EdgeSight 5.3 Monitors License Servers

On the 11th of March, Citrix quietly released EdgeSight 5.3. Apart from endpoints and XenApp servers, EdgeSight now monitors license servers presents in the environment. No agent is required for this new feature. This version is not affected by the timebomb present in earlier versions ;-)

How Many Will Be Affected By The EdgeSight Timebomb?

I hope it is commonly known by now that EdgeSight 5.0 and 5.1 will stop working on 25th of March 2010. That’s merely two weeks away! In my opinion, the warning Citrix has published does not suffice for an issue of such effect.

Microsoft Word Image Compression and the Loss of Quality

My girlfriend is currently writing the thesis for her PhD. This involves creating several graphical representations of the results of her work. All of them are vector-based to scale to the appropriate size without loosing quality in the process. I have offered to help by inserting these graphics in Microsoft Word 2007 - a repetitious task which can be performed without insight of the content of the actual work ;-)

In the course of this article, I will outline the problem of creating high quality, scalable images and inserting them into documents using Microsoft Word. Some of the issues are caused by the inherent differences between vector-based and pixel-based images as well as the image compression in Word. Fortunately, I am able to offer a solution to these obstacles.

Performance Monitoring Round-Up

In the course of the last six months, I have published nine articles about performance monitoring, why it is a crucial task and how the different subsystems of the operating system. To wrap up this series, this article offers an overview of the topics covered in the individual articles as well as a summary of my recommendations.

R2FeatureTalk (German): SMTP-Server (#61)

Watch me explain “SMTP-Server” in Video #61.

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R2FeatureTalk (German): DHCP-Servertools (#37)

Watch me explain “DHCP-Servertools” in Video #37.

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R2FeatureTalk (German): DNS-Servertools (#38)

Watch me explain “DNS-Servertools” in Video #38.

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Project Parra Tech Preview (to be XenApp vNext) Integrates Policies into GPOs - This Stuff Rocks

When I attended BriForum 2007 in Amsterdam, Juliano Maldaner (XenApp product architect) presented features in future versions of XenApp. He also talked about a very impressive change how XenApp handles policies: the plan was to integrate them into Microsoft group policies.

Two and a half years have passed and - finally - the project Parra tech preview offers a first (public) look at the new policy engine. In this article, I’ll have a closer look at the user interface and the handling of policies.

Why Office 2010 Ribbon Customization Does Not Cut It

In a recent article, I have introduced an extension for Microsoft Office called InstantRibbonChanger. Through a configuration file, this extension is able to modify existing ribbons or add new ribbons to all applications in the suite.

With the dawn of Office 2010, one feature caught my attention: the new version of Microsoft Office (now in beta and available here) is announced to allow for ribbons customization through the user interface.

Let’s have a closer look at this feature and how it compares to the InstantRibbonChanger.

Performance Monitoring Part 9 - EdgeSight vs. Resource Manager for XenApp

After several articles in this series have covered Windows server in general, I’d like to return to the topic of Windows-based terminal servers. But instead of talking about the concepts, the theory and technology of performance monitoring, this article compares two competing tools for monitoring terminal server environments: Citrix Presentation Server Resource Manager and Citrix EdgeSight.