Showing posts from June, 2013

HDX mobile - XenDesktop 7

The curiously named XenDesktop 7 was released this week, the fact that XenDesktop 6 does not exist was an interesting twist.  This was named project Avalon and now includes XenApp as part of the same stack rather than a separate architecture.  The latest release of XenApp was 6.5 and maybe Citrix decided to bring this in-line. Any way!  Citrix showed a demo of a flash offloading mechanism for iPad with XenDesktop 7 at Synergy and Citrix Mobility London.  This recognised that an iPad was being used and instead of just sending screenshots to the client it translates the video to H.264 and sends it to the iPad for local rendering.  The results in the demo were amazing and I couldn't wait to get my mitts on the code to test.  Unfortunately this feature didn't exist in the Tech Preview so I had to wait patiently for the full release to come out. Below is a comparison of XenApp 6.0 (2008 R2) and XenDesktop 7.0 (windows 8) watching a flash video of the Wimbledon coverage on

Citrix Mobility London 2013

Citrix announced at the start of the year that Synergy Europe would be held in London this year.  This was great news for Citrix enthusiasts who couldn't convince their respective bosses that expenses for flights and hotels to Barcelona would represent a good ROI. Unfortunately Citrix cancelled this London event.  The reason is that Citrix wanted to host more events around Europe rather than having one flagship event. I attended Citrix Mobility London 2013 yesterday at the Old Billingsgate Market.  The venue was pretty nice and just the right size for the amount of people who attended.  The overall theme was "Work is not a place".  This makes sense as their technologies are allowing people to be very mobile and complete their work in most environments. The first session was run by Gordon Payne and demo god Brad Peterson.  They talked about Project Avalon an

Configuring Blackberry Enterprise Server 5 with Exchange 2013

This is an overview on the pre-requisites, considerations and changes required in migrate from BES from working with Exchange 2010 over to Exchange 2013 with CU1.  The following was tested on a Windows 2003 mixed mode domain and forest functional level where BES Express had already been installed and configured. Update....when I wrote this article originally it was aimed at updating a current Blackberry server to work with Exchange 2013.   If you want to migrate your mailboxes over a period of time rather than moving them all at once, you should look to setting a separate BES server which points to the Exchange 2013 server whilst leaving your current BES server pointing to Exchange 2010.  In order to migrate the users from one independent database to another to you can the Blackberry Transporter Tool.  I found this tool to be excellent as it didn't require any interaction on the BB phones themselves;  As far as the end user was concerned, business as usual.  Check out this link