Author Archives: Sjoerd van den Nieuwenhof

Sjoerd van den Nieuwenhof
Microsoft and Citrix professional working at ACA IT-Solutions.

XenDesktop Security permissions SQL server

 When you install XenDesktop and need to configure the Desktop Delivery Controller to create the Database then this might result in security errors. When the DDC needs to create the Database then set the security as shown below. First add the Desktop … Continue reading

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Using VMWare with XenDesktop

When you are using VMWare ESX as Hypervisor you need to configure some setting on the Desktop Delivery Controller and on the VCenter server before you can add the VMWare vCenter host to the XenDesktop environment. First you need to create … Continue reading

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XenDesktop: Database could not be contacted

After installing Hotfix Update 4 for XenDesktop 5.6 I noticed errors in my eventviewer that the connection to the database was lost. I discovered the errors because I couldn’t create Desktop Groups, I keep getting the error: “Database could not be contacted“.   … Continue reading

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MDT Create Deployment Share and add OS Source Files (Part 2)

In the provious post I explained how to install MDT and install/updates the required services. In this post I explain how to create Deployment Shares and add the OS source files and patches. Create Deployment Share First of al we … Continue reading

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Installing MDT 2012 Update 1 (Part 1)

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 it’s possible to deploy Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, … Continue reading

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Adobe Reader XI Customization Wizard

With RDS and XenApp you like to customize the Adobe Reader installation, which allows you to configure some settings and remove some features. This post describes how to customize Adobe Reader and also deploy the updates. Before you can start with … Continue reading

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Active Directory-Based Activation

In  previous post we Installed VAMT and then added licenses and devices, now we will create the possibility to use Active Directory-Based Activation. To use the Active Directory-Based Activation you need at least one Windows Server 2012 domain controller. Installing … Continue reading

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XenServer 6.X random crashes

In a previous post I wrote that I had some XenServers which where randomly rebooting and I solved it by disabling the “Write-Cache Battery Override” but after two weeks the servers are again rebooting randomly. After contacting my support contact at … Continue reading

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VAMT 3.0 Adding licenses and manage host (part 2)

In my previous post we installed VAMT 3.0 and created the database. In this post we will add MAK and KMS keys and we will add some host to monitor the servers/clients to see if the activation is successful. Because … Continue reading

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VAMT 3.0 Installation (part 1)

In this series I’m writing a 2 part article about how to install and configure VAMT. When you want to manage your MAK or KMS licenses activation within your organization you can use Microsoft Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) version 3.0. Whit VAMT … Continue reading

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