Many of us first heard about Doug Brown ten years ago with his "Project-in-a-Box" and "Methodology-in-a-Box" documents where he basically walked us through how to design and set up a Citrix MetaFrame environment step-by-step from scratch. Since then Doug has done a lot of things, including creating PaperShare, maintaining DABCC, and podcasting, but he hasn't sat down and created any comprehensive documentation in a long time.
That changed last week when Doug released Volume 1 of his new "How to" series. This first installment is about Citrix BYOD products, including DesktopPlayer for Mac and the XenClient Synchronizer. This is not stuff that's sponsored by Citrix (or anyone), rather, this is Doug getting back to his roots writing independent "How to" guides. (This first volume is 350 pages.)
The idea is that this document is a complete step-by-step guide, with screenshots, on literally everything you need to do to set up the Citrix DesktopPlayer and XenClient Synchronizer. This documentation can be used for someone who literally knows nothing about these products and can get them up and running (in a next-next-next-times-200 kind of way). It's also great for people who haven't actually seen these things live. If you just skim through the document you can get a decent feeling for what these products are and how they work.
Doug's new documentation project is available for download at docs.dabcc.com.
I spent some time with it last week, and let me tell you, it is very thorough. Doug steps through every single setting, click, and text entry that you need to do, along with enough explanation along the way so you have at least a basic understanding of what you're doing. Seriously, you can go from knowing nothing to having a decent proficiency with just this single document—even if you don't have a live environment to set it up on. If you're interested in Citrix DesktopPlayer, definitely check it out.
Doug's next volume will be on XenClient, and then after that you can vote on whether he should go for XenApp or XenMobile. (Hint: Vote for XenApp!)
So congrats to Doug for putting this together! We're all looking forward to what's next!