Citrix PVS Synthetic NIC streaming with Hyper-V

As of August 2015, Hyper-V machines come in the form of Generation 1 and Generation 2 (Hyper-V shipped with Windows Server 2012 R2). Generation 2 brings some advantages over Generation 1 such as standard (synthetic) NIC PXE booting capabilities, UEFI firmware support and booting from a SCSI attached VHD. These are some things a Generation 1 VM cannot do.

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Citrix ICA timeouts

If you are connecting to an App or Desktop and it takes longer than usual, or if you need to give the applicatioin or Desktop more time to launch – you may consider altering the ApplicationLaunchWaitTimeoutMS registry key on the VDA’s hosting your applications or desktops.

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Securing DDC XML Broker communication over HTTPS

For Citrix StoreFront and Delivery Controller communication, you need to specify XML service broker communication to travel over HTTPS or HTTP and specify a port such as 80 or 443. The XML service is used for application and desktop resource enumeration including handling user name and password data from StoreFront to DDCs.

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Installing XenApp 7.6 Guide

This guide walks through installing XenApp 7.6 in a test environment. No additional configuration is performed.

My setup is as follows:

  • Storefront – StoreFront Server
  • DDC – Delivery Controller
  • Studio – Studio and License Server on the same machine
  • Director – Citrix Director

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Citrix maintenance mode via PowerShell

This is a task you will have likely carried out, on a regular basis during your day to day Citrix farm administration. You have Citrix VDA machines that you need to put in maintenance mod. Maybe it’s one machine, maybe it’s a dozen. The reasons can be to carry out maintenance, or upgrades. Whatever the reason, yes you can do it via Studio, but what about PowerShell?

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