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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from vCloudInfo!

The holidays are upon us.  The year is almost over.  Another one in the books.

imageThank you for readership, support and encouragement in my personal and professional life this year.

Just a quick note to wish my friends, family, colleagues and clients a happy holiday season and prosperous 2015!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PSA: Watch out for CryptoLocker / CryptoWall emails

With the holiday season here, your users will be getting plenty of packages and tracking emails.  They will also be getting more than their share of malware infested scam emails.  Be a good IT Admin and remind them that vendors do not send attachments with tracking information inside for them to click. 

Curious where your package is?  Visit FedEx, UPS or USPS websites directly.  Or better yet, just paste your tracking number right into Google.

We’ve had a few clients recently where some gullible users have clicked through on these attachments and were hit with encrypted files and ransom notes.  Keeping your antivirus and anti-malware DAT files up to date is a great start but a little education and subtle reminders to the user community will provide a good last defense.

Happy Virus Free Holidays! :)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

IPM Sponsored - Upcoming VDI Rollout Webinar

A few months back, I helped Phil Alberta (CIO at IPM) with a great onsite VDI workshop called VDI Myths.  It was focused for the hedge fund crowd, hosted at Goldman Sachs and was well received by the audience.   For me, it was also a lot of fun to participate in.   You can read about the details here.

This time, Phil is teaming up with Jim Kannengieser (Program Manager at IPM) for a webinar titled ‘Make your VDI Project Shine’.  With their varied experience, they will talk about how to get the most out of your VDI investment.  This particular talk will be Citrix focused.

The webinar is Thursday December 18th @ 1pm EST so grab a cup of coffee or sandwich and tune in for 30 minutes.  Be sure to register for the event here and get a handy Outlook appointment so you don’t forget. ;)

After watching, head back here and let us know what you thought about it in the comments below.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

VMware Site Recovery Manager – DNS Stalls for 20 minutes.

Chris Monfet sent over a handy setting for those of us leveraging VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to protect our Active Directory infrastructures.

I was running a bubble test tonight in preparation for the main bubble test this week.  Ran into an issue with the AD/DNS starting up on the VM that is being replicated for this purpose.  DNS wouldn’t start on the server even after a 2nd reboot. 

Found the MS article below and adding the RegKey they suggest in the first resolution.  It does work after a reboot and AD/DNS functions normally after that.  Useful if you run into that again.


The most obvious symptom of this is DNS Event ID 4013 in a servers Event Log.   You would also encounter a 15 – 25 minute delay while bringing up your Domain Controllers (assuming integrated DNS) during your SRM Recovery process.

The Microsoft kb article is a handy one to go through to make sure your Active Directory DC/DNS servers are set up correctly to avoid issues during failover when all DCs will be unreachable at the same time.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Citrix XenDesktop 7.x Internals Cheat Sheet

If your current knowledge of the Citrix XenDesktop processes can be boiled down to the diagram below, check out Bas van Kaam’s Ultimate Citrix XenDesktop 7.x internals cheat sheet!


Bas’ excellent blog post includes a handy write-up and a downloadable PDF guide. Nineteen pages of tech goodness that will help you muscle through any awkward silence at a Citrix Synergy group lunch table.

Thanks to Rajen Das for sending this over!

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