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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

VMware’s Message of the Day – Your vSphere client is frozen.

Every so often, I come across a client that is leveraging the Message of the Day in their vSphere vCenter configuration.  Usually, it’s a friendly reminder to disconnect any CD-ROMs an admin might have in use or reminding them to log out of the Windows sessions when done.  Occasionally it is a legal disclaimer. (ugh!)

If you happen to be in the ‘I bought it so I am going to use every feature’ camp, be aware that if you have a self signed certificate that hasn’t been accepted by the client, you could run into this frozen session state.  Unable to click ignore and unable to continue to the rest of your work.  What's the hold up?  A Message Of The Day screen HIDDEN behind the Security Warning.

ALT-F4 closes the Hidden MOD. (although since you didn’t read it, Lord knows what you might have agreed to). ;)

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

The “Goods” from Synergy 2013 session – Migrating WI Customizations to StoreFront

It’s the holidays and I’m finally getting through my TODO lists.  Things that have been in the queue that I have meant to post but haven’t had a chance to.  So I’ll continue rounding out my Sam Jacobs’ greatest hits with ‘The Synergy Goods’. :)

Citrix hosted another great Synergy this year, and Sam was honored to be able to lead a session (SNY415) during the event. If you were not able to catch the presentation in person (or just want to see it again!), you can view it on-demand on SynergyTV.

The following resources are now available for download:

If you have any questions on the above, please email the team at synergy@ipm.com.

Be sure to follow Sam on Twitter : @WIGuru

A full house - Sam Jacobs at Synergy

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to Automatically Close or Logoff from Web Interface After Launching an Application

imageMore from the Sam Jacobs Archive:

You may wish, for security reasons or otherwise, to automatically terminate a user’s session once an application has been launched. With the modifications below, you have the option of either automatically logging out of Web Interface, or automatically closing the browser window (or tab). The way it is coded, it’s set to logout or close after 10 seconds, but that value is configurable.

Part 1

Back up the file ..\app_data\include\layout.ascx and open with Notepad.
Copy and paste the contents of the attached text file:

AutoCloseWindowCode Code Modifications

right before the function doAutoLaunching() (should be approx. line #68).
Save the file. It should look somewhat like:


Part 2

The next modification will depend on whether you are explicitly launching the application (by clicking it), or you are auto-launching a desktop.

For explicitly launched applications:

Back up the file \app_code\PagesJava\com\citrix\wi\pageutils\include.java
IMPORTANT – You cannot keep your backup in the same directory, or the Java compiler will be very unhappy with you.

Open with Notepad, and at line #1194, you should see:

result = result + " onClick=\"resetSessionTimeout();clearFeedback();";

If you want to logout after 10 seconds, change that to:

result = result + " onClick=\"beginLogoffSequence();clearFeedback();";

If you want to close the browser window, change that to:

result = result + " onClick=\"beginCloseSequence();clearFeedback();";

Warning! Javascript is case-sensitive!
Save the file. An IISRESET is not required.

For auto-launched desktops:

Back up the file ..\site\directLaunch.aspx and open with Notepad.
Scroll to the bottom of the file … To automatically close the browser window or tab, enter:

<script type="text/javascript" >

To automatically logoff the user from Web Interface, enter:

<script type="text/javascript" >

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Email enabled ShareFile Folders

SNAGHTML11caa92Sam Jacobs sent over this great tip for anyone using ShareFile.

A client asked if ShareFile supported email-enabled folders.

They frequently exchange large documents with their clients, and wanted to know whether they could associate an email address to a ShareFile folder (e.g. clientNameDocs@ipmit.shareFile.com), and have any attachments sent to that email address get automatically uploaded to the associated folder.

Jay Tomlin (@jtmln) is now the PM of ShareFile, and informed me that ShareFile DOES, in fact, support email-enabled folders.

Full details are in this KB article but in a nutshell:

You do this by using the "Request a file" option in the folder details:


That  process will generate an upload URL which will look like this: 

Take the tail end of that URL and use it as an email address with @mail.sharefile.com, e.g.: rebe49f54d59a@mail.sharefile.com

You might want to set up an alias that uses the client’s name, so that the email address is not so cryptic.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Citrix Web Interface End Of Life dates

From the You knew it was coming files:

If you haven’t started thinking about your Citrix StoreFront upgrade yet, consider this the start of your official countdown. 


The End of Maintenance date will be December 17th 2014 when updates officially stop and then the End of Life date will be June 14th 2015.  At that point there will be no more patches, upgrades or security hotfixes issued for the Web Interface 5.x product.   2015 is definitely a good distance in the future and 18 months should be plenty of time for a transition but depending on the level of customization you might have implemented on your current Web Interfaces, you should begin experimenting with StoreFront sooner rather than later.  This will allow you to be properly prepared and have the right expectations when the inevitable crunch time comes.

Of course you could pony up the cash for the Extended Support to get you to 2020 but I can only speculate on what it will actually cost.


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