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Tracing Citrix Provisioning Service Target Device Boot Performance – Process Monitor

2017-01-31
Non-Persistent Citrix PVS Target Devices have more complicated boot processes then a standard VM.  This is because the Citrix PVS server components play a big role in acting as the boot disk.  They send UDP packets over the network to the target device.  This adds a delay that you simply cannot avoid (albeit, possibly a […]

Tracing Citrix Provisioning Service Target Device Boot Performance – Windows Performance Toolkit

2017-01-31
Non-Persistent Citrix PVS Target Devices have more complicated boot processes then a standard VM.  This is because the Citrix PVS server components play a big role in acting as the boot disk.  They send UDP packets over the network to the target device.  This adds a delay that you simply cannot avoid (albeit, possibly a […]

ControlUp – Script Based Action (SBA) Action Auditing

2017-01-30
ControlUp is a tool we use to monitor our Citrix environment.  We have multiple people and multiple times actions are run via ControlUp and an easier way to review the actions would be nice.  ControlUp keeps all machine actions executed by them on the local machine’s event log.  To review these logs I decided, what better […]

Lets Make PVS Target Device Booting Great Again (Part 2)

2017-01-05
Continuing on from Part 1, we are looking to optimize the PVS boot process to be as fast as it possibly can be.  In Part 1 we implemented Jumbo Frames across both the PVS target device and the PVS server and discovered that Jumbo Frames only applies to the portion where BNIStack kicks in. In […]

Lets Make PVS Target Device Booting Great Again (Part 1)

2016-12-30
Some discussions have swirled recently about implementing VDI.  One of the challenges with VDI are things like slow boot times necessitating having machines pre-powered on, requiring a pool of machines sitting using server resources until a logon request comes in and more machines are powered on to meet the demand…  But what if your boot […]

AppV5 – 0xFD01F25-0x2 and deciphering some of these messages

2016-12-13
We recently had an issue with some users launching an AppV 5 application.  They were getting an error message: [crayon-58aa2813e5006449030386/] In order to troubleshoot this issue more effectively, I turned on ‘Event Tracing for Windows‘ for the AppV logs and captured the output.  Searching for the error code revealed the following: [crayon-58aa2813e5015412406636/]   The first […]

Citrix Netscaler 11.1 Unified Gateway and a non-working Citrix HTML5 Receiver

2016-12-06
We setup a Citrix Unified Gateway for a proof of concept and were having an issue getting the HTML5 Receiver to connect for external connections.  It was presenting an error message: “Citrix Receiver cannot connect to the server”.  We followed this documentation.  It states, for our use case: What would probably help is having a […]

AppV 5.1 Sequencer – Not capturing all registry keys – Update

2016-10-31
My previous post touched on an issue we are having with some applications.  The AppV sequencer is not capturing all registry keys.  I have been working with Microsoft on this issue for over 2 years but just recently got some headway with getting this addressed.  And I have good news and bad news.  The good […]

Windows Update – 0x80070308 ERROR_REQUEST_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE

2016-10-31
We are getting this error when trying to install KB3172605, which was re-released in September of this year.  This patch was originally installed in August without issue but the re-release fails to install.  The WindowsUpdate.log reports: [crayon-58aa2813e7582800348670/] Examining the CBS.LOG for more information has revealed the following: [crayon-58aa2813e7592078486958/] The error starts here: [crayon-58aa2813e75aa459313482/] One of […]

AppV5 – Citrix User Profile Manager exclusions

2016-10-21
The Citrix User Profile Manager (UPM) needs a little configuration tweaking to work with AppV specifically it requires: You can use Profile management 5.x in the same environment as Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 (App-V 5.0).  You must exclude the following item using Profile management exclusions:  Profile Management\File system\Exclusion list\directories: AppData\Local\Microsoft\AppV  If you don’t exclude these […]

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