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René Bigler

René Bigler (@dready73 on Twitter), has more than 15 years of experience with the use of ICT in education. Today he works as a System Engineer in the public education sector for a swiss vocational college. His focus is end-user computing in general and Citrix technologies in particular, including a wide variety of hardware and software related technologies such as Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructures, IGEL thin client computing and FSLogix solutions. He shares his real world experiences and knowledge on his blog and on Twitter. René is a Citrix Certified Associate - Virtualization (CCA-V) and an inaugural IGEL Tech Community Insider.

Multi-factor Authentication for Citrix XenDekstop / NetScaler against Azure AD

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In my last post about secure access to XenDesktop virtual workspaces I tried to give an overview of the different ways to implement multi-factor authentication with Citrix NetScaler and XenDesktop. I came to the conclusion that integrating the remote access with Azure AD and using the Microsoft MFA feature is a very end user friendly […]

Azure AD as Identity Provider

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Are you looking to provide a secure way for your users to access Citrix XenDesktop and / or XenApp resources? Do you already have Citrix NetScaler in your setup? Do you have an Azure AD subscription? Well, by combining this three building blocks in the right way, you can easily secure the remote access to […]

Building a HCI Lab with Nutanix Community Edition

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It’s always handy to have access to some sort of lab gear at work/home for testing and learning. Nutanix Community Edition allows you to bring the latest HCI technology to your lab setup. I will outline some basic considerations when planning to go with Nutanix CE, show you what you need to start your lab […]

Deploying Citrix NetScaler on Nutanix AHV

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Citrix NetScaler VPX, the virtual appliance, is available for XenServer, VMWare ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors. Since Nutanix AHV is based on KVM, it is possible to run your NetScaler VPX on the Nutanix native Acropolis hypervisor AHV. NetScaler Gateway VPX is a virtual NetScaler Gateway appliance that is hosted on a hypervisor. NetScaler […]

NVIDIA Tesla M10 – vGPU Power for the Citrix XenDesktop VDI

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Last year NVIDIA added the Tesla M10 GPU to their existing lineup of NVIDIA GRID accelerators. The Tesla M10 board is designed specifically for data centers that are looking for graphics acceleration for high density virtual desktop environments. It’s a dual-slot PCI Express form factor for rack and tower servers capable of supporting 64 concurrent […]

10 – 20 Seconds Login Time with Citrix Workspace Environment Management

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In September 2016 Citrix acquired Norskale, a privately held user environment management (UEM) company. Some weeks ago the product has been released, renamed as “Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM 4.0)” to the Citrix customer base. In September 2016 Citrix acquired Norskale, a privately held user environment management (UEM) company. Some weeks ago the product has been […]

Graphics-accelerated virtual desktops in education – a boost for the user’s virtual workspace

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In education there is more than just the basic task worker workloads such as Office. Students and faculty users have an increasing demand for multimedia content and heavier graphic applications in their daily digital learning requirements – this is where our VDI setup has to keep pace and deliver the best user experience possible. Our […]

How-to migrate from Citrix XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV

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To migrate your existing VMs from XenServer 7 to Nutanix AHV there are a couple of steps required. You have to prepare the source VMs, identify the VHD files, move the VHD to a Nutanix Container, import the disk images and re-create the VM in Nutanix Prism. To migrate your existing VMs from XenServer 7 […]

OneDrive Roaming with FSLogix

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The big announcement when FSLogix released their latest build of FSLogix Apps and the corresponding FSLogix Office 365 Container solution in version 2.7 was the support of Outlook Search on XenApp. But wait, there is more! For the first time the guys over at FSLogix managed to support OneDrive in non-persistent VDI deployments. The big […]

IGEL UD Pocket – Micro Universal Desktop Thin Client

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IGEL’s new UD Pocket, a micro Universal Desktop Thin Client on a USB 3.0 thumb drive, allows you to turn a PC, laptop or any compatible x86, 64-bit CPU based endpoint device in a Thin Client, running the Linux based IGEL Universal Desktop operating system. The UD Pocket can be managed side by side with […]

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