ESXi, Puppet Bolt, and the OVFTool
In a moment of quiet I started to think about how to improve my home lab VM deployment strategy although strategy is a strong word for it ! Currently I use basic server build ESXi virtual machines for 2K12 R2, 2K16, and 2K19 that have been sysprep’d and perform an autologon to set the machine name, IP details, and join the Domain. The Powershell script I use pulls variables from the vmx file or prompts me to set the details if I forget to add them. Not the most elegant of solutions but it did mean I could deploy a new VM in about 15 minutes albeit with a lot of manual intevention.
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Rebuilding My Pi Again….
Another week and another rebuild of my chuffing Raspberry Pi !
It was another power glitch that killed it I think but after hunting around I thought maybe it’s the SD Card which is getting past it’s prime so I decided to look around at the alternatives.
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Rebuilding My Raspberry
Yesterday I fired up my Pi so I could fiddle with it only to find that it wouldn’t boot. A bit of punting round the web revealed that it had got corrupted so rather than try to rescue it, I opted for a rebuild.
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Local Policy Session Printing With CVADS
Recently on site I came across my first requirement for a Citrix Session Printer Policy when migrating from an on-premises 7.15 Site to CVADS.
At first I simply tried copying the policy in to the Cloud Studio but when I came to select the printer it was unable to connect. The first step was to eliminate firewall rules as usual so I got the SMB ports opened between the Cloud Connectors and the Print Servers but this didn’t resolve the issue.
Luckily I was working with Citrix at the time and so a quick check through Slack turned up Citrix Article https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX220345 which says “Because limitation of Citrix Cloud and Connector, in certain scenarios, communication with some of the on premises components, there is a need for some customers to manage the Citrix polices locally”.
The article itself was straightforward enough and geared towards using an Active Directory Group Policy which was duly created but still failed to apply. Closer inspection showed that because the customer uses AppSense for user personalisation they didn’t have the “user group policy loopback processing mode” enabled.
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pfSense – Continuing to Break my brain
During the fun of building out another virtual environment to act as another remote site I realised that traffic was no longer flowing over my IPSec VPN once I set it up.
The initial issue was due to a mismatch between the configurations on my two pfSense firewalls which was quickly resolved and the tunnel came up after that. Once it was up though I realised that nothing was flowing over the VPN.
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Citrix Depreciate On-Premises Cloud Support
With the release of the latest Current Release (CR) of Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) version 2003 Citrix has announced that they have deprecated on-premises support for VDA workloads hosted on the following Clouds:
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- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- Cloud Platform
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FreeNAS – Upgrades and a corrupted USB stick
Last week I decided it was probably time to finally upgrade my FreeNAS server from 11.2 U2 to 11.2 U7 as it was giving me rrdcache errors on shutdown and also ground to a halt when I was doing a large clonezilla backup of my machine.
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Citrix – Making CentOS Look Like Windows 10
As part of my testing with the CVAD 1912 Linux VDA I came across the B00merang desktop themes which makes a Linux desktop look like Windows 10. I decided to explore whether the theme could be applied to Citrix sessions and after to some googling, got it up and running .
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Citrix – Learning About The Linux VDA
As part of taking the new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) LTSR release out for a spin, today I decided to look at the Linux VDA again. It’s been a while since I tried it as my previous attempts weren’t successful but today I figured was the day to try again !
Many years ago I worked on a Citrix install for a school in Hull which used XenApp on Sun Solaris to provide Open Office to their students at home for doing their homework. At the time I was greatly impressed but after putting a XenApp server on Solaris in for one of the previous companies I worked for, I haven’t seen anything *nix related since.
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