Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ShareFile and Azure AD-The Setup

If you're thinking about ShareFile, Citrix's secure file sharing solution, you should give thought to user account authentication and management.  Planning for this now will save you trouble in the future as your ShareFile needs and user base grows.  This is where Azure Active Directory can help.

If your organization is using Office 365, you're already using Azure Active Directory (AD).  Azure AD is a cost effective, reliable, and easy to use single sign-on (SSO) solution. With Azure AD It's simple to extend its use to SaaS applications like ShareFile.  Once Azure AD has been setup you can connect it to your on-premise Active Directory in minutes.  Microsoft offers different options for Azure AD based on your needs.

When you integrate ShareFile with Azure AD you'll be able to centrally manage who has access to through the Azure portal.  Because of Azure's SSO capabilities, you'll also be able to enable users to automatically sign onto ShareFile with their Azure AD accounts.
You can try Citrix ShareFile and Azure AD for free by signing up at their portals:
Now, let's run through the process of configuring ShareFile to work with Azure AD.  For this demonstration, I've already configured Azure AD, enabled Azure Active Directory Connect, and completed the initial configuration of my ShareFile site.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Citrix Smart Check Setup on XenDesktop/XenApp Video Walk-through

In this video walk-through we setup Smart Check, one of Citrix's Smart Tools. We used Citrix Cloud and XenDesktop.

Here's a refresher of what Smart Tools are, they are cloud based tools developed by Citrix to help you speed up and simplify the design, deployment, and management of your Citrix solutions across any on-premises or cloud environment. Some of the benefits include:
  • The ability to proactively diagnose and repair issues in your Citrix environments
  • Run regular health checks on your XenApp and XenDesktop sites.
  • Discover and solve issues before they impact your end users.
  • Receive notifications about found issues, their impact, and their recommended fixes.
Enjoy the video and thanks for watching!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bridgeman, worst job ever.

I won't even try to break the story down, my head is still swimming. The characters were well thought out, their development was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next nine chapters to see how they grow. I'm looking forward to learning more about Jasnah in the future, she's still a big unknown. The world's mythology is something I could easily relate to. Culture and class play a large part in this complex structured world. I'm impressed by the shear amount of world building that must have gone into this series. You can tell every piece of it is planned out. I'm sure many puzzle pieces will fall into place over the life of the planned ten book series.

It was a great read, an epic story unfolding. I can't wait for more.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Too Many Bones #gencon50


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Review: The Lazarus Project

The Lazarus Project The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick read, once I was able to just sit and read. The book had two paths one focused around the killing of a Jewish immigrant in Chicago in the early 1900's and an author who wanted to write about the slain immigrant. The book had an interesting sense of humor and a few detestable characters. I hope to read more of Aleksandar Hemon's work in the future.

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