May Meeting: Best Practices in Rolling out Citrix Services & Other Stories, 17 May

The User Group is about involving the community and enabling the opportunity for those using and providing Citrix services to have an opportunity to discuss themes, successes and issues. Based on our last event the team from the Co-operative Group, who are in the process of a 5000 seat Citrix project, have kindly opened their Manchester office doors to share their experiences.

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To this end, our upcoming May event is to be themed around “best practices” for XenApp and XenDesktop. Looking at feedback from previous events there is a lot of interest in understanding and discussing “what are the best practices”. We’re very pleased to have Andy Baker and Thomas Berger from Citrix available to discuss and take questions around the latest Best Practices document they complied.

Something to say? We’ve still a session free if you’d like to contribute.

Agenda for 17th May, Manchester

09:30 Registration & coffee

10:00 Welcome & introductions
10:30 [Presentation] Co-op: 5000 Seat Citrix Service – Architecture: now for the science part – a technical discussion on how technologies have been put together, challenges, solutions – Q&A

11:15 [Sponsor] Whiptail
11:30 [Presentation] 360is Case Study on CDT Cambridge – Accommodating Difficult Workloads in a XenDesktop Environment

12:30 Lunch

13:00 [Sponsor]AppSense: Personalization Best Practices: Tips for Success
13:15 [Presentation]  MS-SQL:  How important in a Citrix Environment? Discussion on the importance of managing SQL instances given SQL’s role for XenApp/AppSense/App-V/PVS. Thoughts on the design, availability of your SQL service.
13:45 [Presentation] Intro to Netscaler & Netscaler v10: Netscaler, not just for enterprise – it’s a friendly and lovely thing. An introduction to Netscaler & its interaction with XA/XD – is it a viable CSG replacement? Is it just an appliance, examples of use cases – all in 15 minutes or less.

14:00 [Sponsor] EG Innovations
14:15 [Web/Speaking/Q&A] XenApp & XenDesktop Best Practices – Citrix’s Andy Baker and Thomas Berger present their Best Practices whitepaper via Go To Meeting and take a Q&A
15:45 Coffee break

16:00 [Sponsor] RES Software
16:15 [News Update]: Post Synergy Round-Up
16:30 [Round Table]: If you had a blank sheet of paper how would you design your Citrix services? What would your optimal architecture be? What stands in the way of that? What are the trade-offs you’ve had to make and why? Politics? Technology? Time?

17:30 Wrap up
17:45 Drinks


The event will be held at the Co-operative Group’s offices on Miller Street in Manchester. Miller Street is not too far a walk from Manchester’s Victoria Station.

Miller Street
M60 0AL

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For those travelling from a distance, here are some suggestions on nearby places to stay for a selection of budgets

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City Stop (£79 1 bedroom, £99 2 bedroom)

The Light (Various, from £85)


Holiday Inn Express (£59 per night)

Mercure (£85 per night)

Crowne Plaza (£115 per night)