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

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

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