Monitor-Backlog and take actions with custom conditions

3 04 2014

Hi Again,
I needed a quick way to place a folder where files from clients in my environment are being constantly sent and imported elsewhere under closer watch for backlogging and performance troubleshooting, the responsiveness of a business process was reliant on how fast the files from the clients gets processed,
I wanted the following abilities:
– it had to be temporary as I just wanted to get a rough idea on the times of day I get bottlenecks if any
– I didn’t want to interrupt / burden the server with too frequent queries
– I wanted to do something that I can use later / recycle in some form for other uses
– I had to get an idea visually of how bad things are meaning i needed couple of condition (severities)
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How to disable Kerberos to test NTLM

24 07 2012

So today I encountered an issue where i wanted to mimic the behavior of a server 2003 in an un-trusted forest to which i had no physical access to, The issue was that I was trying to take advantage of the NTLM Passthrough  authentication like described here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/102716

And it was successful for some of the authentication requests from a winPE 3 based task sequence, At some point during the task sequence I received what looked like an innocent error in from the task sequence, something about that the task sequence couldn’t find the WIM image during the “Apply OS Image” step, when i looked in the server 2003 BDP event viewer i saw an event for “Unknown User Name or Bad Password” and i know the password is correct because that same task sequence run daily in the organization i work in,

To cut a long story short (i’ll post that adventure on a later post) Read the rest of this entry »





How to Drain Users on Citrix XenApp on Windows Server 2003 or 2008..the easier way

16 11 2010

Hi,

Just stumbled on a citrix KB suggesting a way to drain users’ sessions from a XenApp Server,

The article is found here: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX119661

And offers creating a load evaluator with “Citrix User Load” rule and set it to 1,

Why not use the following Load Evaluator technique? Read the rest of this entry »





Finding out the registry changes for customizing group policy on a terminal server

12 11 2010

As a Citrix Administrator i find myself more often in need of customizing the user interface some users get on our XenApp servers, let’s say for example that i want to remove IE7 “protected mode is currently turned off..” notification, well, even after googling this i could find not the exact GPO or GPP in charge of this setting,

That’s where good ol’ Process Monitor from SysInternals Suite comes in…

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Quick Solution when Citrix XenApp Rollup 6 or Installation hangs during update

11 10 2010

Hi Again!

Before i explain my solution, Citrix has posted a solution that is more complex than what i offer here,

the CTX articles are:

http://support. Citrix.com/article/CTX114691

refer to Shawn bass’  great explanation of this issue:

http://www.shawnbass.com/Blogs/tabid/58/EntryId/130/Odd-issue-with-Citrix-hotfix-that-hangs-on-COM-Registration-of-CitrixLogServer-dll.aspx

which led Citrix to create a special MST (MSI Transform file)

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX113639/

This also happened in our environment, the installation stalled and hung, i ran it using msiexec logging and thanks to Shawn’s excellent i had an idea, which eventually made it all much more simpler Read the rest of this entry »