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Citrix WebUI and IE9: Dragging Down the Browser Wars

Today I heard from my Citrix SE about an issue with Internet Explorer 9 and the Citrix WebUI. Symptoms are issues with users unable to launch Web Interface applications after upgrading to IE9. Be clear that Citrix does not currently support access via the WebUI while using IE9.

The issue is that with the release of IE9, Microsoft increased the level of security with its browser. The security changes made by Microsoft are causing IE to treat the WebUI and related ICA files as a security threat. Our SE did recommend a few workarounds:

  • Add the WebUI URL as a trusted site in the IE9 Security Settings. In order for this to work the site must be accessed via HTTPS
  • Manually save and launch the ICA files directly
  • Use a different browser such as Firefox 3.x, or Safari 5.x

It also appears Citrix isn’t support Chrome or Firefox 4.x yet, though I’m not aware of any issues at this time.

Just wanted to pass along the word.

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Home Lab – Part 1

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I, like most serious virtualization professionals, am taking the plunge into building a home lab. I’ve gathered pieces for the past few months from various sources and am now in a position to start. I decided what better place to chronicle my journey.

Let’s start with the inventory:

  • 2 HP ML350 G5 /w 14GB RAM – ESXi 4.1 Host
  • 2 HP DL380 G4 /w 6GB RAM – iSCSI Shared Storage
  • Cisco 3550 XL 48p Switch – Loaded with Router Code
  • Cisco ASA5505

Some would say overboard, but I also plan on using it for infrastructure at my house, and hosting of some personal websites.

Here is a list of VMs I plan to run:

  • Windows 2008 R2 – vCenter 4.1
  • Windows 2008 R2 – DC, DHCP, DNS
  • Windows 2008 R2 – File/Media Server
  • Windows 2008 R2 – SQL Server
  • Windows 2008 R2 – Exchange 2010 Server
  • Windows 2008 R2 – IIS/Web Server

I’m sure this list will grow as I look to master new technologies, but for now I think this is a good start. As soon as I get the lab up and running, I’ll post again and take a few pictures as well. Things are still in the design and planning phase so if you have any advice or recommendations, please feel free to share them.

UPDATE:
I went through and corrected some of the server models as I had mistyped them. I also swapped out my 3500XL for a 3550XL so I could load router code on it and handle my Layer 3 traffic on one device and not melt my Linksys.

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Microsoft Can’t Quite Invade VMworlds; Attacks from Outside!

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

As a huge VMware fan, I hate to see this, but I’ve gotta give the big MS credit for this ballsy move. On Tuesday, Microsoft took out a full page add in the USA Today paper. This may not seem like much, but its the same paper dropped at the door of almost every VMworlds hotel goer. The add tossed jabs as VMwares cost, three year commitment and cost of labor to support. ┬áThe letter can be seen below:

While its no POKER CHIP FIASCO, this and other recent events, such as the Dell & HP bidding war for 3PAR, make it evident that multiple companies are going all in on cloud computing, and will do whatever it takes to win your business. On the upside, it makes you feel good to be on the ground level of this technological tidal wave.