XenApp 7.6 Ready for Download!











Citrix released today XenApp 7.6 on Citrix.com, so it’s downloadable now.
One of the big advantages of this version:

1. The use of MCS (Machine Creation Services) for XenApp, which first was available only for XenDesktop (VDI).  This option gives more flexibility for deployments. Now you can choose between PVS and MCS.
2. Better Mobile experience (enhanced codecs for instance) and use of onboard hardware for higher refreshrates.
3. Better 3d experience by separating HDX channels with 5 seperate streams.

Citrix XenDesktop 7 Cookbook

7463EN_Citrix Cover.jpgPacktPub released the book Citrix XenDesktop 7 Cookbook in January 2014.
This book helps administrators to implement the XenDesktop 7 architecture and components. The book is designed to gradually pick the chapters of interest , learn how to publish desktops and applications to end-user devices. It is written clear and simple.
I helped with reviewing the book for PacktPub.

The book can be purchased at PacktPub, by clicking this link you can find more information

DSCheck Maintenance Assistance Tool

The DSCheck Maintenance Assistance Tool is a graphical version of the command line DSCheck. With this version, you can easily check for inconsistencies in the XenApp datastore and repair/clean if needed. Always backup the datastore before using this tool. The tool works with XenApp 4.5 to 6.5.

DSCheck Maintenance Assistant














The tool can be downloaded from Citrix, see article CTX137608.

Hiding XenDesktop/XenApp applications with Netscaler rewrite

Citrix blog announced a way to hide XenDesktop/XenApp apps on BYO devices like Android, Ipad, Windows and so on based on Netscaler rewrite filters. This can be usefull when specific apps aren’t needed to see for functional or other reasons. To visualize the communication flow, I have made a Visio drawing, see below.

Netscaler rewrite









To read more about this and how to configure the Netscaler, here is the link: http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/11/18/hiding-xaxd-applications-by-using-netscaler-rewriting-functionalities/



IMA Helper Tool

Sometimes you suddenly can’t connect to a published application and/or dekstop on XenApp. After investigation you notice that the IMA (Independement Management Architecture) service isn’t running and won’t restart anymore. The tool which can help then is IMA Helper from Citrix.
With this tool you can:

  • Recreate Local Host Cache;
  • Recreate DSN file;
  • Check IMA service state.







The tool can be downloaded from Citrix, see article CTX133983.

Citrix Quick Launch (follow up of ICA File Creator)

The name says it, with this app you can connect to Citrix published apps/desktops and create your own ICA files.
You can use the generated ICA file(s) to present apps to:

  • The startmenu of the user with or without RES tooling such as Workspace Manager (formally known as Powerfuse);
  • Desktop of the user with or without RES tooling such as Workspace Manager (formally known as Powerfuse);
  • Another XenApp farm with SSO (Single Sign On) capability;
  • Silo with SSO (Single Sign On) capability.


The tool can be downloaded from Citrix, see article CTX122536.


INSTANT EdgeSight for XenApp


Xenapp for EdgeSight Cover

PacktPub released in august 2013 the book INSTANT EdgeSight for XenApp.
This book helps installing, configuring and deploying EdgeSight for XenApp in a practical way. EdgeSight for XenApp helps identifying the user based performance of the XenApp environment by measuring different counters like network, profile load time, application startup, process hangs and so on. If there are bottlenecks in the infrastructure, EdgeSight can help by locating this problem(s), which make fixing the issue easier.

I helped reviewing the book for PacktPub. Click here to buy the book 

ISBN: 184968958X
ISBN 13: 9781849689588

Visio Stencils


Here are some Visio stencils from different vendors to use for making a diagram for Citrix,  RES, Microsoft and VMware. See the links below.








Citrix Visio Stencils (XenApp, VDI, Netscaler, XenDesktop, EdgeSight, Access Gateway, Citrix Delivery Center items, Roles)

RES Automation Manager + Workspace Manager +  Service Orchestration Visio Stencils

Microsoft Hyper-V, SCVMM Stencils

Microsoft Datacenter template

Lot of shapes / stencils of Microsoft

VMware stencils


Citrix news and howto's about VDI, XenApp, XenDesktop, CAG, BYO, Netscaler