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!

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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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UK Citrix User Group Autumn 2018 meeting – York

Venue

The Principal Hotel York
Station Road
York
YO24 1AA

Transport

York railway station is one minute walk from the venue.

Agenda

09.30 Registration opens. Coffee and pastries

10:00 News and updates – UKCUG Click Here to access slides

10:30 Robotic Process Automation on Citrix – James Rankin (CTP session) Click Here to access slides

11.15 Application Layering – Morteza Esteki, Director, Northern Europe, Liquidware (Sponsor session)

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Sponsor session – Veridium

12.15 Powershell basics for Citrix admins – Guy Leech (Community session) Click Here to access slides

13:00 Lunch

14:00 HDX Multimedia choices for cloud & on-premises – Kevin Greenway (Community session)

14:45 How to Manage Profiles in a Stateless Desktop with the Office 365 Components installed Nigel Woods (Community session) Click Here to access slides

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Is BYOD still a myth and why SCCM and Group Policy are antiques (now with extra Workspace) – Adam Cooperman (Citrix) Click Here to access slides

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

Join online

If you can’t make it to York, we try and broadcast our meetings online via GotoWebinar. You can 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.

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

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10ZiG: Citrix Ready, Synergy & H.265 (sponsored)

Citrix Ready, Synergy & H.265

10ZiG are annual exhibitors of Citrix Synergy and this year gave us the opportunity for our CTO to take some time with the Citrix Ready Team.

Kevin Greenway is based here with us in the UK and has an extremely strong background in Citrix Endpoints throughout his six years in the VDI industry. In addition, Kevin has a background in Unified Communications which is an increasing trend with VDI adoption.  This includes integrating platforms such as Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber VDI amongst others.  This and other HDX features combined make 10ZiG an ideal endpoint selection for Citrix.

Following Kevin’s work in Orlando we have some great resources available for you.

On 12th July we issued the following Press Release announcing that our 5910q Windows 10 IoT Thin Client is verified HDX, HDX Premium and HDX 3D Pro making us the first Thin Client provider to achieve the new Citrix H.265 encoding support. You can see the release here.

We are also pleased to announce a co-webinar with the Citrix Ready Team on July 25th at 5pm BST, “Exploring the Benefits of Citrix H.265 Encoding with the 10ZiG 5910q Thin Client”.

This webinar includes:

  • The various benefits and efficiencies of H.265
  • What the end-to-end requirements are for H.265 deployment with Citrix XenDesktop
  • Metrics which offer insight into the improved image quality
  • A real life “under the hood” side-by-side comparison and metrics of H.264 vs. H.265 in various conditions.

You can register for the webinar here.

Last but by no-means least, the following video sees Kevin conduct Citrix Partner Talk with Manjunatha Gali, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager of Citrix Ready at Citrix Synergy 2018.

The Citrix Ready Partner Program is extremely important for our customers as it allows us to develop devices aimed specifically at passing the various HDX verification levels in order to deliver exceptional performance to your desktop (Skype-for-Business, Video, Rich Graphics, Printing etc.).

The video covers a live look at our brand new Quad Core 5900 Series hardware, verified HDX 3D Pro and featuring 3-monitor 4KUHD Support. Kevin also looks at the FREE 10ZiG Manager and explains some of the reasons why 10ZiG are different to other Thin Client vendors.

For more details, please follow these links to our website.

Zero Clients > https://www.10zig.com/zero_clients

10ZiG Manager > https://www.10zig.com/resources/10-zig-manager

FREE Demo Device > https://www.10zig.com/free-demo

Author: Tom Dodds, EMEA Marketing Manager, 10ZiG Technology.