From a blog post from Mike Laverick’s site, I was directed towards this VTMN forum post with a great collection of hyperlinks to various VMWare-related whitepapers, articles, etc. It’s definitely one you’ll want to bookmark. Here’s the link to the VMTN posting.
While viewing a blog entry over at baeke.info, I was directed to this fantastic document from Microsoft that lists the functionality differences between 2003 Server and Longhorn server. While this covers many things above and beyond the Terminal Services changes, it does have lots of info explaining the new features of Terminal Services that I’m sure you’ve read about in hundreds of other blog posts (Easy Print, RemoteApp, TS Gateway, etc.) In addition to the terminal services stuff, there’s a wealth of information on the changes to Active Directory, info on the inclusion of Windows Firewall in Longhorn, and good stuff about Server Core (which I personally think is going to be an awesome feature of Longhorn server). Anyway, download the entire 272 page doc over here and make a pot of coffee before you start on this one 😉
Around June of 2006 I created a video for Citrix that explains how the UPDv3 printing engine works in Presentation Server 4.0. That video is available on the Presentation Server landing page under Technology Videos. Brian Madden has also done several videos on farm design, Speedscreen technologies, etc. I personally think that some of these videos are a great way at getting a better understanding of how these technologies work in a quick 30 minute view versus spending tons of time reading documentation and white papers. I highly recommend that you check them out.
Here’s a link to the Citrix Technology Videos for Presentation Server
Also, I’d love to hear feedback on what other topics that you’d like to see in a Citrix Technology Video? Would you like to see more information on Streaming Server/Tarpon, Web Interface/Secure Gateway, Health Monitoring in PS4.5? Please post your thoughts below.
Al Solorzano has published an article that provides an overview on how to setup the Configuration Logging feature of Presentation Server 4.5. Configuration Logging is the new feature that Citrix added that audits all farm changes made via MFCOM (i.e. it covers changes made via the CMC/PSC, ASC/AMC, as well as scripts that utilize MFCOM). Anyway, Al’s got a great article up that covers the step-by-step of how to set it up as well as the basics for creating a report of the Configuration Logging database.
Read the full article here.
The MS SoftGrid team has added a blog entry describing how to use scripts within .OSD files to modify the behavior of the application launch. They’ve also provided some basic examples of how one would use them.
Read the entire article at their blog here.
Massimo has a great blog entry questioning whether or not Microsoft’s Viridian hypervisor (coming slightly after Longhorn server) will have any effect of being able to knock vmware from it’s dominence in the x86 virtualization market. Also discussed is the impact of Xen in the x86 virtualization market. I’m not going to attempt to summarize all of Massimo’s points as I don’t think I would do it the same justice. It is a fantastic read though, and coming from a marketplace where everyone is always stating that Microsoft will bury Citrix, my personal .02 is that vmware will be in much the same boat (always staying one step ahead).
I’ve blogged previously about the release of the Idokorro Mobile Blackberry client, and at the time I mentioned that there were some instances where you would receive a Terminal Services error that you weren’t part of the Remote Desktop users group. I’m happy to say that Idokorro has released a beta client that fixes this issue. I don’t want to share the download URL that they sent me privately, but you can contact them for a beta URL link to test this.
I’m loving this new way of using Citrix.
Per the Terminal Service’s team blog, Microsoft has enabled support for revokation of TS Device licensing in Longhorn Terminal Services. This should come as great news for the 3 people who are actually running 2003 Terminal Services in Per Device mode
Read the complete blog entry here
The Terminal Services team at Microsoft have posted the first in a series of blog entries on what’s happening with TS Licensing in the Longhorn timeframe. Many people know that TS user licensing is not tracked in 2003 Server, and every is fully expecting that to change in Longhorn. However, the startling piece of this article (for me anyway) was this line:
“Note that in Longhorn, per-user licenses are only tracked and not enforced.”
I’m not sure if this is in reference only to the beta product, or if it’s the plan for the actual product launch. I’d be very surprised if per user licensing wasn’t enforced, though I’d have to say I’d be very happy if that was the case. Licensing enforcement sucks!
View the blog entry here.