VMWare vSphere 6.5 Released

VMware announces vSphere 6.5, the latest version of its industry-leading virtualization platform.  This new release of vSphere features a dramatically simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, and a universal app platform for running any app.

vSphere 6.5 accelerates the customer transition to digital transformation and cloud computing by addressing key challenges:

1.     Environments growing increasingly complex,

2.     Growing IT security threats, and

3.     The need to support both existing and new apps and services.

We will cover new features next week on this site.


Citrix Supportability Pack

Citrix has packaged Advanced Diagnostic Tools into the Citrix Supportability Pack.  The latest edition can be auto updated and can be run from a USB drive.  Here is an excerpt from the KB article:

“The Supportability Pack is a collection of popular tools (53 in total as of v1.2.4) written by Citrix engineers to help diagnose and troubleshoot XenDesktop/XenApp products. The tools are cataloged by features and components to make it easier to find and use, and the addition of Supportability Pack Updater since v1.2.0 makes the Pack self-updatable. Early versions of the Pack serves as a launch pad for efforts to raise awareness, improve accessibility, and promote use of internal troubleshooting tools. In subsequent updates of this pack the spotlight will shift to creation of new tools based on prevalent customer scenarios and your feedback.”
Note: The tools in this pack are not intended to replace system administration features that XenDesktop/XenApp provides for day-to-day system management. This collection of tools are specialized utilities for advanced troubleshooting in very specific areas.

State of the DaaS Industry in 2016

Brian Madden gave a great talk at Citrix Synergy about State of the DaaS Industry in 2016.

Brian wrote a book on DaaS (Desktop As A Service) that has become very popular:  Desktops as a Service: Everything You Need to Know About DaaS & Hosted VDI

I would definitely reccomend to click on the link and purchase from Amazon.

In the mean time—enjoy the notes below from the Synergy Talk and feel free to watch the video below:

In this session, you will learn:
• Valuable insights from interviews with dozens of DaaS customers, providers, and vendors—distilled down to the 45 minutes that actually matter
• How to decide, in an unbiased and honest way, whether DaaS makes sense for any portion of your users
• How DaaS actually means lots of different things in 2016, and how to figure out which DaaS might make sense for you.”

Visio Citrix Stencils

Once of the most important tools for a Senior Infrastructure Architect—Virtualization is Microsoft Visio.  It can be an expensive product (all companies I work for have always provided).  But if you are doing desings and Solution Documents (Deliverables), it is a much needed tool.  Along with Visio, the Stencil Packs are important.  I do a lot of work with Citrix—and recently found a set of stencils from Daniel Feller on his Citrix Corporate Blog.

As a side note—Daniel Fellar is a Lead Citrix Architect with Citrix Consulting.  He blogs often and is a great resource for all things Citrix.  His articles are very complete and very informative!  Follow his blog if you work with any Citrix products.

You can find the Stencil download on Daniel Feller3 sites on this blog entry:“New—XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5 Visio Stencils!”.


The Cloud and Your Hypervisor – What You Should Know About Management


Virtualization has helped many organizations consolidate their environment, remove a sometimes massive hardware footprint and create a more agile infrastructure. Today’s modern data center is finding new ways to leverage a virtualized data center to better fit the needs of the organization.

In looking at modern cloud and data center ecosystems, it’s important to understand how virtualization in a distributed data center environment has helped IT managers develop new IT plans and strategies. It’s also important to understand how resource management and capacity planning play important roles in remote, virtualized data centers.

See more of the article below: