Our chairman Jon Jager opened the event for an almost full house. Part of the opening was a thank you to our sponsors, without our sponsors the event would not be possible. Ingmar announced his retirement as a member of the Dutch Citrix User Group steering committee. Ingmar recently joined Citrix and will retire from the steering committee at January 1st 2015.
The first presentation of the day was delivered by Rachel Berry, Citrix HDX Product Manager. Rachel discussed the business drivers for 3D Graphics and GPU acceleration, followed by in-depth information about the properties, possibilities and requirements of both techniques. Rachel also mentioned the upcoming features and a few of the roadmap ideas.
The customer case was the second presentation of the day. Martijn Hulsman and Rink Spies presented the session “ShareFile in Education”. The presentation started with an explanation of the customer functional requirements for the ShareFile infrastructure. With this starting point in mind Rink and Martijn showed a walk-through of the selected solutions. The technical challenges were taken into account as well. Martijn and Rink also shared the news of an upcoming release of a freeware utility, which simplifies the configuration of ShareFile within Enterprise infrastructures.
The third session of the day was titled “XenMobile App Edition: Experiences from the field” provided by Daniel Wedel (CTP). Daniel started explaining the customer environment and the wishes and requirements of the infrastructure. The reason for using only the App Edition of XenMobile was one of the topics. Daniel discussed all the components of the infrastructure and shared his best practices. At the end Daniel mentioned the technical challenges they met and how they were solved.
After a wonderful lunch it was time for the Choose Your Own Sessions (CYOS). Gerjon Kunst was the first CYOS presenter with his session “A 1000 seat VDI-in-a-box implementation”. Besides the challenges during the implementation, Gerjon also explained the VDI-in-a-box infrastructure, the pros and cons of the product and arguments for implementing VDI-in-a-box.
Ruben Giaccotto presented the second CYOS. The key elements of this presentation were the differences and similarities between midmarket and enterprise customers. Via the project phases like Design, Build and Implementation Ruben discussed the differences and similarities between both types of organizations. Ruben also explained how a person can grow from working for midmarket to enterprise implementations, if you would like to make this step and can handle the way of working at Enterprise customers.
The last CYOS was presented by Wilco van Bragt (CTP). In his session Wilco discussed the resource usage of a PVS infrastructure. Wilco started by explaining the theory of Citrix, followed by real life figures. The real life figures were based both on daily usage and several boot(storm) scenarios. The daily figures were a real community effort as these were provided by community members like Kees Baggerman, Erik Bakker and Tim Riegler. The final topic was comparing the real world results against the earlier discussed theory.
The next presentation was “XenServer – Features and Strategy” by David Cottingham. Although David is from the UK, he also speaks Dutch. It was really cool to see David doing the introduction in Dutch. The presentation started with several facts of XenServer. Next David touched topics like the possibilities of the current version, possible new features and roadmap ideas.
Traditionally the official part of the DuCUG event ended with a Geek Speak Live session. The GSL started with an explanation by Peter Bats on how Citrix handles security vulnerabilities like the recent issues with ShellShock and Heartbleed. After that Barry Schiffer and Kees Baggerman started with the first discussion topic, “XenServer versus the rest”. A great discussion with some very compelling arguments for both sides of the story; taking some time. So there was just enough time left for one other discussion topic. The second topic was “To Migrate or not To Migrate to XenDesktop 7.x”. Worth the mention was that about 90% was considering to upgrade to the latest version, while during our earlier event in march about 90% said they would not like to migrate to this release. Besides this remarkable fact it became clear that the attendees shared that the quality of the updates for the XenApp/XenDesktop platform has improved.
Networking is an important part of the DuCUG event. To make this possible we planned for longer breaks between the sessions and the day ended with drinks, snacks, and time to discuss the day, exchange the latest information and get in touch with each other.
A Dutch language version of this article is available, here.