Windows Azure and Server 2012


I recently attended Microsoft’s Cloud OS Signature Event Series in Denver, CO.  The main focus of the event was their new cloud service called Azure and Server 2012 which launched last month.  While there are tons of new changes and features to play with from a technical standpoint, my main question was what does this mean for the small business?

From the get go, Microsoft made it clear this is one of the biggest updates to their server operating system thanks to the heavy focus on cloud computing and their new service Azure.  This new cloud service will allow you to host anything from servers to web sites.  From your primary server you can easily manage servers whether it is on your network, Azure, or a 3rd party hosting such as Rackspace.

Its also apparent Microsoft is setting their sights on solutions like Citrix and trying to offer a simpler and more integrated solution for virtual desktops.  If you organization uses Citrix, does it mean that you should move to Server 2012?  Maybe.  Citrix definitely has a place still depending on how your organizations needs and work flow of employees.

Like most things new in the world of computers I would recommend holding off as Microsoft and early adopters iron out the bugs.  Speak with your IT administrator or follow the link below to find out more.





Citrix = iOS 5.5


Citrix Receiver for iOS 5.5

Today, most businesses both small and large are using Citrix to keep their employees connected while off-site or on the go. Also to improve access while away, we are all integrating mobile devices. So putting both of these together adds optimal results.

There are so many mobile devices out there these days that it is hard to keep up with all of them and all the different operating systems they are running. This is a quick update for any device running iOS 5.5.

Let’s start with the devices that are capable of running this operating system with the Citrix receiver. Citrix receiver supports iOS-based mobile devices with operating system version 4.2.x or later. This software update is supported on the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation)

Now on to the new stuff! There are a couple new features and settings that go along with this upgrade. In addition to general performance improvements and optimizations, this Receiver release adds these new features:

  • Improved performance overall.
  • RSA SecurID Soft Token integration and support. Use the RSA instructions to convert the token file and email the converted file to user devices to install.
  • Support for Web and SaaS authentication through Receiver StoreFront and App Controller on LAN.
  • Support Windows authentication through Cloud Gateway Express.
  • Support for authentication through the Citrix Receiver Storefront.
  • Support for Client Certificate authentication for P12 formatted certificates.
  • Improved usability of the Receiver’s user interface.
  • Support for Citrix Mobility Pack and native controls in Windows applications.
  • Support for applications with GPS tracking. This feature requires Citrix Mobile Receiver Virtual Channel to be installed.
  • Receiver for iOS is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Configuring your device for this version of citrix is the same as any other device, so with the proper connection information and the know how, it should not be too difficult. Please keep an eye out for more information on this site for more tips and pointers on citrix.

My Citrix broke! Steps to fix the issue 90% of the time.


It can be very frustrating when software gets in the way of productivity. Don’t you hate it when you are working in Citrix and you go to save a document to your local HD and it’s not there?  Isn’t it terrible when you are rushing to finish a presentation and you go to print from Citrix and the printer is missing?

Tired of waiting forever for Citrix to load? Does it get stuck at the login screen?

Below are several guidelines for getting your Citrix client running well from your PC.

TIP 1:

Reboot the computer. This fixes 80% or more of all problems one might be having in Citrix.

The best thing for the PC is to turn it off entirely, wait several seconds, and then turn it back on. Alternatively from the shutdown menu, choose “Restart”

Reboot Machine here

Try launching Citrix now and you should be good to go.

Still having trouble? Read on…

TIP 2:

Ensure browser and Citrix plug-in are up-to-date. Often the wrong version of browser/plug-in can cause it to stop working. As of the writing of this post, the most recent release is here:

Citrix Plug-In

If you are using IE 8 or IE 9, ensure you have run windows update to bring the browser up-to-date.

For FireFox, be sure you are running version 7 or later.

If you use Chrome, download the latest version here.

Still not working? Read some more…

TIP 3:

Adding the site your Citrix launches from to the trusted sites in your browser might do the trick.

Open Internet Options.

Click the “Security” tab at the top.

Select “Trusted Sites” and be sure it is set to “Custom”, “Medium-Low” or “Low”

See Circled Areas

Click the “Sites” button.

In the top line in the sites box, Enter HTTPS:// , folowed by an astrisk (*), a “dot” (.) then the domain you are going to when launching citrix (,, etc.)

For example:     Https://*

After entering the site as shown above, be sure to check the box for “Require Verification (https:) for all sites in the Zone”

Click the “Add” button and your site should be in the bottom box now. Click “Close” then “OK” to get out of internet options.

Restart the browser and your Citrix should work now. If at this point you are still having trouble… Give us a call we’re always happy to help out!!!

Security - Is it Possible in The Cloud?


If you ask most small business owners what they think about ‘the cloud’ i.e. virtualized or cloud computing, you will get a myriad of responses from early adopters to staunch defenders,  naysayers  and non-believers alike.

The fact of the matter is no matter how you feel about a cloud computing infrastructure – its Achilles heel has always been security. How can you secure network infrastructure, virtual machines and your end users who access them if everything is shared in a virtualized or public realm?

These concerns are being addressed by the Industry giants such as Microsoft, for example. Microsoft Office 365 is a service offering that brings together cloud versions of their most trusted email, communication and collaboration software like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online with the familiar Office Professional Plus desktop suite.

To address security concerns, Microsoft is offering the Office 365 service with safeguarded data that is geo-redundant, boasting enterprise-grade reliability and disaster recovery with multiple datacenters and automatic failovers. The physical infrastructure is housed in best-of-breed data centers with SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certifications.

Citrix Systems’ Data Center and Virtualization CTO, Simon Crosby, announced last week that he will be resigning from the organization in order to launch his own company called Bromium ( The company will focus on leveraging virtualization to deal with cloud computing security. “Unless we solve some of these problems, the whole cloud thing is just a big waste of time for everybody.”