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By Shawn Bass on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:23:07 AM
Aaron Parker has two very interesting blog entries on automating the creation of Citrix Administrator accounts using VBScript.  The first part of the article focuses on using MFCOM to read the permissions of the admin accounts as well as walking the folder structure of the management console.  The second part of the article is the complete code for adding the new admin account and setting the necessary permissions at each folder within the management console.  I recommend  checking them out if you're into automating your Citrix management tasks.
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 20, 2007 2:43:06 PM
In a blog post from the VMGuru site, I learned that the upcoming VI3 book from Ron Oglesby, Mike Laverick, and Scott Herold has three free chapters that were released on Friday.  The three free chapters can be obtained on the homepage of the book vi3book.com

Looks to be a good read...
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 20, 2007 11:16:35 AM
Helge Klein (from sepago) has an interesting blog entry on the bandwidth usage of ClearType font smoothing and it's impact on RDP bandwidth consumed.  I'd recommend a read of the entire article, but to summarize it appears that enabling ClearType would impose upwards of a 300% increase in bandwidth utilization.  YUCK!
By Shawn Bass on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:02:56 AM
Citrix announced today that they are acquiring XenSource for $500 million.  I don't personally understand such a high price for an acquisition where the existing company had less than $5 million in revenue last year.  Also, Citrix has stated that they expect this acquisition to result in $50 million in revenue for fiscal year 2008, but at an expense of $60-70 million in total cost of revenue and operating expenses.  Again, I don't get it, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...considering I actually own shares in Citrix

There's additional commentary over at Brian Madden's site here.

Shawn

By Shawn Bass on Thursday, August 09, 2007 8:43:17 PM
DefCon 15 Day 1 review
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 06, 2007 12:52:49 PM
While I've still not caught up (READ: recovered) from the 3 day conference in Las Vegas, I can definitely say that I'm glad I went.  I don't have all of my thoughts organized yet on the sessions that I attended, but over the coming days I'll be blogging on a DefCon 15 wrap up where I'll cover my perspective on the sessions that I attended...and those that I walked out of   Stay tuned.
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 06, 2007 12:49:32 PM
Jeff Muir has a blog entry on something that he's calling "Aggregate Computing" which is to say a merger of the client and server environment in such a way that the end user doesn't know the difference between them, but rather just has access to the resources to get their job done.  I agree with this thought process and I too think that server based computing really needs to improve the end-user seamless factor to increase the user acceptance factor.  To that end, Citrix is working on things to deal with some of these aspects, so it's certainly an exciting time to be in server-based computing.
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 06, 2007 12:38:39 PM
The SoftGrid Team blog has two nice blog entries that illustrate the communications between a SoftGrid Client and a SoftGrid server during Desktop Config refresh as well during an application launch.  These articles are quite informative if you're not familiar with the networking protocols/ports that are used during these actions.
By Shawn Bass on Monday, August 06, 2007 12:33:05 PM
I'm sure everyone has experienced problems searching the Citrix support site at one time or another.  Citrix has recently introduced a new search tool to search the Knowledge Center.  I personally have mixed feeling about it since it has already let me down on a few searches (though that's what a feedback form is for, eh?)  Anyway, check it out here and make sure you send them feedback so it gets improved.  I'm off to do that myself.
By Shawn Bass on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 9:33:30 AM
Tim Mangan directed me to an article from Mary Jo Foley where states that since the inception of the MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) Microsoft has sold 2 million licenses.  Without argument, most of those sales were probably due to the SoftGrid acquisition (though I wouldn't complain about getting the fantastic SysInternals tools too).  While many people (including me) would like to see Microsoft separate SoftGrid from the SA requirement, it seems pretty clear that they are definitely driving value to the SA business through SoftGrid.  Therefore, it seems unlikely that Microsoft would separate SoftGrid.  In either case, this clearly demonstrates the demand for SoftGrid.  Interesting times ahead....