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The Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration Manager

10:28 am in citrix, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, ConfigMgr2007 R3, MMS2010, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, Xenapp by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

As they demonstrated a few weeks ago at #MMS2010, the System Center team is working in partnership with Citrix to integrate the management of XenApp with Configuration Manager.

The connector enhances Configuration Manager, enabling administrators to orchestrate the tasks required to deliver applications to XenApp Servers and publish XenApp hosted applications seamlessly and with minimal impact to the user.

They’ve put together a white paper that outlines how the new capabilities can be used to improve enterprise application management.

I think this is a huge step forward as today’s issues where not distributing the app on a Citrix/Xenapp box , but to publish the app thru the Xenapp Console .

I will try this connector in the upcoming weeks at my customers and let you know what my experiences are. So stay tuned .

 

Hope it Helps,

Kenny Buntinx

MMS 2010 – an event to remember

6:15 pm in MMS2010 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi All,

I think most people have followed the early bits of my attempt to make it to MMS 2010 for my session on WMI for the System Center Configuration Administrator. But here is the full story.

As most of you know the airspace in Brussels closed down on Thursday, and the re-opening of the airspace got delayed a couple of hours at the time. As Kenny already blogged quite a few of the SCUG members decided to drive to Madrid and take a flight from there. Unfortunately by the time I figured airspace was not going to be re-opened on Sunday morning there were no tickets available in Madrid so I could join Kenny and the other SCUG members. That was the start of a pretty frustrating week, I went to the airport day-after-day to get my flight rescheduled to a waiting list the next day each time around.

On Thursday when the first transatlantic flights from Brussels started leaving again I got drafted for a seat on the flight to Chicago. So things brightened up slightly as my session had been reschedules to Friday morning. The flight to Chicago however got delayed for 1,5 hours, add a 2 hour border control line to that, and you can figure out that I didn’t make my connection to Las Vegas. The airline transferred me on to the next flight out to Las Vegas, but apparently this was my “lucky week” and the airplane on my rescheduled flight needed servicing, which meant they had to fly in another airplane from Philadelphia causing an additional delay of 1 hour 45 minutes. Eventually landed in Las Vegas 9:40 PM only to find out that my luggage didn’t make it. The airline service desk told me it would arrive on the next flight from Chicago, so I waited for awhile for that to arrive, but eventually gave up on that and had the airline ship my luggage to the hotel. Long story short, I arrived at the Palazo hotel at 10:30 PM. I promised event organizers Martin Dey and Lyndy Hailey that I would do everything within my power to make it there, and well a promise is a promise.

And now for the good news, had a good night of sleep at the Palazo, got up bright & early, and was totally “in the zone” to deliver my session. That Friday morning nothing could have stopped me, I was going to deliver a killer-session no matter what. And so I did, I went on stage and delivered my session, wide awake adrenaline pumping like mad. I didn’t just deliver my session, I don’t usually brag about my performances but this time around I rocked! I delivered the best-scoring session of the systems management track although Greg Ramsey (Powershell and SCCM: Better toghether) Sherry Kissinger (Hardware Inventory of custom DCM to ensure compliant systems) and all the program managers in The ConfigMgr product team (ConfigMgr vNext Ask the panel of experts ) made me work my magic mojo pretty hard to achieve that.

It didn’t stop there though, on top of scoring the best systems management session, I managed to score a top 10 overall session and finished 8th in the overall sessions at MMS 2010. Needless to say, it has been one hell of a trip, but it has been worth it. I only got beaten by some true rock stars like (Mark Minasi, Michael Niehaus, Travis Wright and Johan).

Yes that’s Johan Arwidmark, but within our industry he entered the group of people that you know by just mentioning their first names like Bono and Cher.

 

I delivered 2 great demo’s got to announce the release and promote sccmautodoc (more on that later or mail sccmautodoc@oscc.be for ordering info), and have been living on a cloud ever since. (Never new “The Cloud” experience was this intense).

Here are some of the comments I liked best on the eval sheets:

 

Funny speaker! The power he just gave admins here is HUGE! Bring him back next year.

glad you could make it to the conference. This session was very beneficial!!!!! thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!!

Kim did a great job of showing how we can use WMI more efectively, as SCCm admins

The MYIT speakers/presenters are very good, presenting the real world and not just MS propaganda

And this one is what I did it for:

Thanks for flying in. You are amazing. We are not worthy!

 

In the end the trip was hell, and I didn’t get to see much of the event, but to me it was worth it.

SCCM : State of the union @ MMS-2010

5:15 am in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, mms, MMS2010, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 SP2, SCCM v.Next, sccm2007 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Let me start by saying that it has been a great State of the union , and for those of you that didn’t make it this year, that they are working in the Systems Center Configuration Manager Space. Make sure you are here next year, because you are missing out on a lot of great stuff with Josh Pointer & Bill Anderson.

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I was really surprised when they showed this slide . They even called me on stage ! I was really touched …( read the real story at http://scug.be/blogs/sccm/archive/2010/04/19/mms-2010-the-road-trip-continued-we-have-made-it-but.aspx )

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But now , lets continue with the serious stuff . I will try to give you a good overview of what has been said during the “State of the Union” below. There was a lot of valuable info today.

What the ConfigMgr team did the previous 12 months for people who really didn’t know yet :

  • They released ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 ,
  • They released the ConfigMgr dashboards
  • They released the new Application Compatibillity Toolkit 5.5
  • They released a 64 bit management pack for SCOM
  • They released SCAP
  • The documentation team created some :

 

What the ConfigMgr team additionally learned :

  • 1/3 of the total ConfigMgr traffic on the Asset Intelligence service had an uptake in the last 3 months
  • With recent uptake on AI, the ConfigMgr team learned that there are new gaps in title and categorization that they need to invest into.

 

What the ConfigMgr team will do in the next 12 months :

For ConfigMgr 2007 :

  • The documentation team will :
  • Targeted for 2010 there will be releases for adobe patch management thru SCUP ( system center update publisher ).There is an agreed principle that Adobe will be ready at least before the end of this year for Adobe Reader and Acrobat products:

 

    • Supporting Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
    • Leveraging Microsoft System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP)
    • Hosted as catalogs at Adobe for automatic download by SCUP
    • Products: Adobe Reader and Acrobat (Versions still being determined)
    • All updates – Quarterly and Out-of-Cycle Updates (New major versions under consideration)
    • Simultaneous with the rest of Adobe Reader and Acrobat deliverables

 

  • Shavlik has released a new plugin for SCUP called SCUPdates ( multivendor ) . (see www.shavlik.com) . Shavlik Data Team maintains updates for multiple vendor products such as Adobe, Apple, Citrix – in a single catalog file.
  • Config Mgr R3 : Yes , it still isn’t off the radar.

 

For ConfigMgr V.next :

Let me start by saying that SCCM v.Next is still minimum 1 year away, so I will start with the stuff that is more or less targeted for release dates (however it can always change). They said during the “State of the union” that the development cycles are longer then the ones for SMS 2.0

  • Beta 1 – May 2010
  • Beta 2 – Q1 CY 2011
  • RTM – H2 CY 2011

 

Here are some readiness tips for V.next :

  • System Requirements :
    • Site servers and site roles require 64-bit OS (distribution points are an exception)
    • Distribution points are an exception (32 bit is supported for standard DP’s)
    • SQL 2008 SP1 with CU6 (64 bit) needed
    • SQL reporting is the only reporting left (web based reporting is gone)
  • Hierarchy :
    • Flatten the Configmgr 2007 hierarchy
    • Start implementing branch cache
    • Start learning about SQL replication
    • Best practices – AD Sites for site boundaries, UNC paths for source content, Break up collections that contain both users and devices
  • The new ConfigMgr V.next App Model Helpers :
    • State based applications needs certain detection methods. Tip: Use App CI’s today for your applications to learn about this. SCUP is also a good tool for this
    • Rules vs Queries . Tip: Use DCM today to learn how to author settings and rules as experience will be the same.

 

What about the partnership with Citrix ?

Configmgr/Xenapp Relationship :

  • Long term collaboration on user centric architecture and experiences
  • Integration that drives core product designs of both ConfigMgr and XenApp
  • Logical next step in 20+ year MS/Citrix relationship

Xenapp Connector for Configmgr :

  • Offer a single, integrated view and management of all enterprise applications
  • Extend ConfigMgr applications to a broader set of users, devices and access scenarios
  • Advanced automation with ConfigMgr delivers applications and updates to XenApp servers without impacting users
  • Citrix Dazzle enables self service access to XenApp delivered applications from any device
  • Available in June 2010 ( could still change )

Configmgr V.next & Xenapp V.next :

  • Citrix XenApp & ConfigMgr V.next will align on user centric computing vision
  • Citrix will build upon ConfigMgr V.Next as a best practice for enterprise application management
  • Citrix will continue to integrate XenApp application delivery into future versions of ConfigMgr v.next

We will talk soon about it when we have our “Best of MMS” session in Belgium, Make sure that you register on the following link ; http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-be/ff628215.aspx

 

Hope it helped ,

Kenny Buntinx

MMS-2010 : The Road trip continued … We have made it , but ….

5:57 am in mms, MMS2010 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

As explained in other posts as well , almost all European airports where closed . Well that wasn’t good enough for us as explained in the previous posts :

http://scug.be/blogs/mike/archive/2010/04/17/mms-2010-the-roadtrip.aspx

http://scug.be/blogs/sccm/archive/2010/04/17/mms-2010-the-road-trip-continued.aspx

 

Well , two founding members and one member of the Scug.be community ( Alex Verkinderen (SCOM MVP) , Kurt Vanhoucke (SCSM expert) and Dieter wijckmans ) left already on friday evening to Madrid airport to grab the last two seats on Saturday ….

Ourselfs , also a founding member and two other members of the Scug.be community ( Kenny Buntinx (SCCM MVP) , Mike Resseler (SCE , SCDPM expert) and Arne Peeleman ) left on saturday noon to Madrid airport to grab the last tree seats on Sunday ….

But there is also some sad news :

We lost the following Scug.be members as well due to various reasons :

  • Kim Oppalfens (SCCM MVP & SCUG founding member)
  • Gino D’hooker (SCUG Member)
  • Yves Janssene (SCUG Founding Member)

We still hope that some guy’s can still make it !!

If there are any spelling mistakes , sorry , but I am exhausted

Kenny Buntinx

MMS-2010 : Getting closer! Call to action for Belgian IT-Pro’s attending MMS !

9:12 am in MMS2010 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Microsoft Management Summit 2010 is just around the corner! But the question will be : how many Belgian IT Pro’s are attending this event ?

If you are an Belgian IT Pro , please let me know . It would be great to know and maybe meet up in Las Vegas.

 

The complete SCUG team from Belgium will be there!

Myself (MVP SCCM), Kim Oppalfens (MVP SCCM) , Kurt Vanhoecke (SCSM), Alexandre Verkinderen (MVP SCOM) , Yves Janssens ( SCSM & SCOM ) & Mike Resseler ( SCDPM & SCE ) will attend MMS in Vegas.

 

See you all over there !

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx