Citrix Cloud with Azure using a Raspberry PI 3 VDI Client

I’ve recently had a lot of interaction with customers who have asked about Microsoft’s partnership with Citrix.  More specifically, different people have asked how Citrix Cloud can be coupled with Azure in order to deploy a Citrix XenDesktop environment into Azure IaaS.

In this video, I don’t necessarily show the setup process.  But, I do demonstrate a Raspberry PI 3 VDI client connecting to Citrix Cloud hosted Storefront and running XenDesktop/XenApp from a Windows Server 2016 machine in Azure.  One interesting thing is seeing how responsive a YouTube video is while running on a Raspberry PI.  Instead of the typical constraints imposed by the PI (e.g. processor, RAM, etc.), I’m leveraging the full resources of Windows Server while letting the VDI client simply render changes in the video to the user.  The performance, I believe, is quite good – especially, when considering the possible deployment of such a device within the enterprise.

All in all, this makes for a very secure, economical VDI client.


Windows Server 2012 WDS Capture Image - winload.exe corrupt or missing

The other day I was setting up a new Windows Deployment Services image for a TFS/SharePoint Hyper-V environment.  The host machine was running Windows Server 2012 R2.  Per the normal process, I imported the Install.wim and Boot.wim images from the Windows Server 2012 media to my Install Images and Boot Images folders, respectively, in WDS.  This process operated as expected and were imported successfully.

I, then, needed to create a capture image in order to capture my Windows Server 2012 images for redeployment.  Therefore, I right-clicked on the Boot.wim image in Windows Deployment Services and clicked on “Create Capture Image…” to create my capture image.  The capture image was created successfully, or so I thought…Read more


Enabling Web Deploy Publishing With Visual Studio 2012

So after a few hours of trying to figure out how to publish my MVC project in Visual Studio 2012 to my web server running Microsoft Server 2012, I finally got it working.  I know there’s a lot of other blogs out there, but in order for me to get it working, I ended up having to take bits and pieces from multiple blogs and MSDN articles.  So, I decided to compile what I’ve learned and share here on my blog.

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