AWS WorkSpaces – Deploying Applications using Liquidware FlexApp

At this point in the AWS WorkSpaces series, I have created my own image bundle, deployed and tested AD-joined WorkSpaces, and have setup Liquidware ProfileUnity to save user settings.  Now, I want to add applications to my WorkSpace BUT without actually installing them onto my WorkSpace.  How can one add an application to a machine … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Deploying Applications using Liquidware FlexApp

AWS WorkSpaces – Integrating Liquidware ProfileUnity

Years ago, when I started working with Citrix MetaFrame 1.8, I don't recall ANY conversations centered around user profile/settings management.  Through the haze of memory, it seems like the biggest factor affecting end-user satisfaction was ensuring the appropriate mailbox was accessed when Outlook was launched from the MetaFrame server.  Then as things progressed toward shared … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Integrating Liquidware ProfileUnity

AWS WorkSpaces – Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector

As a continuation of the AWS WorkSpaces series, I'll detail the steps to deploy a WorkSpace into an Active Directory domain using a customized WorkSpace bundle in this post. Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector Within the AWS console, click WorkSpaces under the Desktop & App Streaming heading. On the WorkSpaces page, click WorkSpaces … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector

AWS WorkSpaces – Building a Customized Image Bundle

A standard procedure in any VDI deployment is to create a customized "gold image".  A gold image is simply a template machine on which the computing environment (OS, updates, applications, etc.) is customized to meet the needs of an organization, and this image then serves as the foundation from which copies/virtual desktops are built.  There … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Building a Customized Image Bundle

AWS WorkSpaces – Creating an AD Connector

In order to join an AWS WorkSpace to and then login using existing "on-prem" Active Directory domain credentials, a WorkSpace directory using an AD Connector must be created. Amazon WorkSpaces uses a directory to store and manage information for your WorkSpaces and users. AD Connector Prerequisites Before jumping directly into creating the AD Connector, be … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Creating an AD Connector

“LDAP is not ready” when upgrading VMware Horizon Connection Servers

I must admit I think very little about the VMware Horizon ADAM database but this week I was forced to when a customer called to say they were having problems when attempting to upgrade their Horizon connection servers from 7.5 to 7.6.  Specifically the error was stating that "LDAP is not ready for an upgrade." … Continue reading “LDAP is not ready” when upgrading VMware Horizon Connection Servers

Thinking about AWS WorkSpaces….

Recently, two events got me thinking more and more about AWS WorkSpaces.  What is AWS Workspaces?  Basically it's VDI on AWS, but here's the official AWS definition/description: Amazon WorkSpaces enables you to provision virtual, cloud-based Microsoft Windows or Amazon Linux desktops for your users, known as WorkSpaces.  Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates the need to procure and deploy … Continue reading Thinking about AWS WorkSpaces….

Can’t deploy Citrix Receiver with the CLI when using NetScalers?!?!

As I begin typing this post, I'm not sure if this post will end up being informational, a plea, a rant, or some combination of all three.  Maybe it's just me, and I'm fully aware and able to accept that in all likelihood it probably is, but my biggest pain point when deploying new Citrix … Continue reading Can’t deploy Citrix Receiver with the CLI when using NetScalers?!?!

EMC Unity Datastore “not available in the VMware Hypervisor”

Recently, when creating the first VMFS datastore on an EMC storage array, I received and error stating that “the specified disk is not available in the VMware hypervisor”.  Though the VMFS datastore was successfully created on the array, the error occurred when trying to assign permissions to the vSphere hosts themselves. In this particular circumstance, … Continue reading EMC Unity Datastore “not available in the VMware Hypervisor”

2018 AWS Public Sector Notes – Cost Optimization on AWS

As promised through Twitter, here are my notes from my second Thursday morning session from last week’s AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.  This session, on AWS Cost Optimization led by Matt Johnson, was packed!  Honestly, I was a little surprised by that initially though I’m not sure why….I mean, I have my AWS … Continue reading 2018 AWS Public Sector Notes – Cost Optimization on AWS