Deploying Windows 7 with Remote Desktop Services

Microsoft has launched a new type of event called TechDay Online. It is targeted at customers with technical expertise. The first incarnation focuses on deploying Windows 7.

In today’s world, talk about virtualization and centralization is hot. Both have become proven technologies to reduce the total cost of ownership. In this article, I will show you how to achieve both virtualization and centralization while offering Windows 7 to your users at the same time using the Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Slides (German): Performance Monitoring und Kapazitätsmanagement

On 10.09.2010 I held a session at ice:lingen about performance monitoring and capacity management of Windows Servers. Attached you’ll find my slides.

Please note that I had to remove most of the images because I am not allowed to show them publicly.

MVP for Remote Desktop Services

I am very proud to announce that I have been named Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for Remote Desktop Services (RDS). It is amazing to see that it is recognized how much passion I invest in the community through this blog and by giving talks.

Thanks a lot, Microsoft. I’ll make the most of it!

Slide Decks: IT-Administrator Tech Talk in Oberursel (German)

At the IT-Administrator Tech Talk in Oberursel, I held three talks which can be downloaded here:

  1. Keynote about Cloud Computing (download)
  2. Talk about common problems with Windows (download)
  3. Talk about the new features in XenApp 6 (download)

Have fun!

Building Custom EdgeSight Reports Part 4 - The Wedding

After the last two articles have demonstrated the schema of the EdgeSight database and the layout of a query, this posting brings together all the pieces to create a report for EdgeSight. A report is based on the query which pulls data from the EdgeSight database. Through the use of special variables, the EdgeSight user interfaces passes parameters to the query to customize the resulting output. This requires special methods to work with.

Slides (German): Skalierbarkeit messbar machen

On 10.09.2010 I held a session at the NRWconf in Wuppertal about performance monitoring and capacity management of Windows Servers. Attached you’ll find my slides.

Pains with EFS and Network Destinations

A few months ago, I have blogged about an annoying anomaly in the handling of EFS-encrypted files. My case was that copying fails for an EFS-encrypted file to a location where it cannot be encrypted by the source system (e.g. a file share). My colleague Helge Klein has apparently uncovered the cause: CopyFile(Ex).

Building Custom EdgeSight Reports Part 3 - The Query

After explaining the schema of the EdgeSight database in the previous article in this series, I will now show you how to formulate SQL queries to retrieve data from the EdgeSight database by starting out slowly and building typical example just like it is used by Citrix for many reports in the product.

Building Custom EdgeSight Reports Part 2 - The Database

Understanding the database schema is the key to building a custom report for EdgeSight. In this article you will learn about important tables and views as well as the relationship between them. This article explains the purpose and layout key tables in the EdgeSight database schema as well as the relationships between them.

Building Custom EdgeSight Reports Part 1 - Kick Off

For quite a while now, Citrix is offering EdgeSight for performance analysis and historical reporting. It started off for endpoints and XenApp (still called Presentation Server at that time) and now includes virtual desktops as well. EdgeSight is offering a huge number of reports seemingly covering all possible aspects of performance analysis.

But in my eyes, the agents are collecting a lot more pieces of information than the reports are able to display. This article is the first in a series describing the EdgeSight database schema, what is necessary for a valid query and how it is built into a report.