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  • 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 , 50,251 views
  • How Microsoft's Windows 2003 SP1 Fallback Printer Driver Works (which now supports color!)

    Microsoft added fallback printer driver support to Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003. The final version also offers color printer support. This article looks at how this support works and how the system figures out which driver to use....
    Guest Bloggers on April 25, 2005 : 16 comments , 50,047 views
  • Citrix MetaFrame and Microsoft Terminal Server Performance Optimization and Tuning

    This is it! This 34-page paper takes you step-by-step through the entire Terminal Server / Citrix MetaFrame performance troubleshooting process. This paper is NOT a mere list of registry hacks. Rather, it shows you the approach to take when troubleshooting Terminal Server performance issues, including slow logons, how to add more users to your server, overall slowness and sluggishness, and random server pauses and hangs. ...
    Brian Madden on August 21, 2003 : 31 comments , 50,041 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 , 49,432 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 , 49,041 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 , 47,837 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 , 47,128 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 , 45,676 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 , 45,515 views
  • BOOM! VMware announces RDSH & full app publishing support! Claims XenApp 6.5-to-Horizon 6 migration is easier than XenApp 6.5-to-7.5!

    Well, it looks like we were all right about April 9, 2014 being big day! What we got wrong was the reason. Who knew that today would go down as the day VMware announced that they're attacking Citrix head on in the XenApp space by adding RDSH session support...
    Brian Madden on April 09, 2014 : 34 comments , 44,995 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 , 44,946 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 , 44,691 views
  • 7 things you need to know about Samsung KNOX dual-persona Android

    It’s been a few weeks since Samsung KNOX was announced at Mobile World Congress , and during this time I’ve had a chance to talk to several KNOX partners and get a few questions answered by Samsung. Since they’re in the news with last...
    Jack Madden on March 19, 2013 : 9 comments , 44,544 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 , 44,114 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 , 44,079 views
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