show all the servers' settings....
    Guest Bloggers on July 26, 2005 : 35 comments , 43,208 views
  • The REAL reason Microsoft Windows RT devices won't be able to join AD domains. (Hint: AD is not about systems management anymore!)

    By now you've probably heard that the final name of the version of Windows 8 that will run on ARM-based systems will be called "Windows RT." (I have no idea what the "RT" stands for or why there's no "8" in the name like the x86 versions.) Also you've...
    Brian Madden on April 30, 2012 : 17 comments , 40,811 views
  • An introduction to VMware View 3, Part 2 of 3 – Linked Clones

    In this three-part article series, Roland van der Kruk, a freelance consultant in The Netherlands, takes a look at the new features of VMware View 3, as well as best practices learned while doing a deployment for a customer. Part 1 provides information...
    Guest Bloggers on January 18, 2009 : 23 comments , 40,766 views
  • What You Need To Know about Microsoft App-V 5

    What You Need To Know about Microsoft App-V 5 Microsoft today released version 5.0 of App-V. This complete re-write of the application virtualization stack modernizes App-V. Tim Mangan, who developed the original stack for Softricity, talks about the...
    Tim Mangan on November 01, 2012 : 8 comments , 40,708 views
  • My love/hate relationship with Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)

    When I wrote a few weeks ago about the possibility of using Windows XP as a RemoteFX client , I also mentioned that Microsoft has suggested that Windows Thin PC would alleviate the need to run Windows XP. So, I carved out some time last week and sat down...
    Gabe Knuth on April 26, 2011 : 13 comments , 39,756 views
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