I’m really excited about this article – I’ve been working with CloudGateway (our MAM solution) since its inception and I was elated when we closed the Zenprise acquisition right after the New Year, providing us with MDM capabilities.  And I’ve had the great opportunity to be involved in some of our first large Consulting projects involving XenMobile MDM and the Mobile Solutions Bundle (MSB).  And like most engagements, our project teams have run into a few unexpected things and learned a ton of new stuff along the way.  So rather than hold onto all these nuggets internally, I thought it would be best to share with the Community.  Because I have no doubt that knowing these 10 things would have REALLY come in handy prior to deploying or tackling a XenMobile or MSB project.  I certainly would have more hair.

Since some of the lessons learned would require a lengthy explanation, I didn’t want to try and write a super-long article with all the content here.  So similar to what I did for my XenServer RSC article, I’m going to provide you with a presentation detailing the Top 10 Lessons Learned.  Here is a quick rundown of the Top 10:

10.  XenMobile MDM vs. Mobile Solutions Bundle

9.  Certs and More Certs

8.  High Availability

7.  AppController Multi-Tenancy

6.  XDM Clustering

5.  App Prep Tool and @Work App Wrapping

4.  NetScaler is Your Friend

3.  Exchange Web Services vs. ActiveSync

2.  APNS and Port 8443

1.  Bandwidth & Scalability

So what are you waiting for?!?  Check out the presentation below and drop me a note/comment if you have any feedback or questions.  I’d also love to hear about other lessons learned if you’re doing a XM or MSB project, too.  I’ll probably revisit this article in a year and update the Top 10 list (incorporating a few new ones from the Comments section I’m sure), which will be fun.

Thanks, as always, for reading.  I hope this helps you in your travels.


Nick Rintalan, Senior Architect, Citrix Consulting