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Citrix Service Provider (CSP) Portal and Citrix Licensing

One of our partners is using the CSP program from Citrix for their customers. Now, every month a CSP usage report must be made manually for all the customers and reported to Citrix.

With the Citrix Cloud Licensing Portal, that step is simplified. There are however a few guidelines for the Citrix Licensing servers that are hosted at the customer(s):

  • Naming convention

It is common to have a default name for a licensing server at the customers, for example “LIC01”. So if this name is used for all the customers, there is no way to differentiate in the new Licensing Portal.
So when you create the license, choose the FQDN of the license server as Hostname.

  • Minimum License Server version

Next is the version of the license server. This has to be Citrix Licensing 11.13.1 Build 16002
In this build the “Call Home” capabilities have been extended to detect CSP–licenses and report product usage to Citrix. This version is part of the Long Term Service Release (LTSR) version (XenApp 7.6)

  • Licensing Model

Now the confusing part. As part of the CSP Program, XenApp is required to be configured to use a usage-based licensing model. Therefore you cannot use concurrent licenses as part of the CSP program. But in the Licensing Model in Citrix Studio it is not possible to choose the User/Device Licensing option if you use XenApp as Edition. So you have to switch to XenDesktop and choose the edition that fits the need.

  • License Types

There are two types of licenses in the CSP Model, those are Premium and Base:

  • CSP Premium SKU – You can utilize XenApp Platinum components
  • CSP Base SKU – You are limited to utilizing XenApp Advanced components

In our case, the customers use “Base Licenses“ which means XenApp Advanced. The licenses that are created from the portal and based on the SKU’s already contain the XenDesktop license.

Next step is to change the Licensing Model matching license.
But wait, that is not possible from the GUI!

Powershell to the rescue!

  • Open a powershell window with the appropriate privilege and load the Citrix Snappin. Note that the Powershell SDK must be installed.
  • Here is the code:
    • Add-PSSnapinn Citrix*
    • Set-ConfigSite –ProductCode XDT –ProductEdition ADV –LicensingModel UserDevice

After these three steps the Citrix Licensing Server is reporting the correct usage to the new Cloud Portal and in an orderly fashion.

Where did QFARM go in Xenapp 7.5, 7.6?

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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Introducing SFGuru Explorer 1.2!

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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E2EVC 2014 Barcelona – day 0 – Citrix Masterclasses

In the next couple days i will share what happens at the E2E virtualization conference in Barcelona.

This blog is about day 0 of the E2EVC where we got some cool Citrix masterclasses.

The first masterclass of the day was presented by Karen Sciberras (@XMtipster) about XenMobile 9.0
She started with information about the new features within this new version.
You can read all about these features at: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenmobile/xmob-understand-whats-new.html

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Create a PowerShell Profile ready for XenDesktop Management

PowerShell_Logo Today I want to show you how to create a PowerShell instance that is all ready for managing a Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 environment.

We’ve all been there you want to check something quickly in your environment. You start up PowerShell, enter a command and you are presented with an error message that the command you just entered is not recognized by PowerShell.

Screenshot 2014-05-06 21.34.56

We get this error message not because of a typo but because the Citrix Snap-ins are not loaded in this PowerShell session.

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Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG) 2014 Experience

 

DuCUG

The atmosphere

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This year the DuCUG Took place at the Dell Office in Amsterdam. The weather was great, the lunch was well cared for and the tickets were sold out. So it couldn’t be better. I experienced it as a tremendous day with a lot of informative sessions. In this article I will share my highlights of the day.

GPU-accelerated high-end graphics performance in Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop environments by Benny Tritch

GPU-accelerated high-end graphics performance in Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop environments This session was presented by Benny Tritsch (Chief Technology Officer with bluecue consulting). Benny has been working closely with Shaw Bass on testing the new GPU support of Citrix XenServer. Benny presented the possibilities between using different GPU Accelerating solutions on VDI environments. He showed us different example-movies and unbelievable results with these various examples. Some examples even showed better performance on your virtual desktop then a local computer. Read more at Benny’s own website.

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Creating a VHD vDisk from the endpoint device

image I’m deploying Citrix XenDesktop 7.1, with Citrix Provisioning Service Server, at a customer site.  The customer is using VMware 5.1 for a hypervisor. Today I am going to create the VHD file to be streamed into the VMware virtual machines and they will be delivered to the end users thru Citrix Storefront.

I’ve installed Windows 7 on a new virtual machine. After the basic Windows installation I’ve  installed the available Windows Updates.

2013-12-12 13_21_22-KB-PVS-P01 on kb-esx07

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Citrix NetScaler 10.1: Where did the Configuration Wizard go?

Configuration WizardA vanilla Citrix NetScaler shows the configuration wizard right after a users authenticates using the GUI. The configuration wizard enables basic configuration like the NetScaler IP (NSIP), Subnet IP (SNIP), hostname, DNS, Time Zone and Administrator Password.

Sometimes it’s useful to open the configuration wizard after it is closed (for instance if you want to change the host name via the GUI). up to NetScaler 10.0 there was a Setup Wizard button on the System > System Information page.

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How to check if an Citrix PVS vhd is in private access mode from the endpoint.

image Last week  I was altering a Citrix XenApp image at a customer site. The Citrix Provisioning environment is setup to use the VHD files from the D drive from the two virtual Provisioning servers. The customer was ready to deploy this image, just a couple of days before the deployment an extra program needs to be updated.

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Citrix: Import NetScaler (10.1 Build 120.13) on Hyper-V Server 2012R2 / 8.1

Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from locationI tried importing a Citrix NetScaler Virtual Appliance on a Windows 8.1 machine and received the error “Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from location”. Importing the same appliance on Windows Server 2012 did work.

The cause of this error is that the virtual machine is exported from a Windows Server 2008R2 server (running Hyper-V 2) and Microsoft deprecated the WMI root\virtualization namespace v1 in Windows Server 2012 (Hyper-V 3) and removed it Windows Server 2012 R2 (see TechNet).  There’s no support for the old WMI format.

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