Citrix User Group on November 1, 2011

Are you a Citrix administrator?  Are you curious about Desktop Virtualization?  Were you in Barcelona Spain for Synergy 2011 this week?  If not then you should be here, Citrix has acquired 3 companies in the last 6 months, they’ve released updates for literally every product they sell…if you don’t live and breath this stuff you need to be here.


You are cordially invited to attend the Denver, CO Citrix User Group Meeting.

Our goals are simple… we want to foster community, dialogue, and an exchange of ideas within the rapidly growing Citrix community.

  • Learn more about the Citrix Desktop Transformation Model including:
  • Defining user segmentation
  • Base architecture and design recommendations
  • Lessons learned from the field

You will be the key to a successful Citrix User Group community! Citrix staff will be available for questions and answers after the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the best User Group in Colorado!

12:00pm – 12:30pm Registration & Lunch Served
12:30pm – 3:00pm Presentations

Cisco Office
9155 E Nichols Ave
# 400
Englewood CO 80112-3419
(720) 875-2900

Upcoming Data Center to Desktop event at Mile High Station

I’d like to invite everyone to an upcoming event Lewan & Associates is hosting with our partners: Cisco, NetApp, AppSense, and Citrix

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
2:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Mile High Station
2027 W Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

2:45 – 3:00     Registration
3:00 – 4:30     Technical Discussion
4:30 – 5:00     Panel Discussion
5:00 – 6 :00    Social Hour with drinks and appetizers

We will have keynote speakers from each vendor discussing their joint architectures for Desktop Virtualization.  We’re hoping to even have some of the new Cisco VXI client’s onsite for people to see too.

We’ll conclude with a panel discussion led by leaders from Lewan, Cisco, NetApp, AppSense, and Citrix where everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel…which should lead to a lively discussion!

A social hour with drinks and appetizers will give everyone some one-on-one time with the technical resources from the vendors and time to mingle and meet your industry peers.

Things we’ll be covering:

  • Ideas to improve your architecture to deploy a virtual environment to end users
  • How to easily manage your virtual deployment and endpoints
  • How virtual deployment affects your network
  • How to manage and size your storage environment
  • How to deploy VOIP as part of a desktop virtualization project

Questions we hope you’ll have answered when you leave:

  • I’ve heard that using video in a virtual desktop won’t work, is that true or false?
  • I’ve heard that desktop virtualization is expensive, how can I reduce the cost of a desktop virtualization project?
  • I’ve heard that disk IO is critical in desktop virtualization, what methods are available for optimizing disk for desktop virtualization, or virtualization in general?
  • I’m not going to do any desktop virtualization today, but I might in the future, how do I begin building for that future state?

Denver VMware User Group VMUG

Lewan is sponsoring the upcoming Denver VMUG, if you want to learn more about VMware products and network with others in your industry signup and attend.  I hope to see you there!

Join us for the upcoming Denver VMUG meeting! This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Registration is open and included as part of your VMUG member benefits. Please note, in order to register for this meeting we ask that you sign up for a complimentary VMUG membership, if you haven’t already done so. Click login below to sign up today.

Meeting Agenda

  • 11:15 a.m. – Doors open
  • 11:30 a.m.- Lunch served
  • 11:45 a.m.- Open discussion
  • 12:15 p.m. – What’s New at VMware/VMworld review
  • 12:30 p.m.- vSphere 5 overview
  • 1:15 p.m.- vSphere 5 Demo
  • 2:00 p.m.- Questions, discussions, giveaways

Thank you to our meeting sponsor:   

Internal Error Ugrading to IOS 5

Trying to get all my devices up to IOS 5 and I’m having issues with my iPad 1. No joy. I’ve tried 2 different computers, two iTunes versions (after trying to restore to a down graded iTunes and IOS on another mac I have) and then even the second computer with new new iTunes and code. two different USB cables. resets, reboots.

After reading more posts it turns out It’s a timing thing. I guess it’s related to the apple servers being too busy. I tried again this morning and it worked just fine. Keep trying.

Changing OST login information when using dedup appliance in BackupExec

We’ve had this question come up from our customers more than once after new firmware was installed on the dedup appliance, or some other reason BUE and the OST login isn’t working.

The command is spauser.  From the BUE 2010 admin guide page 1589 Symantec Backup Exec Deduplication Option

Changing the password for the logon account for a deduplication storage folder
When you specify a Backup Exec logon account for a deduplication storage folder, an additional user account is created for the deduplication components with the same user name and password. However, if you change the credentials for the

Sharing a deduplication device between multiple media servers
Backup Exec logon account, the credentials for the additional user account are not changed automatically. You must use the spauser.exe utility to update the password for the additional user account. This account is known as the “User 1” account when you use the spauser.exe utility to view a list of user names that are associated with the deduplication storage folder.

To change the password for the logon account for a deduplication storage folder
1 On the Backup Exec Network menu, click Logon Accounts.
2 Select the Backup Exec logon account that you want to change, and then click Edit.
3 Click Change Password. 4 Type the new password. 5 Click OK. 6 At a command prompt, type the following command:
spauser.exe -c -u
The user name is case-sensitive . If you do not know the user name, type the following command to find the user name that is associated with “User 1”:
spauser.exe -l
You will be prompted for the old password and a new password. Be sure that the new password is the same as the password that you used in step 4.
See “About deduplication storage folders” on page 1579.

Linux Elevator Settings Impact on SSDs

I found this very interesting as it shows how performance testing can be so difficult to describe and/or manipulate.  Obviously this author is trying to get it right, but it shows that you have to know what you’re doing to get it right.  It also demonstrates how SSD performance can have a great impact on application performance IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.