CUGC Ireland June 2018 Takeaways

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Ronnie Hamilton

Principle Technical Consultant  

From virtualisation to hyperconverged infrastructures, Ronnie is our resident technical wizard for data centres. He delivers POC’s and pre-sales support to the sales team and product training to channel partners and end-users.

Ronnie is Group Leader of the Irish Citrix User Group and holds the Nutanix Technology Champion and Citrix Technology Advocate awards.

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Ronnie Hamilton, Our Principle Technical Consultant discusses the key takeaways from the latest CUGC event held in the Sky Suite of the Radisson in Dublin on June 13th. 

The June CUGC was one of the best to date with almost 40 attending to hear from the super panel of speakers including Citrix CTP’s, a Senior Escalation Engineer for Skype4B and the event sponsors, IGEL Technology. The event began with Christian Binkhoff who had just recently announced that he had joined FSLogix in the past weekend at E2eVC in Amsterdam. He ran through the ins and outs of Citrix Cloud and Azure with some very interesting cheat sheets that he has put together.

He gave a detailed overview of Availability Zones, discussed how to make the best use of your resources and had a handy sizing chart to help you better understand what you need for various workloads, while also detailing how to save costs which is the all-important element when moving to any cloud provider.

We then did a little switch around as Tim’s plane was delayed from London so Kevin Goodman, CEO of FSLogix stepped in to give us a very informative community presentation. With all the Office 365 and Outlook cache issues of moving your data further away from the local hard drive, many in the industry are turning to mounted VHD techniques to solve this issue with various third-party vendors and the tools available for you to write your own.

Kevin gave a deep dive into how the technology really works, how to do it yourself or if that’s out of the question, how to really evaluate the vendors out there and make sure they will work for your particular use case.

Tim Mangan had arrived at this time and discussed his views on Microsoft’s new WMSIX format and if it would replace MSI or AppV. I would not be holding off rolling out your AppV packages any time soon and waiting for WMSIX.  The tooling will inevitably be available to convert when the technology finally arrives but could be up to 5 years before we are truly seeing it in the enterprise.

Tim has also written a book recently which he kindly had a raffle at the end and signed it for one lucky attendee.

Then we got a deep dive into trouble shooting Skype4B from one of Citrix’s top Escalation Engineers, Cormac Long. This guy really knows his stuff and walked us through how they get to the bottom of some complex issues. The volume of users using this technology daily is very impressive. I’m looking forward to next time as we are just waiting to see which topic the escalation team will come up with us for next.

Next up, IGEL’s Jack Hill gave a very detailed overview of some of the settings that can be configured from the UMS console. This was one of the most interactive sessions of the day with lots of questions coming from the group. The most impressive bit was his very live demo of booting from a UD Pocket thin client picking up the WIFI, entering the address of a cloud management server and the client being securely configured over the internet. Which gave him his secure Citrix desktop.

Last on the bill was Marius (AKA the Viking) and one of the sessions that I was really looking forward to as I had been doing some work round Citrix Cloud Azure and using the O365 MFA to connect to Published applications.  Marius took this to the next level showing how you would join a W10 machine to Azure AD, provision all your apps and enable SSO to your Citrix estate via the Azure Apps page. Pretty neat stuff which I’m going to try and dive a bit deeper into myself when I get the chance.

We then had the final draw to win an Echo Speaker from our sponsors IGEL which one lucky attendee took away.

We then retired next door to the bar of the Sky Suite for some nibbles and a few beers to continue the conversations with a room full of extremely talented people!

We are already planning our next event with September 27th being the working date, so check out the CUGC website for updates and we hope that more of you can join us next time!