At the ServTech, Citrix organized many interesting breakout sessions on a wide range of interesting topics covering NetScaler, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, XenMobile and other Citrix solutions. Besides these sessions you could study and take the certification exams; I was able to secure one exam for the first day and another for the second day.
My Favourite Bits
The most memorable sessions for me include: “NetScaler Best Practices”, “How XenApp and Application Layering Has Changed the Game”, “Securing Desktops and Applications from Advanced Threats”, and “Integrating Unified Gateway and App Layering”.
For the Netscaler best practices, some TCP parameters are disabled by default, but are actually quite useful. Like for example, enabling Window Scaling is helpful for applications that handle bulk data transfer. Although, it is recommended to perform this in a test environment as some legacy devices don’t work well with Window Scaling. Also, Selective Acknowledgement enables quick recovery from packet drops.
Another interesting topic is Citrix acquisition of Unidesk, which is now the Citrix App Layering and how it changed the game in simplifying application and OS management – No more golden image! The presentations also included Case Studies of successful implementations, project challenges and design recommendations. We had the chance to ask questions and discuss about specific situations, making the sessions interactive and very interesting.
Time for Charity
Leaving the technical side of the Citrix APJ ServTech event, in the corner of the hall there was a Charity Booth where attendees could assemble a kit with a drawstring bag (with Citrix logo), notebook, and pencil/pen. These are to be distributed to Thai children who cannot afford to buy such basic school necessities. A nice and humble gesture of Citrix giving back to the community.
When we left the Citrix APJ ServTech 2017, we all felt very energized, since we heard about many interesting new features but also because were able to acquire 9 new Citrix certifications across our team! Seeing how passionate the speakers presented about all the Citrix Solutions and being surrounded by people from different parts of the world – all there with the same goal: “Learn Together and Win Together”, made me feel honoured to be part of this event. Overall this was a great experience and I hope to join again.