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Group Policy Preferences Registry Extension vs Group Policy Registry Extension

In various discussions I’ve read about the drawbacks of Group Policy Preferences but is it really that bad?   …Or is it how you are using it?   There are two methods of applying registry keys/values with Group Policy.  The Group Policy Registry Extension is the “traditional” form of applying policies.  Also known as ADM […]

Group Policy – Monolithic vs Functional Design and Performance Evaluation

Group Policy Design is a hotly discussed topic, with lots of different ideas and discussions.  However, there is not a whole lot of actual metrics.  ADM and ADMX templates apply registry keys in an ‘enforced’ manner.  That is, if you or the machine has access to read the policies, the registry keys within are applied. […]

Corrupt Registry Repair with Citrix Provisioning Services

I encountered an interesting issue and worked through a solution with a corrupt registry.  The issue seemed innocuously enough, we upgraded PowerShell to 5.1.  Upon reboot I encountered a bluescreen with code 0xF4: I have encountered this issue before, but I haven’t recorded my troubleshooting steps until now. Since this was a PVS target device, […]

Meltdown – Performance Impact Evaluation (Citrix XenApp 6.5)

Meltdown came out and it’s a vulnerability whose fix may have a performance impact.  Microsoft has stipulated that the impact will be more severe if you: a) Are an older OS b) Are using an older processor c) If your application utilizes lots of context switches Unfortunately, the environment we are operating hits all of […]

Citrix Storefront – Adventures in customization – Add a help button to your Storefront UI

This customization is pretty easy.  Add the following to your custom.js file: [crayon-5ade69959dbc1532894609/] Replace “” with the URL you want your help screen to be.

Citrix Storefront – Adventures in customization – Default to “Store” view if you have no favourited app’s

We are in the process of migrating users from Web Interface to Storefront.  We have identified a potential issue; new users are directed to the “Favourites” view which doesn’t have any applications be default, instead it has instructions on how to add apps to the favourites view. The concern is users may become confused because […]

AppV 5 – Raiser’s Edge 7.96 – Run-time error -2147024770 (800707e)

We are in the process of upgrading Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge to 7.96 and we encountered an error: Run-time error ‘-2147024770 (8007007e)’: Automation error The specified module could not be found. This error is giving us a few clues as to what might be happening.  The most obvious message is the “8007007e” which is a standard […]

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.15 – The local host cache in action

The Citrix Local Host Cache feature, introduced in XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12, has some nuances that maybe better demonstrated in realtime then typed out in text.  I will do both in this article to share both a ‘step by step’ of what happens when you have a network or site database outage and what occurs as well […]

Citrix Storefront – Adventures in customization – Define a custom resolution for a specific application

Currently, Storefront does not grant the ability to define applications with specific resolutions.  In order to configure the resolution, Citrix recommends you modify the default.ica file.  This is terrible!  If you had specific applications that required specific resolutions, what are you to do?  Direct users to a variety of stores depending on the resolution required?! […]

Citrix Storefront – Adventures in customization – Prepopulate Explicit Logon Credentials

Citrix Storefront allows you to prepopulate the credentials for your Explicit Logon.  The explicit logon screen is generally seen here: And you can prepopulate the Username/Password fields.  If you don’t want to prepopulate the password, that’s fine too.  There are 3 properties and none are required.  Username, Password and Domain.  In order to prepopulate you […]

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