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Getting Ready for AWS re:Invent 2017

Theresa Miller - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 06:30

The time is upon us again, and soon we will prepare to descend on Las Vegas. It is time to begin getting ready for AWS re:Invent. This year’s event begins on November 27th and runs through December 1st.  There are pre-event activities on Sunday December 26th as well, but let’s concentrate on what you’ll want […]

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Virtualize deep learning environments – is it possible?

Theresa Miller - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:24

As an industry, we have years of experience virtualization applications, but can we virtualize deep learning? In my last post, I mentioned HPC applications are architected in several ways. But how can we architect a virtual environments if we don’t understand the applications we’ll run on them? In this post, I’ll describe deep learning applications, and […]

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What Powered HashiCorp’s Latest Funding Round

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:30

The team at HashiCorp have been extremely busy lately, which has been further evidenced by HashiCorp’s latest funding round.  Many of HashiCorp’s products have also been updated around the time of the funding announcement.  HashiCorp is known among virtualization admins, cloud admins, and developers for the variety of provisioning products as well as other ecosystem […]

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Microsoft’s strong SMB story with Microsoft 365 Business

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:30

When Microsoft announced the Microsoft 365 solution set, a lot of people scratched their heads and wondered what they were thinking. Did this replace Office 365? Was it just a marketing wrapper bundle of existing products? Microsoft staff still get hassled about the naming choice (out of the control of most of them). But now […]

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UK Citrix User Group 2017, Winter Meeting – London

Citrix UK User Group - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:44

Our 23rd event will take place in London on 30th of November. Venue Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE Transport Nearest Tubes: Euston Square (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Line) Nearest station: Euston …

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Join Theresa Miller and Phoummala Schmitt at VMWorld 2017 on The Cube

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 05:30

The tech ‘fit’ debate: Universal tech in a couture IT world At VMworld Phoummala Schmitt and Theresa Miller were interviewed on The Cube.  We discussed where our careers started, our goals, what we do, and some of our thoughts on VMWorld 2017.  You won’t want to miss the write-up and discussion! Technology advancements may be […]

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Interactive Learning on AWS by Finding flAWS

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 05:30

Learning about security is something that is, or should be, on everyone’s todo list. As we look to the public cloud for new ways to deploy and manage infrastructure, we also have to look at how new security models and procedures have to come along with it. An interesting way to make this easier and […]

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Join me on Datanauts to discuss Migrating Exchange to Office 365

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:52

Are you thinking about migrating to Office 365 Exchange Online, but  not sure what you should be thinking about for getting started?  Have you started your Exchange Migration, but still finding you have some questions to be answered.  Join me for Datanauts episode where we discuss migrating Exchange to Office 365.  What you should be […]

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Melbourne CUGC IV – It’s LTSR in the Spotlight!

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:20

We’ve been busy planning our next CUGC meet-up for 2017, which will be on the 24th of October at the Telstra Conference Center at 242 Exhibition St. To attend the meet-up, ensure you’ve signed up at the MyCUGC.org site: https://www.mycugc.org/page/melbourne-oct24-2017 

Agenda

We’ve got Christian Lloyd from Citrix to take us through the XenDesktop / XenApp 7.15 LTSR release. This release is not to be underestimated and I’m expecting to see many organisations finally moving off XenApp 6.5 and those still on 7.6 LTSR, upgrade to 7.15 to take advantage of the new features. Because the latest release has so many features, the theme for this meeting will be ‘Doing more with what you have‘; so we’ll also take you through some of the really interesting features (e.g. FAS, App Layering, Workspace Environment Management, etc.) that you can be taking advantage of to improve your XD/XA environments. Plus get your questions about how to migrate answered.

CUGC Community Presentation

We still have space for a community presentation – if you’re interested in presenting on any topic related to Citrix technologies, we would love for you to present. 

Sponsor

This month, we’re really happy to have eG Innovations sponsoring our meet-up and to discuss proactive monitoring, assessment and management of your Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp environments. To get an idea what eG Innovations is doing, check out this recent Citrix blog article: Monitor Logon Performance Seamlessly with eG Innovations. Did you know they have a logon simulator? Check it out: 

eG Enterprise Express-Free-Logon Simulator screenshot

eG Innovations enables us to rent the venue and also provide beer and pizza for XenBeers afterwards, so we’d love to see you there. Even better, they’ll be giving away a Google Home!

Win Google Home at our next CUGC meet-up

Special Announcement

Be sure to come along to this month’s event to hear about our extra special December event. This is not something you’re going to want to miss.

 

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Categories: Community, Virtualisation

Can you virtualize HPC Workloads?

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 05:05

You may have heard about high-performance computing (HPC), but have you ever wondered if you can virtualize HPC workloads? It is an interesting question. Data Scientists  build HPC applications to do frame rendering that creates realistic animations, numerical simulation that helps build state-of-the-art jets, even modeling and simulations that create the financial models that our economies […]

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Simple Country of Origin Control for NetScaler with Azure AD

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 06:29

Great news! Microsoft has enabled a number of available conditions and custom controls in Azure AD for use in Conditional Access making these policies even more useful. This includes a simple method to control access to Citrix NetScaler by country of origin.

Back in March of this year, I was working on a project to design a solution for hosting applications in an Azure data centre, with access provided by Citrix XenApp and NetScaler. This particular customer needed to control access to both Office 365 applications and XenApp from specific locations only. 

By configuring Citrix FAS and NetScaler with SAML authentication to Azure AD, we were able to use Named Locations in Azure AD Conditional Access policies to achieve the desired goal. For instance we could allow Office 365 only from compliant or domain-joined PCs and ensure access to XenApp only from specific locations. Thus for a certain group of users, they could only access Office 365 applications from XenApp and then only from a specific physical location.

All was well, until Microsoft pulled the ability to use Named Locations in Conditional Access policies half-way through the project. Lesson learned – never rely on preview features in Azure.

At Ignite 2017 this week, Microsoft announced a number of new conditions that includes the ability again to use Named Locations in conditions. What’s new here is the ability to pick from a list of countries when defining those locations. With the number of new conditions available, including Terms of Use, VPN connectivity and Custom controls, I am hoping that Microsoft will not pull these features in the future and instead get them out of preview as quickly as possible.

SAML All The Things!

In my previous article on integrating Citrix NetScaler with Azure AD and Conditional Access, I’ve described the steps to enable SAML authentication to Azure AD from NetScaler to enable a single authentication experience across remote published apps (or desktops) and Office 365. You could extend this of course to additional applications, provide users with single sign-on across all sorts of applications.

Doing so allows IT to control access to any application, whether that be legacy Win32 apps, or new SaaS applications from a single administrative experience with Conditional Access. Seen in the screenshot below, I have policies providing access to various applications – it’s a beautiful thing.

Azure AD Conditional Access policies

Conditions in Conditional Access Policies

The new conditions and controls should be available now, in preview, for just about everyone. These include:

  • Custom controls – JSON for customised controls from 3rd party claim providers. This should enable just about any type of user or device control in a CA policy
  • Terms of use – require a user to consent to your organisation’s terms of use before they get access to an application
  • VPN connectivity – force device compliance (for Windows 10 devices) before being allowed access to a corporate VPN

New conditions and controls in preview

Enabling Country of Origin

Previously Named Locations allow you to only provide locations via specific subnets to define egress locations, e.g. your corporate office. New in Named Locations is the ability to add specific countries that you could use in allow or block scenarios, effectively enabling a whitelist or blacklist of regions.

Creating a Named Location to define country of origin

Once these Named Locations are defined, it’s possible to mix and match locations depending on your requirements. Within a Conditional Access policy, enable Locations under Conditions, and add the Named Locations. Use either Include or Exclude to whitelist or blacklist respectively.

Allowing access from specific countries

And that’s it! We now have country of origin as a condition that we could use as one condition to ensure access is secure. Allow compliant device, enforce MFA, or a custom control to give you confidence that access to XenApp or XenDesktop applications (or perhaps even web apps) is secure.

Granting access with MFA

If we were to compare setting up NetScaler Gateway with AD integration, 3rd party multi-factor authentication and country of origin access by subscribing to a country database (see How to Use NetScaler to Block Access to a Website Using a Location Database Based on User’s Country), I’m sure you would agree this method is simpler and easier to maintain.

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Categories: Community, Virtualisation

Turbonomic 6.0 Is Now Available!

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 05:30

Turbonomic has recently released the newest version of their self-managing hybrid cloud management software, Turbonomic 6.0. The focus in this release is enabling cloud adoption for organizations, whether it be a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud strategy. Enabling the Public Cloud One of the biggest challenges organizations face is right sizing their public […]

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WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW WON’T HURT YOU. WHAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED IN IT (PART ONE)

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:58

Recently I wrote a post for Solarwinds Thwack. Its interesting, because I wrote a small series that covered why in a way ignorance is bliss. Sometimes what we don’t know can be our saving grace, that being said I also share some insights into what I wish I had know when I started out in […]

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Changing your Mindset – Monitoring Solutions are Necessary for Successful IT Digital Transformation

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 05:30

The way we consume technology is changing rapidly, and the term digital transformation seems to be used in many ways.  So, what does it mean?  To me it means that organizations have adopted their technology base, and have workflows and processes in place that are successful.  But now with technologic advancements changing and reshaping how […]

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Microsoft Teams announces external access, with caveats

Theresa Miller - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 05:30

When Microsoft announced its “Slack-killer” conversation-style Teams product, one piece of functionality was glaringly lacking – access into a team for people outside of your own organization. This week, external access was announced, but only partially. You can now invite guests into your teams IF they already have an Azure AD account (which for most […]

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#VMworld 2017 Brings New Features to VMware Workspace ONE Powered by AirWatch

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 05:30

At #VMworld 2017 US, VMware announced a number of new features and new innovations to VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch, and their end user computing portfolio.  Let’s take a look at some of the things VMware has added to the already powerful software suite. One Platform to Rule All Devices One of the biggest […]

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Solaris changed our industry; lighting a candle

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 05:00

Solaris changed our industry. But according to reports, the Solaris operating system may be nearing death. Oracle, who acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010, has laid off most of the remaining staff who were working on Solaris. There will be support for the OS until 2030, but this news feels like it needs a memorial.   […]

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Intune Company Portal for macOS Experience

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 06:06

Microsoft released a beta version of the Intune Company Portal for macOS just last month; however, it’s since been pulled from the Download Center. This app had been made available along with the announcement of Conditional Access supporting macOS in preview.

Installing the Company Portal is required to enable Conditional Access support on macOS, so I imagine a new version will be made available soon. If you’re testing with Macs or looking for full support with Intune, this is an important part of the puzzle.

Intune Web Enrollment

Previous to the Company Portal on macOS, enrollment in Intune is a largely manual process that requires logging into the Intune web portal with a browser, downloading a management profile and installing that manually. Not the best user experience.

Here’s what that looks like:

Intune Company Portal for macOS Experience

With the Company Portal, the user experience is streamlined, with the management profile installed automatically and you can see device compliance status from within the app. Here’s a quick look at the end-user experience with the Intune Company Portal for macOS on macOS Sierra.

Hopefully we’ll see the portal app available for download again soon and available for wider testing. I’m also hoping that the availability of the Portal app means we’ll see the ability for Intune to install apps on macOS. As we see more Mac devices (either corporate or personally owned), the ability to deploy and manage apps on this platform becomes critical. 

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Categories: Community, Virtualisation

Office 365 and Outlook Profile Disks are Everywhere – Choose Wisely (sponsored)

Citrix UK User Group - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:38

Office 365 and Outlook Profile Disks are Everywhere – Choose Wisely  In 2014 Liquidware introduced the first profile disk solution for the Windows operating system, and RDSH environments.  A profile disk can basically be described as a separate virtual hard disk …

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What to Expect at VMworld 2017

Theresa Miller - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 05:30

VMworld 2017 is just about to get into full swing. For all of your VMware fans out there, get ready for a week of fantastic announcements from the virtualization giant. Let’s take a look at what we can expect at VMworld 2017 The Keynotes The first clue on what to expect at VMworld 2017 can […]

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