woensdag, augustus 29, 2007

VMware: WTS/Citrix on VMware ESX 3

Are you interested in virtualizing your Citrix or Terminal Services environment? If so, check out Rene Vester 's article "A short guide to virtualizing Presentation and Terminal servers on VMware ESX 3" on the Brian Madden website. He goes into great detail on the steps required to successfully install WTS or Citrix in a virtualized environment.

This is a great addition to my previous blogpost "Best practices for deploying Citrix on ESX"

Read the entire article here

donderdag, augustus 23, 2007

WTS: How To Configure Folder Redirection

Patrick Rouse has written a nice little article on the use of folder redirection in a SBC environment.

Folder redirection can limit the amount of data that is copied between the Roaming Profile Share and the Terminal Server at each logon and logoff. This is accomplished by redirecting folders like Desktop, My Documents, and Application Data to a Network Share outside of the Roaming Profile Share, so it is not copied at each logon and logoff.

You can read the complete article on the msterminalservices.org website

Microsoft: W2K8 "Documentation Survival guide"

Microsoft has created a nice link to all info concerning Windows Server 2008 on technet. It's called the Documentation Survival Guide. Jump to it here


• Windows Server 2008 product information: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90853
• Windows Server 2008 TechCenter: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=86041

• Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=90854
• Windows Server 2008 TechNet Virtual Labs: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90855
• Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=90856

• Windows Server 2008 Troubleshooting: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90857
• TechNet Troubleshooting and Support: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90728

Connect with Community

• Windows Server 2008 Forums: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90920
• Windows Server 2008 Podcasts: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90919
• Windows Server 2008 Chats: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90918

Additional Resources

What can you do to secure your systems? These links to prescriptive security guidance resources, virus alerts, and security bulletins will help you find the security information that you need.

• TechNet Security Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=29482
• TechNet Security Virus Alerts: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=26702
• Microsoft Security Bulletin Search: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=24822

Downloads, Help and Support, TechNet Technologies, and Scripting

Need to find the latest product downloads or other technical information? These links will help you keep your systems current and learn about the latest Microsoft technologies.

• Microsoft Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=63637
• Microsoft Help and Support: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=7588
• TechNet Products and Technologies: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=26708
• Script Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=63080

Windows Server 2008 Technical Library

Need to learn more about what’s new for key Windows Server 2008 technologies and where to get additional information? These links to the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library will provide you with introductory and technical overviews and other resources.

•Active Directory Certificate Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48545
•Active Directory Domain Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48547
•Active Directory Federation Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48542
•Active Directory Rights Management Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48554
•Application Server: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48544
•Availability and Scalability: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90922
•DNS Server: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48548
•File Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48550
•Group Policy: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90923
•Network Policy and Access Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48552
•Performance and Reliability: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90924
•Print Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48553
•Security and Protection: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90925
•Server Manager: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48541
•Streaming Media Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48551
•Terminal Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=48555
•Web Server: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48558
•Windows Deployment Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48559
•Windows SharePoint Services: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48560

woensdag, augustus 15, 2007

Citrix: Citrix to acquire XenSource

Holy god, this is breaking news! After rumors on the brianmadden website about Citrix wanting to buy XenSource, there is now an official statement: Citrix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire XenSource.

Citrix’s acquisition of XenSource comes on the heels of a substantial new release of XenEnterprise, the company’s flagship commercial product line. The new XenEnterprise v4 marks a significant milestone. Citrix will thus become one of the major players in the virtualization field (and a direct competitor to VMware & Microsoft).

Read the official announcement on the Citrix website here

woensdag, augustus 08, 2007

Microsoft: Windows Server 2008 Component Posters

I came across some interesting W2K8 posters. These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008.

One poster focuses exclusively on powerful new Active Directory technologies, while the other provides a technical look at a variety of new features available in Windows Server 2008 (such as Server Core, Network Access Protection, and more).

These should look great on my wall. Make sure to download them here

woensdag, augustus 01, 2007

VMware: ESX 3.0.2 and VCB 1.0.3 released

As promised, VMware's ESX 3.0.2 has been released. In addition, VCB version 1.0.3 has also been released. Keep in mind that VCB 1.0.3 is compatible with VirtualCenter 2.0.2 (released recently) and ESX Server 3.0.2 (or newer) only. There are tons of updates in this release. Check them out here.

Download the ISOs at the source

VizionCore: ESXReplicator 2.1 Beta announced

Vizioncore has announced the Public Beta Release of esxReplicator v2.1, a real-time replication solution for the VMware Vi3. It addresses a number of problems we face in production. esxReplicator 2.1 offers the following new features:

  • Fixed Interval Scheduling
  • Failover Testing
  • VM Display Name configuration
  • Free Space Monitoring/Alerting

The beta release can be downloaded from: http://www.vizioncore.com/download.html