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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave

Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. Security A lot of what I get involved in has a security element, for those articles that do touch on Security I'll add this category link.
Modifying RDP5 & 6 to always connect local drives as well as USB devices…
So if you have a look at the MSTSC.EXE file that starts the RDP session and use the /? to call further info from the component you get something very much like this: But if you dig a just a touch deeper you will find that the MS Terminal Services Client or RDP Client as it is more commonly known draws the config information for most of its settings from the simple DEFAULT.RDP file that will typically be saved in the Users profile. (see example below) So if you want to make changes to the way it behaves ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 11:24 PM

Will Altiris ever be more than a subsidiary?
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:47 PM

Mixed Novell and AD Authentication issues
Recently I have been looking in to some issues relating to mixed Novell and AD Authentication at customers sites and there does not seem to be too much information that is readily available so I thought it might be useful if I post some of the details and links here as a helper to others? ;-) One of the most interesting points is that it would appear that Novell really hasn't done much to the Novell Client in quite a while, and even with the advent of Vista it has not so much revisited the classic ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:55 AM

Ask and you shall receive? ;-) Now Clarkson knows a bit more about the modern world?
Well I do find this amusing as last night we were just watching the Top Gear episode where Ranulph Clarkson and Ranulph May attempt to race Ranulph Hammond to the North Pole using a truck - as ever Jeremy Clarkson is forever the irreverent motor mouth and larrikin in a likeable way and we actually found ourselves cheering for Hammond to beat them with the Dog Sled. So it's no surprise to see Clarkson so spectacularly misjudge how easy it can be to have your Banking details abused? I guess he has ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 11:28 AM

Tweak Vista's warnings
I have been trying Vista on a corporate Laptop over the holidays in advance of getting hold of the "Approved" corporate image for my laptop and in some ways it's a clunker - so if you know what you're doing and want to "trim" some of those annoying messages and confirmations then this might be just the tool for you? Vista4Experts Current Version: 1.0.0.1 Download Vista4Experts Vista4Experts is kind of a treat for computer experts who don't want security center notifications, User Account Control ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:44 AM

Production Servers now at 95% Virtualization
I found this article today at CIO via an Article at Doug Browns site www.dabcc.com and thought it too good to just post the quote. This is exactly why Virtualization is shaking up the IT market so much - it has the capacity to drastically change the way you think about "Flexibility" and "Agility". Being able to provision on the fly in 30 minutes or so doesn't hurt either - and it's this very reason that makes concepts like VDI seem so very attractive. Virtualization at Warp Speed: How One Company ......

Posted On Monday, December 17, 2007 11:10 AM

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of www.techagility.info for a few weeks now, and although I still have some tweaking to do on the graphics side of things, it's time to open the doors for all. I will probably still drop the odd post this way, but essentially all is now going to the new site. So the home page is at www.techagility.info and if you are after the feed then you can find it at www.techagility.info/feed See you there? ;-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:08 AM

Microsoft's Silent Upgrade backfires spectacularly? Here's the fix
Looks like MS have not had a good month on this subject? Still, looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel? :-) Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair By Scott Dunn A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully. Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update, users of XP's repair function have been unable to install the latest 80 patches from Microsoft. ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 5:35 PM

Security - Media players more dangerous than Windows?
So after you have survived another update Tuesday you are thinking that all's well with the on-line world? Perhaps it's worth checking all those other media snap-in's and add ons to make sure you have minimized the security implications? And don't think that you're safe just because you're running Firefox, etc? As an example this was what the scan came back with for my Laptop: Applications / Result Version Detected Status Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 Adobe Reader 7.x 7.0.9.50 ......

Posted On Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:42 PM

From TheRegister: Symantec security products less than secure.... If you are using any variant of Norton AV!!
From TheRegister: Best sort this out straight away if you are using any variant of Norton AV? Symantec security products less than secure Two words: Live Update By Dan Goodin in San Francisco ? More by this author Published Thursday 9th August 2007 23:27 GMT In a world where digital gremlins seem to lurk in almost every shadow, many of us feel safer using an internet security package. But for those using many Norton security products who haven't updated recently, that feeling is a false sense of ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 11:51 AM

Vista, is this the bridge too far for Microsoft? - Business doubts grow about Vista migration
So far in speaking with Clients this certainly reinforces what I'm hearing - no one seems in any hurry to go and install Vista - so far I know of only one Compant here in Australia that has plans to install this in the next 6 months. Business doubts grow about Vista migration Gregg Keizer Users are happy with what they have or considering Linux and Macs Fewer businesses are now planning to move to Windows Vista than seven months ago, according to a survey by patch management vendor PatchLink, while ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 9:07 AM

Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed and New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools - Is it that far fetched to think we might see a resurgent Soviet Empire emerging?
So some while back (Jan, 2006) I created a post regarding Oil becomes the newest weapon in Moscow's arsenal ?? and now we find that not only has Putin gone and tried to claim the North Pole for Russia Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed but he's also setting out to rewrite history in a more Nationalistic flavour with this being reported recently by the Washington Post - New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools And how about this one? Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged ......

Posted On Monday, August 6, 2007 9:53 PM

Windows Hactivation? MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? nice little phising expedition this to catch the unwary?
I was just reading this in PC Mag here in the US - It should never be overstated - ALWAYS question whether or not you really do need to enter something like your credit card details - OR - any other personal details for that matter, it's a Jungle out there.....!! MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? Recently we came across an interesting Trojan sample, detected by Symantec as Trojan.Kardphisher. The Trojan is not very technical - it's really just another classic social-engineering attack. What makes ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:45 PM

Interesting Haking/Security Magazine - Personal Firewall Comparison Test
I found a rather interesting Magazine down at the newsagents over the weekend called Hakin9 (Issue 2/2007), more can be found at www.en.hakin9.org , and it would appear to be the Alter Ego if you like of the Software Developers Journal? There was a very interesting Consumers Test on Personal Firewalls that indicated that the Comodo Personal Firewall was the best at keeping things secure with Jetico and Zone Alarm rounding out the other two podium positions - what was quite suprising is that Comodo ......

Posted On Sunday, April 15, 2007 7:18 AM

Trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site? Page not Found?
I spent a rather frustrating day yesterday trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site yesterday, if you want to run through their Test Takers menu system you will be prompted to decide to look for IT Certifications and then coose which Vendor aligned Certification Track you are interested in - at this point it should redirect you to the appropriate page - well what you end up with is a fancy "Page not found" message. Eventually I sucumbed to ringing the 1800 number - while I was on the line I ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:27 AM

iPhone hacked for shell access - what's next? ;-)
Well - that certainly didn't take too long did it? ;-)) iPhone hacked for shell access By Nilay Patel on IphoneHacks Filed under: Cellphones Well, that didn't take long -- the hacker crew of IRC channel #iPhone has managed to enable shell access to the iPhone just a week after its release. There's not a lot to the hack -- the iPhone's 30-pin dock connector features the same pinouts as the iPod, so creating a serial connection simply involved connecting up a resistor, ground, and RS-232 level converter ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:33 PM

Sony BMG RootKit - Ooops, the ongoing DRM fiasco....
Well, some might say that this highlights a very good reason not to Buy CD's? But that would be somewhat cheeky? ;-) In an interesting aside to this though that I read today in PC Pro is the comment about the people and their PC's that have been effected by this must surely be running Anti-Virus in some flavour or other? And it's more than likely this was the case that 80 - 90% of these people were running a fairly up to date Virus Definition File? And if this was the case - how come the AV Protection ......

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:12 PM

Potential issue with Citrix Licensing Server needing access to 27000 AND 1603 **IF** there is a Firewall between the LS and the other Citrix Servers?
Please be aware that this is not verified at all - but this is posted here just as a precautionary warning until such time as it is verified? Better to be safe than sorry? ***UPDATE: This is a real issue only IF there is a Firewall between the Licensing Server and the Servers hosting Citrix Products A colleague of mine sent me this: ++++++++++Quote++++++++++++... I took down x,xxx users on Monday because I upgraded our License Server to PS 4.5 on Friday afternoon. Everyone went ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:33 PM

AGEE and EndPoint Scanning - Access Gateway User's Guide for the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix Platforms
So now it's possible to run the SSLVPN on Mac, Linux Clients WITH EndPoint Scanning? Good news indeed. Access Gateway User's Guide for the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix Platforms So this is the new Access Gateway Enterprise Edition based on the 8.0 Netscaler Hardware, and interestingly enough I don't think Citrix has done that much to shout about the fact that it now has the functionality to connect loads of different Clients via it's SSLVPN Solution. in fact the PDF actually uses screenshots ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 1:06 PM

This is too good not to share - Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows!!! WTF!! ;-))
Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Windows (general) "Another crack in the Windows Genuine Advantage wall. A user at UbuntuForums.org managed to validate an Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine. (Here is an OGG video of the process.) Along with the advancement of LiveCD technology, this could spell the end of Microsoft's control over who gets their updates." ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:19 PM

TeraCopy - is it possible to resume a file copy across regular drives using standard SMB, CTRL+V, Cut and Paste, etc? - Yes it is!
Copy your files faster and easier it claims from this little tool from Code Sector, and that it does. I was trying to get a 500Mb file from an FTP site and was being concerned about the speed only being 15 - 18k so I connected via the VPN Service and was getting 80 - 100k. No problems there? But then I got a BSOD from a file called crypto.sys...... after the file had reached 28%.... figures!! So I was keen to finish the file using the VPN method as opposed to the FTP, but I was really concerned that ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 1:12 PM

Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:10 AM

Where is your Malware coming from? Interesting post at Google Security regarding Web Server Software and Malware
Courtesy of bink.nu I found Web Server Software and Malware and this makes some very interesting reading Which kind of makes Roberts comments very valid - Time for Microsoft to Change Its Patch Policy? Distribution of web server software by country. Web server distribution by country Malicious web server distribution by country The figure on the left shows the distribution of all Apache, IIS, and nginx webservers by country. Apache has the largest share, even though there is noticeable variation ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 4:45 PM

Server Core getting closer? What going back to Servers with no GUI, there's a suprise ;-)
I'm keen to see how well the Server Core is adopted, as I was always a fan of the earlier Netware Servers before they started adding the JavaX GUI front end - very light and purposeful. So I thought I'd drop a note about two sites I've come across today: Introducing The Server Core blog Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following: DHCP server File Server ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2007 2:29 PM

iMate SP5/Orange C600 vs. Blackberry 8700g
Well it had to happen at some stage didn't it.... There I was having a great time and then it got dropped on me - Citrix have now dropped a brand spanking new Blackberry 8700G on me. As a longtime user (and dare I say it - evangelist) of the MS Smartphone format in both the C500 and later in the C600 versions I have been quite comfortable with this, it works, it does what I need - in that I thought I had finally found some sort of Device Nirvana where I had one device that was my PDA, Mobile Phone, ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 11:31 AM

From AppSense's Security Blog - Possibly the Most Sophisticated Malware Ever ....??
Just having had some free time during Training (oops! did I say that out loud..? ;-) and I was checking some of the latest news via Bloglines and came across this piece from AppSense's Secuity Blog - I have copied the contents in full here because this would appear to be a new escalation in how far the Black Hatters will go to potentially "Own" your device, very worrying news if tis is merely the start of a trend? Original PostIn the usual confusing way of the antivirus industry it has been given ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 1:48 AM

Citrix's "Project Kent" - Citrix now going for a bold mission statement?
So I've heard some rumour that this is one of Citrix's next project ideas? On the surface of it, it makes good sense because it will also cause (by default) the very integration between the various product lines that exist today after the recent acquasitions, not to mention that it will also provide a potential revenue stream to help fund this integration. I'd imagine that if it gains traction, both internally and with customers feedback, then the more successful it is then this will be the start ......

Posted On Friday, September 22, 2006 8:10 AM

RIM's enterprise dominance comes to an end?
I've noticed this article over at the Register.co.uk concerning the emergence of MS's Mobile email solution based on Exchange 2003 SP2 and Windows Mobile 5 devices using ActiveSync to communicate. I was fascinated when I first learnt of the Always-Up-To-Date (AUTD) feature that was in Exchange, and covered that here "Blackberry Killer" Solution back in June 2005, it took me a while to get it even close when I had all the client components at Orange SPV C600 AKU2 by March, but I had to wait until ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 8:27 PM

For those who have started looking at EdgeSight 4.1 there is a new Hotfix
Attachment: EdgeSight 4.1 Patches.zip (27.5 K) For: Computers running Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 with the following installed: EdgeSight 4.1 Server Date: September 5, 2006Language supported: English (US)Readme version: 1.0 Where to Find DocumentationThis document describes the issue(s) solved by this hotfix and includes installation instructions. For more information, see CTX110957 – EdgeSight User Guide, Version 4.1. Issue(s) Resolved in this HotfixPatch 1 – updated report ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 4:51 AM

Microsoft opens Network Monitor 3 beta 2 to public - Other Public Beta's from Microsoft
So again courtesy of Bink.nu I came across the other Blog that Alessandro writes at Security Zero, where I have normally just been tracking what he writes at virtualization.info What I also found interesting was the stats - 1,951 Participants for Network Monitor 3 Beta 2, 38 Bugs, 20 Active. This has been available since 6/06/2006. Network Monitor 3 Details:Upcoming Network Monitor 3 will offer several new features and will finally be an uncapped, free, stand-alone application for Windows XP/2003/Vista/codename ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 11:16 AM

Deep Troubleshooting Tools for Windows - Kernel Memory Space Analyzer Version 8.1
I found this courtesy of bink.nu - but you might want to pay particular note to the Caveat: Note that the Kanalyze is not designed for general users of Windows. It is assumed that the users are already familiar with the kernel debuggers, have knowledge of the inside of Windows, and have basic skills of debugging kernel mode programs ;-)) Kernel Memory Space Analyzer Version 8.1 Brief Description Microsoft Support Professionals Toolkit for WindowsThe Kernel Memory Space Analyzer is a tool to help ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 8:31 AM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (MSFP) Update - MORE!! - read this before updating!!!
Just a quick note on this - be aware of what you are getting yourself in to........???Before updating to this new ROM you used to be able to run:RegeditSTG.exe the trusted version of regedit from HTC - not anymore, nor will any other Registry tool work So you will not be able to make the registry changes at:Start Regedit.exe and change the following registry keys:HKLM\Security\Policies... = 2 => 1 (RAPI)HKLM\Security\Policie... = 16 => 40 (Cert)HKLM\Security\Policie... ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 7:42 PM

Mark Russinovich's technical blog covering topics such as Windows troubleshooting, technologies and security.
It looks like Mark Russinovich has started settling in to Microsoft as he has now started blogging at:Mark Russinovich's technical blog covering topics such as Windows troubleshooting, technologies and security.The RSS feed is http://blogs.technet.com/ma... I must confess that the level of detail sometimes leaves me floundering so I jump to the end to find out the answer, but what is really fantastic is that he does take the time to patiently explain how he managed to solve the ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 7:45 AM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (Messaging and Security Feature Pack) Update - across the air ActiveSync!
Ok, so I guess by now you've probably noticed a bit of a trend happening here? Managed to fix an Issue relating to getting Connectra working with Web Interface and a Citrix Farm pretty easily this morning so I was able to duck in late and sit the Beta Exam, as well as have some time in the City Office connected up to the Exchange System and test the Mobile. Success - was able to get ActiveSync pushing email up to the mobile via carrier as opposed to via the USB connector. As it's already Thursday ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 2:51 PM

Vital Scan SmartPhone diagnostic software released in beta version - for your CAR!!
Yes for your Bluetooth enabled car! fancy resetting that annoying Maintenance sign? Is this for real? Another wow from me, this can only bring real benefits in roadside repairs, especially given the way modern vehicles are developing more of a propensity for reliance on electronics. More here courtesy of MSMobiles, or the full story at Vital Engineering ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 8:21 PM

Beyond MySpace? How many compromised PC's are connected to the Internet?
I've just been reading this over at AppSense's Security Blog and it's amazing to think how simple some this can be, as well as frightening to think how many possible devices have been compromised out there? It's starting to look like it's a good idea to do all your general browsing (at least from Home? ;-)) via a locked down device running under VMware? or at least try one of the other alternative methods of making your browser more secure? +++Full Article+++++++++++++Following on from the recent ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 8:24 AM

Citrix Access Gateway 4.2.3 Update released? Have a careful look at "CTX108902 v4.2.2 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway"
I'm just going through a proof of concept at a client's site for an AG+AAC Implementation and I was looking at bringing the AG up to 4.2.2 as I heard there were a few critical patches, and interestingly enough the link to 4.2.2 from CTX108902 ends up pointing at a 4.2.3 Download?? BTW - Don't forget to remove your existing Admin Tool and then download and install from fresh after upgrading the CAG!(But you knew that didn't you? ;-) The 4.2.2 lists these Known Issues and Issues Fixed: Known Issue(s) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:58 PM

Thoughts on Application Virtualisation or Streaming - how does Citrix's Project Tarpon compare with Softgrid and Altiris's SVS?
So among several other things this week I managed a quick sneak peak at an early (Alpha?) release of Citrix's Tarpon (Application Streaming) yesterday, what I found interesting was not that it would appear that Citrix are leaning towards using blue instead of red for some of the pretty bits? nor that there was a nice shiny new Citrix Client, but I suddenly realised that I was examining Tarpon from a purely Technical Focus and to really appreciate what might be possible meant that I had to shift to ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 5:42 PM

Citrix Access Gateway Scalability - Technical Design Considerations for AG and AAC for 10,000 Users and above (Hint - use Netscaler? ;-)
Technical Design Considerations for AG and AAC for 10,000 Users · The two following pages detail the caveats and considerations that need to be addressed when designing an AG and AAC Implementation for up to 10,000 Users · It should be kept in mind that these details were documented as of January 2006 and as such there have been some changes since then. · It was anticipated that Citrix would be making reasonable efforts to improve the number of *Tunnels* available to the AG, however ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:26 PM

New "C" Class Bades from HP launched today
I attended one of the events today at London Bridge where HP "announced" the release of the new "C" Class blade enclosures. Nice bit of kit, but it was somewhat let down by a very American brand of marketing where we had two of the seniors from HP supposedly ad libing via script, very droll. Anyway, I've popped over to their on-line buying and configuration tool in the US and by filling one of the new enclosures with 16 x BL460c's with Dual 3.2Ghz CPU's, 4Gb RAM, 2 x 36Gb 2.5" SAS Hot Pluggable Serial ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:49 PM

Google Earth - Military Installations? revisited with Google Earth version 4 Beta?
Now I did a post on some old bases I'd worked at in the past back in July last year at http://geekswithblogs.net/w... So get over to Google Earth for a copy of the new Beta 4 at http://earth.google.com/ear... and check out the new User Interface, but more especially have a look at the new resolution!! The old base at Khamis in Saudi Arabia is coming through in fantastic detail - go to N18 18 E42 48 and then look a little to the right and up a tad and you'll ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:44 PM

Rising Energy Prices? Best keep an eye on your Electricity and Gas Bills?
UPDATE - RESULTWell it has taken nearly a total of 3 - 4 hours and various phone calls but they have now agreed to cancel the debit side (= about £170 off the bill) and add a further £50 credit for the inconvience and effort I've had to go through before they see the light. It's definately worth sticking to your guns and pushing for what you know is right? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... Now I will freely admit that what I have copied below is merely a ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 9:34 PM

Ensuring that Speed Screen Latency is enabled/enforced via Web Interface 4.x
I Had a client ring in with an issue today, although they are still testing, they wanted to be sure that the Speed Screen Latency was enabled for the users testing from Johannesburg, Sth Africa. They pointed out that they had already checked CTX103204 and CTX344154. I had a quick check of these and then rang him back and we initiated a GoToAssist Session. I explained the background of the template.ica file as it has been used in the older NFuse Implementations and how it is now based on the default.ica ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 9:07 PM

Welcome to Charles at eKnowlogy - new Blog regarding SBC, Thin Client, Softgrid and Virtualization, etc.
If you have any questions or problems regarding these subjects (including the advantages of 64bit Servers, etc.) you won't go too far wrong checking things out with Charles - it's early days, so if he hasn't blogged about it yet then drop him an email and ask. eKnowlogy. As far as Technology goes, Charles is one of the most passionate people I know, he won't rest until he has an answer ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 4:58 AM

Posts with Images?

Just to let you know?  It looks like not all the posts with embedded images are coming thru cleanly?

If you find this to be the case, just try a right-click on the space and select "Show Image" - this would appear to correct this? Please let me know if this isn't reliable?

Dave

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:46 PM

Whale acquisition will broaden Microsoft’s secure access solution? Citrix might have more of a fight on it's hands?
So thanks to Bink.nu I noticed this little note yesterday. So, late last week it was MS buying Softgrid, now it's Whale to add SSL-VPN's to the bag of tricks, what must the Management at Citrix be thinking....????? So how must this be going down at Citrix as they realise that the - as yet unreleased - Tarpon and AIE could be under threat by the Company that provides Terminal Servers? (I know...... TS is running on Citrix's MultiWin core - but they did agree to sell it way back... right? ;-) and now ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:15 AM

I'm Currently on Holidays in Perth, Australia
I don't mean that to sound like I'm rubbing it in - just explaining why I'm not doing too many posts at the moment. I'm having a great time down south at the moment enjoying visiting the wineries around Margaret River region and will be back in Perth next week. Perth is currently in the grip of a real mining boom, with the record prices of Minerals and other Commodities pushing this particular State in to a near frenzy. I was considering looking at some property investment - and now I'm discovering ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 1:17 AM

Doug Brown is after your suggestions for the ‘Tweaks Section' of the next MIAB (Methodology in a Box) Release
DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the updated Methodology in a Box 4.0 ‘Tweaks Section' Updated April 26, 2006 - BETA 2These performance, security, and usability ‘tweaks & tips' apply to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0. The goal of this section is to detail the basic tweaks needed to tune Windows for a Citrix and Terminal Services environment. This paper is just a draft of what will appear in the upcoming Methodology in ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:12 AM

Want Push email NOW! (Blackberry Alternative from Smartphone/PocketPC) Mail2web has this running as a Beta service - Have your Proof of Concept working in minutes!
Thanks to Gears at CoolSmartPhone, I've worked through the details of their post and it does exactly what it says on the tin. So, if like me you have issues with the infrastructure and/or security concerns that are stopping you from deploying this at your office, then try this as an alternative by having your emails forwarded. It's not ideal, but it is a guarenteed way of being able to demonstrate to your colleagues how good MS Push Email is and how very much like the Blackberry Service it is in ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:23 AM

Citrix Captures No. 1 Position in SSL VPN Unit Market Share in 4Q 05 Just One Year After Entering Market
Well it was only a matter of time? Press Release hereI have said it before, and I'll say it again, Citrix's Marketing Team should take the biggest share of the plaudits for this. They have taken an SSL VPN product and hyped it to an almost unbelievable degree. To give you an example of what I mean - I went to one Customer who was accessing Citrix thru an IPSEC VPN and they were having all sorts of issues (especially getting the Client end installed and working) and initially we were called in to ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:55 PM

A sneak peek at future of Windows Mobile? How about the Roadmap through to 2008?
Thanks to MSMobiles for the note about LocutusBorgMan's post in the BrightHand Forum. (NOTE: As far as I am aware this is in the public domain, not restricted by NDA) Here he posted the link to a MS Presentation in Interlaken for MS Mobile Developers, and although it was very developer biased, slide 55 was quite illuminating from my point of view so I've included it below. Equally LocutusBorgMan's notes make an interesting read:Seems like Crossbow, which is supposedly a second edition of WM5.0 like ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 5:34 AM

Doug Brown releases the first draft of MIAB 4
For those us that have seen, read and used Doug's earlier works with MIAB (Methodology in a Box) this is exciting news, even if you aren't interested in Citrix or Terminal Servers, there will be lots to learn from his documentation, although this is an early draft. Update: I believe Doug will be adding a form where you will be able to submit other suggestions at some stage shortly. Methodology in a Box™ Tips & Tweaks Section Beta! DABCC is very happy to announce the first release of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 24, 2006 3:46 AM

300th Post - WARNING TO HTC UNIVERSAL USERS! - problems with AKU2 ROM upgrade for HTC Universal (M5000, Xda Exec, etc.) Pocket PC phones
Although I haven't got one of these devices, as I'm more than happy with my C600, I think it only fair to help warn those of you that do that you MAY inadvertently end up in a scenario where it is possible that you might turn your pride and joy into a rather expensive paperweight? I was alerted to this by MSMobiles about the article by nedge2k in MSMobileNews If you have bootloader v0.56 on your device, DO NOT upgrade to an AKU2 or you will turn it into a paperweight!To check your bootloader, hold ......

Posted On Sunday, April 23, 2006 2:19 PM

Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regard to Virtualization? (i.e. Softgrid, VMware and Altiris) and just what is a Hype Cycle? Take the Poll
So after the previous post regarding Virtualization and what it might mean to Citrix's dominance I have done a bit of ferreting around and found some neat code over at MindVizTracker that has enabled me to add a Poll to ask you what you think? Have a look a below the Add on the left side and you should find something like this: Poll: Where are we in the Hype Cycle with regards to Virtualization?? Technology Trigger? Peak of Inflated Expectations? Trough of Disillusionment? Slope of Enlightenment? ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:11 PM

Where is Virtualization heading, and how this might effect the design and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers?
I have been doing some brainstorming with Charles@eknowlogy over the past few days regarding Virtualization and how this may change the face and use of Citrix and Terminal Servers and he has pointed out some new developments that might have some far reaching effects like:Marathon Launches Next Generation Application Availability Software Solution Built on Patented Virtualization Technology So based on this, and an article Brian Madden did a little while back regarding this I have put together my ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Ericom would appear to be gaining ground as the front runner for Citrix's competitor?
Well it looks like Ericom's attendance at BriForum in Washington has gone to it's head? ;-))Thanks for the heads up from Charles@eknowlogy on this Some while back I did a post questioning if Citrix's near monopoly on the Terminal Server/Remote Access market was reaching it's zenith (Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?) and back in January my pick of the competitors was Ericom based on it's relatively mature WebConnect Product that can provide Seamless RDP Sessions ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:46 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Push email with MSFP enabled WM5 Devices - while working with existing Firewalls like Checkpoint, etc.
So Microsoft has posted this article for those who want to deploy Push email but this is interesting that I've noticed this today almost immediately after going through an online discussion with some of the security team at my end that has seen us decide (read - me capitulate under overwhelming numbers??) to try using Nokia's Intellisync to achieve push email. OK, I'm gutted, and not just because I've spent so much spare time over the last 9 months or so trying to line this up but the reality of ......

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 6:42 PM

From the Exchange Blog - Direct Push is just a heartbeat away
If you have a need to understand the full details at a very deep technical level of how the HeartBeat function works in Exchange 2003 SP2 and WM5 devices then check out this article here. Background Exchange 2003 introduced the Always Up To Date notification feature (AUTD) that kept devices up to date by sending SMS triggers to the device. The triggers were sent from the enterprise as SMTP messages to the SMTP front end at the mobile operator. They were then sent through the SMS gateway as SMS messages ......

Posted On Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:16 PM

Possible problem with Citrix PS4 R01 breaks Session Reliability for Java client through CSG?
If anyone is contemplating applying R01 for Presentation Server 4 you might want to just check this out beforehand? This has been found at a Customers Site by one of our Consultants and he has confirmed this by duplicating it in a VMWare environment. Issue:Java client through CSG with Session reliability turned on only works if the STA is on a Citrix PS4 server which doesn't have R01 installed. If, as usual, all Citrix servers have R01 installed then it simply stops working. The Java client fails ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 5, 2006 3:07 PM

A round up of news regarding Push Email for WM5
So this popped in today from CoolSmartPhone - and this is fantastic news from my own selfish point of view? Looks like they will definately be competing with TMobile's efforts? Orange have announced pricing their new Microsoft Exchange Direct Push e-mail plans, according to this ComputerWeekly story. Data bundles will start at £6.50, giving users 10Mb of email. Medium usage packages will cost £12 per month for 30Mbytes, with high usage costing £25 per month for 200Mbytes.You'll need ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 1:00 PM

Citrix Pricing discounts of up to 44% to get from Winframe and XP to PS 4.0??
Now some of you may recall that I recently heard a rumour that Citrix were definately prepared to be somewhat flexible on their pricing (especially if you mentioned that you might be considering something like Ericom instead?) well now it appears that they have taken that somewhat further? OK, so first of all the Good News - this includes one years Subscription Advantage (So you should also qualify for the next release?) AND also allows you to upgrade from ANY Citrix Server product, even goinig back ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:13 AM

All change at Microsoft? Seems like they've been bitten by the Virtual Bug?
So reviewing a couple of neat things today at Bink.nu Microsoft has added Linux support to Virtual Server 2005 R2:Supported operating systems actually are:Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.2Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.3Novell’s SuSE Linux 10.0Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (update 6)Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4Red Hat Linux 7.3Red Hat Linux 9.0 Then there was this link from Bink to Alessandro's site about MS now making ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 8:57 PM

Stop whatever you are doing - the new display technology is now up with StarTrek and the Minority Report!
Have a look at these "commercially available" displays - this is fantastic - just as the price of Plasmas are tumbling because of the price of LCD's (with more technology enhancements down the track?) we now have real holographic displays - although in 2D? OK, so you don't think this really looks that good? Try the picture below? Or better yet - go and check out their web site. Now lets get back to the chap who was just boasting about how good his Home Cinema was?...... ;-)) Image: Supports full ......

Posted On Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:25 PM

Netscaler 7000 - Citrix's marketing is world class?
I've always thought that Citrix's marketing is World Class - what do you think? All I can say is, have a look at the Bezel on this: How much time and effort was spent on "pimping this ride"? Can you believe it? You can just see it now, a Customer ringing up to request a DOA because the pretty red light at the bottom isn't coming on.....? Come on, tell me what you really think? Is this going to be the start of a new Trend? Can you see IBM starting to add little blue lights to their Logo's? ;-))) ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:29 PM

Microsoft, the big absentee of Virtualization?? Is Microsoft really committed to this?
Of all the Blogs and comments regarding Virtualization recently this is the one that I have found to be the most thought provoking. There was a time between 2000 and 2002 where I almost couldn't make my mind up whether to consolidate on VMWare or Connectix, depending on whether I needed USB support or something else at the time.... so have a look at the full article? I think Alessandro is on the money here, the way Microsoft is developing Virtual Server it's almost like they want to be in second ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 4:32 PM

New Exploits for ALL versions of IE - is Firefox the answer?
I've noticed a new post from AppSense's Response Centre regarding the new Exploit for all versions of IE There has been some discussion recently about another new vulnerability in Internet Explorer. All versions are at risk, including the latest beta of IE 7. Microsoft have suggest workarounds including setting the Internet and local security zone settings to high and disabling active scripting. There are working versions of exploits already being used to compromise machines on the internet. Currently ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 8:34 AM

WiMax now available in Central London at UrbanWiMax
Thanks to Jason for discovering this.Well it's nice to see it's here already - I did get excited intially by their offer: Try our service for FREE Worth £1353 included in the offer is: Connection charge Installation charge Urban WiMAX Equipment Router 3 month service Especially as UKOnline have recently changed their terms and conditions so that I *could* have opted out? but at £99 a month it's a bit steep for me as it's only home use. For my money I'll stick with UKOnline, at £15/month ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 7:37 AM

Ericom promises the announcement of a “significant new enhancement” to its PowerTerm WebConnect application access solution.
So in amongst the various items that I keep a track of using Bloglines I also came across this little gem regarding Ericom, now I don't know about you but the phrase “significant new enhancement” does make me curious. The main reason that I'm keeping a track of Ericom is that their WebConnect technology is something that I feel could be a potential competitor to Citrix (depending on how it shapes up) especially with the enhancements that should be available in Longhorn? Don't forget that ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:31 PM

Connectra SSL-VPN and Citrix Web Interface - how hard can it be?
So I'd visited a client early last week to look at a System at a bank that had been installed by another Integrator. I believe they'd installed it as a PreSales or Proof of Concept, so it was obviously done pretty quickly and they didn't neccessarily hang around to finish it all off..... (more's the pity?) So when I did have a look at it, I could understand the WI side, but I wasn't really conversant with how Connectra was setup. However I was able to clearly show that the reason that it wasn't working ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:22 PM

Orange SPV C600 AKU2 (MSFP) Update - NOW AVAILABLE - I'm downloading it now!!
Thanks to CoolSmartPhone and Nick Butcher ;-) It's now available to download here! This will bring the push email facilities (MSFP or Messaging and Security Feature Pack as MS used to call it?) promised by Microsoft. It's a whacking 34.5Mb download called "c600_mail.exe" from the Orange Business site and brings your handset up to version 11.2.1.5. Orange state..."As part of our commitment to enable customers to get more for their money, Orange are now enabling all existing SPV C600 users to set up ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:22 PM

Is Google the new Microsoft? (Rumour of GDrive - Google supplying Infinite Storage to consumers? this can't be serious?)
Now it's interesting to see that this morning I have seen two articles that are both heading in opposite directions? Over at Doug's site we have Microsoft Launches Killer New Search Engine – Google Beware…WOW! Is all I can say, WOW! Microsoft just released an upgrade and complete makeover to their Search Engine. ( www.live.com ) This thing is amazing and you must use it to believe how cool and easy search can be. As many of you might know, I'm not a fan of the search engine, or at least ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 9:38 AM

So the release of MSFP and AKU2 for the C600 cannot be too far away?
So this came in from MSMobiles this morning: Later than promised by CEO of i-mate in an interview but at last it is here: ROM upgrade with push email (MSFP) for i-mate K-JAM (but not for other i-mate phones) and without support for A2DP (stereo audio over Bluetooth)! Latest Release details: The main improvements from the original AKU 1 Operating System, 1.x.9.x, are: Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP): Addition of the MSFP allowing Direct Push email, remote device wiping, security ......

Posted On Friday, March 3, 2006 6:19 AM

More twists and turns in Gizmondo exec's Ferrari crash - and more Pictures
So this just in from Engadget: Remember the former Gizmondo exec, Stefan Eriksson, who crashed his million dollar Ferrari Enzo last week? Well, leave it Eriksson to make even that really shady. According to Malibu sheriffs, not only did a supposedly-intoxicated and bloodied Eriksson flee the scene and reportedly blame the accident on a driver only known as "Dietrich" (despite the only blood being on the driver's side), but a magazine (and we don't think they're talkin' Guns & Ammo) was discovered ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:47 PM

64 bit Windows and 64 bit Citrix ready to go - but I'm still dealing with 16bit Apps?
I must confess there seems to have been a fair bit of work stacking up in the queue on the Help Desk recently, and there have been some problems that have seemed to defy logic, and then after a while they almost take on the persona of the Ugly Troll guarding the bridge, you just don't want to know about it - because you almost feel defeated just glancing at the heading, or when a request for an update lands in your email? Let me state for the record that I'm not *tied* to the Help Desk, all of the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 7:31 PM

Transcript: The Code Room - Breaking Into Vegas (or what happens when you don't Secure your Applications)
OK, so it's a little contrived, almost a bit like reading a rough draft for a CSI Plot, but for all that it does highlight how much we need to be aware of keeping things secure when we build them as opposed to patching them later? It's certainly an insight as to how things might happen....? Jessi Knapp: Voiceover: The real world is fraught with security challenges, privacy hurdles and mobility issues. All problems software developers solve every day. Join us now as we explore the latest tools and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 5:44 AM

ActiveSync 4.x Troubleshooting Guide - this is the best place to start
Ah, so now for a topic close to my heart, seeing as I've got hold of my new C600 (did I mention that already? ;-) I'm keen to see just how much I can get the ActiveSync working *without* the MSFP. Now if you have any problems with ActiveSync I'd recommend you check out Chris De Herrera's site because this *ActiveSync 4.x Troubleshooting Guide* is the business as far as getting down and dirty with figuring out why the little Bleeep Bleep isn't connecting properly. The only reason I'm still strugling ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:28 PM

Citrix Releases v4.2.1 Hotfix for Citrix Access Gateway (CAG)
Courtesy of Doug Brown at DABCC.COM there is this news of what is effectively a hotfix for the CAG (Citrix Access Gateway) I can also confirm with Doug that this will simply update the device without blowing away your existing Config, Licences, etc. However, it is always good practice to plan for the unforseen? so it's not a bad idea to save a copy of the config in a safe place before upgrading, don't you think? ;-)) If you are currently running Citrix Access Gateway version 4.2 you can upgrade to ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:48 PM

Is Citrix getting too big for it's own good?
Today I was involved in a design meeting with a client where we discussed the pro's and con's of how the AG + AAC might add some value to an Infrastructure that is already heavily biased to Citrix. To a certain extent it was a "no-brainer" as it all fits together so well, and we also had a Citrix Sales person as well as a Citrix SE (Systems Engineer) on hand just to keep things going nicely. Now those of you who have delved in to looking at the AG in depth will have found that it is listed as a "failover" ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:03 PM

Press release of news regarding - Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall / Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition
Thanks to Michel at ThinComputing for the updates, Essentially this is 4 Press Releases from Citrix regarding the 2 Products, each product is accompanied by news from ICSA Labs about security Certification. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about the AG Hardware? I'd suggest you pop over and have a quick look through Brian Madden's article from yesterday entitled "The facts about the Citrix Access Gateway, the Generic hardware it's built on, and running it in VMware" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:50 AM

Tired of waiting for the Vaporware to condense into something that works? (Open Source Push Email available also for Pocket PC/WM5?)
New just been posted in MSmobiles about an open source Project called Funambol Now MSmobiles has always been keen to be setting the record straight with regard to MS's claims about the Push email (MSFP, AKU2, etc.) just being around the corner, pointing out about the onging court action by Visto, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reply Jason has regarding this and when we might actually start to see some releases by the Carriers? What is quite exciting is that although this is listed ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 5:34 AM

2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4
Posted By Bink on February 7, 2006 at 1:38 PM Now you may not think this is very interesting? Then just jump to the bottom of the story and check out the price? Now that's got your interest? ;-)) 2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4Easily implement SSL, resource based load balancing and session reconnection for Microsoft Terminal Services or Citrix Metaframe servers 2X releases 2X LoadBalancer for Windows Terminal Services & Citrix Metaframe: a tool to ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 9:38 PM

News of RFID? We've been using it on the London Undeground for 12 months or more...
So both of these stories have come to light from Engadget:It's interesting to see that NYC Subway will be getting RFID Passes soon? I'd personally say my experience on the London Underground has been very good, and I'll be glad when they can expand it to cover the Rail Network as well "Select customers" to trial RFID NYC subway pass We were a bit wary when we first got an offer for an RFID credit card, but we're defintely gonna fight tooth-and-nail to become the few, the proud, the Metropolitan Transportation ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 7:47 PM

So more on this WiFi/Network play - Skype and Google fund 'illegal' Wi-Fi start-up
From CNET News.com This is a very intriguing idea, some while ago I was having a play with some tools like NetStumbler for *discovering* WiFi networks and also came across some maps from Julian Priest - The State of Wirless London who had effectively taken an Audit or Census of London's WiFi capabilities back in March 2004, complete with coverage maps, etc. I would imagine that nearly 2 years later we would be just about saturated with full cover across most of London? Does anyone else have any updates ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 9:10 AM

Cool VoIP Hacks Using Asterisk - how VMWare can add value?
Now I was searching on something different entirely (as is the case normally) but came across this interesting little note about running Asterix on VMWare at Christine.Net: Cool Hack #1: Performance Tuning for Asterisk VoIPKristian Kielhofner, the creator of AstLinux, showed the crowd his embedded Linux distribution for running Asterisk. This hack is important if you need your VoIP tuned for performance. First: Heavily loaded servers interfere with sound quality - but while you don't care if a web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:59 PM

Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider
Very interesting note here from Engadget? Google working on alternate Internet, sez insider Posted Feb 3rd 2006 8:01PM by Evan BlassSo it seems that Google may actually have a plan for world domination after all, involving cheap PCs that connect exclusively to a private "Googlenet." The London Times is reporting that "a leading content provider" has been quoted as saying "We are in discussions with Google to provide content for their alternative Internet service, to be distributed through their Google ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2006 1:38 PM

How easy is it to hack your company?
I came across this blog from Razor in the Sydney Morning Herald and the full article (Anatomy Of A Break-In.)makes fascinating reading. Razor doesn't have any illusions about the diligence with which the corporate world is looking after our personal data - we doubt they even know how bad things are and what a gullible lot we are. But this step-by-step account of the systematic compromising of a major multinational shocked even us. Key staff were warned that an assessment team would try to crack their ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:39 PM

Orange UK, Orange Developers and how Security is being changed/implemented on SmartPhones - should we be concerned?
So continuing on from last nights rant/ramble regarding Root Certs on my C600……. I originally sent this email to Orange Developers trying to find out why I couldn’t at least unlock my Phone from the point of view of running unsigned applications on it. This used to be one of the first things I always did after I’d upgraded or flashed the C500, straight over to http://developer.orangews.c... and enter my details along with the IMEI number and hey presto “Application ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 5:10 PM

ActiveSync across the wire on the C600 - DONE!! (But interesting reply from Orange Developers)
As it turns out it's possible that the cert wasn't necessary as one of my colleagues (Thanks Alex!) pointed out "just uncheck the SSL box and it should be fine" - and lo and behold it was!! So although I've now proved it works, I'm still a bit miffed on a few accounts: Why can't it be using SSL? (I think this is related to point 2?) We still have the security team at our place insisting that OWA hides behind the FW-1, so everyone who wants/needs access to OWA needs to have an account set up on the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:18 PM

Call yourself a Consultant? - this is a pretty good definition
Came across this at SightLines Consulting and thought that this is a very simple but powerful definition of what Consultancy is all about - in some ways it almost reads like a Consultants Charter or like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors? Please consider reading the full article because there are five points along with the summary that I would almost consider as required reading for anyone who considers themselves a Consultant - in fact I know I'm going to try and reread this every now and then to ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:21 AM

What is Citrix going to be announcing at the Solutions Summit in Florida this week?

Rumour has it that there is quite likely to be **another** update to the AG+AAC, perhaps they will be adding something that will improve the alleged Load Balancing between devices?

Meanwhile I wonder if it's possible to lay a bet at the bookies about when the next version of CPS will be due out?

Posted On Sunday, January 29, 2006 6:29 PM

Woize - Cheap T'Internet calling from your Windows Mobile device?
So I icked up this little item from CoolSmartPhone, though it's a shame it's not much use to me as the new C600 doesn't have WiFi......... <snif>, but other than that it's very nice, love the new screen..... MSMobileNews have spotted that Woize now has a client available for the Smartphone. Woize is a bit like Skype in that it'll let you make lots of calls for very little money. There's also a version of the software for Pocket PC too (seen here) which lets you make and receive calls and do ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:52 PM

How to Install Skype in a Presentation Server 4.0 Environment - really??
Mmm, I'm not really sold on this as somethng I'd want to do? However everyone has different ideas of their needs and what sort of solutions will make things work for them, so I shouldn't just dismiss this straight away..... Indeed Citrix have already been making a point that the AG has been designed to accomodate VoIP and SIP from the start, as well as the CPS having the ability to assign Virtual IP's to executables, so as this article appears to demonstrate - it is possible. Still not sure why you ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:24 AM

Looks like RIM is having a hard time in the US Courts - still
Supremes shun RIM - again The US Supreme Court has rejected Research in Motion's latest request that it weigh in on the Blackberry maker's battle with US intellectual property holding company NTP. The Court this week said it would not review the US Court of Appeals' August 2005 verdict that RIM had indeed infringed NTP's patents and which sent the case back to the District Court where RIM now faces the prospect of being told to stop offering its service to US users. More at TheRegister.co.uk So does ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:04 PM

AppSense Joins Microsoft SecureIT Alliance
So this just in from Michel at ThinComputing ___________________________... a leader in endpoint security for the enterprise, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft SecureIT Alliance, a community of industry partners working together to provide security solutions for the Microsoft platform. AppSense will collaborate with other SecureIT Alliance members to identify new security features and combinations of products with services to ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:14 PM

Flex Profile Kit Version 5 has been released by Jeroen - How to get serious with Roaming Profiles!
I'd imagine most people involved with Terminal Servers and/or Citrix Servers will have come across this at some stage, if you haven't you are missing out, but the thing is that it's not just for us guys (and gals) to play with - ANY environment that has Roaming Profiles can make use of this to seriously lock down and control Roaming Profiles. In my experience it's Roaming Profiles that is the biggest piece of crap that IT Support have to contend with, I can't believe that MS can label their O/S's ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:18 AM

VMWare To Support Mac OS X Client?
It would appear that some are a little dissatisfied with VMWare leaving the Mac community out of the loop so they've now opted to start an on-line petition to give VMWare a push, if you're a Mac user (or indeed, a potential Mac user?) then you might want to check this out and add your name to the list? Thanks to madhattekdiggs ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:05 AM

ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack - Windows Edition 2.20 now available

Thanks to Marc for the heads up on this, but I think this is going to have to go on the "to do" list for the moment unless I get called on to look at Altiris specifically....

More at http://altirisbe.blogspot.com/2006/01/hp-rapid-deployment-pack-220.html

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:02 PM

Happy Birthday to DABCC.com for 7 Years - I can't believe that I'd missed Doug off my rss feeds?
I have realised that I have made something of an error in that I have failed to include Doug Brown @ DABCC.com in my list of RSS feeds, so I have taken a good look through the items that have been posted in the last month or so and posted a consolidated list here: But please take time to check out Doug's site and keep an eye on the MIAB ver 4.0 coming soon.... Web Interface 4.0 Command-line Installation and Site Management Web Interface 4.0 supports installation, uninstallation, site creation, site ......

Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:32 PM

Merry Xmas

I hope everyone enjoys the Xmas break and has a good time? We're also looking forward to some snow on Tuesday if we're lucky.

Cheers to one and all, and may your god be with you. Here's looking forward to a more peaceful world in the new year?

Dave

Posted On Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:40 PM

Get your email and blog updates using SmartPhone
I've long been a fan of using Exchange 2003's OMA to get my Corporate email on my SmartPhone but now Google has formally released their Mobile version of Gmail at m.gmail.com Along with this I have also signed up with Bloglines as they also manage to recognise the small form factor of the SmartPhone so this leaves it nice and simple for me to now keep up to date with my Corporate and Personal email as well as my RSS Feeds when on the go. Give them a try, I don't think you'll regret it ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 21, 2005 6:40 PM

Updated "Tools and Resources" section on Citrix's Web Site?
OK, OK, So I'm bored....... I'm sitting in a rather hot Build Room that has little or no ventilation looking after the base builds of a few Servers and getting them SysPrep'd and Ghosted away using Bart's PE and while I'm waiting for that to happen I'm doing some browsing...... OK? Anyway, have a look at this link at Citrix - "Tools and Resources" - as this does seem to have had an update? Now let me point out that I was asked to login before accessing this area, and from the looks of it it was similar ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:55 PM

Push Email - There are no delays, so claims MS..... (Must be the OEM/Handsets then? ;-)
Just for the record, I haven't forgotten that the C600 has finally actually become available in Orange's shops (or at least it is available here in Glasgow this week - don't ask!) but it really has been a case of getting around to finding the time to pop in and sort something out. Sometimes it pays to make some time for the other half and remember her instead of rushing off to salivate about the next bit of cool tech? (Anyone dare to comment? ;-) Anyway, from Jason's Blog: (talk about the gestation ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:56 PM

Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) - Capacity Planning, Scalability ideas for 10,000 users?
This info has been passed on to me from Rob, one of the Citrix SE's here at Chalfont, UK. I'd be thinking that if you are looking at a large implementation of AG+AAC you might want to have a quick peruse of this before you submit your budget request? ;-) Read on..... Mmmm.... So at Rob's request - it would appear there will be another update to the AG shortly.... I would naturally assume that this would conincide with the Florida Partner Exchange coming at the end of the month, in the meantime if ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:33 PM

Setting up RSA with a pair of WI & CSG using WLBS? RSA client complaining about multihomed?
Just in case anyone else is searching for "PrimaryInterfaceIP"....??I had 2 x 2003 Servers running WLBS, WI4, CSG3 and RSA 6.0 Local Client and it still kept failing with "Multihomed host detected" ; "Primary IP assumed is x.x.x.x" appearing in the Event Log. we had tried setting both IP's on the Node in the RSA Console, but still no joy. So I found a Support note from RSA that referenced "PrimaryInterfaceIP" but didn't dish out the details, but that was OK because this led me to a MS Article - Sdtest ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:52 PM

How to keep an eye on your SQL Servers from a PocketPC
This from Jason's Blog: CompactDba solution allows you to monitor/control SQL Servers from a Pocket PC!This looks like a pretty cool solution for SQL DBA's! You can use it to monitor your SQL Servers alerting you of any issues or problems that may be happening inside your infrastructure! Check out the details here Now I don't really get along with the PocketPC form factor - but if I was a SQL DBA this would definately make me take a serious long look at my preference for the SmartPhone form factor ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 7:36 PM

SkyScout - Possibly one of the neatest gadgets from the 2006 CES
How about this for another example of convergence? In this case it's not a convergence of devices, it's a convergence of technologies. By combining GPS with reference to 3 axis sensors measuring gravitational and magnetic fields to determine the true orientation of the SkyScout to the earth you can get what amounts to a personal guide to what you are looking at in the night sky. SkyScout's unique features include:“Tonight’s Must-See List” - When the SkyScout is turned on, it will ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 7:52 PM

User Mode Process Dumper Version 8.0 - for troubleshooting badly behaving Terminal Server apps?
I can only agree whole heartedly with Michael Roth over at ThinComputing that - "This util is sure to come in handy ....." The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image (including system processes such as csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, services.exe, etc) on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes. Generated dump file can be analyzed or debugged by using the standard debugging tools. The userdump generates dump file by several triggers; ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:30 PM

Terminal Server Security Best Practices
This handy little hint at Session Computing popped up on ThinComputing Windows Terminal Server and Citrix Presentation Server are wonderful ways to deploy secure applications to corporate users, however like anything else there are some guidelines to follow. This page lists best practices for securing Windows Terminal Server or Citrix Presentation Server. The really nice part of this is that it doesn't get bogged down with details - it just tells you like it is In the same vein of Security, be aware ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:07 PM

Cybercrime 'more lucrative' than illegal drugs??
Looks like this slipped under my Radar over the Xmas break? More at the Register I would suggest that as all of these figures are estimates, they do need to be treated with a certain amount of caution, however it does point to a worrying trend that we all need to be vigilant both at work and at home? 1Estimates about dollar losses from e-commerce fraud ($2.8bn in 2005, according to CyberSource, for example) tend to pale in comparison to industry estimates of losses due to software piracy and computer ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:56 AM

Mobile Management made easy with Sybase iAnywhere's Afaria
Had a very pleasant day out at the London Boat Show on Saturday with my mate Dave Oliver. While we were at it we chatted quite a bit about Technology as we do, we are geeks after all ;-), and in the process he did explain about this very cool Management System for mobiles from Sybase called iAnywhere's Afaria. How about scripted support for Window Mobile (2002 - Mobile 5), Windows CE (Version 2 -5) , Windows Win32 (Windows XP,2000,2003), Smartphone (2002- Mobile 5), Palm and Symbian? When you get ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 9:06 PM

Oil becomes the newest weapon in Moscow's arsenal ??
OK, somewhat off topic I must admit - however those of us involved in IT Strategy and Design always need to keep an eye on what drives the business - so it is only prudent that we do keep something of an eye out as to what is happening in the Global Economy as well as your Local Economy. Now I don't mean to be scaring anyone or being overly alarmist, but at the moment I feel the Economy here in the UK is doing quite OK, especially in Stocks and Shares - it's their turn on the Cycle - but still reasonable ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2006 8:15 PM

ClustrMaps - a very neat way of literally "seeing" where your Web Site Visitors are coming from
With some spare time on Friday just before heading off to the Company Xmas party I took the time to check out Brian Madden's earlier article about A listing of Citrix and Server-Based Computing Blogs and Websites and while looking through these I came across the ThinGuy (Craig Bender) again. (Oh, and thaks for the inclusion Brian! ;-) What I found quite neat was a little map to one side of his blog for ClustrMaps so that you can have a nifty little world map showing where around the world your Net ......

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2005 7:46 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP NOW extended till June 30, 2007 (yes FREE until 2007!!)
Again Brian's got the scoop - this has now been extended until 2007http://www.brianmadden.... Microsoft Extends Windows 2003 TS CAL Transition Plan until June 2007 I had previously reported that you had until December 31, 2005 to obtain your "free" Windows 2003 TS CALs if you bought Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003. I'm happy to announce that Microsoft has extended this transition program an additional 18 months! If you're confused, read this article Brian ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:19 PM

Remember to keep the Front Door locked? Security basics in a Citrix Environment
I can't remember why it came up again today, but I was reminded of an article Brian Madden did back at the start of the year (also based on Thomas's earlier comments on what *should* be added to WI) on Security regarding the use of the "robots.txt" in an NFuse / Web Interface installations. Now just a quick review of these google searches:"MetaFrame Presentation Server Login", was 70, now 241"MetaFrame XP Login", was 300, now 335"/MetaFrame/default/login", was ??, now 133 So on the surface of it, ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:16 PM

New troubleshooting tool from Citrix called MedEvac 1.0
So what does it do?.......And where can you get it?Project Medevac 1.0Project Medevac 1.0 in PPTPurpose The MedEvac tool is utilized to run checks against a Presentation Server farm to verify environment health. Health Check Overview This tool can be used to check the following components of a Presentation Server Farm: 1. Verify XML Service health: a. Verifies that the XML Service is able to respond to an XML, Web Interface, Program Neighborhood Agent or Program Neighborhood Client request. b. Verifies ......

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 9:58 AM

Sick of carrying two mobile phones? how about 16 SIMS on the one card?
My mate Angus is one of these poor IT chaps who's been dragging around two mobile phones for some while now, one for Work and one Private, and he finally decided to do something about it. One option involved cutting the SIM in half, which he was somewhat reluctant to do, but now he has discovered an alternative method at Sick of carrying two mobile phones where he has just started blogging. Essentially someone has come out with a SIM card that can hold 64K memory and a USB 2.0 adaptor to allow you ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 8:01 PM

What is a Long Tail economy? and How Consultants *CAN* get their own Magic Wand
First of all, sorry for the length of this - and I'll understand if you can't be bothered? but at least go and check out the blog at Sightlines Consulting please? You know how it is with us self confessed Geeks? You start searching or researching for a particular answer or information and then the power of the HyperLink takes over and before you know it you are in another Metaverse all together, looking around for the breadcrumbs or the piece of string to guide you back to the path? So it was with ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 9:31 PM

TomTom 5 is now updated to 5.2 for Windows Mobile 5 - get your Download Now!
Nice little note at MSMobiles that TomTom 5 has now been updated. It's not too straight forward in that you must remove the card and update it from a Reader somewhere - but at least they have tried to be very explicit about the Fact that this WIL NOT WORK from ActiveSync, etc..... I've just got a secondary 256Mb MiniSD cardyesterday so now I can roll back the WM5 to 2003SE, back this up to the new miniSD, roll forward again to the WM5 (but now having a secure back up plan....;-) and then reformat ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:41 AM

How to upgrade a C500 to WM5?
Well this has worked a treat, and I only have the briefest details here to hand at the moment so bear with me and I'll add more when I get time, but..... here are my notes for what it's worth? Caveat - don't mess with your phone unless you have a reasonable idea what you're doing? - do not blame me if it goes seriously "pear shaped"? - Caveat+++Warning+++This is a little more complicated than you might think. There are a lot of ways to screw up where you need a lot of patience and willingness to ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 9:25 PM

Orange SPV C600 appears on Orange Business Website - but I have a C500 on WM5 ;-)
Well I see yesterday that CoolSmartPhone has posted that the C600 is making an appearance on the UK Orange website, and although I will be keeping a keen eye on how this progresses, I'm not hugely bother that much as I've finally got around to spending the time in getting my head around the Windows Mobile 5 Upgrade instructions to flash my C500 to WM5. I was a bit concerned at one point when it looked like I could no longer get an ActiveSync connection, but the main thing is that if you've been updating ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2005 7:35 AM

Delays and downgraded forecasts from Blackberry?
So I saw this in ZDNet this morning, Looks like MS still has a reasonable window of opportunity available but they (and the Carriers?) really need to get the MSFP out shortly and solve any of the issues with WM5? Research In Motion has cut its new-subscriber forecast for the third time this year, after suffering delays shipping new models Research In Motion on Wednesday lowered its new-subscribers projection by 8 percent for the rest of the year after two new BlackBerry models failed to ship on time. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 24, 2005 8:51 AM

A different take on encrypted sessions for Citrix?
Well this is quite a different slant on how to maintain a continuous encrypted session from a Mobile Device or Laptop back to a Citrix Server regardless of whether you want to use GSM/GPRS/WiFi? I'll let my mate Dave over on his Blog explain about Apollo from Brand Communications a bit more, but I can definitely see the advantages from a Hospital, Police, Fire service sort of perspective in that although they need more security, they also need the mobility aspect? Quote:Put very simple their product, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:24 PM

ETEN M600 Pocket PC phone - more details and a review

Another non-HTC entrant to the Windows Mobile 5 arena, and what's really nice is that it has a juicy 400Mhz processor, and the Form Factor doesn't look too bad.

It will be nice to see one in the flesh at some stage?

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 11:21 AM

Citrix's Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control looks poised to become a market leader?
I was chatting to someone at Citrix the other day about the Access Gateway and they are clearly pleased with it's debut so far, some interesting facts that came my way are: Globally the Access Gateway started off at #30, being a fairly late entrant in the running It has now risen to #5 on revenue in just over 6 months Citrix would argue that because it's cheaper it would be fairer to measure by units shipped, in that case it's now #3 Globally Apparently the other two in front are Juniper and F5 Q3 ......

Posted On Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:40 PM

A collection of tools for Ipaq, XDA(Wallaby), XDA-II(Himalaya), XDA-IIs(Blueangel), MDA Compact(Magician), i-mate SP3, i-mate SP3i, MPx200, Voq, Mitac, PPC 2003, WM 2003
How about this for a very interesting discovery that I made today? While looking through the documentation that RiXSTER thoughtfully included with "Spv c500 Windows Mobile 2005 Wm5 Upgrade Rom.rar" I came across the details of how to use TeraTermPro to connect to the SmartPhone/PocketPC via USB. But even more interesting was another link that lead me to http://www.xs4all.nl/~itsme... Essentially these tools will allow you to store an image of your current Phone as a ROM, pull ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:04 PM

How to Bypass Compulsory Web Registration??
Just a handy hint for when you need to find info on Forums etc. that require registration, login, etc. and you don't want to bother, or have the time? Try www.bugmenot.com I needed just to find some info on www.rdpguru.com and I'd completely forgotten my creds, couldn't even guess the UserID, etc. This turned up anon/anon as valid creds and hey Presto! we're back in business and I'm back to doing my job. Just as it says on the Tin - "Bypass Compulsory Web Registration" Extra: And many thanks to Hannes ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:57 PM

Free Server 2003 TS CAL License Program for Windows XP ends December 31, 2005 (yes FREE!!)
Courtesy of Brian Madden comes this timely reminder..... (I have posted here in full, because this is too important for anyone effected to miss) If you owned (or were licensed for) Windows XP Professional before April 24, 2003, you are eligible to receive a free Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server Client Access License (TS CAL). However, I just learned that this program will expire on December 31, 2005, so make sure you get your free license soon. Huh? As you might remember, in the days of Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 8:33 PM

Unofficial Upgrade C500 to WM5?
Caution!!! - I have not tried this, yet ;-) so cannot verify that all works as advertised. However, if you really want to give this a shot the best place to look is:Typhoon Installing WM5And you will probably want to keep an eye on this just in case....... ;-))Typhoon downgrade to WM2003 As far as the actual ROM goes, you'll have to dig around a bit yourself......... ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 7:14 AM

Review : i-mate SP5m Windows Mobile SmartPhone - WiFi in your pocket!
News from MSMobiles of a review of the i-mate SP5m at MobileTechReview. I wonder how my Brother in Australia will take the news that it's too slow for Skype? I think the availability of WiFi and the use of Skype was one of the reasons that he decided on this after seeing the C500 when he was over here earlier this year ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 4:43 AM

Global shipments of smart mobile devices up 75% year-on-year in Q3 2005
Courtesy of SmartPhone Thoughts.net I came across this little snippet from Canalys:but of particular note was the stellar climb from Motorola? Who says the upcoming "Q" isn't attractive? Worldwide smart phone market soars in Q3 - Nokia hits new high, Palm’s business crosses over to converged devices Reading, UK - Tuesday, 25 October 2005For immediate release Global shipments of smart mobile devices up 75% year-on-year in Q3 2005 Handheld shipments fall 18%, while converged devices more than ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:52 PM

Thoughts on AG and AAC after messing around on a client's site?
I've finished the day and come home after spending the best part of the last 3 days getting AG and AAC 4.1.2 installed at a client's site. So after a nice glass (or two) of Bourdeaux..... What do I think now? Well given that this particular client has a heavy bias towards Notes due to their WebSphere developers AS WELL AS Active Directory, you wouldn't be surprised to find that they have two disparate LDAP's ?? would you? Mmm..... I'm thinking that something that has been sitting in the too hard ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:34 PM

Revolutionary smartphone medical application....... like WOW!!
From MSMobiles a trully compelling reason why mobile applications are making a very real difference to how we work and communicate. I mean, live real time EKG waveforms!! fantastic - this is the way of the future! Check out the full story at UCLA, or even better, the Video ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 7:43 PM

Other **very** interesting Citrix news regarding Access Gateway 4.2 release - try ftp://support.net6.com?
Isn't it funny how you start searching for some interesting bit of info and you turn up something that is almost relevant, but altogether more interesting? I was just doing a general search on "Citrix and blog" in Google and again was reminded of ThinComputing.net where I found this rather intriguing piece of news: "Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 Beta Is Available"VanBragt.net mentions that Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 Beta is available for download from the netscaler ftp support site: ftp://support.net6.com/v4.2... ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 5:26 PM

Citrix Troubleshooting - Start Here!!
Like it says on the outside of the tin, start here, or jump in on a link below? Troubleshooting Information This is the central location for Citrix administrators and Citrix engineers to troubleshoot technical issues for all Citrix products and technologies. Top Troubleshooting Guides Brief Troubleshooting Guide (All Products/Technologies) Web Interface 4.0 Troubleshooter's Guide Secure Gateway 3.0 for Presentation Server Troubleshooter's Guide Troubleshooting Technotes Troubleshooting TWAIN with ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 10:29 AM

Current state of Play regarding the Citrix Access Gateway (AG) and the Advanced Access Control (AAC)
We have had confirmation that the date **should** be the 27th of Nov. but in the meantime this is what we have been advising customers who are interested in the AG and AACCustomers should delay deployment until Firmware 4.2 is released on 27th nov. Really none of our customers should proceed with a deployment of the AG/AAC until the release of the new version 4.2 Why are we recommending this? The basis for not recommending the current firmware is down to the new features and functionality: new look ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:17 AM

Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 - release date of update 27th Nov
In a previous Post I stated the date for the release of Citrix Access Gateway 4.2 would be a week after iForum in Vegas - but that quite plainly didn't happen. It now appears that Citrix have settled on the 27th of November as the date for the release of the 4.2 code. For anyone working on rolling out AG's and attendant AAC's you might want to at least prep your clients that there will be quite a change to the NAV UI (It's now going to be called the NAN UI???) and it changes from the Orange colours ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:48 PM

Attended Citrix's Partner Exchange here in UK last week - update on NetScaler
NetScaler now with Citrix: While at the Citrix Partner Exchange last week, we ended up learning about the new NetScaler product (Citrix bought the company not so long ago). Much more than just a Load Balancer or Accelerator, this is more like a Full Application Switch with loads of Functions, Citrix see this (probably, ;-) as embracing and extending their reach further in to remote access infrastructure? (If I keep this up I could get a job with their Marketing Dept.? What is it capable of doing? ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 9:19 PM

Now, let's get back to those Blackberry Killers? From Nokia???
It seems like everyone is getting in on the act? As reported on TheRegister today: Nokia has launched three new mobile phones designed to please both the IT department and the business and mobile email user. The E60, E61 and E70 are the first of the E-series and will be available in the first quarter of 2006. They run on Symbian operating systems and will work on GSM and 3G networks. They can also link to WLANs using Bluetooth and infrared. According to Nokia they are easy for IT departments to manage ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 4:07 PM

Thoughts on Citrix Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control (AG & AAC)
Courtesy of our Citrix Authorised Support Centre status I spent 2 days last week covering the Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control with the Product Readiness Team in Dublin. What was quite illuminating from my (Citrix Focused) point of view was that we also managed to drag in one of our Security Consultants so that we could get more independent view on it's capabilities. The reality of it from his point of view is that he is quite amazed that we still need two devices to hang this all together, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:16 AM

How does the new Citrix Access Gateway and Advanced Access Control architecture work?
They say a picture communicates as much as a thousand words?Try this for size? Bear in mind that for PoC (Proof of Concept) and smaller deployments there is really only a requirement for one device in the DMZ (AG or CSG/WI that you build yourself) and one on the Internal LAN (AAC) that would do all the work. From what I've seen in the past, there is no need to go beyond this until you start exceeding 150 - 200 concurrent users unless you want redundancy from the beginning ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:46 PM

More on Citrix Access Gateway 4.1.2..... and how it ties in to the new AAC (Advanced Access Control - or the old MSAM?)
I think this has been one of the most frustrating periods in (in the last xx years) with dealing with Citrix and their product line up........The acquisition of Net6 promised so much, but it arrived *in-house* at a time when they were clearly well into the next revision of MSAM and quite possibly already leaning towards the End-Point Analysis route. So consolidating the two Products/Software (MSAM/Net6) was probably a headache in itself, but then combine that with the Architecture, Design and the ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:30 PM

Does anybody know how to Export/Import *Citrix* Policies?
This is a request if anyone knows of a script, that possibly uses MFCOM(?), to Export or Save the Citrix Policies?I have a client that *lost* the Dedicated Print Server (due to load and the RPC Service dying) last night and in the process ALL of the 500+ Network Printers in the CMC went AWOL. That's not too bad as they can always be reimported, but during all this the Citrix Printing policies decided to go walkies as well.So although this is a request, you might just want to consider how you might ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 5:32 AM

Citrix Access Gateway 4.1.2 - Factory defaults, password, IP Address, Licensing, etc.
Just on the off chance that you have one of these and you don't have the manual to hand? Out of the box:UserID: rootPassword: rootadminEth0: 10.20.30.40Eth1: 40.30.20.10Easiest way of resetting back to factory default - put in the CD and reboot, this will take about 15 mins or so.If you want to start of by connecting via HyperTerminal and the included Serial cable, be aware that it does take 5 mins or more to get it's act together. Licensing is now tied to the FQDN (of the cluster, if you have more ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 4:58 AM

Brian Madden has been a bit quiet for a while, but has now bounced back with a vengence
If you are interested in Citrix at all, you should really make Brian Madden's site one of your regularly visited sites What if Citrix dropped ICA and just went with RDP?September 28, 2005Editorial >> I've been thinking a lot about Longhorn Terminal Services and the future of Citrix recently, and I found myself wondering what would happen if Citrix stopped working on ICA and just went with RDP. Microsoft's Complete Longhorn Terminal Server Feature ListSeptember 27, 2005Article >> A lot ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:38 AM

Unable to Print from Presentation Server 4.0 when Connecting via ICA 9.0 Client - Anti-Virus on Citrix/Terminal Servers?
Now the reason I post this is that sometime back I was looking in to some issues at another Client's site and came across issues that were not necessarily the cause of the Symptom but they were rather strange. The resolution was to rollback McAfee server client to an earlier revision OR await the arrival of a patch from McAfee....... It would still appear to be the case?And just in case you thought you'd rip that out and try something else, do yourself a favour and don't use Sophos? On a large greefield ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 9:09 PM

"Blackberry Killer" Exchange SP2 and Mobile 5 now might have competition from Nokia?
Rumours are appearing about the possible resurfacing of Nokia having another tilt at the Mobile Office Connectivity side of things. Does anyone recall a rather unfortunately named product called NOBS? (Nokia One Business Something?) Sounds to me like now that they have licensed ActiveSync they’ve decided they want to get on the Blackberry Bandwagon as well? Essentially this would appear to continue on from the older Nokia offerings so it’s rumoured to be referred to Version 4.0 even though ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:08 PM

Mac OS X Tiger on VMWare
Update:One of my colleagues has got it working, and I have also now manged to confirm just this morning that it is possible to see Mac OS X running on a VMWare Workstation sitting on a Server 2003 Host. I haven't really had time to play with it as I'm a bit rushed leading up to a 2 week holiday, so things will be a bit quiet this month.So it is out there...... just keep looking. The one that I found worked "straight out of the box" was a highly compressed 1.29Gb *.tar.bz file. I say highly compressed ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 10:41 AM

Did you want an SSL-VPN for home use? Think it might cost too much? Think Again!
Now how does this sound? I've only just been introduced to this today but it certainly makes me wonder how easy it is? So far looking through the documentation on this it's pretty slick, when I couldn't find Java 1.5 (a prerequisite...) it offered to go and download it for me AND it is covered by the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.Certainly compelling enough to try? ;-)) Why not, it's the right price?UPDATE: This is so easy....... seriously simplifies SSL VPN - honestly, so long as you can read their ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 8:53 PM

Want to extend Group Policy to Mobile Devices? – Hell Yeah!!!! - but it might not be all that it seems?
But all may not be as it seems? Without investigating it in detail, it would appear from the screenshots that the method it uses to encompass this is to provide a GUI that allows you to create Executables at various points within the OU Structure based on a resultant policy and then “push” it down to the device so that is enforced even when not connected.More at: http://www.fullarmor.com/pr... ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:45 PM

Security for Mobile devices
I found this little Gem on Jason’s Blog last night. If you are at all concerned about how to ensure some degree of Security on mobile devices within your organisation you should really review this – sorry, late me restate that – you must review this, it’s essential reading. Although the headline is for CESG, Jason quickly points out that:“CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and are the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 5:38 PM

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