It must have been back in 2001 when we (Gagan Singh and Mike East) first had the idea to host a session on XenApp Farm Design.

MetaFrame XP had just been released and a new infrastructure called IMA replaced the older generation ICA Browser. Suddenly, new concepts such as data stores, data collectors, and zones came about and with it, general confusion about the right way to set up and configure a farm. We saw many examples of un-optimized farm designs in the world. It left a bad taste in our mouths. Our engineering team had spent so much time creating this work of art, yet it was being incorporated in less-than-stellar designs. It was like creating a grand painting and putting it in a plastic frame. Disgusting!

So our younger selves, with passion in our hearts and desire to right the world, created a session for IForum (later to be called Synergy). And over the past 9 years, as MetaFrame progressed into what is now XenApp, and the infrastructure became more intelligent and adaptive, we felt a need to tell you about it – what was new that year, what you can do to have a well-performing environment, and what were some of the technical tricks we put in to keep your farm running smoothly… from technical subtleties to high-level features like Health Monitoring & Recovery and Power Capacity & Management.

And just when we thought we were finished, mission accomplished, ready to kick up our feet and relax… XenApp 6 gets released! Well, we freaked out. Who’s going to tell you about all of this new stuff? How do you use Active Directory with your XenApp farm? Do you have to? Does it affect your current farm design? What about all these autonomic computing elements like worker groups, publishing apps to OUs, and VM deployment? And how have we improved performance of the farm, yet again?

So, we decided to come out of our brief retirement and host a breakout session called “From A to XenApp – The Comprehensive Technical Guide to Optimal XenApp Farm Design (2010 Edition)”.

And we’ll do it all over again – a quick refresher on the “bread and butter” – what are the different server roles, when do they communicate, how do you design your zones, how do you adapt based on a growing user base – and then the new, exciting enhancements that make your data center even more dynamic, adaptive and self-healing!

Learn more about Synergy Berlin here. We’ll see you there!

Gagan Singh and Mike East