Review: UK Citrix User Group XI – Tune In, Geek Out

The Citrix UK User Group events hit the mid-tweens with an impressive view from swank surrounds on the south bank of the Thames thanks to the generous people at IBM.  Great wifi: happy days.

The Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations. We thank the 3D-realtime attendees for providing interesting and useful questions and discussing challenges and ideas. The UK Citrix User Group believe in engaging the community to drive the best value for everyone, and with that in mind we continued our use of Go-To-Webinar to broadcast the event live. Waves and thanks to the 54 virtual attendees  who tuned-in and dropped-a-note/message/input/constructive critique – the more the merrier: with a virtual high-five back to @virtuEs_IT and @JarianGibson for waving back.

And of course, many thanks to our sponsors Atlantis Computing, Control Up, eg Innovations, IBM, Norskale and Nutanix for helping to make this our eleventh free to attend event: no matter where you are.

UK Citrix User Group

not a bad view as it goes…it’s obviously Christmas given the UFO invasion.. Dr Who along any minute now..


We covered…

Citrix News Update – 2014 the Year of VDI?

We had a speedy run through what has been in the news and product cycle for Citrix in 2014..


A busy year (all be it except for November, tho’ we were assured by the Citrix staff present (very nice to see so many of them) that Citrites were busier than Santa’s elves at Christmas: you think that USB rocket launcher tests itself for compatibility?). Plenty of Gather Magic Quadrant#1’s, new XenMobile and Netscaler releases, strategic acquisitions. In the VDI space we have on-going EoM’s, Chrome Receiver, obviously XA/XD 7.6 and Linux VDA making an appearance. Citrix continues to build on delivering applications and data to the enterprise – encompassing more than simply End User Compute. The deck is here, where you can meet some of the members of the steering group and find out where we didn’t go for a beer because, literally, the Inn was full: so we went over the road and, almost literally, discussed topics from an excellent event in a stable. Peace and good will to all.


Welcome From IBM

Thanks again to IBM for hosting the event, and a special mention to their facilities team for being prompt and incredibly helpful. Simon Gale gave interesting walk through of IBM’s relationship with Citrix from a customer and partner perspective and the services (such as MobileFirst) IBM offer which you can read about here.

Planning for growth:Our journey to XenApp 7.5?

2014-12-17 10.37.26 Richard Billington Infrastructure Manager at Produce World talked through the Plan for Growth in a project to deploy Citrix XenApp 7.5 for @1000 users.An insightful discussion on project planning, getting user buy-in, the good (scripting master images, ease of deployment, abilities for remote access) and the bad (higher bandwidth issues, printer management, logon times) of how the project progressed. Well worth a review if you’re planning a roll-out in 2015.For the deck – click here.


Delivering Lync

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Lee misunderstands the invite, comes in fancy dress as Lobot

Lee Bushen from Citrix talked through four ways for delivering Lync with XenDesktop – perhaps the most popular UC among Citrix users as well as questions to ask yourself before starting a Lync deployment. Plus a live demo of the Lync Optimisation pack.For the deck – click here. For Lee’s additional file download including the deck, Lync Delivery Feature Matrix and videos click here


Introduction to Citrix CloudPlatform powered by Apache CloudStack

2014-12-17 12.38.38 Giles Sirrett CEO and founder at ShapeBlue and chairman Cloudstack European User Group gave an Introduction to Citrix CloudPlatform. He discussed terminology, what goes into building an IaaS cloud, deployment models, architecture and what Citrix Cloud products are available. Have you heard of Cloudportal Services Manager? Neither had I. Lots of new stuff – very interesting. Hopefully we’ll be able to entice him back for more demos. For the deck – click here


Nutanix logo

 2014-12-17 13.09.23 Nutanix’s Dave Gaunt talked through the monitoring options and capabilities and intergration with other tools that are available for a Nutanix cluster.

 yoni Yoni Avital,  CTO at Smart X, typifies of the UK Citrix User Group sponsors who not only presents but readily engages with debate and feedback.ControlUp is an advanced computer management and monitoring platform for managing a large amount of Windows servers, workstations and user sessions. Yoni gave a demo of the product and talked through the roadmap for the 4.1 and 5.0 releases that will be available in 2015.For the deck – click here


Citrix PVS 7.6: How magic are the deployment wizards?

2014-12-17 14.22.39 Andrew Cooke talked through the various wizards available in PVS 7.6



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Without Sponsors, there is no free event. We really appreciate their support of the community.

Stuart Kennedy from eg Innovations gave us a whistle stop tour of the latest features in their performance monitoring capabilities.

eg Innovations are currently running a webinar series on Citrix Performance Management Best Practices – be sure to check it out


PVS Cache to Ram with Overflow to Disk 

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Jim Moyle, erudite CTP, talked through the new PVS Cache to RAM with Overflow to Disk capabilities, how it works what to consider when implementing it. Well worth a review.

Link to deck here

Connection Leasing

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Joe Deller, Senior Test Engineer at Citrix recently wrote a white paper on connection leasing design considerations which he shared via our LinkedIn Group.

And he also helpfully came along to talk about it. You can review the deck here.

Its very useful to have test and development Citrites come along to the sessions and share their insight and be keen for feedback. Look forward to seeing more of them all at future events.

Citrix Director

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At the UK Citrix User Group we’re always up for handing the floor over to someone who has something to share. William Charnell Senior Architect at Citrix came along and asked if he could spend as short time talking about Director and we were happy to oblige. Remember a session doesn’t need to be 45 mins long with many, many demos – 10-15 mins on something you’ve found useful/interesting/a pain is just as good to share.


 Atlantis Computing

 2014-12-17 15.06.48 Without Sponsors, there is no free event. We really appreciate their support of the community. Hang on, you might say, isn’t that Jim again? Yes. Yes it is. Called from the subs bench, Jim talked through a 1000 seat VDI deployment using Atlantis USX software to create   hyperconverged storage



The roundtable is always a popular session, and this was no exception – key discussion points included:

Best of 2014: Netscaler 10.5; re-introduction of Session Linger; the new 4.1 Receiver; PVS with Cache RAM overflow to disk; and AppDNA with its capabilities to provide early warning of complex migration

Worst of 2014: Deprecation of enterprise features in XenServer 6.2 and the whole mess that going “open source” meant; the retirement of XenApp Advanced forcing customers to go to Enterprise; lack of Citrix (as a company) engaging with the community

Best Citrix Interaction Experiences:  XenServer Support were praised here.

Worst Citrix Interaction: mentioning no specific team feedback was that the whole process was often time consuming and repetitive; there appears to be poor information sharing within Citrix and an inconsistency in presentation of documentation and detail; it was felt that Citrix SE knowledge was excellent, but it wasn’t being distributed and shared within the organisation;

Hopes for 2015:  a return of more technically focused blogs at Citrix; less of a focus on VDI; allow for more options for “non-network” working; extend enterprise mobility tools to manage desktop applications/environments; a european Synergy style event; and FMA architecture enhancements that were more sensitive to geography.

And that was that.

For a view of the twitter feed of the event you can follow the Story here. Following on from a prompt from the virtual attendees we pressed the Record button in the afternoon – you can hear the the afternoon sessions (from ControlUp onwards) and watch the slides on this link

Again, thanks to Atlantis Computing, Control Up, eg Innovations, IBM, Norskale and Nutanix for sponsoring the event.

The next user group meeting should be around late March/early April 2015 with another event in July. Keep an eye/ear out for more details. Our goal is approximately four events a year – hope to see you there.  Don’t forget Citrix Synergy registration is now open – Synergy 2015 will be in Florida 12-14 May.

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the array of technology providing access to the event via Go To Webinar

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 the Citrix Forums, we look forward to interacting with you in realtime-3D or otherwise.

Have a splendid Christmas and a prosperous 2015.

UK Citrix User Group Steering Group.

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