Azure

Azure Availability Zones

In my previous post(https://itsolutionsdirect.com/designing-vm-deployments-by-leveraging-availability-sets-fault-domains-and-update-domains-in-azure/904/) we discussed the theory behind Azure Availability Sets and how to implement them.  Whilst Azure Availability Set’s protect you from host maintenance/failure within the datacentre, they do not protect you from a complete datacentre failure.  This is where Azure Availability Zones come into play.  When you deploy an VM’s into an …

Azure

Designing VM deployments by leveraging availability sets, fault domains, and update domains in Azure

When designing and building an Azure infrastructure you still need to think about high availability to ensure uptime when host servers are rebooted due to unplanned (i.e. power outages) and planned maintenance (i.e. monthly patching).  In a tradition on-premise Datacentre we achieved this by using clusters, load balancers and active-active services deployed across multiple DC’s.  …

Citrix

Integrating StoreFront into a Citrix Cloud Deployment

This post is a continuation of my previous posts into getting a simple Citrix Cloud Environment up an running and integrated with an on-premise environment as per this diagram: (taken from https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-cloud/xenapp-and-xendesktop-service/technical-security-overview.html) So far in the series we have gone through the following steps: 1) Installed and configured the Citrix Cloud Connector – https://itsolutionsdirect.com/citrix-cloud-connector-installation/798/ 2) …

Citrix

Citrix Cloud Sizing and Scalability

In my earlier articles I went through the steps to setup Citrix Cloud environment between Citrix Cloud and your on-premise environment.  One thing which has been quite clear is that there is a critical dependency on the Cloud Connector as this is where all your clients are going to communicate with. It is essentially a …

Windows 10

Unable to access shared files on Synology after disabling the Admin account

I recently disabled the default admin account on my Synology NAS device as part of an exercise to make it a bit more secure. However, after doing so I found I was unable to access any of my shared folders.  The message I was receiving was: “This user can’t sign in because this account is …

Citrix

Citrix Cloud Delivery Group Creation

This post is a continuation of the previous 2 posts where I am walking through the steps to get a Citrix Cloud service setup and running.  We have already covered the Citrix Cloud Connector installation and connecting an application server with the VDA Agent installed to our Citrix Cloud Service. You can find these posts …

Citrix

Citrix VDA Agent for Citrix Cloud

In my earlier post (which you can find here: https://itsolutionsdirect.com/citrix-cloud-connector-installation/798/) we went through the steps required to install and configure the Citrix Cloud Connector which is the connection from Citrix cloud to your on-premise installation. In this blog post we are going to go through and install the Citrix VDA Agent on a server and …

AWS

Passing the AWS Certificated Solutions Architect

Hey all. I recently took and passed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam and few people have asked me for tips and resources on passing the exam so I thought I would post them them here.  I originally took and failed the exam last year with an awful 40% which is possibly my worst exam …