Nov 03

View ADM(X) templates in RES ONE Workspace Console

Andy BarendregtComments Off on View ADM(X) templates in RES ONE Workspace Console

If you want to add an admx template in RES ONE Workspace and you want to be sure you are adding a newer version it can be handy to view the properties of the admx files that are already added to the repository.

There is a hidden feature in the console that allows you to do that.
In the Console go to Administration>Custom Resources.
Select the right pane and hit CTRL+SHIFT+F9.
A pop-up appears for selecting a RES ONE Workspace class
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Oct 26

Convert Shared Mailbox to User Mailbox in Microsoft Exchange 2010

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The limitations of a shared mailbox are quite anoying and sometimes you want to convert the mailbox to a normal mailbox.
It’s quite simple exactly. Follow these three steps:

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Oct 20

Installing printer driver failed, error code 0x2, HRESULT 0x80070057

Andy BarendregtComments Off on Installing printer driver failed, error code 0x2, HRESULT 0x80070057

Last week we had a print spooler problem on a XenApp 7.6/Server 2012R2 farm. The print spooler service grew to a whopping 16GB of Memory. The problem was related to a mix of old Ricoh and Kyocera drivers.
After upgrading to new drivers the problem of the spooler was resolved. But on one machine the Ricoh Universal Print driver could not be installed. We received the following error:

Installing printer driver – failed, error code 0x57, HRESULT 0x80070057. See the event user data for context information. Installing printer driver – failed, error code 0x57, HRESULT 0x80070057. See the event user data for context information.

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Oct 05

Create a custom Deployment Wizard pane for Updates (MDT)

Michaja van der ZouwenComments Off on Create a custom Deployment Wizard pane for Updates (MDT)

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog.

One of the great things about the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is that it’s a very open product. All the scripts are customizable, including the Deployment Wizard. We can add new functionality to the deployment procedure and add wizard pages so we can choose to use those new functions (or not) with each new deployment. Microsoft encourages creativity for this particular product. One of the functions I wanted to create a wizard page for was the deployment of updates. I wanted to be able to choose between a quick OS deployment for test purposes (no updates) and a slower, more production worthy deployment (with updates). And since I take my deployment VM on the road with me, I wanted the ability to choose if the updates are downloaded from Microsoft Update or a clients’ WSUS server. The result looks like this:

Result Update Pane

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Oct 05

Add WSUS Target Group option to MDT deployments

Michaja van der ZouwenComments Off on Add WSUS Target Group option to MDT deployments

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog.

One of the great features you get when deploying a Windows operating system using my favorite deployment tool, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), is the ability to update the OS using either Windows Update or a local WSUS server. The latter is obviously preferred because it’s a lot quicker and you have better control over what updates you want to install. WSUS has a feature called Target groups, which you can utilize for managing update approvals for a group of computers. This way you’ll be able to approve or decline specific updates for  Remote Desktop Session hosts or Exchange servers etc. While MDT let’s you specify a WSUS server to get updates from there’s no way to specify the target group you want to receive updates from. Let’s fix that, shall we? Continue reading »

Oct 05

Screensaver not working in a XenDesktop VDI environment

Michaja van der ZouwenComments Off on Screensaver not working in a XenDesktop VDI environment

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog.

I was troubleshooting some RES Workspace Manager (RES WM) issues in a customer’s XenDesktop 7.x (Citrix) environment when I came across the following issue: The screensaver didn’t start automatically, even though I had forced a screensaver through RES WM. After some research I’d come to the conclusion that this was a known issue in XenDesktop 7.x. Apparently Citrix has decided to disable Screensavers and power-save options in XenDesktop. They provide the following solution in their eDocs documentation: Continue reading »

Sep 29

Uninstalling software with RES Automation Manager produces unexpected results.

Andy BarendregtComments Off on Uninstalling software with RES Automation Manager produces unexpected results.

A customer asked what options are there to uninstall software using RES Automation Manager. In this case he wanted to remove Java 64bit.
I explained how you can uninstall software by using the GUID of the package and how you can read that GUID from a remote server.

Sometime later, the server from which he thought he uninstalled Java 64bit, was no longer responding to Citrix Sessions.
As it turned out, RES Automation Manager did not uninstall the Java 64bit package but removed Citrix HDX TS (retail).

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Aug 06

Adding SSL certificates on the NetScaler

Esther BarthelComments Off on Adding SSL certificates on the NetScaler

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog.

There are a lot of different certificate file formats that can be involved in a SSL certificate implementation as explained in my previous blogpost. This blogpost focused on the different methods to create and import these files onto the Citrix NetScaler and showing you how to assign the right SSL certificate to your virtual server for load balancing or gateway services. You can read all about the different certificate (and certificate archives) file formats in my previous post.

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Jul 30

E-mail stuck in Outbox (Outlook 2010)

Michael LammersComments Off on E-mail stuck in Outbox (Outlook 2010)

Recently I had to deal with a Microsoft Outlook 2010 Outbox problem. The e-mail I send as another person was stuck in the outbox and I could wait forever before the email was send. The company had Microsoft Exchange 2010 running.

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Jul 23

SSL Certificates Explained

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Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog.

Using SSL certificates to secure website communications is more and more a standard procedure. Even internal websites are relying more and more on public or private PKI infrastructure and Certificate Authorities. And as each certificate is only valid for a limited period of time, you’ll find yourself renewing more and more certificates on a yearly basis. So let’s check out the different file extensions we are facing when working with certificates.
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