UK Citrix User Group Spring 2019 meeting

Eventbrite - UK Citrix User Group Spring 2019 Meeting

When

Wednesday 20th March 2019
09.30am to 5.30pm (followed by drinks reception until 7pm)

Where

Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel
Blackfriars Street
Manchester
M3 2EQ

Transport

Manchester Piccadilly4.8km
Manchester Victoria station 1.6km
Market Street Tram 1km

Accommodation

Venue hotel ~£130 per night
Premier Inn ~£60 per night (3 min walk)
Travelodge ~£50 per night (2 min walk)

Agenda

09.30 Registration opens. Coffee and pastries

10:00 News  – UKCUG

10:30 GSLB – nothing to be afraid of (Jake Walsh – CTA session)

11.00 My four week challenge – Charlotte Beijer (World’s youngest Citrix Certified Administrator)

11.15 Coffee break

11.45 More to the eye than VDI withControl up – Lindell Harry & Rob Ellis Sponsor session

12.00 How to implement a Duress Code on Citrix ADC – Steven Wright (Citrix session)

12:30 Windows Virtual Desktop and Citrix DaaS – what’s the latest? James Rankin (CTP Session)

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Citrix SD-WAN in a Microsoft World (Al Taylor – Community session)

14:45 Dissecting Logons – Guy Leech (CTA session)

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Introduction to Citrix ADM – Terry Hooper (Citrix session)

16:45 Round Table.  Bring your issues, questions and opinions for our lively discussion slot

17:15 Wrap up & feedback forms & prize draw

17:30 Networking Drinks

19:00 Carriages

Join online

If you can’t make it to Manchester, we try and broadcast our meetings online via GotoWebinar. You will need to register here. We can’t guarantee great audio or visuals, as they a dependent on A/V facilities in the venue and reliable internet connections but we’ll do our best. We’ll monitor the questions feed so you can ask presenters questions during each session. The best experience will also be from being in the room.

Submit your session idea

Have a good topic, project or case study you’d think would be of interest to others? Submit your session idea for consideration for a future meeting

Sponsors

Our meeting are free to attend thank you to our generous sponsors. You’ll be able to speak to most of them in the exhibitor lounge at the meeting.

Eventbrite - UK Citrix User Group Spring 2019 Meeting

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UK Citrix User Group XX: Birmingham so much more to offer than a Motorcycle Museum

Covering topics on Netscaler, Multi-factor Authentication, Windows Profiles, Citrix layering and XenApp Essentials, this was our 20th event, and our first in Birmingham. Thanks to our excellent sponsors Liquidware Labs, Lakeside SoftwareFS Logix, Unicon Software, AppEsnure, Ivanti, Bitdefender, eg Innovations, ControlUp, 10Zig, Atrust, Cloudhouse and Igel this was, for the big 2 zero, a free-to-attend meeting.

 

The UK Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations: especially for those presenters presenting for the first time at our user group. Thanks to the 3D-realtime-non-augmented-VR attendees for providing insightful feedback and great questions – possibly one of the most vocal and interactive we’ve had to date. It is always splendid to meet and greet new faces and there were a lot more for our first visit to Birmingham: and see, we do read the feedback forms with suggestions for venues.  Thanks also to those attending on-line via Go-to-Webinar. For those of you keen to know how the fancy gold microphone is getting on, it is doing just fine thanks.

post event drinks.. soft drinks for those driving – obviously

Who attends UK Citrix User Group events? For XX we had almost 100 registered and we had a good turnout on the day. While we had an international lineup in-keeping with the location’s airport, we did manage at least some people actually from Birmingham (thanks guys). That said, we appreciate the feedback that many found the venue location handier than London, we’ll bear that in mind for the future.

Again, thanks to our sponsors for this free-to-attend event. Significantly, fsLogix for the lovely lunch which had some great pie, and Unicon Software for refreshment and appreciated cookies and Lakeside Software for the post-event drinks and nibbles.

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Migration, Migration, Migration….

To Migrate, or not to migrate, that is the question?

Will desktop migration ever end?  It wasn’t that long ago that we were all hurtling headlong towards April 8, 2014, the date when Microsoft ended the extended support of the Windows XP operating system.

Some of us made it in time, while others didn’t, and the rest just took the decision to carry on anyway and accepted the risks involved. There were even a few that decided to pay out the extortionate amounts of money required for Microsoft to continue supporting them until they had completed their migration.

Move the clock forward to today; here you are now having successfully completed your migration, and for those that moved to Windows 7, or were deploying new machines that came pre-built, you are happily running on Windows 7 with an end of extended support date until January 14, 2020, which is way off into the future. Migration is probably one of the last things on your project list, right? Well maybe not if you are looking to deploy the latest Intel-based client devices.

desktop OS share Nov2016In August 2016 Intel announced the latest ‘Kaby Lake’ processors, with the mobile versions first shipping in Q3 2016, followed by desktops and workstations due to ship in Q1 2017. So, all good so far, new, faster CPU’s, faster clock speeds, and improved graphics architecture/performance. What’s not to like?

I hate to be the one to spoil the party, but I’ve got some bad news for you. Microsoft are only planning on supporting Windows 10 on the Kaby Lake platform, which means for those of you still running Windows 7, which, by the way, is just over 40% of the market if you take a look at the figures on the graph. If you are wanting to deploy Kaby Lake-based hardware in your current Windows 7 environment, then you could end up finding yourself being unsupported yet again.

So, what are your options?

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UK Citrix User Group XIX Review: Civilised Engineering

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Thanks to our excellent sponsors (AppEnsureExtraHopLiquidware LabsNutanix, Uniprint, AppSenseAtlantis Computing, eg Innovations  FS Logix and UniDesk) this was, yet again, a free-to-attend meeting.

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The Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations: especially for those presenting for the first time at the user group. Thanks to the 3D-realtime-non-augmented-VR attendees for providing insightful feedback and great questions. It is always splendid to meet and greet new faces. We had more chairs this time with your own special little desk: see, we do read the feedback forms.  Thanks also to those attending on-line via Go-to-Webinar. We a couple of niggles early doors, but also a fancy new microphone that just about survived the event unbroken, hopefully that helped.

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Who attends UK Citrix User Group events? For XVIX over 110 registered and we had about 70% turn up on the day – with a number of on-the-door registrations (which is always possible btw). It is mainly end users of attendees on the day but, you know here in the UK, we enjoy inclusivity. Of those attending  :-

  • 70% end users/partners – we did see lots of new faces (looked to be about a third). Thanks to the experienced hands who made the trek down/across/up and for the select group who caught a cheeky mid-session pint, but still came back.
  • 10% from Citrix. As always, good to see you – especially during the Interesting Licensing and Value Questions that came up in the Round Table. A user group needs the support and focus from the vendor to be successful and we appreciate your contribution. All being well we could well have a special event in 2017, focused on meeting with the engineering teams directly. I’ve likely already said to much… LOOK..! Over there! Its a squirrel!
  • 1% came from Sponsors
  • The rest put “other” for those of you who like completeness.

Again, thanks to our sponsors for this free-to-attend event, especially Liquidware for the lovely lunch which had some great pie, and Appensure for refreshment and Extrahop for the post-event drinks and eats.

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Death, Taxes and The Evolution of the Enterprise Desktop – are you prepared?

In life we all know a few things are for certain — besides the obvious “death and taxes” — another certainty is that there will also ALWAYS be change.

This maxim can especially be applied to the IT industry and certainly about the desktop/workspace/user/BYOD/DAAS/VDI/SAAS landscape we are seeing morph before our eyes. All of these options certainly raise plenty of questions to an organization trying to figure out what their go-forward desktop strategy should look like.

  • “How do I get started?”
  • “What are the best options for me now and in the long-term?”
  • “How do I keep from making expensive mistakes?”
  • “Am I actually PREPARED to act on my decisions when I want to or more importantly when I NEED to?”

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Welcome to the new UK Citrix User Group!

Welcome!

Citrix UK User Group logo

Welcome to the new-look UK Citrix User group!

Introducing the 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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Learn about adaptive desktop strategies with Liquidware

This is a guest post by Jason E. Smith – VP Products, Liquidware

Windows desktops are rapidly evolving to take advantage of cloud and virtual strategies. These changes are also affecting the plans of any organization that delivers desktops for fast-moving and productive users.

At the Citrix User Group UK Meetings in 2019, you’ll find Liquidware discussing how we can help your organization adapt to Windows 10 and newly emerging cloud-desktop strategies, including Citrix on Azure and Microsoft WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop). Liquidware and Citrix are partners with Microsoft’s forthcoming WVD desktops, and we’d like to share with you how we can help your organization explore options.

Liquidware’s suite of Adaptive Workspace Management solutions complement Citrix’s vision for future of work and ensure that your users and organization can rapidly adopt new desktop strategies and be ready for the next big change in the industry.

  • Liquidware ProfileUnity enables ongoing user-environment management that supports a lift-and-shift methodology and is on-prem and multi-cloud compatible. The solution enables users to log off legacy desktops and log on to next generation OS, virtual, or cloud desktops at a moment’s notice and be immediately productive. Additional features often used in healthcare include follow-me printing, context-aware settings, and secure-application delivery.
  • Liquidware FlexApp application layering unchains Windows applications from the underlying Windows OS and is compatible with physical, virtual, and cloud-hosted desktops. Applications follow users without the need to install them in the OS itself or to modify base images. FlexApp is on-prem and multi-cloud compatible and also supports a lift and shift from one desktop platform to another (i.e. VMware to Citrix or Amazon Workspaces to Citrix or Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop to Citrix and so on). Even large applications such as Epic have been layered with FlexApp.
  • Liquidware Stratusphere ensures that organizations always have user-experience knowledge of their desktops and users to properly plan for a desktop transformation. The solution leverages machine learning to baseline user experience and automatically rate user experience, as well as in-depth diagnostics to provide organizations with a seamless adaptive workspace.

Liquidware has helped numerous organizations to manage their desktops and users with a proven adaptive-workspace strategy in mind. To get started today, visit www.Liquidware.com.