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 Virtualization

This past week Citrix released the much anticipated XenApp 7.5. Here is a list of all the new features in XenApp 7.5, and a list of all features by product. Many of our customers have been waiting for this release, hoping for enhancements that have been mentioned as part of Project Merlin. Primarily, they have been looking for features previously available in XenApp 6.5, including: A single site able to span multiple geographic locations, along the lines of a global farm The use of zones Web Interfa... read more.

  • March 27, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Training

In this blog I address some of the confusion on upgrading and obtaining the latest certifications from Citrix. I have been taking Citrix courses and exams since 1998 (good old WinFrame 1.7, dating myself there), and throughout the years I have upgraded my certifications with Citrix as new versions and products came to market. There has been some confusion on what exams need to be taken to upgrade from a CCEE (Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer) to the new CCP-AD (Citrix Certified Professional-Apps and Des... read more.

  • March 06, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

As many Citrix customers already know, Web Interface 5.4 is the last version that Citrix will be releasing. Going forward, Citrix will have updates only for StoreFront. There has been an increasing level of debate when architecting a Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop solution. Web Interface has been around for approximately 10+ years, first released as NFuse, and as a means of accessing published applications both internally and externally. Citrix released Secure Gateway to encrypt the Citrix ICA traffic as an ad... read more.

  • January 24, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

In this blog I review how to set up Citrix XenDesktop with persistent virtual desktops in a DR scenario. I have written in the past regarding why some companies are forced to go with persistent virtual desktops as opposed to non-persistent desktops. With Citrix XenDesktop, sites are used and a single site can’t span geographic datacenters. For a production/DR setup you would require two XenDesktop sites, both managed independently. Unfortunately Citrix doesn’t offer any type of site failover and/or hooks... read more.

  • January 23, 2014

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

With the impending end of life (EOL) for Windows XP SP3 (April, 2014), many customers are looking for ways to have applications run on Windows 7. The majority of applications that customers utilize today have Windows 7 compatible versions. Although in some cases, using the Windows 7 compatible version requires upgrades to backend infrastructure (Oracle, SQL, etc.) servers. For one of our customers, one application required a multi-million dollar upgrade just to run the Windows 7 version of the client. Cu... read more.

  • November 14, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Along with the new products and acquisitions announced at VMworld Barcelona this past week, VMware announced new features to be included in Horizon View 5.3. Two features I want to call out specifically are: 3D Graphics Support for Windows Server 2008 for virtual desktops 3D Graphics support: VMware is now supporting the NVIDIA Grid cards making VMware Horizon View a good use case for AutoCAD groups or any group of users that requires a pass-through or virtualized GPU. This makes sense as Citrix X... read more.

  • October 18, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

One of the key design considerations when architecting a VDI solution is the use of persistent desktops vs. non-persistent desktops. My colleague, Chaim Landau, wrote a previous blog ( around persistent/non-persistent desktops focused on the use of Citrix personal vDisks (PVD). The focus of this blog is more around storage and best practices. Persistent Desktop Pros: More or less the same as the physical desktop, but obviously virtual Abi... read more.

  • September 13, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

There has been a good amount of confusion with Citrix XenDesktop 7 licensing, specifically for customers that currently have Citrix XenApp licensing. The intention of this blog is to clear up some of that confusion. When Citrix announced XenDesktop 7, they also announced that the new version of XenApp would be called XenDesktop 7 App Edition. For customers looking to implement a Citrix XenDesktop 7 App environment that are currently on XenApp Enterprise or Platinum, the licensing migration is fairly stra... read more.

  • August 09, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Citrix recently announced the availability of AppDNA for Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP2 and Citrix XenDesktop 7 Platinum customers.  Customers that are on platinum can download AppDNA 6.3 today.  However, there is a big gotcha: the version provided with the Platinum licensing provides a slimmed down version of the AppDNA solution. Difference in Versions The version provided with the Platinum license (XenApp/XenDesktop), referenced as the limited edition, only provides the ability to target Windows 2008 R2 and... read more.

  • July 12, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Last week I had the privilege to attend Citrix Synergy in Anaheim, Calif. In typical form, Citrix made many announcements at their annual conference. The announcement that intrigued me the most was the announcement of Citrix XenDesktop 7 (code name Excalibur). Below is a brief summary of the product. Citrix XenDesktop 7 combines Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp under one management system. Citrix utilizes FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) as the foundation for XenDesktop 7. Published applications, and v... read more.

  • May 29, 2013