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Microsoft RD Web Client (HTML5) Performance – Part 1

In January we published a blog post on our first experiences with the HTML5 RD Web Client. Now, in this multi-part article series, we investigate the overall performance of this new client (out in public preview). Our testing focuses on the perceived end-user experience.  For these tests we:

  1. Used REX Analytics workloads to generate automated work in the user session
  2. Recorded the user experience of the primary user using Camtasia software
  3. Used REX Analyzer to visually compare the recordings

To simulate a real-world scenario, we created our RDS environment in Azure (West EU) and we connected to the deployment from a location in Amsterdam which generates low latency, typical of users connecting to an azure deployment from their office. Appendix A details our RDS environment build out in Azure.

Part 1 – RD Web Client vs MSTSC Client

This article compares the performance of the RD Web Client against the traditional MSTSC client that is native to the Windows OS. We will look for any variation in the end user experience that we witness as due to using one client or the other. Specifically, we will look for variation in user […]

By |March 29th, 2018|

Test-Driving XenApp Essentials

By: Freek Berson & Kristin Griffin

Citrix XenApp Essentials is live! Here’s a little background on what XenApp Essentials is, and why you might want to use this service. As many of you may know, Microsoft made the decision to retire Azure RemoteApp (read more on that from Benny Tritsch’s blog post).  XenApp Essentials is its replacement. Simply put, Citrix Cloud builds and maintains the RemoteApp deployment. It builds the XenApp workload servers for you in your Azure subscription (based on your custom server image). It provides a secure web storefront for you from which users can access their remote apps from any device, and from anywhere.  You specify the users who get to access the apps and you are off to the races. In a nutshell, its a pretty sophisticated remote application deployment made easy for the consumer and maintained by Citrix Cloud.

Sound interesting?

We at RDS Gurus had the privilege of test driving XenApp Essentials (XA Essentials) during the private preview before General Availability. In this blog post we will walk you through the steps to setup and use it.

To setup XA Essentials you need:

  • An Azure Subscription
  • A Resource Group where the Cloud Connector Virtual Machines will be hosted
  • At least one DC […]
By |March 30th, 2017|