Within a banking company I got the question if it is possible to cancel the daily schedule reboot. Sometimes employees need to work during the scheduled reboot. So they want the ability to cancel this reboot. To understand how the Citrix Scheduled Reboot was working I went online and found a very good blog post at the Citrix website. Reboot Schedule Internals This post Andrew Ogle explains how these schedules operate in the 7.x products. This was a real eye opener. However this post was not explaining on how to cancel a Citrix Scheduled Reboot Cycle. So in this post I will explain how to cancel an active schedule reboot cycle. Continue Reading
In a Citrix XenApp 6.0 environment I use a lot of powershell scripts to get things going. For example during logon of a user some scripts are used to copy program settings to the user profile. Under PowerShell 2.0 everything went fine.
After the release of PowerShell 3.0 we updated the environment with the latest version of PowerShell including the required full installation of Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Everything worked out great. All the scripts worked. Until a week ago. Continue Reading
At a customer we are using Login Consultants Automation Machine for Hosted Desktops (Former Solution 4). Automation Machine (AM) is described as Management of Citrix and Microsoft desktop infrastructures for experts, by experts. This tool is using powershell foundation and it is based on scripts and XML configuration files. For some parts like software installations and printer driver installations AM will use a cache file. In the cache file AM will keep entry about the installed applications or print drivers. When an entry is present in the cache file AM will not install that peace of software or that driver anymore. That can give some problems with testing. Therefore I created a simple tool that can delete an entry from the cache file. Check my blog post: Automation Machine Cache Cleaner
For more information about Automation Machine visit there website: http://www.getautomationmachine.com
High availability is always a hot topic at the customer but one thing is often forgotten. Disaster Recovery.
Recently I had a disaster recovery test on a Xenapp 6.5 environment. Scenario, delete all components.
Before starting I had to make sure that the backup was completed successfully. After deleting all components, VM’s, Databases etc… I started the restore. First I started to restore the Operating Systems then I restored the database for XenApp 6 after that I started an unattended install of XenApp 6.5 DataCollector by Login Solution 4. After the installation of the DataCollector I did a check to see if the farmsettings, farmpolicies and all other settings are restored again. Continue Reading