Citrix, News, XenMobile
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XenMobile 9.0 – Available Today!

When will XenMobile 9.0 be available?

XM 9.0 is currently available.  General availability includes XenMobile server side components, client side components (WorxHome) and WorxEdit. WorxNotes and WorxDesktop will be available to download as a “Tech Preview”. General availability of WorxNotes and WorxDesktop will be Q3 2014.

More info:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1141051/479865a774/522169843/fc460565f7/

 

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Amazon, AWS, Blog, Licensing, Microsoft
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Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Licensing

Microsoft License Mobility

Eligible Microsoft Windows Server Applications can be deployed on AWS using existing application licenses. This allows customers to more easily move their workloads to the Amazon Web Services cloud, without any additional Microsoft software licensing fees. This benefit is available to Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) customers with eligible server applications covered by active Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) contracts. Not only will license mobility make the transition easier for existing SA customers, it provides customers who prefer to purchase perpetual licenses the ability to continue doing so while still taking advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.

Microsoft License Mobility:
http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility/

How to Sign Up?

All customers using License Mobility through Software Assurance must complete a license verification process and Microsoft will ensure that the customer has eligible licenses with active Software Assurance.

To start the verification process and review additional details, go to:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/license-mobility.aspx

 

 

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Blog, Citrix, Licensing, Microsoft, RDS, VDA, VDI, Windows, XenApp, XenDesktop
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Citrix VDI and Microsoft RDS licensing explained

People asks continually from me what kind of licenses are needed in current cases and often I come across situations where I need to clarifying for the customers Microsoft and Citrix different licenses. I’ve put together mine checklist in different scenarios.

To access VDI, you need Windows Software Assurance on the client device or Microsoft Virtual Desktop Access licenses. RDS CALs are not used in this case. Windows Software Assurance and Virtual Desktop Access licenses include home use rights.

To connect to VDI, you need the following licenses:

  • Citrix XenDesktop VDI Only Edition or higher.
  • Either Windows Software Assurance or VDA license. You don’t need both. The license is assigned to the client device.

XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum include the Citrix licenses to connect to Remote Desktop Session Host. But each named user would also need an RDS CAL.

To connect to Remote Desktop Session Host, you need the following licenses:

  • Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise or Platinum
  • Windows Server OS license for the RDS server
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services CAL for each named user

 

Streaming App-V to virtual desktops you need MDOP licenses. If you are streaming App-V to Remote Desktop Session Host then App-V is included in the RDS CAL price.

To stream apps using App-V, you need the following licenses:

  • To stream to virtual desktops, purchase MDOP for each client device
  • To stream to RDSH, no additional license is needed.

 

And here is a good links!

Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services Licensing Data Sheet:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/B/A/6BA3215A-C8B5-4AD1-AA8E-6C93606A4CFB/Windows_Server_2012_R2_Remote_Desktop_Services_Licensing_Datasheet.pdf

Understanding Remote Desktop Licensing:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772298.aspx

Citrix product licensing information:
http://www.citrix.com/buy/licensing/product.html

Citrix licenses explained:
http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/licensing-1111/lic-license-types.html

 

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Active Directory, Blog, Microsoft, Windows
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Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller Replication Error “The target principal name is incorrect”

Recently I’ve picked up a client with some issues with Active Directory replication. Domain Controller seemed to be offline and launching Active Directory Domains and Trusts GUI tool error message “The target principal name is incorrect” pop-up.

Fastest way was to demote it, cleanup meta data, seize FSMO roles to the another healthy Domain Controller which has Global Gatalog as well and promote back.

1. Faulty DC: Force demotion of the faulty Domain Controller by running DCPROMO /FORCEREMOVAL.

2. Healthy DC: Perform a metadata cleanup, see: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816907(v=ws.10).aspx

3. Healthy DC: Run NETDOM QUERY FSMO to see if the old Domain Controller was an FSMO holder. If yes, seize the FSMO roles that it was holding on another Domain Controller. See: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504

4. Faulty DC: After server rebooted change DNS settings to point another Domain Controller if it’s not.

4. Faulty DC: Run DCPROMO to promote Domain Controller back.

 

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Citrix, VDI, VMware, XenDesktop
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Choosing a VDI Solution: Why Citrix Beats VMware

Many organizations turn to VDI to support initiatives for mobility and bring-your-own device (BYOD) – or just simply to improve IT efficiency. What are your reasons for exploring a VDI solution? As you explore your options, consider these reasons to choose Citrix XenDesktop over VMware Horizon View. The choice you select will define the business you drive.

More info:
http://www.citrix.com/articles-and-insights/desktop-virtualization/jun-2014/choosing-a-vdi-solution-why-citrix-beats-vmware.html

Want more details? Compare Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View features:
http://www.citrix.com/products/xendesktop/how-it-helps/compare.html

 

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