Linux Apps and Desktops delivered by Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

There are tons of great free Linux applications available today, but since most users aren’t using Linux on their devices this whole parallel universe of hidden gems isn’t that easy to discover and to add to the personal toolbox. But wait, there is Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly known as Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop) to jump in. In this article I will show you how to publish virtual apps and desktops from a Linux operating system. As a small additional giveaway I will also explain how to add support for Citrix Federated Authentication Service (FAS) in an existing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (CVAD) deployment.

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There are tons of great free Linux applications available today, but since most users aren’t using Linux on their devices this whole parallel universe of hidden gems isn’t that easy to discover and to add to the personal toolbox. But wait, there is Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly known as Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop) to jump in. In this article I will show you how to publish virtual apps and desktops from a Linux operating system. As a small additional giveaway I will also explain how to add support for Citrix Federated Authentication Service (FAS) in an existing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (CVAD) deployment. Continue reading “Linux Apps and Desktops delivered by Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops”

Cleanup unused FSLogix Office 365 Containers

It’s this time of the year again: Our graduate students left and the new ones started. As every year we have to do some housekeeping on our file servers to cleanup the unused home directories and user profiles of the students who left our school. With the implementation of FSLogix Office 365 Containers there is now a third piece of user related data we have to take into account. Here is how to accomplish this task with a simple Powershell script.

It’s this time of the year again: Our graduate students left and the new ones started. As every year we have to do some housekeeping on our file servers to cleanup the unused home directories and user profiles of the students who left our school. With the implementation of FSLogix Office 365 Containers there is now a third piece of user related data we have to take into account. Here is how to accomplish this task with a simple Powershell script. Continue reading “Cleanup unused FSLogix Office 365 Containers”

Nutanix Life Cycle Management (LCM)

With AOS 5.0 Nutanix introduced the Life Cycle Manager (LCM) feature, which helps you to track and upgrade software and firmware versions of all entities in the cluster. LCM is supported for all Nutanix NX and SX platforms. But be aware there are some limitations around scenarios where you have LACP enabled – I learned it the hard way!

With AOS 5.0 Nutanix introduced the Life Cycle Manager (LCM) feature, which helps you to track and upgrade software and firmware versions of all entities in the cluster. LCM is supported for all Nutanix NX and SX platforms. But be aware there are some limitations around scenarios where you have LACP enabled – I learned it the hard way! Continue reading “Nutanix Life Cycle Management (LCM)”

Nutanix InstantON For Citrix Cloud

Nutanix and Citrix have partnered to create a tightly integrated hybrid cloud solution that simplifies and accelerates VDI deployments for companies of any size. With Nutanix InstantON for Citrix Cloud, the entire Citrix software stack is delivered as a 1-click service from the Citrix Cloud, attaching with zero effort to the on-prem Nutanix clusters powered by Citrix XenServer or AHV, the Nutanix native hypervisor.

The latest release of Nutanix AOS 5.5 supports out-of-the-box integration with Citrix Cloud and allows businesses to spin up a fully functional hybrid Citrix Cloud solution for XenApp and XenDesktop service environment within a couple of hours.

With Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop service, businesses no longer have to manage the desktop images, applications and security. All the desktop management services are part of the subscription. On the other hand the VDI and RDSH workloads, including all the sensitive data remain safe and close to the end users in the corporate data center. This hybrid solution approach takes out a lot of complexity of todays implementation of a traditional VDI infrastructure and internal IT can focus on stuff that really matters for the endusers. Continue reading “Nutanix InstantON For Citrix Cloud”

IGEL Cloud Gateway on Nutanix AHV

The IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG) implements a secure connection between endpoint devices and the UMS, both of which are located inside private networks. Finally I found some time to implement the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), which enables the Universal Management Suite (UMS) to securely manage endpoint devices outside the company network.

Some time ago I wrote about the new IGEL UD Pocket, the portable Universal Desktop Thin Client coming as a USB device (IGEL UD Pocket – Micro Universal Desktop Thin Client). Finally I found some time to implement the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), which enables the Universal Management Suite (UMS) to securely manage endpoint devices outside the company network.

The UD Pocket boots IGEL Universal Desktop Linux on your computer. However, it does not make any changes to the operating system already installed on the hard disk, SSD or flash storage – UD Pocket runs entirely from the USB stick. With the latest firmware now it is also possible to turn your Apple Mac into a temporary IGEL Thin Client.

As the primary use case for the UD Pocket is to provide a secure and managed Thin Client environment for BYOD and unmanaged external endpoints, usually this devices are not part of your network and have no direct access to the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), IGEL’s management console. That’s exactly where the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG) can jump in and fill the gap.

The IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG) implements a secure connection between endpoint devices and the UMS, both of which are located inside private networks. Continue reading “IGEL Cloud Gateway on Nutanix AHV”

Multi-factor Authentication for Citrix XenDesktop / NetScaler against Azure AD

In my last post about secure access to XenDesktop virtual workspaces I tried to give an overview of the different ways to implement multi-factor authentication with Citrix NetScaler and XenDesktop. I came to the conclusion that integrating the remote access with Azure AD and using the Microsoft MFA feature is a very end user friendly way to accomplish this goal, especially when you already have Azure AD in your setup. In this post I will outline a walkthrough to the setup and configuration steps needed.

In my last post about secure access to XenDesktop virtual workspaces I tried to give an overview of the different ways to implement multi-factor authentication with Citrix NetScaler and XenDesktop. I came to the conclusion that integrating the remote access with Azure AD and using the Microsoft MFA feature is a very end user friendly way to accomplish this goal, especially when you already have Azure AD in your setup. In this post I will outline a walkthrough to the setup and configuration steps needed. Continue reading “Multi-factor Authentication for Citrix XenDesktop / NetScaler against Azure AD”

Citrix Federated Authentication Service: Azure AD as Identity Provider

Are you looking to provide a secure way for your users to access Citrix XenDesktop and / or XenApp resources? Do you already have Citrix NetScaler in your setup? Do you have an Azure AD subscription? Well, by combining this three building blocks in the right way, you can easily secure the remote access to your users workspaces, implement conditional access rules and enforce multi-factor authentication – all in a very user friendly manner with a consistent experience for your end users, they might be already familiar with from existing cloud services like Office 365.

Are you looking to provide a secure way for your users to access Citrix XenDesktop and / or XenApp resources? Do you already have Citrix NetScaler in your setup? Do you have an Azure AD subscription? Well, by combining this three building blocks in the right way, you can easily secure the remote access to your users workspaces, implement conditional access rules and enforce multi-factor authentication – all in a very user friendly manner with a consistent experience for your end users, they might be already familiar with from existing cloud services like Office 365. Continue reading “Citrix Federated Authentication Service: Azure AD as Identity Provider”