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James Rankin
James RankinJames has worked in IT since 1995, spending nearly ten years as a server engineer and systems administrator before choosing to focus heavily on user and application virtualization in late 2004. Based in the north-east of England, he runs his own consultancy focusing primarily on Citrix, AppSense, Microsoft and VMware technologies. He recently received the AppSense Community Advisor award for contributions to the online USV community.

AppSense DesktopNow Gets An Overhaul

July 24, 2014
By
PresentationVirtualization

The next couple of weeks should see a major new version of AppSense’s flagship product, DesktopNow, become available for download.

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RES IT Store: More of a Store Than a StoreFront

June 30, 2014
By
ApplicationVirtualization

In February of this year, RES Software introduced its IT Store product, which at first glance looked (and sounded) like an application similar to Citrix’s StoreFront. However, once you scratch the surface, IT Store appears to be a lot more than just a pretty front end to some installed or streamed applications; it’s a full…

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Out of the Shadows: Is the Fear of Shadow IT Borne Out in Reality?

June 13, 2014
By
CloudComputing

There has been a lot of hand-wringing in the past year or so about the threat of Shadow IT. By its very name, it sums up images of darkness, subterfuge, and illegality. But what exactly is meant by Shadow IT, and is it the threat we are led to believe?

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Why Microsoft Might Just End Up Owning the Future

May 30, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application…

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Death to Active Directory? Is the Windows Domain Still Relevant in the Modern IT World?

May 5, 2014
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CloudComputing

In a meeting recently, I was quite taken aback to hear a reason given for not moving to 2012 R2 forest functional level—a reason to which I hadn’t previously been privy. The stated reason was, “in a few years, the Windows domain won’t be relevant anymore.” As someone who cut his IT teeth on Windows…

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I Choose You! Which DaaS Provider Has the Best Pokemon?

April 21, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Having a wife in hospital for the weekend meant less technology and more, well, Pokemon. I’d never been a fan of Pokemon growing up—actually, I was probably nearly a teenager by the time they hit the mainstream, so it’s understandable—but the weekend provided me with a semi-interesting crash course in it.

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Winds of Change: What Does Horizon 6 Mean for Microsoft and Citrix?

April 14, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At first glance, it looks like VMware’s recently announced Horizon 6 platform is an admission by VMware that applications, rather than desktops, do matter, and that Citrix has been on the right track all along. Certainly, XenApp has been a thorn in the side of many VMware View implementations through the years, allowing people to…

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XPocalypse Now! Ten Tips for Surviving the End of (Support) Days

April 7, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

The much-heralded XPocalypse—the end of extended support for Windows XP—is practically upon us. After thirteen years of service—beyond Microsoft’s normal service window by a good three years—Windows XP patching will finally stop. How will this affect those of us whose virtualized desktop infrastructures may still be tied, for various reasons, to the old OS?

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UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

April 1, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

A couple of years ago, UIAs (user-installed applications) were all the rage. AppSense had a product called StrataApps (and you can do it in Application Manager also), RES has native functionality that allows this, Unidesk can do it (admittedly in a slightly different way with its layering technology), Citrix was pushing Personal vDisk with its…

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