I promise, it’s nothing like dissecting frogs in science class. No forceps or scalpel. No nasty smells. But dissecting ICA packets does separate the geeks from, well, the rest.

Dissecting ICA packets is free. All you need is something like Network Monitor from Microsoft and a programmer calculator. Just download Network Monitor from the Microsoft site and change your Windows calculator to Programmer view. That will take you about 5 minutes.

After you capture a packet trace (via Network Monitor or another tool), what now? Keep in mind that the more sophisticated network tools will tell you about your traffic types, potential problems, etc. Network Monitor is a basic, free tool and sufficient to get started. Yeehaw, you’re almost ready!

The next step is to register for the Optimizing XenApp and/or XenDesktop Across the WAN TechTalk later today. If you register and can’t attend, you’ll be sent a link within about 24 hours to view the replay.

During the session, we’ll dissect some ICA packets, including identification and explanation of the ICA Priority Bits. Once you understand the ICA data itself in raw form, it’s easier to see how to prioritize it and optimize it. By the way, we’re going to talk about all that too.

From the network standpoint, you can optimize/prioritize at Layer 3, 4, and 6. Also, from the XenApp and/or XenDesktop perspective, you can modify specific configuration settings. What should you modify when? Optimizing ICA isn’t one size fits all, and this session will ensure that you’ll be better armed with the information you need to make the right choices.

And you’ll learn how to dissect ICA packets without the use of sharp instruments.

Jo Harder, Senior Architect
@joharder