A note from the author - Citrix Presentation Server 4.5

Hello. My name is Brian Madden.

Hello. My name is Brian Madden. I'm an independent consultant and analyst. I spend all my time in the Citrix and application delivery space.

I've been working with Citrix since 1998. I remember testing Citrix's project "pICAsso"--the project that eventually became Citrix MetaFrame 1.0. I wrote my first book about Citrix in 2001--a technical field guide about implementing and architecting MetaFrame XP. That book plus its updated second edition sold over 20,000 copies. It's been six years since I've written a book about Citrix. However, my job has continued to be Citrix-focused. In the past six years I've written nearly 1000 blog entries and technical articles about the company and their technology.

In 2004 I started teaching a five-day advanced class about Citrix. This class was not a beginner's "how to" class, rather, it was designed to be an advanced architecture and troubleshooting class. I've taught that five-day class nearly 50 times all over the world over the past five years--so much in fact that I don't use any materials when I teach. No book. No PowerPoint. No notes. It's just me, a whiteboard, and a live Presentation Server environment for five days.

This book is the "written" version of that class. People like the class because it's very conversational, and I'm striving to bring that same conversational style to this book.

I don't work for Citrix. (In fact, I've never worked there, contrary to what a lot of readers believe.) I'm not a reseller or partner of Citrix. Citrix is an amazing company with some amazing products, but they've also made their share of colossally stupid decisions over their nineteen-year history.

In this book, I'll talk about Citrix. I'll talk about what I like and what I don't like. About what works and what doesn't work.

I can't even count the number of Citrix environments I've worked on--certainly the number is in the hundreds. Huge enterprises with over 1000 servers. Small non-profits with only a single server. Government. Financial. Healthcare. I've worked on Citrix projects all over the world. If you want to really understand how Citrix works, and you want to learn how to "do it right," this is the book for you.

This book is not a straight "how to" book per se. I'm a firm believer that the best designers, troubleshooters, and architects of a system are those that understand it. To that end, we're going to look at how Citrix works and what you need to know to make sound decisions about the design of your own environment.

And finally, I'd like to share that this book is a huge experiment for me: It's written in the first-person. I think a lot of the value of my training classes (and articles online) is that I, Brian, would like to have a conversation with you, the reader. So I'm kind of breaking the rules here and writing with this style.

Let me know what you think. Feel free to email me at brian@brianmadden.com .

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