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

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

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

By now we are all familiar with cloud-based services. Whether they be public, private, or hybrid offerings, cloud-based services are prevalent in many organizations. There are many cloud providers to choose from, and over the past two years many of Gotham’s customers have begun migrating services to the public cloud, typically starting with email. Recently a Gotham customer migrated their email from an internal Exchange 2007 environment to the public cloud. The overall migration went smoothly; however p... read more.

  • May 20, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware Horizon Workspace debuted this past February 2013.  I recently setup Workspace within Gotham’s lab and wanted to share my notes. What is VMware Horizon Workspace? Horizon Workspace is part of the VMware Horizon Suite that also includes View and Mirage, along with ThinApp, which is part of each Horizon component.  Workspace provides a front-end portal or workspace for end users to access View desktops, ThinApp applications, data shares and access to SaaS based applications. What does the Hori... read more.

  • May 17, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Recently a customer upgraded their VMware View and vSphere environments to version 5.1 respectively.  The customer upgraded VMware View first, shut down and then upgraded vSphere 5.1.  Once the vSphere environment was upgraded the customer had to update the self-signed certificate within the connection for VMware vCenter.  The customer had configured the vCenter connection to point to the NETBIOS name of the vCenter Server.  I reproduced the environment in Gotham’s lab. VMware View connection to vCenter... read more.

  • March 12, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware View is VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product – View virtual desktops are hosted on VMware ESXi. I recently upgraded a customer’s environment to VMware View 5.1, which was released in May 2012 (click here for a list of new features), and the customer wanted to extend the VMware environment for remote access. The best way to do this is to implement VMware View Security Server. The installation is fairly straightforward; however there are a few configuration gotchas to look out for.... read more.

  • January 15, 2013

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Hurricane Sandy caused the third – and worst –major electrical outage in the past 15 months, following Hurricane Irene in August 2011 and the October 2011 ice storm. All of these events point out the importance of DR sites with fully tested and validated disaster recovery plans; and the importance of providing remote access for those workers who have access to power, but are unable to reach a company’s physical location. Technologies from VMware and Citrix play crucial roles in both restoring services and p... read more.

  • November 13, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

IOP/s in a VDI environment revisited Ed. Note: The following article was originally written by Hank Smith and published in Gotham’s newsletter in April 2010. An update from Hank appears at the end of this article. What are IOP/s? Input/Output Operations per Second (IOP/s) is a measurement of total operations per second (including reads and writes), and is a critical factor in any Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) project. Typically, the faster the drive, the greater the IOP/s. If the IOP/s for t... read more.

  • August 19, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware Horizon Application Manager was released this past June. Horizon Application Manager provides an interface for users to access their SaaS (Software as a Service)-based applications and ThinApp applications. However, access to the ThinApp-based applications is only LAN-based, since the ThinApp package isn’t streamed to the Windows endpoint. Horizon Application Manager provides the following features: Horizon Administrator – a console for administrators to configure access to applications, config... read more.

  • July 06, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5 was announced back in July 2011.  Many customers have waited until migrating to vSphere 5 to move to SRM 5; in fact update 1 is the latest release for both vSphere and SRM. SRM brings some great new features, at a high-level they are the following: vSphere Replication – one of the big knocks of SRM in the past was that the product still required array-based replication; two SANs, one in production and one in DR. With vSphere Replication, array based replication is... read more.

  • April 12, 2012