Articles by 'Hank Smith'

Blog Author - Hank Smith

Hank is an expert in the design, development, and delivery of cost-effective, high-performance technology solutions. As manager of Gotham’s Virtualization practice, Hank builds motivated, productive teams for Gotham’s large-scale networking and infrastructure engagements, develops implementation standards and methodologies around virtualization technologies, and manages overall design and implementation of multiple infrastructure projects.

By Hank Smith, Posted in Infrastructure, Virtualization

Citrix Cloud is a cloud-based platform, residing in Microsoft Azure, used to deploy and manage Citrix products, desktops, and applications. It manages public, private, and hybrid cloud-based Citrix environments, as well as on-premises implementations. Here are just a few of the numerous reasons to consider moving to a cloud-based management solution for your Citrix environment. Stay up-to-date on the latest version of Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp seamlessly. Upgrades can be costly, time consuming, and disru... read more.

  • June 28, 2018

By Hank Smith, Posted in Infrastructure, Security, Support

Throughout my years of IT consulting, patching servers and desktops has been a sore subject with customers. It’s always been something that is required, but in many cases not performed. The benefits of patching in a timely manner include feature enhancements, bug fixes, and of course security updates. But for many of our customers, patching is time-consuming and resource-intensive, and gets in the way of IT teams focusing on more strategic and tactical matters. As a result, patches aren’t maint... read more.

  • December 21, 2017

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Last week I had the privilege to attend Citrix Synergy 2015 down in Orlando, FL. In this blog I wanted to review some the key announcements Citrix made during the keynote. XenApp 6.5 Lifecycle Citrix loves XenApp, so much so that they extended the lifecycle for XenApp 6.5 to December 31, 2017. However, there is a catch; the extended date is only for customers that remain current in the Software Maintenance or Subscription Advantage and Technical Support programs. Otherwise the end of maintenance (EOM)... read more.

  • May 18, 2015

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

What is vGPU? vGPU provides the ability to virtualize the GPU of a graphics card, specifically an NVIDIA K card. Most applications in VDI environments do not require a GPU; however, for CAD, engineering, and medical applications, GPUs are typically required. For more information on vGPU take a look at this article. Citrix Citrix recently announced vGPU support for mixed environments - Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp on the front-end and VMware vSphere on the back end. The requirements for vGPU are VMware... read more.

  • March 30, 2015

By Hank Smith, Posted in Infrastructure

Citrix announced the release of XenMobile 10 this past January although it was officially available for download in February. XenMobile 10 brings some new features and some much needed enhancements. New Features and Enhancements I will not go over all the new stuff (you can read that here), however I do want to go over the new features and enhancements that I have heard many customers requesting. XenMobile Server – Citrix combined the AppController and XenMobile Device Manager server into a single... read more.

  • March 04, 2015

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Recently I was on a United flight to a conference in Las Vegas, and upon boarding the plane, noticed that there were no headset displays. I don’t fly all that much to begin with; maybe once or twice a year, but of course, I rolled my eyes at the lack of in-flight entertainment. While the remaining passengers were boarding, I debated ordering some gadget from the SkyMall catalog, and started to review United’s magazine, Hemispheres, which has various articles about destinations, food, etc. – and United’s in-... read more.

  • January 23, 2015

By Hank Smith, Posted in Infrastructure

Many customers that are using Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) already know that Microsoft will not be releasing any new versions or updates (minus security updates). While TMG is still supported (extended) by Microsoft until 2020, there are other options out there that should be considered. Recently Gotham worked with a customer to replace the TMG environment that was front-ending their global SharePoint solution with a NetScaler MPX 5500 solution to provide the following: Authentication pag... read more.

  • January 02, 2015

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Citrix recently released Receiver 4.2 and there are some major enhancements. Typically receiver updates are not worth all that much fanfare but this release has some really noteworthy features. New Features The following is a high-level list of new features: Start menu integration and shortcut management Support for Windows tablet and multi touch with virtual apps and desktops HDX Mobility USB Device Selection Device selection for seamless apps Improved graphic performance with XenApp and XenD... read more.

  • December 08, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Introduction Recently we ran into a situation where a customer had requested an upgrade to their existing VMware vCenter from version 5.1 to 5.5. Upon reviewing the existing vCenter server, we noticed both VMware SSO and SRM were being used on the same server. Based on VMware best practices, we recommended separating vCenter, SSO and SRM to three distinct servers. The migration of the services to the three new servers worked without any issue. However, the existing Citrix XenDesktop environment was point... read more.

  • October 20, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

On April 9, VMware announced Horizon 6, which includes multiple feature updates to the Horizon suite. The biggest item to note is the release of Horizon View 6, which will now offer publishing applications accessible via PCoIP. As noted in the announcement, VMware is going right at Citrix, specifically with the various issues involved with upgrading Citrix XenApp 6.5 to 7.5. Citrix XenApp 7.5 requires a completely new build in parallel to the existing Citrix XenApp 6.5 environment. As of now there is no... read more.

  • April 10, 2014