Application Layers and Elastic Layering in Unidesk 4.0.8

This post describes the method’s involved in creating Application Layers and Elastic Layers to be used in a Unidesk environment running on Hyper-V with XenDesktop and Citrix PVS. This post assumes you have the Unidesk Enterprise Layer Manager appliance installed, configured and an OS Layer in place.

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Create and update the OS Layer in Unidesk 4.0.8

This post describes the actions taken to create an OS Layer in Unidesk 4.0.8 running on Hyper-V with Citrix PVS. You are also shown how to add new versions to the OS Layer for the purpose of patching, upgrading and making changes to the OS Layer image. Here you will see how the Platform Layer and Image Template plays a key part in packaging and deploying Unidesk OS Layers.

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Installing and configuring Unidesk 4.x

It has been a short time since I wrote the Unidesk 3.x blog posts and a lot has changed with Unidesk in version 4. Firstly, the company itself has been bought by Citrix, which was announced at Summit in January 2017. At a software level, the main Unidesk infrastructure components have been simplified from 2.x and 3.x by merging them all in to one component. The deployment model has also been made easier, making Unidesk the layer composer and Provisioning Services or Machine Creation Services the deployer to the masses.

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Active Directory user computer name caching in XenDesktop

In a XenDesktop environment, the Citrix Broker Service caches the hostname of Delivery Controllers, VDA machines and user account names in SQL. This ensures queries of Active Directory users and computers that are associated with the XenDesktop farm are quick and do not need to go across to Domain Controllers for such information.

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Citrix Secure Browser

Citrix Secure Browser comes as an on-premise solution with XenApp 7.8+ or as the Secure Browser service from Citrix Cloud. The Citrix Secure Browser edition is designed to combat many different challenges that enterprise businesses face today in regards to security or the complexity found in getting all of thei different enterprise web sites working under the one browser.

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