Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Serving up delight at the Chef Community Summits [feedly]

Serving up delight at the Chef Community Summits
https://www.getchef.com/blog/2014/10/21/serving-up-delight-at-the-chef-community-summits/

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This month we've held two Chef Community Summits and it's been a real delight watching the community gather and discuss most important topics.

We held a Chef Community Summit in Seattle at the beginning of October and another in London last week. Both Summits were facilitated Open Space events. The Open Space format works particularly for these types of events. After some opening remarks from me and Adam Jacob, participants are asked to propose topics that are important to their interests. Each attendee is encouraged to propose a topic provided they are passionate enough about that topic to start a conversation. Once all of the topics have been proposed the attendees organize the schedule for the day and then meet in groups to discuss the topic at hand.

Daily Schedule

Topics ranging from Application configuration patterns to the Chef 12 Roadmap to Docker to Windows DSC and Chef were proposed. Discussions ranged from technical topics like Test Kitchen and CI to softer skills such as talking to managers. Throughout the course of each Summit, discussions happened, action items were captured, and work was completed. You'll find a full listing of topics discussed and notes from each on the Chef Community Summit – 2014 wiki.

These Summits were our fourth and fifth Chef Community Summits. The Summit in London was our first Community Summit held outside of the US. Although each Summit is unique, some common themes emerged at both. Our community is constantly looking for ways to improve our development workflow and you saw many discussions on development patterns, debugging cookbooks, and, of course, testing cookbooks.

Newer solutions like Chef Metal and Docker were discussed and there was a really great session on the the work necessary to get full support for Windows guests in Test Kitchen.

Many participants came to hack on code and this happened throughout both Summits. Each Summit was also followed by a Hack Day in the area to provide another space for the community to gather and continue working on solutions.

The Chef Community Summits were a great way for our community to gather together and meet one another in person. The open, honest, sharing nature of our community really shines through when you bring a group of us together in the same space.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Summits! I can't wait to see you all again at ChefConf or at an event between now and then.

Opening Circle


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Lean Enterprise [feedly]



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The Lean Enterprise
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Companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have shown that software can provide a powerful competitive advantage to organizations experimenting with disruptive business models. However in more traditional organizations, where IT is "just a department", it's easy to be cynical about the transformative power of software development. The main barriers are cultural and architectural – and of course, these concerns are linked. This talk will begin by presenting the principles that enable rapid software-driven innovation at scale. We will then spend the bulk of the talk discussing how to transform existing organizations, using case studies from several domains. By the end, you will be equipped with battle-tested approaches to better serve customers by harnessing your organization's true competitive advantage – the ingenuity of its employees. Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a vice president at Chef, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. He has worked as a software developer, product manager, consultant and trainer across a wide variety of domains and technologies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.
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FreeBSD project use of Jenkins for OS testing [feedly]



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FreeBSD project use of Jenkins for OS testing
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This is a guest post by Craig Rodrigues


The FreeBSD project produces a modern operating system derived from BSD Unix.

In the past 6 months, we have set up Jenkins at http://jenkins.freebsd.org/, to continuously build FreeBSD as developers add new code to the project. This has helped us identify and fix build breaks very quickly.

We have gone even farther by integrating Jenkins, Kyua, and Bhyve. Kyua is a testing framework for infrastructure software. Bhyve is the native hypervisor that comes with FreeBSD (similar to KVM on Linux).

We use the Build Flow plugin in this example Build flow to do the following:

  1. Build the FreeBSD kernel and userland on amd64 whenever someone checks in new code to http://svn.freebsd.org
  2. Create a bootable FreeBSD disk image with makefs
  3. Boot the image under bhyve
  4. Run these commands inside the bhyve VM:

cd /usr/tests; kyua test; kyua report-junit --output=test-output.xml

  1. Shut down the bhyve VM
  2. Imports test-output.xml into Jenkins.
  3. Produces a full native test report in Jenkins

The results of this work were presented at the Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group in this presentation in October 2014.

Jenkins has been very easy to set up and use under FreeBSD. We hope that by using Jenkins to run OS-level unit tests, we will be able to improve the quality of FreeBSD. For further information, please feel free to contact us at freebsd-testing@FreeBSD.org .


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Connect with the Citrix Partner Network on LinkedIn [feedly]



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Connect with the Citrix Partner Network on LinkedIn
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Citrix partners now have a new way to connect with the Citrix partner network.  Introducing the new Citrix Partner Network LinkedIn page, a simple, consolidated place where you can find news, updates and resources developed with your needs in mind.  Take full advantage of the opportunities our partnership can provide you. As Citrix continues to grow and innovate our partner programs and tools, we offer…

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What’s new for XenApp and XenDesktop with UPS 7.6! [feedly]



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What's new for XenApp and XenDesktop with UPS 7.6!
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Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 included the release of a new version of the Citrix Universal Print Server, UPS 7.6; with this release our test results showed very significant improvements in the software, including: Stability at a sustained load of about 50 print jobs per minute Excellent recovery from periods of stress/overload Protocol efficiency optimizations (reduced chattiness) resulting in a better user experience (opening the Print dialog…

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Now Available: New Citrix, Cisco, NVIDIA solution for Virtualizing Graphics Applications [feedly]



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Now Available: New Citrix, Cisco, NVIDIA solution for Virtualizing Graphics Applications
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Graphics-Rich Applications and Visual Computing In recent times, we've seen graphics-rich applications and visual computing go from being the exception to more of the rule. Graphically intense applications are in use every day in the modern workspace, by CAD/CAM engineers, designers, doctors, artists, scientists, architects and many other industry professionals spanning a variety of vertical segments. We've seen a number of experts discuss this rising trend…

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ESRI supports ArcGIS Pro for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop [feedly]



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ESRI supports ArcGIS Pro for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
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Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop: ESRI support ArcGIS Pro in virtualized environments "ArcGIS Pro provides an integrated platform for 2D and 3D visualization and analysis. Pro has undergone extensive performance and scalability testing, especially in virtualized environments. Especially using the NVIDIA K1 and K2 graphics cards designed for virtualized environments.  To share this information with our users, we will be publishing a series of blogs on…

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Ramp-up With New eLearning for XenMobile MDM Admins & Help Desk Pros [feedly]



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Ramp-up With New eLearning for XenMobile MDM Admins & Help Desk Pros
// Citrix Blogs

Just released, the Administering and Managing Devices with Citrix XenMobile 9.0 video series focuses on the key skills needed for the management of mobile devices with XenMobile.

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Highlights of Support Articles – September 2014 [feedly]



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Highlights of Support Articles – September 2014
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Citrix Support is committed to providing updated and accurate information to our consumers. We are focused on ensuring there is relevant content to assist you in managing your environment. Find below the Citrix Knowledge Center Highlighted Articles for September 2014 .     Highlighted Apps, Desktops, and Client Virtualization Articles CTX200200   Unable to Launch Applications from Firefox 30.0 CTX133773 Troubleshooting 1030 Error on Windows 7 Image…

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Scripting: Automating NetScaler configurations using NITRO REST API and PowerShell – Part 5 [feedly]



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Scripting: Automating NetScaler configurations using NITRO REST API and PowerShell – Part 5
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Part 1: Introduction and getting started. Part 2: Basic operations and initial configuration. Part 3: SSL certificates and StoreFront load balancing. Part 4: NetScaler Gateway with StoreFront configuration. Part 5: High Availability configuration.       After configuring all of the use cases in the previous parts of this blog post series, we're going to make it all highly available. The use case we'll be…

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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 2: Support for XenApp 6.5 [feedly]



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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 2: Support for XenApp 6.5
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Citrix has brought back IMA Support  to allow users to troubleshoot XenApp 6.5 (IMA) sessions with enhanced features in Director 7.6. In addition to providing a short list of the available features of Director 7.6 with IMA architecture, I've created this post to detail and outline each feature. Features: Activity Manager for XenApp 6.5 Delegated Admin support Shadow Session Machine Details Panel Session Details Panel…

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Provisioning Services Failover: Myth Busted! [feedly]



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Provisioning Services Failover: Myth Busted!
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For a long time if you asked many experts in the field how long it takes for a Provisioning Services (PVS) server to failover, many would have cited an old case study where it took 8 minutes to failover approximately 1500 VMs. This was quite long ago and much has changed over the years so we wanted to see if failover time still plays a…

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XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Security: FIPS 140-2 and SSL to VDA [feedly]



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XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Security: FIPS 140-2 and SSL to VDA
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FIPS Compliance and TLS/AES crypto for ICA communication stack in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

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Seekers and Hunters: Information Website Customers Use Navigation and Search Together [feedly]



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Seekers and Hunters: Information Website Customers Use Navigation and Search Together
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Our hunter customers need excellent site navigation to help them understand the landscape, get their bearings, and pursue understanding. They benefit from good navigation, context, and discovery. Even seekers tend to use navigation and context after an initial Google.com search targets them into Citrix.com.

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Gateway Integration with StoreFront Lessons Learned [feedly]



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Gateway Integration with StoreFront Lessons Learned
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The purpose of this post is to dive a little deeper into the NetScaler Gateway settings with StoreFront, since this is another component that changed a lot from the Web Interface world.  As a quick reminder, with Web Interface, you could only define a single NetScaler Gateway (URL + callback pair) per site in the "Secure Access" settings and you had the option to either…

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Why Service Providers Choose Citrix For Desktops-as-a-Service [feedly]



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Why Service Providers Choose Citrix For Desktops-as-a-Service
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Technology that works – from a trusted vendor.  As part of the Global DaaS Market Trends survey, Citrix asked the 2,600 partners in the Citrix Service Provider program why they choose to work with Citrix. The answers were consistent with the user-focused experience and brand integrity that Citrix strives to achieve every day. The second most popular answer was that Citrix is a well-trusted brand.…

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