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Goodbye Service Store, Welcome Identity Director !
Remember those days of Citrix rebranding the product names over and over again like WinFrame, MetaFrame, Presentation Server and XenApp ? Now these days are back! Not from Citrix Systems, but this time from the fine folks of RES Software. The RES ONE Service Store product will be rebranded to RES ONE Identity Director and the full RES ONE Suite will be rebranded to RES ONE Enterprise. And this is not the only change, for the RESONE Workspace and Automation products there will be new management c...
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RESONE Workspace ProtectLocalCache registry key
RESONE Workspace uses a local cache folder to store the workspace configuration of the user. The location of the cache folder is --RESONE Workspace program folder--\DATA\DBCACHE. By default, this folder is protected by RESONE Workspace and not accessible for the user. In most cases this protection is fine, unless you want to use some of my RESONE Workspace helper tools and/or utilities.  Some of these tools use the local cache to retrieve information of the current configuration. When th...
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FIPS or no FIPS, that is the question....

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FIPS or no FIPS, that is the question....
When designing a new infrastructure for a large customer, there was a strong desire to use FIPS compliance with the RESONE Workspace environment.  Since version 2015 the RESONE Workspace software can use Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) compliant security algorithms. Ultimately, FIPS is a set of U.S. government standards that define how and which encryption algorithms are used. It does not make RESONE Workspace more secure. It only forces RESONE Workspace to use FIPS-valida...
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Homelab 2017

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Homelab 2017
At the beginning of this new exciting technology year I think it is a good idea to share my home lab configuration with my readers. My home lab is a slow process of buying a few bits and bolts every year. And with more than 25 years IT experience, i have collected quite a collection. As an independent VDI/SBC/Workspace consultant I find it important to have access to proper gear and toolset, same like a shoe maker wants to have the best shoe-making tools. Every year i have a budget to buy or ...
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Automate RESONE Workspace Administration

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Automate RESONE Workspace Administration
Last week I published an article on Linkedin  about automating RESONE Workspace administration. Click on the following link to view the article. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/automate-resone-workspace-administration-marcel-venema You can download the presentation (PDF) as an attachment.    
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Sending User Notifications with RESONE Workspace
For me, when designing user workspaces, user experience is key. In my opinion the system should notify a user when something with the user workspace is wrong. For example, when a RESONE Workspace UserSetting location or Home folder is not available, the system should notify the user that it is not available and should ask to contact the system administrator. This can be done with a simple message box, but when using Microsoft Windows 10 it is much cooler to use a notification from the Action Cen...
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Buildingblock: Tracing for RESONE Relay Service
            I needed some troubleshooting on the RESONE Relay Server service, so I decided to write a small modules to enable and disable trace file logging. The enable module will create a C:\RESTrace folder and set the appropriate registry settings to enable trace logging. To ensure the Relay service can also write to the C:\RESTrace folder, it will get the logon information of the RESRL service and will set NTFS Modify access to the C:\RESTrace ...
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Citrix Supportability Pack

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Citrix Supportability Pack
A few weeks ago Citrix Support released the Citrix Supportability Pack for XenDesktop/XenApp. This collection of tools is a must-have for every XenDesktop/XenApp administrator. It is on my shortlist for every Delivery Controller installation. The Citrix Supportability Pack is an 85MB zip file with a collection of tools for specialized troubleshooting handpicked by Citrix Support. It is not intended to replace the day-to-day system administration tasks but merely to use the various tools during a...
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Wake on LAN with PowerShell

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Wake on LAN with PowerShell
A few weeks ago I wrote about my 4-node IKEA Besta server cluster. To preserve energy, I turn the nodes only on when I need the capacity. This is also good for our energy bill, I do not know how long I can persuade my wife that her hairdryer is responsible for all the electricity costs. Anyway, I use a PowerShell script to send the Wake-On-LAN magic packet to the network card of the selected server. If you want to read more about the Wake-On-LAN functionality, see this Wikipedia article. func...
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Synology SSD cache

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Synology SSD cache
I am a big fan of the Synology NAS. I am using this for almost 8 years and upgraded over time from my former DS210j two bay NAS to currently the eight bay DS1815+. I am using the NAS mainly for iSCSI storage for my home lab. Of course I am also using other packages like surveillance station, download station, cloud backup, Sickbeard, Plex and others. To increase performance, I added two SSD drives. Initially I wanted to add only one SSD, hence I have only 8 bays, but then the SSD will function o...
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