Articles by 'Timothy Karl'

Blog Author - Timothy Karl

Tim has over 10 years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of Windows infrastructure technologies. His experience also includes the high-level design of complex thin client and server-based computing environments. He is highly fluent in all aspects of Windows and Citrix infrastructure technologies.

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure, Virtualization

In today's age of digital collaboration, using tools like Microsoft Teams in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments is more important than ever. We've recently had customers ask how well the new Teams client will work in VDI, especially with support for classic Teams ending on June 30th. The new Teams version has some great new features, but there's a catch: it isn’t fully supported on Windows Server 2019 and doesn't work on Windows Server 2016 at all. This can be tricky for businesses usi... read more.

  • March 27, 2024

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure

Overview Up until now, companies that were using Workspace on Citrix Cloud had to use a generic URL on the domain. Citrix now gives you the ability to use a customer-owned domain, which helps with corporate branding, and makes it easier for users to remember the URL. It also helps with companies that are migrating from a NetScaler Gateway to Workspace, as they can migrate over their existing Gateway URL. For example, users at a company named AstraForge would typically access Workspace using a ge... read more.

  • December 19, 2023

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure

Email-based discovery in the Citrix Workspace app allows users to setup Workspace using only their email address. The benefit of this feature is that a user does not have to enter or remember any server URLs to access their Citrix resources. All they need to do is enter their email address and the Workspace App will auto-configure itself. To configure this feature in traditional NetScaler Gateway and StoreFront deployments, an administrator would need to configure the following for each email domain: A... read more.

  • September 29, 2023

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure

Citrix continues to innovate their Citrix Cloud platform with new enhancements and capabilities. Here are some highlights of some of the recent new enhancements and capabilities that are now available to the public: Citrix Cloud Now Supports Google Cloud Identity Google Cloud Identity is now supported as an identity provider for subscribers. This provides a unified single sign-on experience to access Citrix Workspace and Google resources. Please note this only works for end-user subscribers, it does not s... read more.

  • June 21, 2023

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure, Storage, Support

OneDrive is becoming a popular tool to store files as it provides anywhere access and user collaboration. Getting OneDrive to work in VDI can be challenging. Here are some tips and tricks for optimizing OneDrive in VDI: Use Profile Containers – A profile container captures a user’s profile into a virtual disk that is attached to a user’s VDI session. It provides performance that closely matches a local profile with all the benefits of a roaming profile. Using this solution with OneDrive g... read more.

  • March 22, 2023

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Virtualization

On July 14, 2022, IGEL announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams optimizations in Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) using IEGL OS endpoints. IGEL OS is the first Linux-based OS to support Teams optimizations with AVD. Prior to this, the Teams optimizations were only available in the AVD clients for Windows 10/11 and macOS. The media optimizations for Teams allow for local offloading of audio and video for calls and meetings. This means that the audio and video traffic bypass the virtual desktop sessi... read more.

  • September 13, 2022

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.15 LTSR will reach End of Life (EOL) on August 15, 2022. Customers using this version who wish to remain on the LTSR track must upgrade to 1912 or 2203 LTSR before then or risk being on an unsupported platform. Besides supportability, there are additional benefits for upgrading to 1912 and 2203 LTSR. Additional OS Support for Infrastructure components and VDAs 7.15 LTSR supports up to Windows 10 for Desktop OS and Windows 2016 Server OS. Both 1912 and 2203 LTSR allow you... read more.

  • June 22, 2022

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure, Security, Support, Virtualization

Citrix recently released the first new LTSR version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops in over two years. Here is what I feel are the top 5 new features and enhancements available in 2203: #1 - Microsoft Teams Optimizations Citrix has added a lot of functionally to Microsoft Teams optimizations over the last two years that were until now only available in current releases. These new functionalities in the latest LTSR release include: App sharing Multimonitor screen sharing DTMF support Proxy server... read more.

  • April 15, 2022

By Timothy Karl, Posted in

Historically, it has been complicated and challenging to manage VDI images across on-premises resource locations and across public clouds, with lots of different platforms, tools, and technologies involved. There are vendor specific components that are always changing and evolving. It is not a seamless experience. Citrix Image Portability Service for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CAVDS) helps solve this problem. It is a new Citrix Cloud service in tech preview that allows you to migrate images from on-... read more.

  • January 27, 2022

By Timothy Karl, Posted in Infrastructure, Storage, Support

One of the common issues I see in VDI are FSLogix profile disks taking up a lot of space. Users’ profiles grow organically over time as they use VDI. If an IT administrator doesn’t monitor and perform regular maintenance on the profile shares, they can run out of space. When this happens, users are unable to log on and active profiles start to become corrupted. Adding more storage can temporarily get things back online; however, that might not always be an option as adding more storage and expan... read more.

  • September 16, 2021