UK Citrix User Group Winter 2020 meeting

Following the incredible success of the online meetings so far this year, we are delighted to announce that our next meeting will also be virtual and will take place on Monday December 7th from 10am to 4pm GMT.

The meetings are free to attend, available to a global audience, streamed via an interactive platform where you can interact with fellow delegates, sponsors and the presenters.

When

Monday December 7th
10:00am to 4.3pm (followed by vBeers social via Gotomeeting)

Where

As before, once you have registered, you will be sent a link to access the event platform a week before the event so that you can familiarise yourselves with the technology and check out our sponsors, as well as take part in the leaderboard challenge and create your own schedule. We will feature the usual EXCELLENT content from engaging speakers and a mix of sessions from Citrix, UKCUG, sponsors & the community.

  • An event run by the user group community for the community
  • Network with colleagues via the Community Chat and 121 messaging
  • Network with our fabulous sponsors and peruse their collateral
  • Collect swag and be in with a chance to win some awesome prizes!

The agenda will follow soon, in the meantime, get involved by using #UKCUG on Twitter.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all virtually!

Provisional Agenda

10:00 Welcome & News  – UKCUG

10:15 WVD or Citrix? WVD? Citrix? Or both? Let me help you decide….. Neil McLoughlin (CTA Session)

11.00 Sponsor

11.15  Citrix Security vs Usability – 2.0 – James Rankin & Dave Brett (CTP double act)

12.05 Comfort break

12:15  Sponsor

12.30 Best practices for ‘Work From Anywhere’ user experience monitoring – Berry Haveman (Community session)

13:15 Lunch break

13:45 Update on MSIX – Tim Mangan (CTP session)

14.30  Sponsor

14.45 Citrix USB optimized vs Generic – Ray Davis (Community Session)

15:30 Power managing Citrix workloads using PowerScale – Leee Jeffries (CTP session)

16.15 Quiz

16.30 Open discussion and vBeers

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 meetings are free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors. You’ll be able to contact them all, through the virtual meeting platform on the run up to the event, during event day and for 30 days after. Please do take the time to watch their videos and download their content.

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UK Citrix User Group Autumn 2020 meeting

Eventbrite - UK Citrix User Group Summer 2020 Meeting

Following the incredible success of the Summer meeting in June, we are delighted to announce that our next meeting will also be virtual and will take place on September 22 from 10am to 4pm.

When

Tuesday 22 Sepetember 2020
10:00am to 4pm (followed by the UKCUG Autumn Quiz!)

Where

As before, once you have registered, you will be sent a link to access the event platform a week before the event so that you can familiarise yourselves with the technology and check out our sponsors, as well as take part in the leaderboard challenge and create your own schedule. We will feature the usual EXCELLENT content from engaging speakers and a mix of sessions from Citrix, UKCUG, sponsors & the community.

  • An event run by the user group community for the community
  • Network with colleagues via the Community Chat and 121 messaging
  • Network with our fabulous sponsors and peruse their collateral
  • Collect swag and be in with a chance to win some awesome prizes!

The agenda will follow soon, in the meantime, get involved by using #UKCUG on Twitter.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all virtually!

Final Agenda

10:00 Welcome & News  – UKCUG

10:15 Multi-site and scale – what works and what doesn’t – Dave Brett (CTP)

11.00 Publishing apps on-demand: FlexApp & Click-to-Layer – Berry Haveman (Liquidware, sponsor)

11.15 Hyper Converged Infrastructure – The what, why and how it rocks VDI! Richard Faulkner – CTP

12.00 Comfort break sponsored by Flexxible IT

12:15  Multi-cloud magic with Nutanix integration with Citrix – Radena Lowe (Nutanix, Sponsor)

12.30 MSIX – not only the application transformation platform of the future but why it is now the present! – Nigel Woods

13:15 Lunch break sponsored by Liquidware

14:15 Remote graphic workloads and clients (2020 edition)  – Rody Kossen (CTP) & Patrick van der Born (CTA)

15.00 Apps2Digital: Enhancing productivity, effectivity, and digital wellness in the age of the new normal – Nigel Woods (Flexxible IT, Sponsor)

15:15 All the unanswered questions about running FSLogix on Citrix – James Rankin (CTP)

16.00 Quiz sponsored by LoginVSI and prize draw

16.15 Open discussion and vBeers

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 meetings are free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors. You’ll be able to contact them all, through the virtual meeting platform on the run up to the event, during event day and for 30 days after. Please do take the time to watch their videos and download their content.

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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

Citrix UK User Group logo

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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How Liquidware Can Help to “Burst Scale” Your Citrix Work From Home Environments

This is a guest post by Morteza Esteki, VP Sales, EMEA Liquidware

Frankly, we were amazed at how many of our Citrix customers contacted us at the start of the pandemic lockdown in early March, asking for our assistance to rapidly move their users to work from home.

I’d like to share one particular customer story with you. They needed to move 10,000 users to Citrix running on Azure to ensure seamless operations to keep worldwide trade going. While Citrix and Azure were already operational, they were not production ready at scale. So, they quickly conducted a ProfileUnity and FlexApp proof of concept and, by March 8, a decision was taken to execute their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for 2,000 users to work from home and be production ready by March 11!

This was an extraordinary aggressive timeline and how the timeline panned out is detailed below:

Day 1 – ProfileUnity Installation with ProfileDisk to capture user settings and data immediately.

Day 2 – Golden image update highlighted VHDX issue. FlexApp deployed to add new applications as new user groups emerged.

Day 3 – Production Ready, with initial testers. ProfileUnity configuration to complete profile disk settings.

Day 4 – Go live with first production users. Stratusphere UX monitors situation from an executives’ standpoint and IT Management can react to issues raised by Stratusphere UX.

I think what this customer story demonstrates is that, working in conjunction with Citrix and ourselves, the customer got the required results in a dramatic timeframe, that ensured not only business continuity but also user satisfaction by providing the desired user experience.

The feature enhancements we’ve made to Stratusphere UX (version 6.1.5) during the pandemic, in response to customer feedback, provides further visibility into user experience. This visibility is based on providing information in three key areas – 1. Are your users connected; 2. Are they operational and; 3. Are they productive? The latest version provides key “First Mile” metrics, such as an expanded set of Wi-Fi metrics for troubleshooting a user’s home connection. These metrics include access point signal strength, access point distance and connection speed, as well as support for mesh networks. The pandemic forced organizations to rapidly launch work from home options and these metrics are now highlighted in the Advanced Inspectors, Dashboards and SpotChecks within Stratusphere UX to identify these first mile performance issues more easily. Organizations are now assured that the technologies their workers rely upon are responsive and support work from home seamlessly. In turn this reduces IT support overheads and increases user productivity.

We’ve also not been remiss in adding new features to ProfileUnity and FlexApp too! The latest version – 6.8.3 – includes these enhancements:
• Seamless FlexApp compatibility with FSLogix
• Enhanced Windows 10 Multi-session OS support (WVD)
• FlexApp speed improvements on launch from Cloud
• New Microsoft App-V and MSIX “Convert-to-FlexApp” features
• Security hardening (client)
• VHDX support for FlexApp and ProfileDisk
• Bug fixes, FlexApp, File Extensions, etc.
• Updated FlexApp filter driver for speed and compatibility
• Hourly billing for AWS
• FlexApp and base image runtime installer tool for C++ runtimes and .NET frameworks

If you’d like more information about how Liquidware can burst scale your Citrix environment, please just reach out to us at sales@liquidware.com.