Gespot!

Written by Ingmar Verheij on December 24th, 2009. Posted in No category

Google Streetview vond ik altijd al cool, maar nu is het gewoon vet.

Nadat Jeroen zijn auto al was gespot op de Europalaan in Utrecht is ook mijn auto gespot. Door een klant werd ik erop geattendeerd dat mijn bolide deze zomer op hun parkeerplaats is gefotografeerd:
GoogleStreetview

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“Fier” this printer driver

Written by Ingmar Verheij on December 4th, 2009. Posted in Printing

Recently I wrote a few articles about the problems with printer drivers in a multi-user environment. In the past weeks I’ve been troubleshooting a problem with Citrix servers who randomly hang, without any clear cause.
The source of all problems was a classic issue, bad printer drivers.

So what happened?
This can be seen through different eyes, and different perspective. The end-user, administrator and the consultant.

Sinterklaas

Written by Ingmar Verheij on November 13th, 2009. Posted in No category

“PepperByte hoeft nooit lang na te denken
om een goede oplossing voor uw IT te bedenken.
VDI, virtualisatie, server management of SBC
de PepperCrew members weten er wel raad mee.
Door kennis en ervaring hebben uw projecten een beter resultaat
dat is het resultaat als u mensen van PepperByte binnenhaalt.
Voor zowel advies, ontwerp als realisatie
komt u bij ons terecht. Want wij zijn PepperByte, de ‘Spice in IT’.”
PepperPiet

Ingmar Verheij

Configure “Instant Mail” once (and keep the name!)

Written by Ingmar Verheij on November 9th, 2009. Posted in Workpace Manager

Instant Mail is a feature of RES PowerFuse to configure a mail profile based on a template. This feature is more than welcome after the work-around Microsoft gave us with the PRF files. Instant Mail has been around since the early versions of PowerFuse and was known as Instant MAPI (because a mail profile is actually a MAPI profile) but with the release of PowerFuse 2010 they will rename it to ‘Mail templates’.

Renaming happens everywhere
As you might have noticed renaming happens everywhere. Citrix, for instance, is known for it’s many different product names which change sooner then the season. They even made a special site about the different names, acronyms and terminology! But that’s a bit off-topic.

Once upon a time there was an Instant Mail profile
Recently I ran into a situation where a Instant Mail profile was configured with the additional option ‘Once’. This option is set so that the profile is set once (duh!) and that changes afterwards are saved. These changes might include opening additional mailboxes or setting a signature.
This all works fine and I have been using it in many deployments.

Stresstest your printer drivers

Written by Ingmar Verheij on November 6th, 2009. Posted in Performance testing, Printing

A few days ago I wrote an article about the issues with printer drivers in a multiuser environment. In this article I advised you to test you’re printer drivers in a acceptance environment, preferably with real users testing. This can be achieved with a LoadTest / StressTest tool like the Denamik LoadGen, which is free up to 25 users. And since testing with 10 users is enough to stress a driver, there’s no need to buy a license.

Today I would like to tell you how this is done, step-by-step.

The goal
We’re going to try to use the printer environment as realistic as possible, but where focusing on the worst case scenario. Because where trying to find out whether the printer driver is functioning correct when multiple users are printing, where going to simulate that a number of users are printing to printers using the same printer driver.

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