Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 4.0

After having released the NetScaler documentation script version 3.5 in october 2016, it is now time to release version 4.0.

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded well over 16.750 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. With this release we have added a lot of new functionality and while at it fixed a couple of issues that were reported in earlier versions.

Before I start with explaining what has changed I want to point out that, although I started this script, this truly has been a team effort. The script wouldn’t have been this great if it wasn’t for Carl Webster and Iain Brighton. Webster developed an amazing PowerShell template to get started with documenting and outputting to Microsoft Word. Iain has written all of the NetScaler functions I use in the script to make sure I’m getting all the values out in a way it’s readable.

Please have a look at the team page to see a list of everyone who helped me develop and test the script.

What’s new

  • The script is now fully compatible with NetScaler 12.0 released in july 2017
  •  Fixed NetScaler SSL connections
  • Added SAML Authentication policies
  • Updated GSLB Parameters to include late 11.1 build enhancements
  • Added Support for NetScaler Clustering
  • Added AppExpert
    • Pattern Sets
    • HTTP Callouts
    • Data Sets
  • Numerous bug fixes

The Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 4.0 can be downloaded here.

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

After having released the NetScaler documentation script version 3.0 last may and 3.5 in october, it is now time to release version 3.6.

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded well over 14.500 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. With this release we have added a lot of new functionality and while at it fixed a couple of issues that were reported for 3.5.

Before I start with explaining what has changed I want to point out that, although I started this script, this truly has been a team effort. The script wouldn’t have been this great if it wasn’t for Carl Webster and Iain Brighton. Webster developed an amazing PowerShell template to get started with documenting and outputting to Microsoft Word. Iain has written all of the NetScaler functions I use in the script to make sure I’m getting all the values out in a way it’s readable.

Please have a look at the team page to see a list of everyone who helped me develop and test the script.

What’s new

  • The script is now fully compatible with NetScaler 11.1 released in July 2016.
  • Added HTTPS redirect for Load Balancing
  • Added Policy Based Routing
  • Added several items to advanced configuration for Load Balancer and Services
  • Numerous bug fixes

Added NetScaler Gateway functionality highlights

  • Added NetScaler Gateway reporting for Custom Themes

The Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6 can be downloaded here.

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.5

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.5

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

After having released the NetScaler documentation script version 3.0 last may, it is now time to release version 3.5.

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded well over 14.000 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. With this release we have added a lot of new functionality and while at it fixed a couple of issues that were reported for 3.0.

 

Before I start with explaining what has changed I want to point out that, although I started this script, this truly has been a team effort. The script wouldn’t have been this great if it wasn’t for Carl Webster and Iain Brighton. Webster developed an amazing PowerShell template to get started with documenting and outputting to Microsoft Word. Iain has written all of the NetScaler functions I use in the script to make sure I’m getting all the values out in a way it’s readable.

What I love about the virtualisation community is that new people will just pick up where you have left of. In this release a lot of the new functionality was just delivered to me by Andy McCullough so I have added Andy to the NetScaler Documentation Script team! If you want to be part of this and help expand the functionality of the script feel free to drop me an e-mail.Please have a look at the team page to see a list of everyone who helped me develop and test the script.

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Citrix NetScaler Powershell documentation script v3

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version v3

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

 

With great pleasure I can finally share the release of the Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.0.

The latest version, 2.5, was released at the end of 2014, yes 2014! It has been a while and there are many reasons for that, mostly joyful and some unfortunate.

 

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded at least 13.000 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. This release is a major update and will help us to release new versions faster.

The main reason it took this long is that we have literally changed everything, and I mean everything. Except for the output which all looks quite familiar aside from new information we are now able to document.

With the release of version 3.0 we moved from parsing the ns.conf configuration file to utilising the NetScaler Nitro API. Although this makes perfect sense it proved to be quite the project.

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.8 HDX Display performance improvements

This week Citrix released Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 For a complete overview of all that is new in version 7.8 check out the following great articles:
Citrix XenDesktop 7.8 and Citrix XenApp 7.8 by Citrix CTP Thomas Poppelgard
Installation and Configuration of Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.8 AppDisks and AppDNA by Citrix CTP Dane Young
Citrix XenApp 7.8 and XenDesktop 7.8 released by Alexander Ervik Johnsen

In this article I’ll focus on the enhancements that have been made to the Citrix HDX Display protocol stack. The what’s new guide for Citrix XenDesktop 7.8 states the following enhancements:

  • Framehawk server scalability improvements. Over 40% average reduction in memory footprint. Up to 20% increase in CPU efficiency.
  • Reduced VDA memory footprint in Thinwire. The graphics encoder processing pipeline now eliminates the use of an intermediate frame buffer when running Thinwire without video codec compression.

These statements are screaming to be independently measured and that’s what this article is all about.

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Announcing Remote Display Analyzer

Remote Display Analyzer

Today Bram Wolfs and I are announcing the general availability of Remote Display Analyzer.

The Remote Display Analyzer project started about 9 months ago when we were working on a presentation called “Citrix HDX Display Codec Deepdive”. The goal for this presentation was to explain the available display codecs and show the impact of each of these codecs on both user experience and resource utilisation.

We quickly found that it wasn’t as easy to configure the HDX policies and just assume for the result to be as configured. We found that often times the resulting configuration was different then what we expected based on the configuration. This has to do with OS versions on the virtual desktop and endpoint as well as the endpoint capabilities.

Analysing the resulting configuration and resource utilisation was both time consuming and complex because this requires several consoles like HDX Monitor, Director, Microsoft Task Manager et cetera. Especially HDX Monitor is very confusing when it comes to viewing the active Display encoder.

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