Friday Notebook, June 21: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1906

Also: iOS 13, Parallels RAS 17; Citrix Gateway; security key patching; Cameyo; Citrix Managed Desktop; and more.

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Next week, I’ll be at Identiverse (previously the Cloud Identity Summit), hosted by Ping Identity, in Washington, D.C. If you’re there, say hello!

Our blog posts

Jack: iOS 13 analysis with Aaron, Russ, and Jack - BrianMadden.com Podcast #140. We’re back for more Apple MDM updates. Learn what we know—and don’t know—about User Enrollment, managed Apple IDs, Automated Device Enrollment authentication, SSO extensions, Custom Apps, and more!

Jack: Parallels releases Remote Application Server 17. Not to be confused with Parallels Desktop.

Jo Harder: Bring your own Citrix Gateway to Citrix Cloud...or not. Adding basic Citrix Gateway functionality to a Citrix Cloud implementation is literally a one-button option, but what about when you have more complex requirements?

Kyle: Despite recent vulnerabilities, you shouldn’t stop using hardware security keys like Yubikey. No solution is perfect, but these hardware security keys remain an awesome option in keeping accounts secure from attackers!

Industry news

This week was a slow news week, but here’s what we have for you:

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1906 is out. Read about new features here—it’s a grab bag of all types of updates.

Microsoft’s newly announced Azure Bastion service will protect VMs that are exposed via RDP or SSH. This is more for server workloads, as WVD and other virtual desktops in Azure usually have other gateways protecting them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody found a virtual desktop use case down the line anyway.

Last year we wrote a note about Cameyo, a desktop virtualization provider that offers GCP-hosted workloads with G Suite integration (among other variants—they also have versions that can be used in other hosting environments). One of the features of Cameyo is that you can just save anything in your remote app directly to Google Drive. Now they’re adding another option with new session syncing feature that will manage your user profile. Cameyo had a previous incarnation in the app virtualization space, so this isn’t entirely new territory for them.

More reads and notes

Nicolas Ignoto has published a useful full rundown of Citrix Managed Desktop. One thing I learned is that the minimum number of users is still 25.

The VMworld 2019 content catalog is now online.

Samsung recommends checking your TV for viruses. Ugh. (Via BBC News.)

“Google’s login chief would rather you use Apple’s sign-in button than keep using passwords,” from The Verge. A click-bait headline, but oh so true, and a decent interview. Related: This issue of Apple forcing developers to use Sign In with Apple if they support other third-party social IdPs is pretty interesting. Here’s Wired on how some developers don’t like the idea. Heavy-handed? Yes. But I’ll take anything that helps promote federation.

Google released a Chrome extension called the Suspicious Site Reporter, which lets users report suspicious sites to Safe Browsing, allowing the company to crowdsource info on sites seen as potentially suspicious. Users click the extension icon and it records info about the URL and takes a screenshot; minimal effort on your behalf!  Chrome 75 will also help users avoid look-alike or punycode phishing URLs.

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