Bring Your Own Session on April 2nd to UK Citrix User Group Meeting

The first 2015 UK Citrix User Group meeting - Meeting XII - will be on Thursday 2nd April at Thistle Newcastle, The County, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

As with all our events, this is free to attend courtesy of our sponsors. We hope to see you there.

Bring Your Own Session

We're accepting session suggestions using the link below. A session can be anything from a 10 minute "This is what we did" with no slides, just you, your towel and a sense of wonder all the way to a full 45 minute live demo and mime act.

Worked on a Citrix project recently that went well? Not so well? Share your experiences and tips.

Know a particular technology inside out? Pay it forward and share your expertise with an audience keen to learn.

Want to critique a new release or feature? Highlight how you think it could be / should be better?

Then submit your session to the UK Citrix User Group using this link

Location

Thistle Newcastle, The County, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Handily over the road from the Central Station if you're coming by rail or Metro. If you're flying to Newcastle airport you can take the Metro to Central Station. Ferry? Get a bus from the terminal to right outside the venue. There are a number of public car parks within a short walk, although avoid the Central Station car park, its expensive. If you're cycling, running or walking in - go you.

We have a reduced rate for the Wednesday or Thursday nights if you'd like to stop over and enjoy the North East without subtitles: contact us for the code.

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Sponsors

If you'd like to sponsor this event, please view our sponsor page. Thanks to all our sponsors for allowing us to keep our meetings free to attendees.

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Review: UK Citrix User Group XI – Tune In, Geek Out

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The Citrix UK User Group events hit the mid-tweens with an impressive view from swank surrounds on the south bank of the Thames thanks to the generous people at IBM.  Great wifi: happy days.

The Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations. We thank the 3D-realtime attendees for providing interesting and useful questions and discussing challenges and ideas. The UK Citrix User Group believe in engaging the community to drive the best value for everyone, and with that in mind we continued our use of Go-To-Webinar to broadcast the event live. Waves and thanks to the 54 virtual attendees  who tuned-in and dropped-a-note/message/input/constructive critique - the more the merrier: with a virtual high-five back to @virtuEs_IT and @JarianGibson for waving back.

And of course, many thanks to our sponsors Atlantis Computing, Control Up, eg Innovations, IBM, Norskale and Nutanix for helping to make this our eleventh free to attend event: no matter where you are.

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not a bad view as it goes...it's obviously Christmas given the UFO invasion.. Dr Who along any minute now..

 

We covered...

Citrix News Update - 2014 the Year of VDI?

We had a speedy run through what has been in the news and product cycle for Citrix in 2014..

2014-YearVDI

A busy year (all be it except for November, tho' we were assured by the Citrix staff present (very nice to see so many of them) that Citrites were busier than Santa's elves at Christmas: you think that USB rocket launcher tests itself for compatibility?). Plenty of Gather Magic Quadrant#1's, new XenMobile and Netscaler releases, strategic acquisitions. In the VDI space we have on-going EoM's, Chrome Receiver, obviously XA/XD 7.6 and Linux VDA making an appearance. Citrix continues to build on delivering applications and data to the enterprise - encompassing more than simply End User Compute. The deck is here, where you can meet some of the members of the steering group and find out where we didn't go for a beer because, literally, the Inn was full: so we went over the road and, almost literally, discussed topics from an excellent event in a stable. Peace and good will to all.

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Welcome From IBM

Thanks again to IBM for hosting the event, and a special mention to their facilities team for being prompt and incredibly helpful. Simon Gale gave interesting walk through of IBM's relationship with Citrix from a customer and partner perspective and the services (such as MobileFirst) IBM offer which you can read about here.

Planning for growth:Our journey to XenApp 7.5?

2014-12-17 10.37.26 Richard Billington Infrastructure Manager at Produce World talked through the Plan for Growth in a project to deploy Citrix XenApp 7.5 for @1000 users.An insightful discussion on project planning, getting user buy-in, the good (scripting master images, ease of deployment, abilities for remote access) and the bad (higher bandwidth issues, printer management, logon times) of how the project progressed. Well worth a review if you're planning a roll-out in 2015.For the deck - click here.

 

Delivering Lync

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Lee misunderstands the invite, comes in fancy dress as Lobot

Lee Bushen from Citrix talked through four ways for delivering Lync with XenDesktop - perhaps the most popular UC among Citrix users as well as questions to ask yourself before starting a Lync deployment. Plus a live demo of the Lync Optimisation pack.For the deck - click here. For Lee's additional file download including the deck, Lync Delivery Feature Matrix and videos click here

 

Introduction to Citrix CloudPlatform powered by Apache CloudStack

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Giles Sirrett CEO and founder at ShapeBlue and chairman Cloudstack European User Group gave an Introduction to Citrix CloudPlatform. He discussed terminology, what goes into building an IaaS cloud, deployment models, architecture and what Citrix Cloud products are available. Have you heard of Cloudportal Services Manager? Neither had I. Lots of new stuff - very interesting. Hopefully we'll be able to entice him back for more demos. For the deck - click here

 

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 2014-12-17 13.09.23 Nutanix's Dave Gaunt talked through the monitoring options and capabilities and intergration with other tools that are available for a Nutanix cluster.

http://www.controlup.com/

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Yoni Avital,  CTO at Smart X, typifies of the UK Citrix User Group sponsors who not only presents but readily engages with debate and feedback.ControlUp is an advanced computer management and monitoring platform for managing a large amount of Windows servers, workstations and user sessions. Yoni gave a demo of the product and talked through the roadmap for the 4.1 and 5.0 releases that will be available in 2015.For the deck - click here

 

Citrix PVS 7.6: How magic are the deployment wizards?

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Andrew Cooke talked through the various wizards available in PVS 7.6

 

 

 

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Without Sponsors, there is no free event. We really appreciate their support of the community.

Stuart Kennedy from eg Innovations gave us a whistle stop tour of the latest features in their performance monitoring capabilities.

eg Innovations are currently running a webinar series on Citrix Performance Management Best Practices - be sure to check it out

 

 

PVS Cache to Ram with Overflow to Disk 

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Jim Moyle, erudite CTP, talked through the new PVS Cache to RAM with Overflow to Disk capabilities, how it works what to consider when implementing it. Well worth a review.

Link to deck here

 

Connection Leasing

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Joe Deller, Senior Test Engineer at Citrix recently wrote a white paper on connection leasing design considerations which he shared via our LinkedIn Group.

And he also helpfully came along to talk about it. You can review the deck here.

Its very useful to have test and development Citrites come along to the sessions and share their insight and be keen for feedback. Look forward to seeing more of them all at future events.

Citrix Director

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At the UK Citrix User Group we're always up for handing the floor over to someone who has something to share. William Charnell Senior Architect at Citrix came along and asked if he could spend as short time talking about Director and we were happy to oblige. Remember a session doesn't need to be 45 mins long with many, many demos - 10-15 mins on something you've found useful/interesting/a pain is just as good to share.

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 Atlantis Computing

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Without Sponsors, there is no free event. We really appreciate their support of the community. Hang on, you might say, isn't that Jim again? Yes. Yes it is. Called from the subs bench, Jim talked through a 1000 seat VDI deployment using Atlantis USX software to create   hyperconverged storage

 

 

Roundtable: 

The roundtable is always a popular session, and this was no exception - key discussion points included:

Best of 2014: Netscaler 10.5; re-introduction of Session Linger; the new 4.1 Receiver; PVS with Cache RAM overflow to disk; and AppDNA with its capabilities to provide early warning of complex migration

Worst of 2014: Deprecation of enterprise features in XenServer 6.2 and the whole mess that going "open source" meant; the retirement of XenApp Advanced forcing customers to go to Enterprise; lack of Citrix (as a company) engaging with the community

Best Citrix Interaction Experiences:  XenServer Support were praised here.

Worst Citrix Interaction: mentioning no specific team feedback was that the whole process was often time consuming and repetitive; there appears to be poor information sharing within Citrix and an inconsistency in presentation of documentation and detail; it was felt that Citrix SE knowledge was excellent, but it wasn't being distributed and shared within the organisation;

Hopes for 2015:  a return of more technically focused blogs at Citrix; less of a focus on VDI; allow for more options for "non-network" working; extend enterprise mobility tools to manage desktop applications/environments; a european Synergy style event; and FMA architecture enhancements that were more sensitive to geography.

And that was that.

For a view of the twitter feed of the event you can follow the Story here. Following on from a prompt from the virtual attendees we pressed the Record button in the afternoon - you can hear the the afternoon sessions (from ControlUp onwards) and watch the slides on this link

Again, thanks to Atlantis Computing, Control Up, eg Innovations, IBM, Norskale and Nutanix for sponsoring the event.

The next user group meeting should be around late March/early April 2015 with another event in July. Keep an eye/ear out for more details. Our goal is approximately four events a year - hope to see you there.  Don't forget Citrix Synergy registration is now open - Synergy 2015 will be in Florida 12-14 May.

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the array of technology providing access to the event via Go To Webinar

It's a goal of the user group to share ideas and information. If you see a pertinent presentation, if you plug into a wonderful webinar, if you've done something you simply want to share then the UK Citrix User Group exists to help you distribute that resource by having a place to discuss it with your peers. One person can make a difference, and everyone should try: we're happy to help.

Join us on Twitter where our lists now includes links to all those who have presented. Share with us at up and coming events, or on our LinkedIn group or on the Citrix Forums, we look forward to interacting with you in realtime-3D or otherwise.

Have a splendid Christmas and a prosperous 2015.

UK Citrix User Group Steering Group.

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EVENT Review: UK Citrix User Group X – September 2014

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The tenth UK Citrix User Group meeting took place at the offices Cisco in London on 24th September. We'd like thank our friends at Cisco for their hospitality and support in helping to keep the event free to attend. It was our most heavily subscribed event to date with so many of you signing up we were unable to accommodate all the requests to attend. This is why we decided for the first time to host the entire event as a simultaneous webcast using Citrix GoTo Webinar via some strategically placed webcams. Many thanks to those of you who joined us both in person and remotely.

The September meeting had a performance and optimisation feel with some great sessions from all corners of the Citrix ecosystem on how to make life increasingly productive for your users.

The event sessions started to a packed house at 09:30 with an update on some recent changes and releases in the work of Citrix from UKCUG Steering committee member and CTP Neil Spellings.

What’s new with HDX

A HDX Update from the queen of HDX herself, Citrix HDX Product Manager Rachel Berry. Rachel described the various use case scenarios for graphics acceleration and highlight how the use of hardware graphics acceleration is moving more and more into many more use cases, not just high-end graphic design and media. For so many reasons one of the most memorable uses of this 3D technology was discussed – that of the Haptic Cow (and sheep) to train veterinary students. For some reason these things tend to stick in the mind…

Download What's new with HDX presentation

Why UCS for VDI (Sponsor)

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Chris Bashworth of Cisco showed how Cisco UCS integrates with the Citrix portfolio and why it makes a great platform to host VDI solutions. There was certainly some love in the room for what it is possible to achieve with UCS.

Download the Cisco presentation

XenServer: What’s New, & What’s Coming

Senior Manager of Partner Engineering at Citrix, David Cottingham delivered an informative and fun-filled “What’s new” session on XenServer as well as a “what may or may not be new in the future” section just for good measure. With particular emphasis on the continuing advantages of delivering 3D graphics acceleration via NVIDIA GRID technology exclusively through XenServer.

Download XenServer: Whats New and whats coming presentation

LUNs, zoning, fabrics, and SANs especially can all go jump off a bridge (Sponsor)

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Friend of the UKCUG and Senior Nutanix Engineer David Gaunt then described the converged and linearly scalable “webscale” future with the help of a number of (pictures of) glasses of beer to describe Nutanix clustering. Needless to say close attention was paid at this point.

Download the Nutanix Presentation

Avoiding Negative Perceptions of Desktop Virtualization

Following the success of the Bring Your Own session (BYOS) approach instigated by our allies over at the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG). The first UK BYOS session was included in our agenda and was gallantly delivered by James Rankin who presented on how to avoid negative user perception during a desktop virtualisation project. His presentation was very well received and a great start to what is sure to become a regular feature of the UKCUG meetings.

 Download Avoiding Negative Perceptions of Desktop Virtualization presentation

Podio – the hidden gem of Citrix

Our first special guest appearance was DuCUG member Kees Baggerman giving us some insight into how Podio can be used to great effect to run a business operation. Kees delivered this presentation with his countryman Ingmar Verheij at E2EVC in Brussels which went down very well land he didn’t disappoint on this solo engagement at the UKCUG. For those reading this post from non-profit organisations, we recommend you spend some time following this up as Podio is free of charge for non-profit use and can really make a difference to your productivity and workflow processes.

Download Podio Presentation

Netscaler Performance

Our next guests were DuCUG member Barry Schiffer and Julien Stanojevic in a Netherlands/France joint presentation on performance testing on Citrix NetScaler. Barry and Julien’s research has directly led to changes in the supporting documentation Citrix produce for NetScaler, and particularly to an increase in the stated scalability of VPX appliances. This has benefited numerous customers and is a great example of the value of community engagement to vendors such as Citrix.

Download Netscaler Performance Presentation

XenApp 7.5 in AWS

The UKCUG’s own Neil Spellings (CTP) then presented a session where he showed how a fully operational battle station XenApp 7.5 environment can be initiated into AWS in approximately one hour.

Download XenApp 7.5 in AWS Presenation

Break Down the Barriers of VDI Deployments (Sponsor)

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The performance and optimisation theme continued when CTP Andrew Wood from the UKCUG and Atlantis Computing showed how Atlantis USX (incorporating ILIO) can deliver massive response-time benefits to your virtual machines and how you can see for yourself with a free 10 desktop or 1 XenApp host trail of ILIO. This demonstration showed that, in tests with Cisco UCS Atlantis achieve VSI Max scores of less than 850 for 70 concurrent XenDesktop Sessions which can only be described as “Crazy Fast”.

Download Atlantis Presentation

Round Table

The meeting finished, as is tradition on such occasions, with an open-forum round table “geekspeak” event discussing whatever topics the audience wanted to discuss. Many things were raised here including the future of virtualisation and what the various contributors saw as the direction of travel in the industry and what is due to change in the skillsets required to deliver the IT services of the future.

It was then time to continue the conversation over some light refreshment. Many thanks to sponsor Atlantis Computing for contributing to this part of the evening.From there, a UKCUG meal was sponsored by Nutanix so that the tech-chat could continue into the night.

You can re-follow the event via storify

Thanks to everyone who attended this time and to wish you all well until we see you all once more. Hopefully at the next “Christmas-themed” event scheduled to take place on the 17th December on London’s South Bank.

We hope to see you there!

The UKCUG team would like to say a really big thank you to our ongoing sponsor of this event, without whom it would not be possible to maintain this free-to-attend user group meeting, so a big round of applause to: Atlantis Computing, Cisco, Norskale and Nutanix.

Join us on Twitter where our list now includes links to all those who have presented.

Share with us at up and coming events, or on our LinkedIn group

Cheers,

UK Citrix User Group Steering Group.

 

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Welcome to the new UK Citrix User Group!

Welcome!

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Welcome to the new-look UK Citrix User group!

Introducing the new UK Citrix User Group

A few dedicated Citrix engineers and consultants decided the UK had gone without a proper Citrix user group for long enough. So over a beer, a plan was hatched and the results of which you are now reading. It's still early days, but it's a start and we look forward to growing the group to become an established part of the Citrix community in the UK over the next few years.

Meetings

We don't want the group to become a London-only user group, and plan to hold meetings around the country. We welcome suggestions on suitable venues and you can post your own suggestions in the various regional group forums.

Membership

Membership is currently free, although we are investigating the option of having a tiered membership system where a paid membership gives you a number of additional benefits such as discounts on Citrix courses and exams, and access to the Citrix Community Lab infrastructure.

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