Startmenu problem

After some days of troubleshooting with WEM and Start Menu has I found 2 problem and solution other also maybe need.

Problem 1: Start Menu icons missing for user:
Users may see blank tiles/icons in the Start Menu or the Start Menu corrupted in their published desktops when User Profile Management shipped with VDA 7.15 LTSR CU1/CU2/7.16/7.17 is enabled for user profile roaming.
This missing icons issue happens with second or subsequent logins, and may occur intermittently. The issue is not observed with VDA 7.15.

This article is for Server 2012R2, 2016 and Windows 10.

Solution:
[Workaround #1] – Works with Windows Server 2012 R2/2016 VDA
Configure the policy “Directories to synchronize” and add the folder “AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Caches”.
[Workaround #2]
Remove the Start menu redirection policy and Apply the below registry via policy at every logon:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\StateStore\
DWORD: ResetCache
Value: 1

Click here for full article from Citrix

Problem 2: Start Menu will not start at all for user:

Start Menu is not responding to Left Mouse clicks and does not show anything.

This article is for Server 2016 and Windows 10.

Solution:

  1. Add “!ctx_localappdata!\Microsoft\Windows\Usrclass.dat*” to Exclusions in “Exclusion List – Directories” and “Exclusion List – Files” policy.
  2. Add “!ctx_localappdata!\packages” to Exclusions in “Exclusion List – Directories” and “Exclusion List – Files” policy.

Click here for full article from Citrix

XenServer with VLAN support on MGMT interface

Finally, XS support VLAN on MGMT interface. This has been in place since XS 7.3 (latest now is 7.4) This will open for using two 10GB interface for both MGMT and virtual machine traffic. Before 7.3 XenServer, it was required a dedicated interface for management.

This article from Citrix introduces the configuration details of using tagged VLAN network on management interface on different use scenarios.

WEM Hydration Kit

Citrix WEM (Workspace Environment Management) is absolute an software that everyone should look into. To get WEM to work perfect and give you and the users an effect, use of template will help you alot. Citrix include Default Recommended Settings.

To get a flying start on the application and tuning, James Kindon at WEM Hydration Kit has a collection of Applications, File System and Registry Actions that can be imported to WEM.

How to Reset StoreFront to the Initial Factory Settings

Last week i got some problem with a Storefront server and wanted to reset back to start.

Found this brilliant article from Citrix that I want to share with you:

  1. Open a PowerShell command prompt as an Administrator and type   asnp Citrix*   
    This loads the Citrix PowerShell modules.
  2. Ensure that the StoreFront Management console is closed.
  3. From the command prompt type . “C:\Program Files\Citrix\Receiver StoreFront\Scripts\ImportModules.ps1”
    Note
    : Ensure to include the leading period in the Powershell command.
  4. After the modules are imported type Clear-DSConfiguration.
    This will reset Storefront to its factory state.
  5. When you have run the command and it has completed successfully, open the StoreFront Management console and confirm that all settings are reset. The option to Create a new deployment or Join existing server group will now be available.

For full article click here

Wyse ThinOS config with Storefront

To get an wnos.ini that works good in ThinOS with Citrix Storefront can be a bit tricky first time.

 

I normally use a nice tool (CONFIGURATION GENERATOR) to create the config file for me, it can be downloaded for free here: https://www.technicalhelp.de/configuration-generator/

If you have any question arround Wyse and ThinOS, contact me and I can try to help.

Here is an example wnos.ini file that i have used in many cases:
;*************************************************************

;* General 1 *
;*************************************************************

autoload=1
FactoryDefault=Yes
Privilege=High HidePN=yes Lockdown=yes
EnableCacheIni=yes

;*************************************************************
;* General 2 *
;*************************************************************

EnableGKey=yes

;*************************************************************
;* General 3 *
;*************************************************************

AutoSignoff=yes Reboot=yes
Shutdowncounter=0
AddCertificate=”Root cert used on SF”.cer
SysMode=VDI DisableAddConnection=yes toolbardisablehotkey=yes

;*************************************************************
;* Peripherals *
;*************************************************************

Language=No

;*************************************************************
;* Display *
;*************************************************************

Desktop=Background.jpg Layout=Stretch

;*************************************************************
;* Time *
;*************************************************************

Timeserver=xx.xx.xx.xx Timeformat=”24-hour format” Dateformat=dd/mm/yyyy
TimeZone=’GMT + 01:00′ ManualOverride=yes Daylight=yes Start=030507 End=100507 TimeZoneName=”W. Europe Standard Time” DayLightName=”W. Europe Daylight Time”

;*************************************************************
;* Network *
;*************************************************************

SignOn=yes EnableOK=Yes DisableGuest=yes
Passwordserver=”Name of one terminalserver”
WDMService=yes DHCPinform=yes
DisableDomain=yes
DomainList=”domainname”
MaxVNCD=1
VncPassword=wyseremote
VncPrompt=No Accept=5

;*************************************************************
;* Services *
;*************************************************************

Service=SNMPD disable=yes
Service=ThinPrint disable=yes

;*************************************************************
;* ICA *
;*************************************************************

PnliteServer=https://Storefront.domain.no Storefront=yes AutoConnectList=”SF:Desktop”
SessionConfig=ICA MapDisks=yes SessionReliability=yes ondesktop=desktops

XenServer 7.2 major packet loss

After upgrade from 7 to 7.2 of XenServer,  some of my customer has got problem with major packet loss and network disruptions intermittently.

This is affecting HPE’s Broadcom NIC chipsets. (Also  Dell and Qlogic network cards, but I have not testet on other than HPE hardware)

Problem:
XenServer 7.2 includes an old version of the bnx2x kernel module – 1.714.1.
HP recommends a minimum bnx2x module version of 7.12.37.1-1 or newer.

Click here for reported bug

 

 

“Unknown Client Error 1110” error when launching Desktop using Firefox

With Storefront and Firefox user gets “Unknown Client Error 1110”. It works 1 of 5 time. This is NOT a problem with other browser.

Work around:
Delete the ICA files from system TEMP folders before launching the app.

  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp
  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\ (Windows8 / 10)
  • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5 (Windows7)

Article from Citrix:
https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX227354

Project Honolulu – The future of IT

Have you missed a single point for management for your Server infrastructure? Honolulu is the answer. Web based admin for all your server!

Project Honolulu was presented at ignite 2017.

From Microsoft:

What is Honolulu?

Honolulu is a locally deployed, browser-based, management tool set that enables on-premises administration of Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Honolulu gives IT Admins full control over all aspects of their Server infrastructure, and is particularly useful for management on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.

Honolulu is the modern evolution of ‘in-box’? management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It is complementary to System Center and Operations Management Suite, and is not intended to replace these products and services.