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.

Working Agenda

We'd like to thank all the people who submitted session ideas. The Steering group really appreciates your input. Here's our first cut of the agenda. We hope you'll agree there is some great stuff here. Rest assured the subs bench isn't secondary: it's just a day is only so long. We have your names, we'll be in touch because there were great session ideas - and we've three more slots to fill this year.

08.30 Registration, coffee and networking

09.00 Welcome and News UKCUG: Citrix 2015 in a Deck and Ant...icipation
Round up of news from the year so far, on going to Synergy, AoB, Where The Exits Are.

09.15 Know your Enemies - Application Analysis in Virtualized Environments: James Rankin: Independent Consultant
A common factor in virtualization projects is insufficient insight into the application estate. How can you deliver applications if you don't know what your users are using? A discussion on common problems around application analysis, and some technological solutions that may be useful to those undertaking it.

09:45 Implementing XenApp and XenDesktop Case Study: Dan Butler: Virgin Money
On delivering on XP Migration, rapid delivery timescales ensuring PCI compliance without it all going up in smoke.

10:10 An Introduction to FSLogix: Jim Moyle: Citrix Technology Professional
An introduction to application deployment without layers using FSLogix

10:30 === Coffee break ===========================

10.45 Delivering with AppDNA : Sheldon Lachambre: Director, Product Engineering App Management, Citrix Systems
From the technical founder of AppDNA - get a tech deep dive on AppDNA, Q&A Session on AppDNA/App-V, depending on time some demo which may, or may not, be performed using the medium of mime.

11:15 Key Things To Know Storefront/Receiver Deployment in 15 Mins or LessSimon Frost, Product Architect, Citrix Systems
From the man who likely wrote it, or at least - has likely seen the actual code get a quick fire insight into the what, when and why of Storefront and Receiver.

11:30 Sponsor: Nutanix
11:45 Sponsor: Pernix Data

12:00 === Sponsored Lunch ==================================

13:00 On Understanding AppVolumes Peter Schraml: Senior Engineer VMware
App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enables IT to instantly deliver applications with complete application lifecycle management. In this session we will discuss how it can be used to optimize application delivery and management in XenDesktop and XenApp environments.

13:45 Sponsor: Liquidware Labs

14:00 Why I tweeted "My best user experience for me is #Citrix XenApp and @AtlantisSDS combined with @NVIDIAGRID and managed with @ressoftware" Thomas Poppelgaard, Citrix Technology Professional, Technology Evangelist
Always willing and eager to be challenged, Citrix CTP Thomas Poppelgaard invites opinion on his thoughts on what the best user experience in 2015 is.

14:30 == Coffee ======================================

14:45 NetScaler - An Update : Andrew Scott: Lead Systems Engineer, Citrix Systems. 
Lastest updates and what they deliver

15:05 Understanding XenServer Storage Performance : Felipe Franciosi: Staff Software Engineer, Citrix Systems. 
This talk will give an overview of the XenServer 6.5 Storage Virtualisation Datapath focusing on performance. It will cover results for various benchmarks, highlight bottlenecks and show how different monitoring tools can be used to identify them.

15:25 Notes from the Field - Delivering Developer Workloads with VDI: Neil Burton: Independent Contractor
Developer workloads can be challenging. Very needy users demanding lots of control over complex environments. Hear Neil's experiences from a recent project.

15:45 Sponsor: Atlantis Computing

16:00 Round Table - discussion topics blank fillers:
What I'm planning for 2015 is <blank>
<blank> is the thing I thought was useful today
if I could have pressed a nonsense button today it would have been on <blank> and here's why...
16.55 Wrap-up; handing in forms and prizes.
17:00 Onward: Networking, sponsored drinks, venue TBC


For the last few sessions we've broadcast the event using Go-To-Webinar, we're looking to do the same thing again. Sign up here!


Meet fellow Citrix users, CTPs, consultants and representatives from Citrix and our sponsors. We've product managers, product directors, product writers and influencers. Here's a key advantage of attending a UK Citrix User Group session - the ability to make new contacts.  There may well be a competition, so bring your face-remembering-game face.


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

2014-12-17 09.54.04

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's obviously Christmas given the UFO invasion.. Dr Who along any minute now..


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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)


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.

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Welcome to the new UK Citrix User Group!


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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.


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 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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