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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 …
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400 App-V Recipes!

With thanks to Nicke’s latest post, the App-V Recipes and Tips list has hit 400 links! If you haven’t seen this list previously, this is the place to find recipes, tips, workaround and fixes for various applications that the community has built around Microsoft App-V. A big tha…
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Retrieving a Virtual Machine’s UUID from vSphere

While working on a PowerShell script to drive OS deployment through MDT, I’ve needed to obtain the UUID from a target virtual machine. Unfortunately this isn’t just a property of the VM that you get through Get-VM. Instead you’ll need jump through a few h…
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Sequencing Mozilla Firefox with App-V 5.x

It’s a simple task to virtualize Firefox, as it lends itself well to application virtualization; however getting it right takes a little preparation. Before embarking on sequencing Firefox, please refer to this companion article – Prepare Mozilla Firefox…
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App-V 5 Sequencer Template

The App-V 5 Sequencer, just like version 4.6 SP1, includes support for Sequencer Templates. These are an ideal approach for ensuring the use of the same set of Sequencer settings and exclusions across all packages. App-V 5 captures many additional locations that weren’t capt…
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Don’t miss out on the greatest (App-V) show on Earth

February 8th 2013 is the date for the 2nd European App-V User Group Conference, which will take place at Microsoft Netherlands HQ (right next to Schiphol Airport). The first European App-V User Group in 2011 was a great success also due the overwhelmi…
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Context based automation in Mac OS X

I currently use a MacBook Pro for my personal and work use every day – it’s my primary computing device. It goes with me almost everywhere, so invariably I am moving between secure (e.g. home) and non-secure or public locations (including the office). Each location th…
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Creating App-V 5.0 Connection Groups with PowerShell

Connection Groups (or Dynamic Suite Composition v2) in App-V 5.0 are great for enabling separate App-V packages to talk to each other. Connection Groups are easy enough to deploy with the App-V Management Server or Configuration Manager 2012; however that…
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App-V 5.0 delivers Internet Explorer Plugin Nirvana

One of the great promises of application virtualization is dynamic delivery of software to end-points; however delivering plugins or add-ons to installed (i.e. not virtualized) software has thus far been a stumbling block. Internet Explorer has been partic…
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Sequencing Apple iTunes 11 with App-V 5

Two recent releases presents an opportunity to revisit the state of virtualizing Apple iTunes. iTunes 11 looks great, but is it just lipstick on a pig? Under the hood, it doesn’t appear to differ that much from previous versions, but lets see whether a combinati…
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Hands off my gold image – The Scripts

This is the last article in a series that covers in more detail the approach to automating XenApp and PVS image creation, from my Geek Speak talk at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona – Hands off my gold image. The first article gives an overview of the approach – …
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Hands off my gold image – The Task Sequence

If you’ve been following along so far you’ll have read my follow up coverage of  my (and co-host, Jonathan Eyton-Williams) Geek Speak talk at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, with  Hands off my gold image – Automating Citrix XenApp/PVS Image Creation and…
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Converting CTX114501 to a readable format

If you’ve ever wanted to look up which Citrix products support a specific database server version, you’ve attempted to read this article: CTX114501 – Supported Databases for Citrix Products. You’ll then have tackled with the product matrix t…
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