Mar 20

During the management of a xenapp 7 x environment I wanted a qfarm overview. I found out that this command no longer works. Why not?

This is because Xenapp 7.x uses the FMA protocol instead of the old IMA protocol.

How do I go to my qfarm overview?

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Mar 13

Learning Ansible

If you’re not (yet) familiar with Ansible or you just started your Ansible journey, this book is a great startup.
Ansible is all about automation and provisioning of servers.
You create and define a desired state (from a configuration perspective) and Ansible will provision the server exactly like you want to.
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Feb 26

For a customer I was asked to create a easy way to deploy  images to thin clients and thin pc’s. The preference was to use a USB stick as network was not a option.

This brought a number of challenges that I will discuss in this blog.

Fase 1 -  Create the WinPE Usb stick
Fase 2 – Add the needed packages to the USB stick
Fase 3 – Get and prepare the WIM file
Fase 4 – Give WinPE Menu options to choose from
Fase 5 – Deploying the WIM
Fase 6 – Renaming the deployed computer
Fase 7 -  Recreate the BCD
Fase 8 – Re enable the write filter

Before we can start, we need a bootable USB stick with WinPE.
To create this we need a deployment server preferable with Windows server 2012.

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Feb 05

This blog is about the installation of the Lync 2013 Full client (part of the Office 2013 installation).

- Introduction
- Using OCT
- OCT/MSP bugs and fixes (Lync only installation problem)


When you want to install the full version of Lync 2013 client instead of the Lync basic client version, you have to use the Office 2013 installation media.
This is because the Lync Full client is now part of the Office suite and therefore not available as separate installation anymore, as it used to be.

Because there are enough reasons to not upgrade the whole office suite to version 2013, you have to create an MSP file with OCT (Microsoft Office Customization Tool).
For the most IT professionals the OCT isn’t new, but for those who are new to OCT i will explain the basics of it.

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Feb 03

In our environment we had several security issues after an upgrade from Adobe reader from 10 to 11.

One of these was that users were given a check-out message when they open a PDF file from our SharePoint environment . The following screen appeared. Where if you don’t watch out and click to fast you will check out the file instead of opening it.

Adobe checkout1


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Jan 07

Since the initial community release of SFGuru Explorer for Citrix ShareFile on 25-10-2014 we (Daniel Nikolic / Rink Spies) have been busy developing the application. Every time when we detect repeating, or labor intensive tasks within our ShareFile support team we try to improve the job by integrating an optimized task in SFGuru Explorer. Currently we have lots of ideas and beta versions which we need to do some further testing on, but before releasing these features we want to be 100% sure everything runs stable. While all the coding and testing needs to be done in our spare time it could take some time before we can release all new features.

Meanwhile we made some great improvements, which have been fully tested. Improvements of which we are proud :) We decided to add all the tested features to a interim release, which will be released as SFGuru Explorer version 1.2!

So lets’s start with the new features we added:

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Dec 27

Recently I was asked to build a wes7 (Windows Embedded Standard 7) image with VMware view client for a HP T5740 2GB model. This request did bring some interesting problems to the table like:

  • How to get WES7 on a 2GB flash drive
  • How to import the correct drivers to the image during install
  • How to install VMware view client
  • How to enable EWF (Enhanced Write Filter) on the T5740

But first things first lets install WES7 on a 2gb flash drive.

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Dec 18

Puppet Essentials by Felix Frank

This book is a very good read for people with absolutely no Puppet experience.
You will learn all the basics of Puppet and at the end of the book you can even write your own (basic+) puppet modules.

Puppet Essentials starts with an introduction about the basic elements of Puppet.
This introduction will give you a very good impression about the power of Puppet and what it can do for your infrastructure.
Easy readable examples are making it easy to learn how to create your own modules.

All examples within the book can be downloaded, so even when you’re not familiar with programming you can jump start your Puppet experience ;-)

you can buy the book over here


Nov 28

This blog describes how to install vCenter Server 5.1 with SSO (Single-Sign-On) 5.5

In my case, it’s not possible to upgrade to vCenter Server 5.5 because of the fact that the vendor doesn’t support a higher version (yet).

SSO 5.1 (and i will say it very nice) is not the best product VMware has ever made.
It has several bugs and is not very stable.
But VMware made a more stable version for 5.5, and i recommend everyone to use that version.

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Nov 10

I’ve read a lot about using Lync 2013 with Lync VDI plugin for offloading video and audio, but how to configure it and how it really works is a little bit hazy in my opinion.

This blog describes how the Lync VDI plugin works and how to configure it on a domain joined computer and a standalone computer.

First let’s start with the download… you can find the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here.
note: when you have a Microsoft Office version installed on your client, you have to match the VDI plugin with the Office version, so a 64-bit version of Office requires a 64-bit version of the VDI plugin. When no Office version is installed, it’s recommended to use the 32-bit version.
When using Receiver you have to use 32-bit VDI plugin, that requires you to remove 64-bit office versions.

The VDI plugin setup is a next, next, finish installation, so this doesn’t require additional help.

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