Ferroque Systems News

HowTo: One vDisk, Multiple Environments and Force GPUPDATE at Startup

November 2nd, 2018

This post is intended to solve two challenges: I have a vDisk I need to use in multiple Citrix environments (different Delivery Controllers) and do not require customization of apps between environments (apps configured to go to different backends, etc.). I do not want to have to maintain one vDisk per environment just to change VDA registration params. I want to ensure that on startup, … read more

HowTo: Remove the System Reserved Partition from Windows

October 22nd, 2018

By default, a Windows OS will install itself creating a system reserved partition. When dealing with PVS and vDisk images, this may eventually bite you in the rear end either causing problems performing an initial vDisk creation, or through the inevitable reverse imaging process when one needs to update VM tools drivers for the NIC (unless you’re sneaky and do a cusotm install of the … read more

HowTo: Secure NetScaler NSROOT

October 22nd, 2018

This post is primarily related to a small oversight on Citrix ADC (formerly NetScaler), which continues to persist through more current 12.x firmwares. By default, the nsroot account is set to allow external authentication. That is to say, if a global authentication policy, commonly LDAP(S), is bound to the NetScaler, when logging in via nsroot it will first check the external authentication source for a … read more

Howto: Add a Disclaimer Message to StoreFront

September 27th, 2018

The following customization leverages the Citrix customization framework which integrated with StoreFront unified experience, is less prone to issues on StoreFront upgrades, and is replicated through change propagation at the StoreFront Server Group level. Add a Disclaimer Message to StoreFront A disclaimer message can be added prior to the login screen. This could be used for adding news. disclaimer messages, warnings etc. To add a disclaimer … read more

HowTo: Reset a VMware ESXi Root Password

September 26th, 2018

Many of us have been there, we manage our ESXi hosts via vCenter like a responsible adult. But alas, one day, vCenter goes haywire and is inaccessible and requires an admin to hit up their local ESXi hosts. If  these ESXi hosts were not joined to Active Directory, only the local root account remains for authentication. There is no other way to connect to these … read more