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Citrix XenServer 5.6 – A Conversation on What’s New

Citrix XenServer 5.6 was announced a couple of weeks ago at Citrix Synergy, and this morning (Eastern US time) we posted it for download on If you are considering XenServer for the first time, or looking at upgrading to 5.6 from a prior version, here’s some information on what’s new that will help you: […]

Citrix XenApp Production Farm in EC2

This blueprint documents how a Citrix XenApp Production Farm can be deployed in Amazon EC2. It consists of five servers total, a Domain Controller/DNS Server with Active directory, a Citrix License server, a Citrix Web Interface server with Secure Gateway installed, and two XenApp Application servers. A Production XenApp Farm needs to scale. Some customers […]

MyCitrix Tip: invalid Host Error When Allocating Licenses

So.. Citrix has in many ways done a lot to better accomodate how customers would like the licenses to be, for the licenses to better support how businesses work, how other vendors license their products and so on. However it has given a few hiccups in the systems that lies behind. One of these problems […]

Citrix Releases XenServer 5.6 (Project Midnight Ride) Beta for Download

Citrix just released Citrix XenServer 5.6 Beta, known as Project Midnight Ride, for download.  Version 5.6 beta contains numerous fixes along with a slew of new features and enhancements, including: Granular Role-based Access Controls. Administrative users can be assigned one of several roles, which govern the actions they are able to complete from XenCenter and the […]

Learning the Basics of XenApp 5 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 1 of 10) Updated February 18, 2010

Updated February 18, 2010 to include XenServer 5.5 Update 2. Learning the basics of Citrix XenApp 5 is a fairly easy process.  However, understanding all the installation options, configuration settings, management consoles and administrative processes for all the various Citrix software and hardware components that can go into a Citrix farm can be a daunting […]

Learning the Basics of XenApp 5 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 10 of 10)

In Part 9 of this 10-part series, you learned to allow external access to the published applications using the AltAddr method.  In the final part of this series, you will learn how to: Generate an SSL certificate request Purchase an SSL Certificate from GoDaddy Complete the certificate request Test the certificate Install and configure Citrix Secure […]

Learning the Basics of XenApp 5 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 6 of 10)

In Part 5 of this 10-part series, you installed XenApp 5 for Server 2003 – Platinum Edition.  In Part 6, you will upgrade the License Server to 11.6.1, update the Java Runtime Environment, backup the data store, install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package and install Hotfix Rollup Pack 5.  Note:  Even though you could have […]

Learning the Basics of XenApp 5 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 5 of 10)

In Part 4 of this 10-part series, you learned how to install the Windows Server 2003 prerequisites for XenApp 5, the License Server and Web Interface and all Windows security updates.  In Part 5 of this article, you will learn how to install XenApp 5 for Server 2003 Feature Pack 2 – Platinum Edition and your Citrix product license. When you […]

Learning the Basics of XenApp 5 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 3 of 10)

In Part 2 of this 10-part series, you successfully installed XenServer, XenCenter, added your XenServer host to XenCenter, activated XenServer and performed additional optional configuration steps.  In Part 3, you will learn to create a Virtual Machine (VM) optimized for XenApp and install Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x86.  To simplify this learning process, you […]

Citrix Licensing Changes for XenDesktop 4.0..Part Deux

It’s amazing to see the power of this community at work.  I’m talking about the uproar that Citrix caused early last week with the announcement of a new license model for the release of XenDesktop 4.0.  This caused a lot of huge waves in customer segments like education, healthcare, etc.  Well Citrix has listened to […]

Citrix Releases Updated “Citrix Technical Support: Brief Troubleshooting Guide”

Citrix support just updated their amazing "Citrix Brief Troubleshooting Guide! The Citrix Brief Troubleshooting Guide is intended as the first resource for Citrix administrators and Citrix engineers to troubleshoot technical issues for all Citrix technologies.   The Brief Troubleshooting Guide provides you with a single point of access to narrow down your technical issues and […]

Marathon Technologies Offers Blueprint for Optimizing Citrix XenApp High Availability

Marathon Technologies today announced a set of planning and implementation tools designed to help companies ensure high availability of applications delivered with Citrix® XenApp(TM) more efficiently and cost effectively. Citrix XenApp is a Windows® application delivery system that manages applications in the datacenter and delivers them as an on-demand service to users anywhere using any […]

Integrating Web Interface 4.6, Citrix Secure Gateway 3.1 and a GoDaddy Wildcard SSL Certificate on a Single Server Part 1 of 3

There are three methods to allow users to access published applications in a XenApp Farm: Web Clients (now called XenApp Web Plug-in) PNAgent (now called XenApp Plug-in) Program Neighborhood The most popular are the Web Clients and PNAgent.  Using the Web Interface without any additional hardware or software requires that a Public IP address be […]

Learning How to Migrate a Citrix Data Store from Access to SQL Server (Updated 05/27/2010)

Updated May 7, 2010 When a Citrix Farm is created, by default, the data store is created on the first server of the Farm using an Access database.  This article will teach you how to backup an Access data store and migrate that data store from Access to SQL Server. There are a couple of […]

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