At BriForum in Washington last April, David Wagner, a Citrix Product Manager and I discussed the concept of technical "how-to" videos from Citrix. The idea was that the Citrix Presentation Server group wanted to create a series of short videos (20-45 min.) that talk about how different aspects of the product work, complete with hands-on examples. Think of this ultimately as something like a video admin guide.
Instead of creating these internally, Citrix is looking to the community. Right now several videos have been posted from Shawn Bass and me, and I know that Doug Brown and some other folks are working on more videos.
Whether this program continuea will depend on the success and reception of this first batch of videos. Quite frankly some of these videos may be "too basic" for many of this site's readers, but there are a lot of things that are pretty cool nonetheless. (And this is a great resource for bringing more people up to speed on these technologies. I know I personally have pointed several people to the farm design video when they asked me basic questions about the role of a data collector.)
Another one of my videos is about Citrix's SpeedScreen technologies, and in it I show side-by-side examples of the various aspects of SpeedScreen and the differences that can be seen over various connection speeds. This is a really cool example of how video can take this one step further than the instruction manual.
Right now there are seven videos posted that cover the following topics:
- Citrix Policies
- Farm Design
- SpeedScreen Technologies
- Presentation Server Architecture
- Migrating from pure Terminal Services to Presentation Server.
One of the really cool things about these videos is that what is presented is up to the person creating the video, not Citrix. So even though these videos are of objective technical content, we (as the people making them) were given the freedom to say what we wanted and to present the content in the way that we wanted.
Unfortunately the Citrix Tech Videos website doesn't have a link for feedback, so I'd say if you have any ideas for future topics, please post them here and I'll pass them along. I can personally say that these videos were really fun to do, and I hope that this program grows.