5 Sep 2014

Performance impact of HDX 3D Pro in virtual desktop environments

Implementing GPUs in your virtual desktop environment (for example vGPU or GPU pass-though) allows better use of graphical intensive applications (like Catia, AutoCAD, Photoshop, etc.). These applications have an impact on utilization (CPU, memory, disk I/O) in your
27 Aug 2014

Fullscreen applications with HDX 3D Pro

If you’ve been working with GPU deployment in your virtual desktop environment (XenDesktop or XenApp), you probably also installed HDX 3D Pro. Leveraging the GPU, you can use more graphic-intensive applications. Some of these graphic-intensive applications sometimes
31 Jul 2014

Planning GPU deployment in virtualized environments – Part 2

In my previous post, I explained some planning considerations when implementing GPUs in a virtualized environment. There are a few other considerations, especially in terms of hardware, when you implement GPUs in your virtualized environment. This article
24 Jul 2014

Planning GPU deployment in virtualized environments

Implementing a graphics card in your server allows better performance for GPU-intensive applications in VDI and SBC environments. With Citrix and NVIDIA’s vGPU innovations, this is becoming more popular. However, if you don’t plan your GPU deployment
27 May 2014

Gathering Performance Data in XenServer for external parsing

If you’re used to working with VMware, you probably know about the nifty little utility esxtop. This tool allows you to view real-time performance data on a ESX host. It also allows you to gather performance metrics
18 Sep 2013

Disconnecting a Citrix Session with CTXDiscon

Windows has a command line tool which allows you to disconnect any RDS Session. The command line tool is “TSDISCON”, available in the System32 folder. Now, if you have connected using XenApp or XenDesktop, this tools does
26 Jun 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 needs 20% more capacity to maintain VDI performance

New Project VRC research tests relative impact of Office 2013 against Office versions 2007 and 2010 Madrid – Amsterdam, June 25, 2013 – Today, at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid Spain, Project Virtual Reality Check (Project VRC)
25 Mar 2013

Configuring Windows Server 2012 Core: PowerShell

As mentioned in my previous post about configuring Windows Server 2012 Core, you have multiple options. One is sconfig, but the preferred method is using PowerShell. PowerShell is a really powerful scripting language and Microsoft is pushing
21 Mar 2013

Configuring Windows Server 2012 Core: SConfig

With the release of Windows 2008, Microsoft introduced the Core installation. This is a stripped down version of the Windows Operating System, without any GUI (less space, smaller attack surface). Microsoft continues this option with Server 2012
14 Mar 2013

Monitoring XenApp with WMI – Part 2: Citrix Servers

In part 1 of this series I talked about the basics of the Citrix WMI providers. In this part, I will talk about getting all information about a XenApp server, like which farm it belongs to, what