At BriForum in Chicago this past April, Rick Dehlinger told me about a project he was working on called the “iQurious Experience.” (iQurious is the kooky name of Rick’s company. But Rick’s a kooky guy, so it’s all good.) Based on visionapp’s Platform Management Suite, the “Experience” is a product that automatically builds a complete working Presentation Server 4.5 environment in about 20 minutes.
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The general idea is that you download the tool, point it towards your Windows Server 2003 media, your Citrix Presentation Server media, and a blank server (or VM). Then use a wizard to answer a few questions, click “go,” and stand back.
The Experience creates a single-server PS 4.5 install (including Web Interface) with everything set up and ready to go.
In terms of what this gives you, it’s similar to what Citrix is now offering with their Evaluation Virtual Appliance (EVA) lab (that set of pre-built PS 4.5 Virtual Server disk images you can download). But the Citrix EVA and the iQurious / visionapp Experience each have their own pros and cons. The Citrix EVA is literally ready to power on the instant you get it, but you have to download 10GB and it only runs on MS Virtual Server with at least 2GB of RAM. The iQurious / visionapp experience builds everything on a single server, but you can customize what you get (via the wizard) and you can use it with VMware or on a physical server.
The iQurious / visionapp experience used to cost $100, but now it’s available for free from visionapp’s website. It’s being branded as the “visionapp Experience 2007, inspired by iQurious.” (I think that’s just a really fancy way of saying this was Rick’s idea, built with visionapp’s provisioning technology.)