A Quick Look at Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft announced some interesting new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 at TechEd 2013 and one of those that piqued my interest is Work Folders. I’m not the biggest fan of Redirected Folders and Offline files, but it’s essentially the only enterprise solution Microsoft provides today for taking your data offline. Microsoft needs to provide a completely new method of syncing file data - one that is designed for todays use cases and computing environment.

Automating the XenDesktop 7 Virtual Desktop Agent Installation

Citrix provides a nice wizard for installing the XenDesktop 7 VDA and some pretty good documentation on using a command line installation, but the wizard does not expose all of the available options and working out what the wizard is doing in relation to the command line takes a bit of translation. Here’s how to automate a typical VDA deployment.

Hands off my gold image! – Video: PowerShell, MDT, Atlantis ILIO and XenDesktop deployment

Here’s a deployment demo that I showed during my Geek Speak Live session at Citrix Synergy 2013 at Anaheim last week as well as during BriForum London 2013 when I had the opportunity to co-present a session with fellow CTP, Jim Moyle.

Take part in the OS Deployment Automation Survey

At Citrix Synergy in Anaheim next month, I’ll have the opportunity to present a Geek Speak Live session - Hands Off My Gold Image! If you aren’t automating the creation of your gold images, there’s lots to learn in this session. Even if you are automating your gold images, perhaps there’s something new that I can still share with you. In this session, which will be demo heavy, I’ll show you some ways that you can deliver build automation with toolsets provided by Microsoft and Citrix.