Rich Crusco of Frameworkx.com has just posted a great three  four part review series of the Tech Preview of the Citrix WorkFlow Studio. Here is just a small portion of some of Rich’s thoughts and screen shots from three very detailed and thorouugh posts on the Tech Preview.

In his introduction to Part 1 of his series Rich writes “This is part 1 in a series of articles to be released that will give you a preview of Citrix Workflow Studio, a powerful orchestration tool for a dynamic delivery center. This preview article, the first in many, will go into the overview of Citrix Workflow Studio and its role in Dynamic Delivery and Process Automation.”

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Here are some quotes from Rich’s post :

Business Points Addressed:

  • Complete Solution – Provides automated end-to-end creation, provisioning, and deployment of datacenter servers.
  • Ensures Compliance – Tracks and controls via workflow, common administration tasks.
  • Maintains Standards – Enforces consistent, streamlined automation of business rules and practices.
  • Improves Efficiency – Significantly reduces server administration workload using scripting, workflow, graphical administrative console, and reporting capabilities.
  • Promotes Rapid ROI – Automates the management of datacenter servers for potentially millions of users.

Technical Points Addressed:

  • Simplifies Server Configuration Creation – Pre-configured tasks provide step-by-step guide for configuring complex or standard server settings and then outputs them into a PowerShell script.
  • Automates Server Configuration Approval and Audit – Allows administrators to create workflows for administrative tasks with built-in audit and approval steps.
  • Automates Server Deployment – The PowerShell extensions allow IT administrators to script server settings using Cmdlets.
  • Adapts Server Configuration to Organization – The workflow UI and wizards are completely customizable and editable for custom workflow configurations.
  • Enables Workload Delegation – Once a workflow is created, it can be delegated to other administrators for editing and execution.

Rich pulled in screen shots from Citrix WorkFlow Studio as well –

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In Part 2 Rich states “Previously I have outlined what is Citrix Workflow Studio, and so in this article we are going to outline some of the Citrix Workflow Studio concepts, interfaces, and configurations. In this article I will give you a better working knowledge of the components that are needed to be able to create and compose workflows.”

Rich does a great job of dissecting WorkFlow Studio and getting down into the guts of this Tech Preview.

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In Part3, Rich dives down into workflow creation.

In this article I will give you a better working knowledge of workflow control tasks, creating workflows, using templates, and running workflows.

This is part 3 in a series of articles that will preview the new Citrix Workflow Studio, a powerful orchestration tool for a dynamic delivery center. In previous articles in this series on Citrix Workflow Studio;

Citrix Workflow Studio – Preview Part 1
Citrix Workflow Studio – Preview Part 2

Previously I have outlined Citrix Workflow Studio, Concepts, Interfaces, and Configurations. In this article I will give you a better working knowledge of workflow control tasks, creating workflows, using templates, and running workflows.

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UPDATE: Rich has added a Part 4 specifically on Variable with WorkFlow Studio. 

Rich really digs down deep into the Tech Preview of Citrix Workflow Studio in this series, and includes a lot of visuals to help you get a better feel for what makes WorkFlow Studio tick and how this new program can be a valuable part in your tool kit. The little I have posted hear is just enough to whet your appetite, follow the links to get the three course meal.

Rich and Gus Pinto have a lot of interesting content and some very popular utilities for download (over 2.8 million downloads so far). Check it out at Frameworkx.com.