UK Citrix User Group XVII Review: Fun in the Sun

Building on our entitlement to drink beer or cider while having a meal the UK Citrix User Group made use of the weather and London’s 30 Euston Square’s very swank roof terrace to be all sophisticated. Thanks to our excellent sponsors (AppEnsure, AppSenseAtlantis Computing, eg Innovations ExtraHop, FS Logix, PernixData, Liquidware Labs, Nutanix,  UniDesk and Uniprint), this was the 17th free-to-attend user group meeting.


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. Thanks as ever to the 3D-realtime attendees for providing interesting and useful questions, and for attending; always great to meet and greet new faces (and there were lots this time) we look forward to seeing you again.  Thanks also to those attending on-line via Go-to-Webinar

Who attends UK Citrix User Group events? As a quick stats run down… it is mainly end users of attendees on the day but, you know here in the UK, we love to be inclusive :-

  • 72% end users/partners – we did see lots of new faces (looked to be almost half which was very interesting). Also nice to see old ones who made the trek down/across/up.
  • 9% from Citrix good to see you guys as always. As Jane Rimmer mentions in her review of the XVII UK Citrix User Group event a user group needs the support and focus from the vendor to be successful and we appreciate your contibution.
  • 19% came from a Sponsor
  • 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 very lovely lunch, Uniprint and Appensure for coffee and Atlantis Computing for the drinks at the end.

We covered…

Citrix News and Synergy Update

Given Citrix Synergy was not long gone, the news was brief to give a focus to a summary on what was announced at Synergy: likely useful as given that the quick survey the attendance from UK members to Synergy was low (as backed up by our question prior to Synergy in Edinburgh). There remains a strong desire for a European focused event: it’d be great to see that happen. In the meanwhile, we’ll do what we can as part of the Citrix User Group Community to provide a more local interactive forum to meet with peers and speak directly to those working at Citrix.

Lunch on the Roof Terrace

We covered the user group’s continued growth, not only in terms of the many new faces on the day, but on We discussed the Citrix Technology Advocate program and looked at the main Synergy announcements, new Citrix direction / Microsoft alignment. and the impact they could have on what it is our organisations are doing. We also saw what can happen to a Citrix Raspberry Pi Thin Client in Las Vegas.

You can download the agenda, Synergy update and the Life of PI from here.

Federated Domain Logon: Flexible Auth for Windows Delivery in XenApp 7.9

ctx_CmrAHwtW8AA2hhf Andrew Innes melted brains with an in-depth look at a very cool Synergy technology release the Federated Authentication Service – where it can be used, v1 limitations, and where it doesn’t apply.

Download the session deck Martin Painter, Customer Experience Engineer for EMEA from the Citrix Ready Partner of the Month for 2016 gave a spirited introduction to their printing device: also based on technology of Raspberry Pi.

you can download the deck here

The Best Kept Secret in Application Delivery-Application Jukebox

2016-07-06 11.38.28 Daniel Bolton from Kingston University and CTP Jim Moyle from Atlantis Computing put Application delivery woes into context and discussed Kingston University’s experiences with Numecent’s Cloudpaging (formerly application jukebox).

You can download the deck here


The Mysteries of FTAs

2016-07-06 12.21.26 James Rankin found himself in front of the UK Citrix user group for the 7th time and congrats again to James on his Citrix Technology Advocate award. This time, James talked around how File Type Associations operate through different Windows versions and what you need to consider when moving to Windows 10. James is obviously much taller in real life.

Click here to download the presentation
Peter von Oven, Liquidware’s Director of Sales Engineering for the UK and Ireland gave insight into the importance of login times for organisations and how Liquidware’s FIT can provide you with the data you need. A good deck to download as it contains instructions on gaining 25 free licenses.

You can download the link here
Michel Roth and Nigel Woods talked through the advantages of using fslogix in delivering office 365 applications.

Testing and Tuning Windows 10 for VDI like a Pro

Despite recent suggestions that the UK doesn’t appreciate the input of our European cousins the UK Citrix UG has enjoyed many presentations from MyCUG members from other groups. Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO at the renowned Dutch based Login Consultants, was the first of two additions to this group. Jeroen gave a detailed and insightful presentation on the performance differences between Win7/Win10, Win10 tuning and how best to do that.

You can download the deck here


How to choose the right Citrix display protocol in a XenDesktop 7.x branch office deployment

2016-07-06 15.08.49 Following on from our Luexit theme, Samuel Legrand an independent consultant from France and an active member of the French Citrix User Group community gave his insight, gleaned from working on a number of large implementations, on making appropriate choices for selecting Citrix Display protocols.

Click here to download the presentation.

(not) just another IoT Session

 iotCmsTlqlWIAAXlVB When we started this user group the goal was to give allow an opportunity to speak who actually used the technologies day-to-day to collectively allow us to move our respective drinks cabinets more than 2″ nearer to where we need to get them.

Citrix have a considerable foot in the IoT camp with Octoblu. Yes, we’ve had Octoblu presentations before – we’ve even had them automatically heckling.

This was John Moody‘s first ever UK Citrix  Group Presentation.  It was a great presentation, full of informative facts, trains,  and wider reading on entering the community of hacker space. Go Nottingham.

You can download the deck here


Round Table:

No matter how new you are to presenting, you know your session ends with Q&A. You want your presentation to appeal for change, which will engender questions like “but how will that work for me? can it not work like…that’s not quite what I need how can I solve this problem?

From the outset we always wanted this to be an interactive feedback session. It has had to morph from a “round of chairs” but what is always pleasing is the greater questions and tangents are from the people who haven’t presented.

We discussed licensing challenges, and how the move to cloud services especially with the rise of Microsoft’s own VDI/SBC offering and a greater use of Office 365.

And that was that.

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Again, thanks to our sponsors AppEnsure, AppSenseAtlantis Computing, eg Innovations ExtraHop, FS Logix, PernixData, Liquidware Labs, Nutanix,  UniDesk and Uniprint

Future user group meetings in 2016 should be as follows:-

  • 28 Sept – London
  • 1 Dec – London

Keep an eye/ear out for more details. Our goal is approximately four events a year, we’re open to suggestions. Regardless of the venue, hope to see you there.

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 our Citrix User Group Community forum.


Thanks, and see you September.

UK Citrix User Group Steering Group.