App-V 5.0 Reporting Server, missing prerequisites

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 10th, 2013. Posted in Application Virtualization

Microsoft App-V 5.0During a Microsoft App-V 5.0 implementation I had to deploy an App-V Reporting server so the customer could track usage information. I found that the required information is not well documented at TechNet but can be found (it’s scattered around the internet). Also, the information provided by Microsoft is (at the moment of writing) not accurate. Prerequisites are missing.

Hence I figured it would be good to sum up the information I gathered along the way.

Internet Explorer 10 group policies not applied? Use GPP

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 7th, 2013. Posted in Other

Internet Explorer 10Recently I had to configure some basic settings in Internet Explorer 10 on our lab environment. After some unfruitful attempts, where settings were not applied, I found out that the client side extension for Internet Explorer Maintenance policies where removed.

VMware: Recover vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) master password

Written by Ingmar Verheij on September 27th, 2013. Posted in VMware

VMware vSphere Web Client - vCenter Single Sign On InformationDuring the installation of the VMware vSphere Web Client I had to provide vCenter Single Sign On Information. Since no additional accounts / groups where granted SSO admin privileges (see VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center)  the only account that had sufficient privileges was the default SSO admin user [email protected]. The credentials of this account are provided during installation of the vCenter Single Sign On Service.

Unfortunately the password of the default SSO admin account was unknown. In this article I’ll explain how to change the password of the default SSO admin account.

Citrix PVS: Enabling KMS licensing on a vDisk

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 9th, 2013. Posted in Provisioning Server

When streaming a Windows machine the Windows license can be managed by a Key Management System (KMS). Citrix describes it as follows “KMS volume licensing utilizes a centralized activation server that runs in the datacenter, and servers as a local activation point (opposed to having each system activate with Microsoft over the internet).

To ensure KMS is working correctly the Windows machine needs to be prepared for KMS, this involves setting the right license key and “re-arming” the license. Citrix has done a pretty good job describing different scenarios in CTX128276 and explaining which actions to take, but there are more steps involved.

In this article I’ll explain what steps you can take to build a PVS vDisk where licensed are managed by KMS and how to troubleshoot some known caveats.

Citrix XenApp: Sessions disconnected right after connection

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 7th, 2013. Posted in Remote Desktop / Terminal Server, XenApp (Presentation Server)

When new sessions are started, either via Microsoft RDP of Citrix ICA, they are disconnected within seconds. This applies to normal users and users with administrative privileges. This problem is caused by a chain of events. One components crash leads to an ungraceful shutdown of other components leaving a garbage configuration, preventing new connections.