BriForum Session Topics

Your roadmap for re-imagining the enterprise end-user computing environment

BriForum consists of 40+ sessions, split across the following topic/track areas. Look for these icons as your guide to finding the sessions that are most relevant to you:

App Application Virtualization/Management

EMM Enterprise Mobility Management/Consumerization

N&S Networking & Security

Cloud Cloud

HYP Platform Hypervisor

P&S Programming & Scripting

DV  Desktop Virtualization

Far Out Future

Stg Storage

Entry Level  Entry Level

MMP Management, Monitoring, & Performance


4, 3, 2, 1, LIFTOFF! How Processes Become Virtualized
Presented by Tim Mangan and Patrick Mangan

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With Microsoft App-V 5.0, there are four different ways that processes become detected and virtualized. This is very different than 4.x, which used a launcher program to start virtual environments. In this session, Tim dives deep into the mechanisms in play to start virtual environments. He covers the new 5.0 SP3 options for Connection Groups (including recommended practices), RunVirtual, and Dynamic Virtualization (JitV). You will leave with a thorough understanding of the differences between these four techniques, and when and how to use each. Fair warning: bring your own aspirin as this will be a deep dive. You will learn:

  • Deep detail on App-V virtualization technology
  • New features in App-V 5.0 SP3 for Connection Groups
  • New features in App-V 5.0 SP3 for RunVirtual

Session Takeaway: Learn how to get plug-ins to work under App-V.

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Lightning Round:

  • App Virt, UEM, and User Disk Layering, by Tim Mangan
  • How Individual SBC/VDI Optimizations Impact Your Environment, by Ryan Revord
  • Jack’s 15 Minute Intro to SSO, by Jack Madden

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Application Virtualization: Best In Show (A Comparison of App Virt Platforms)
Presented by Rory Monaghan

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App-V may be the current market leader in terms of user base, but it isn’t the only game in town! Join Rory for a deep dive into the biggest application virtualization solutions on the market and an exploration of what they offer. (e.g. ThinApp, Symantec Workspace Streaming\Virtualization, Numecent Application Jukebox,, CloudHouse, Cameyo, AppVolumes, and Unidesk). App-V still has benefits over its competitors (a solid online community, affordable licensing for existing SA customer, various forms of integration, etc.), but it requires coming to terms with its limitations. Rory also looks at solutions such as Numecent Application Jukebox, AppVolumes and Unidesk: applications that can give you awesome dynamic delivery with less of the limitation headaches.

Session Takeaway: You know about App-V, but might not be aware of its competitors. Get candid insight into each of the products so that you can accurately evaluate the pros and cons.

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Automating RDS Deployment and Scaling with VMM Service Templates
Presented by Greg Shields

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Service templates are arguably one of VMM's most-powerful features, but they're also one of the least understood. Not only do they automate a VM's deployment, but also its post-deployment configuration. Well-designed templates can scale a service in and out to quickly bring additional resources to bear. Imagine a Windows RDS environment that deploys and/or rebuilds itself with a single mouse click or PowerShell command. Imagine that environment automatically scaling up with additional RDSH servers to meet user demands, and then scaling back down when load levels diminish. With effort, none of these are fantasy. In this 100% demo session, we explore a prototype service template for automating RDS deployment and scaling. You'll leave with new ideas for building your own automations using a part of VMM you might have otherwise ignored. In this session, you will:

  • Learn the intricate details of VMM service templates, where they work and where they don't
  • See how VMM service templates and PowerShell combine to facilitate server configuration at the moment of deployment

Session Takeaway: Leave with click-by-click instructions you need to build your own prototype RDS service templates the moment you return home.

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AWS AppStream vs. Azure RemoteApp: A Technical Smackdown
Presented by Mike Nelson and Benny Tritsch


With technology advancements such as Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp and Amazon Web Services AppStream, the days of on-premises application delivery may be numbered. These way cool mechanisms for application delivery have numerous pros and cons for everyone, from the individual to the big enterprise. Grab a seat and we will take a long look at both of them, extract the advantages and disadvantages of each along the way, and show you how each are in use today. Evaluate them against the tried and true standards of today's on-premises application delivery technologies, such as XenApp and VMware Horizon, and find out what you should consider if you are thinking of moving either partially or “all in” to these cloud offerings. Totally Awesome Dude! You will:

  • Get a complete understanding of how Microsoft RemoteApp and AWS AppStream work
  • Learn how they compare to each other and how they compare to the traditional on-premises delivery mechanisms
  • Find out how to get started and test the waters to see if these are good fits for you and your business

Session Takeaway:Earn bragging rights on knowing what is available from the two biggest cloud remote application delivery mechanisms, and understand how they could affect your existing implementation of Citrix or VMware in your business.

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Be a XenDesktop Rockstar! Everything You Need to Know About Implementing, Administering, and Troubleshooting XenDesktop 7.6
Presented by Theresa Miller

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Maybe you want to implement XenDesktop 7.6 in your organization, but you’re still a little uncertain on the design and implementation of it. Maybe you’ve already deployed it, but need some troubleshooting tips. One thing is for certain: you’ve got questions.Well, this session has the answers. Regardless of the size of your organization and how you use a XenDesktop environment to support the business, it is important to understand the implementation recipe for success. You will walk through the design and implementation of a XenDesktop 7.6 solution, including administration and troubleshooting scenarios. You will learn:

  • What you need to know about setting up a rock solid infrastructure, including sample use cases, and discussion surrounding the design
  • Administer your farm according to best practices. Backups, printing, and directory! Oh my!
  • Troubleshooting issues: delivery controller logs, VDA logs, event logs, etc.

Session Takeaway: Show your inner XenDesktop rockstar by learning everything you need to know about the implementation, administration, and troubleshooting of XenDesktop 7.6.

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Browser Management 101: How Web Browsers Work, and Why Managing Them is a Problem
Presented by Matt Heller

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Browsers are a core component of the enterprise desktop and the mechanism by which users access most business applications. More workflows are added each day that rely on the browser, yet most desktop admins take the browser for granted. After all, it's just a browser right? In actuality, the browser is more of a run time compiler than pure end user application. There’s likely much more you don't know about browsers, but you must be ready to manage a browser-based application environment. In this session, we cover everything from how browsers work to the variations between vendors. We review the “big three”: Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox, and give you an introduction into the new Spartan browser from Microsoft. Learn what causes web applications to break version to version. We look at all the variables that come into play when a single page gets loaded, spend time understanding how web application management is going to be crucial to the long term success of any enterprise, and show how you can get ahead of the issues to avoid future pain. All of these elements are brought together to provide a real understanding of the challenges of managing the browser, both as an application and a platform. In short, attendees will learn:

  • How browsers actually work (all the pieces and parts)
  • What causes web apps to break
  • How to deal with insecure web application parts
  • Why standards will never solve this problem
  • What's coming with the new Spartan browser from Microsoft

Session Takeaway: Coming out of this, you will understand why web applications break, pick up some handy ideas on how to fix it, and even prevent it from being a roadblock for your business.

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Can't Fix Your Application Issue? Try to Break It Instead!
Presented by Drew Walz and Ryan Will

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Sometimes knowing how to break a Windows application can be the best way to determine how to fix it. "Break-it" triage can help you quickly identify the general category of what's causing the problem with an app, and suggest acceptable short term workarounds. Deep-dive application troubleshooting tools and practices are great, but they require time, effort, and focus to use. In a customer outage situation, you'll typically need to find a fix more rapidly. We'll cover quick application troubleshooting triage tactics and workflows that will help you zero in on the source of the problem:

  • "Break-It" application triage workflow
  • Key tools to use
  • Example application issues and workarounds

Session Takeaway: It's easy to get lost in the details of the "why is it broken" question when troubleshooting Windows applications. Attendees will learn to quickly determine the general category of the problem, and develop workarounds to get customers back up and running.

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Troubleshooting VMware App Volumes
Presented by Denis Gundarev

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With VMware App Volumes (formerly CloudVolumes) becoming more popular in enterprises for real-time application delivery, customers are trying to scale it and increase number of applications delivered to users. Denis discusses real-life experiences and lessons learned implementing App Volumes based on both personal observations in the past 3 years, and reviewing VMware Product Support cases. In this session, you will learn:

  • How App Volumes components are working with each other
  • Everything you need to know to troubleshoot App Volumes
  • Top 5 mistakes that can break AppStacks
  • Advanced configuration and fine-tuning your AppStacks

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Cloud Data Security: Separating Fact from Fiction
Presented by Shawn Bass

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The use of cloud solutions continues to rise at a dramatic rate. Beyond the simple file sharing solutions (like Box, Dropbox, etc.) and email (Office365, GMail, etc), more and more companies are taking to the cloud for other things, like their online accounting, tax filing, CRM systems, ERP systems, and more. While the use of these systems continues to rise, so does the risk of data loss and compromise. As companies continue to try to control access to these systems, simply blocking access isn't a solution to the problem. This session covers:

  • Methods of protecting cloud data
  • Impact to the cloud platform from these protection mechanisms
  • Impacts and side effects to the end users when using these protection mechanisms

Session Takeaway: Attendees will learn different methods for protection of cloud data and discuss the benefits and side effects from these different methods.

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Computer Graphics and Multimedia: A Survival Guide for IT Pros
Presented by Benny Tritsch

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Are you ready to learn about computer graphics and multimedia concepts used in modern enterprise IT? If you ever wanted to know what the difference between Direct3D and OpenGL is, how your office apps may benefit from GPUs, what a graphics API is, how video and audio codecs work, why the Windows Driver Display Model is something you should be aware of, and how this all influences the performance of your RDS/VDI environment, then this session is for you. Benny Tritsch introduces all the graphics and multimedia basics every IT pro should know. After this session, it will be easier for you to talk to software developers and understand performance affects you see on local graphics workstation and in remoting environments. This session will:

  • Introduce you to fundamental graphics and multimedia concepts on Microsoft Windows
  • Demonstrate skills that will make an immediate impact on your next virtual desktop implementation
  • Provide expert guidance on how GDI, DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA, WPF, Flash, Silverlight, MP4 and WMV work

Session Takeaway: A growing number of IT pros have to deal with high-end graphics applications and multimedia requirements in their enterprise environments. Unfortunately, not many of them have a profound education in computer graphics fundamentals, both on the software and on the hardware side. In this session, attendees learn the most important system management facts they need to know about graphics and multimedia on modern Windows systems (on-prem and from the cloud).

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Configuration Manager 2012: Is This How We Make a User-Centric Experience, or Are We Still Managing Devices?
Presented by Kevin Kaminski


Configuration Manager is an industry standard for Windows device management. With the 2012 release, a number of enhancements have been made to modernize a product with a lengthy legacy. Configuration Manager supports a variety of operating systems and device form factors, along with cloud capabilities. But what does this all mean? This session covers some of the highlights of Configuration Manager, but more importantly, it dives into the more difficult questions when managing users and devices using Configuration Manager. We highlight when Configuration makes sense for application delivery and when other solutions should be considered. Often the user experience is not fully accounted for, especially in VDI and complex installations. As a result, there are different solutions and techniques to cope with the product behavior. For example, when deploying Microsoft application virtualization packages, how does the application model differ from tradition App-V deployment using the management server? We’ll cover these common scenarios that we find in the field when supporting Configuration Manager. Attendees will:

  • Understand the key challenges with RDS and VDI for Configuration Manager
  • See how App-V packages need global publishing that is user targeted
  • Understand why Office 2013 click-to-run is lacking
  • See where user device affinity makes sense
  • See the user experience in detail to understand some of the lacking elements in the experience

Session Takeaway: This session will answer some age old questions about App-V with or without SCCM. Attendees will also understand other issues with CM application delivery that administrators may not have even thought about.

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CTOs Perspective on the Workspace in 2020
Presented by Ruben Spruijt & Jeroen van de Kamp

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Two Dutch CTOs, Jeroen van de Kamp and Ruben Spruijt, give their insights and unbiased opinion on the Workspace in 2020. They explain what recent developments mean for your organization, users, and workspace strategy. More than 30 different (and sometimes controversial) topics will be evaluated. Highlighted content from ProjectVRC state of the virtualization union 2015 will be used. This session gives you tons of creative food for thought for tomorrow’s workspace, including:

  • Future roadmap
  • Insights and discussion on Workspace 2020

Session Takeaway: Sound like genius to your boss! You’ll learn what some of the top minds in the end user computing space think about the future of EUC.

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Designing Your Citrix XenApp 7.6 Solutions: A-Z
Presented by Andy Paul

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This session will be a comprehensive overview of the latest in Citrix XenApp architecture. This “soup to nuts” approach focuses not just on the technology, but the design and implementation process as well. With this holistic approach, attendees will learn:

  • Necessary planning and discovery steps, including use case development
  • Updating skills and concepts to the latest XenApp architecture
  • Technical design, including infrastructure, access, application, and image management layers
  • Implementation and optimization guidelines
  • Tips and tricks from the real world

Session Takeaway: This session will help anyone who is looking to update to the latest Citrix architecture or that needs to learn more information about it post-migration.

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EUC Layering Smackdown: Comparing AppVolumes, Unidesk, FlexApp, and Mirage
Presented by Earl Gay

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Layering technologies can help ease application management for both physical and virtual desktops. There are many different technologies that fall under the layering umbrella, even though many of them work in dramatically different ways. In this session, we discuss the options available from different vendors, the history of layering, and where we predict layering is headed, as well as deep dives on the layering leaders' methodologies, advantages, and limitations. Layering products that will be discussed are: VMware App Volumes, Unidesk, Liquidware Labs FlexApp, VMware Mirage, and Unidesk. We’ll also discuss:

  • The history and predicted future of EUC Layering
  • The similarities and differences between all of the different products that are in the layering space
  • Success stories of using layering within company EUC environments

Session Takeaway: Attendees will get an unbiased breakdown of the smorgasbord of layering solutions that are being pitched as the panacea of application management. This session helps attendees understand and identify which solution most fits their requirements without any marketing voodoo.

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Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Mobile Infrastructures
Presented by Jack Madden and Gabe Knuth

Virtual mobile infrastructure is like VDI, but with Android virtual machines and mobile client apps. Certainly there are challenges—some obvious and some not obvious—but there’s definitely a place for it. Besides the obvious security and client choice benefits associated with any SBC technology, it can also work as an excellent mobile app management tool. We can also look to lessons learned from both VDI and EMM.

Session Takeaway:Get up-to-speed on VMI technologies and vendors, and discover where it fits in the end user computing and enterprise mobility landscape.

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From the Fire Hose Series: Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown
Presented by Ruben Spruijt, Shawn Bass, and Benny Tritsch

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Are you ready to drink from a fire hose? Shawn, Benny, and Ruben, a group collective of like-minded IT professionals, will share their insights, best practices, and unfiltered thoughts about graphics for virtual desktops and apps. In this session, you will get up to speed with graphics for virtual desktops and apps. More and more customers see the benefits of these solutions. There are several important players in this market space, and from a marketing perspective these solutions have a lot in common.

This presentation is based on industry analysis, customer cases, and covers the VDwhy, VDCry, the various use-case scenarios of graphics for virtual desktop and apps. Attendees get an overview of GPU technology partners and the differences between Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware solutions graphics solutions. With more than 5,000 videos available, we picked the most relevant ones to show the differences between various hypervisors, remote display protocols, API support, and the impact in LAN and WAN. With our unique content and insights, this session is fun, and filled with awesome information for everyone interested in desktop virtualization. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • VDWhy, VDCry and understanding the difference
  • Graphics concepts
  • User experience with different VDI, vGPU, hypervisor solutions
  • Best practices

Session Takeaway: Attendees will get an overview of GPU technology partners and the differences between Citrix, Microsoft and VMware solutions graphics solutions.

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Getting the Most Out of the SysInternals Tools
Presented by Ian Parker


The SysInternals suite of tools contains some of the most useful tools ever written for IT professionals. Tools like Process Monitor and Process Explorer have probably solved more application delivery and virtualization problems than any tool ever written. For all the power and usefulness of these tools, they can be difficult to use and understand. In this session, we discuss techniques to make these tools easier to use and understand, and explore some lesser known features that can help you deliver applications easier and more reliably. In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to focus data gathering to cut down on the “noise” of the SysInternals tools
  • Explore features that can make using them easier
  • Discover problem solving techniques to address application issues
  • Use SysInternals tools to profile an application and better understand how they execute

Session Takeaway: Gain a deeper understanding of ubiquitous, but often not well understood tools. Learn how to profile an application’s behavior and resolve application compatibility problems.

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Lightning Round: How Individual SBC/VDI Optimizations Impact Your Environment
Presented by Ryan Revord

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Implement Best Practices in VMware Horizon PCoIP Deployments
Presented by Randy Groves and TJ Vatsa

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This session reviews the most common mistakes that customers make in their VMware Horizon and PCoIP deployments, and provides best practices for configuring server, storage, networks, clients, operating systems, applications, and the protocol. This session explores:

  • Common mistakes customers make when deploying VMware Horizon and PCoIP solutions
  • Best practices for setting up your servers, storage, network, and client hardware to achieve a successful on-premises deployment
  • Options for managing and configuring the OS images, desktop pools, and applications for maximum operational efficiency
  • Advice on how to properly tune the PCoIP protocol and your networks to fit various use cases and network environments in your deployment

Session Takeaway: If you are getting ready to deploy, or are in the middle of deploying a VMware Horizon and PCoIP solution, this session will help you prepare for a successful deployment. Get ready for lots of "Hey, look at this neat trick I learned!"

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How to Encrypt Everything That Moves and Keep It Usable
Presented by Denis Gundarev


Many ISVs claim that their products are secure by design, but you can’t forget about the secure design of your deployment. Transmission security and security of data are the key requirements in many organizations and industries, and it's important to know how to configure infrastructure to meet these requirements. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Implement end-to-end TLS and protect yourself from recent vulnerabilities
  • Harden encryption to meet industry requirements
  • Use IPSec for additional security (and where should you use it)

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How to Make PowerShell Sit Up and Beg: The Essential Tutorial for Creating Scripts That Control All Aspects of Your Desktop and Server Farm
Presented by Kevin Goodman


Sure, you can go to some other conference this year to learn how to create registry entries and move files around by writing Windows PowerShell scripts. But, in just 75 minutes at BriForum, you will learn how to do anything you can do in C#, C++, or Java with a PowerShell script. Learn how to build a GUI application that rivals any app built by those snobs over in development. Learn how to control any application, including services and device drivers. Most importantly, you’ll learn "how-to-learn" similar techniques for everything we don't cover in this session. Do you need to be a programmer to attend this session? Nah. If you understand the concepts of sequence, selection, and iteration and know how to read OPC (other people's code), then you will benefit from this session. You will learn how to write posh scripts that:

  • Control other applications including services and kernel mode device drivers
  • Have a GUI (graphical user interface)
  • Elevate privileges to allow non-administrative users to perform administrative tasks
  • Run in the context of another user
  • Create and consume events from the Event Manager

Session Takeaway: Even if you are not an advanced programmer, this session will enable you to tackle advanced projects by simply writing scripts. Impress your C++ and Java friends with scripts that can do everything their languages can do -- with less time and effort.

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Hyper-V Over SMB 3.0, Second Edition
Presented by Joe Shonk

STGLast year’s Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 was such a success, that it deserves not only a repeat, but an update! With the release of Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and soon to be release of Windows Server 10, Microsoft has changed the game with updates to a number of technologies including Hyper-V and SMB 3.0, and introduced a number of new technologies like storage space, data de-duplication, tiering, etc. This year’s session includes updated performance metric, which include NEW head-to-head number with iSCSI and NFS. Attendees will learn:

  • A good understanding of Microsoft's strategy and position of SMB and Hyper-V over SMB
  • Why this architecture should at least be considered as their next virtualization platform, especially if they are looking Hyper-V as their hypervisor platform
  • How to build and configure a basic scale out file system cluster and how to configure Hyper-V to leverage it

Session Takeaway: Learn why (and how) to implement Hyper-V over SMB 3. SMB 3 really is a game changer as it takes everything we've ever learned about SMB (v1 and v2) and tosses it out the window.

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Enterprise Consumer Overlords
Presented by David Stafford

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The battle is over. Resistance has proven futile. In the enterprise, consumers have won and we are just along for the ride. Come along as we examine consumerization topics ranging from FUIT to BYOD, and security to obscurity. With a blend of history, humor and sarcasm, we look at what the next 2-3 years will mean as we make the transition from being IT authorities to IT guidance counselors. Those still standing after this intense session will have learned:

  • The mandatory requirements of modern enterprise consumers
  • How enterprise IT must transform to be a member of the enterprise consumer community.
  • How exciting the next 2-3 years will be for IT professionals that are ready to lead this charge.

Session Takeaway: Improve upon the 'sit back and relax' nature of the past by learning a few calls to action to help you make new arguments to your bosses on how to thrive in a consumerization culture.

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I've Got 99 Problems and Folder Redirection is Every One of Them!
Presented by Aaron Parker and Shawn Bass

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Whether you love it, hate it, or feel indifferently, folder redirection is invariably the cornerstone of data access and profile optimization strategies for every Windows desktop environment. But how many IT organizations fully consider the performance and operational impacts of implementing folder redirection? In this on-going series of presentations, virtualization experts Aaron Parker and Shawn Bass take another look at what affects performance, critically assess the impacts of folder redirection, and provide practical advice on what you can do to avoid negatively impacting user experience. Attendees will learn:

  • What Windows 8 and 2012 do to improve performance (and maybe Windows 10, too)
  • How to take a holistic view of what affects performance
  • Configurations and best practices to improve success with folder redirection
  • Solutions for alternative approaches

Session Takeaway: Understand how folder redirection affects performance and desktop design choices, and get recommendations on how to best deal with this feature in your own environments. Gain an advanced understanding of the latest version of Windows and see whether SMB 3.0 improves folder redirection.

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I've Rolled Out EMM, What Now? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MAM
Presented by Brian Katz

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You’ve handed out devices, rolled out EMM, and deployed it on all your devices. You’ve got some great policies in place. However, your users are still grumbling and you haven’t seen a lot of productivity gains or happy people. This session shows you how to build and deploy apps to your users to help them be successful. Evaluate commercial/public apps versus home grown/private apps. What’s the best way to consider your options? This session takes you from the beginner who just rolled out an MDM solution, to one who is deploying apps that your users want because they follow the FUN principle. You will learn:

  • How to secure mobile apps
  • Who the different MAM players are and their differences
  • Dammit, I just want to be able to deploy my businesses mobile apps!

Session Takeaway:Learn to create a complete EMM solution, where to use MDM and MAM, and how to leverage the investment you’ve already made or are about to make.

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Jack's 15 Minute Intro to SSO
Presented by Jack Madden

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Lego for Geeks: Hardware Building Blocks for Great VDI Test Labs
Presented by Benny Tritsch

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Let’s face it - many IT pros and developers in the virtualization market don't know how to build solid test environments. Building your own benchmarking lab can be both painful and expensive. On average, two out of three lab components won’t work as expected, and it will take months or even years to identify the right building blocks. At this session, Benny Tritsch walks you through his list of lab equipment that has proved to work -- and the components he has eliminated. Get expert guidance on how to build a great test lab from white label servers, WAN emulators, frame grabbers, video cameras, audio recorders, and test clients. In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to identify the hardware components needed for a great test lab
  • Understand how WAN emulators and frame grabbers work in test scenarios
  • Gain insight into common methodologies used by researchers and scientists to build test environments

Session Takeaway: Discover proven methodologies to select the right hardware components for great test setups.

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Low-Level Print Analysis: A Deep Dive Into Windows Printing
Presented by Christoph Hammer

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Printing is one of the biggest pains in a SBC type environment and this is your chance for find out why. This session takes a deep, dark look into Windows printing. Why do your document files explode into monster print files? We open up the EMF print file to explore why it needs to be so large. We move into how and what Citrix operates in this process, and its resulting EMF file. Knowing how and why you have these issues wouldn’t be useful unless you know how to manage them. This session arms you with tips and tricks to manage printing in SBC. You will learn:

  • Why there such data growth through the print process
  • Windows print process dependencies
  • Windows EMF data analysis
  • Spooler issues and fault finding
  • Tips and tricks for print management

Session Takeaway: For anyone tasked with printer management or issues in your SBC environments, this session is perfect for you. Gain an advanced understanding of how printing is impacting so many infrastructure services from network saturation to user experience.

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Master Your Mac OS X Operating System with Configuration Manager 2012 R2
Presented by Peter Daalmans

Description: MMP

Learn how to use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to manage those sexy Apple Mac OS X devices. Understand how to deploy your Configuration Manager clients, wrap and deploy software, and manage your OS X environment with Compliance Settings. This session is demo packed with lots of tips and tricks along the way. We’ll also have a look at the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, and show how to manage and control your Mac OS X devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Come learn and see how you can master your Mac OS X devices with simple scripts and compliance settings.

Session Takeaway: Mac devices are brought into companies very quickly without being managed, which is a big compliance and security risk. Attendees will learn that they need to manage those devices, and might even have a great solution in house without knowing it.

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Maximizing Scalability! Understanding and Optimizing the Scalability of VDI and RDS
Presented by Dan Allen and Nick Rintalan

Description: MMPDescription: DV

Scalability is always a hot topic when it comes to RDS and VDI workloads. This session takes a deep dive into scalability numbers of popular tools like LoginVSI, and how these numbers compare to real world deployments. Two of the hotly debated topics are comparing RDS to VDI and getting a true understanding of the scalability delta between them. Learn how to execute a scalability test using real world scenarios as opposed to typical vendor lab tests that often have no resemblance to real world deployments. Additionally, this session explores in great detail the critical performance optimizations that can have a significant impact on scalability to help you learn how to get more users on your existing hardware. By attending this session, you will:

  • Learn detailed performance optimizations for RDS, VDI, Citrix and VMware workloads that can significantly increase scalability
  • Understand the true scalability differences between RDS and VDI
  • Learn how to properly plan and execute a scalability test that actually represents production user workloads as opposed to typical vendor tests that do not represent the real world

Session Takeaway: Learn how to optimize your VDI and RDS workloads to increase scalability, and how to properly plan and execute a scalability test to help cut through the BS scalability numbers often put out by product vendors.

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Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Smackdown
Presented by Jason Conger

Description: DVDescription: EMMDescription: P&SDV

Building or virtualizing mobile applications for enterprises sounds hard, but it really isn't. Mobile end users need only a small part of the traditional desktop application’s functionality. You can actually “roll your own” mobile applications for your end users to deliver exactly what they need, and it isn’t as hard as you might think. Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix are making mobility easier. Mobile application frameworks like PhoneGap, Xamarin, Appcelerator, and others are easing the pain as well. This session explores the pros and cons of mobilizing traditional desktop applications, using desktop virtualization vendor solutions, using mobile enterprise application (MEAP) frameworks, HTML5, and native mobile application development. This isn’t a coding session, but example code will be shown to illustrate both the complexity and ease of building your own mobile enterprise apps. Attendees will:

  • Learn what Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix are doing in the mobile application space, as well as others including PowWow and Reddo Mobility
  • Explore mobile application frameworks such as PhoneGap, Xamarin, Intel XDK, HTML5 and more
  • Get tips on "mobilizing" existing applications for small form factors

Session Takeaway:You will be able to use the techniques and examples presented to create your own mobile applications and/or open a dialog with a wider development audience about your enterprise mobile application strategy.

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NetScaler for Dummies: Everything You Need to Know to Break Away From WI/CSG
Presented by Claudio Rodrigues

Description: DVDescription: N&SDescription: Entry Level

Are you still running Web Interface and Citrix Secure Gateway? Are you new to NetScaler? Claudio has been in the exact same spot. While you can always find ways to get this going, many times you skip learning the basics. This session shows you how to migrate from WI/CSG to StoreFront/NetScaler providing you the foundation needed to get up and running on NetScaler.

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New Insights and Advanced Deployment Tips for Azure RemoteApp, Directly from the Microsoft Engineering Team
Presented by Eric Orman and Vladimir Stoyanov

Description: DVDescription: AppDescription: Cloud

In the time since the initial release of Azure RemoteApp in 2014, Microsoft’s engineering team has learned A LOT from their customers. They will use this session at BriForum to share the info you need to successfully evaluate and deploy it yourself. Want to know the best way to plan and execute a deployment? Which common mistakes to avoid? We will be taking a look under the hood, focusing on the live site service data and customer/technical insights that you can't get from anyone other than the MS engineering team. Get an inside look at:

  • How Azure RemoteApp works (service elasticity, billing, client authentication, etc.)
  • Deployment planning - overview of process as well as specific tips
  • New and upcoming Azure RemoteApp capabilities
  • Cool demos anyone can do

Session Takeaway: You'll be a participant in the first 300-level session we've done on Azure RemoteApp, and it will be fresh, targeted and technical.Plus, you won’t find this information anywhere else than at BriForum!

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One Server to Rule Them All: How to Use PowerShell Desired State Configuration to Automate Your Environment
Presented by Adam Platt

Description: DVDescription: P&S

Join us for an exploration of PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC): a powerful tool for control and automation of a Windows server environment. Topics to be covered include: a review of the DSC architecture, its requirements, and the steps necessary to configure the pull server and its clients. DSC is available in all modern versions of Windows and provides centralized administration of server farms from a single console without requiring additional costly software. You will explore the different resource types available for use with DSC, such as files, registry keys, and environment variables, and see practical examples for deploying resources and maintaining configuration via DSC.

  • Become the “all seeing eye” of your infrastructure with one console to rule them all
  • Save time and money by automating server deployment and configuration operations with native Windows tools
  • Easily monitor and control configuration drift in large scale environments
  • Create master configurations that rule entire server farm.

Session Takeaway: Without spending money on expensive add-ons, you will be able to marshal an entire XenApp farm with military efficiency, monitor your environment for configuration drift from a single console, with the option to auto-correct, and deploy configuration changes to a large number of machines simply by modifying a central configuration repository.

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Pods, Blocks, HCI, UCI...WTF?: Making Sense of All the Convergence Hype
Presented by Nick Rintalan and Dan Allen

Description: StgHYP

First, we had pod architectures, vBlocks, and FlexPods. Then, along came converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). Now, Citrix has announced Ultra Converged Infrastructure (UCI). What does all of this mean? This session digs into the differences between classic pod architectures, HCI and UCI. We bust through the marketing hype to uncover the real technical solutions behind popular HCI/UCI offerings, such as EVO:RAIL and WorkspacePOD. This session helps you to:

  • Explore key differences between pod architectures and converged infrastructure
  • Understand key differences between HCI and UCI
  • Find out what's really "behind" EVO:RAIL and WorkspacePOD

Session Takeaway: In a marketing-free space, gain a comprehensive understanding of HCI/UCI and compare popular offerings from VMW and Citrix.

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RDSH versus VDI: 2015 Edition (With a Dose of "Persistent versus Non-Persistent)
Presented by Brian Madden

Brian first presented “Terminal Server versus VDI” at BriForum 2007 (with Benny Tritsch), but this topic just won’t die! Both technologies continued to evolve and the world is very different in 2015. In this presentation, Brian will look at how companies are thinking about Terminal Server/RDSH versus VDI in 2015. Of course in today’s world, it doesn’t have to be an either/or solution, but it’s still important for customers to think about where each type of desktop makes sense in their organizations, and the results might seem surprising!

Brian will also include a fair bit of the "persistent versus non-persistent" debate, since RDSH is typically non-persistent while VDI is typically persistent. (So that's as much a part of the process as the core technologies themselves.) In this session, you will learn:

  • Advances in hypervisor and hardware mean that Terminal Server no longer has the automatic performance and cost advantage over VDI. In other words, it’s not just a cost thing
  • How storage advancements mean that it’s no longer as simple as “Terminal Server for non-persistent, VDI for persistent”
  • How "persistent versus non-persistent" is still a big deal, though. :)
  • How Microsoft licensing restrictions mean that many hosting providers serve persistent single-user Server OS “desktops” instead of true VDI desktops

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Sequence Like a Boss
Presented by Ryan Will and Drew Walz

Description: App

In a continuation of the popular Sequencing for Success series, learn how to sequence like a boss. Just because an application doesn't work at first pass, it doesn't mean it can't be virtualized. In this session, discover how shims and symbolic links can improve application compatibility. Learn how to identify the files and folders that need them. Find out how to use the same tools to troubleshoot application errors once an application has been virtualized.

Session Takeaway: Because there are still many applications that have issues being virtualized, you will learn techniques that offer a second look at an application previously thought of as unable to be sequenced. Knock a new App-V project out of the park!

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Storage Virtualization: What It is, Where/How to Use It, and Why Most of What You Hear About It is Wrong
Presented by Steve Greenberg and Ruben Spruijt

Entry Level Desktop VirtualizationStorage

The next wave that vendors are jumping on, is trying to re-define, and make money on storage virtualization, aka software defined storage. Are you sick and tired of having to navigate and correct FUD? Then consider this session a pre-emptive strike! We’ll get down to the bottom line about what it means, why it matters, and how to use it in your data center and virtualization projects. Starting with a series of questions that ask “Is this Storage Virtualization?" (where the audience can win fun and exciting prizes), we’ll then deep dive into the technology, clear away the FUD, and come to a solid understanding using leading technologies and product examples. Don’t miss this session if you are looking for:

  • Examples of real-world implementations
  • Practical insights into leading products and how to use it

Session Takeaway: Arm yourself with important information that will help you dodge a bullet with the coming wave of vendor BS. You’ll know exactly how to proceed when it comes to storage!

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Strategies to Optimize Your VDI OS Gold Images
Presented by Rick Agnew

Description: DVDescription: MMPStorage

Image management often becomes a major focus of VDI deployments, but you shouldn't spend all your time tweaking and redeploying golden images. Join us for an exploration of system tools and techniques to optimize Windows desktop OS performance, and reduce image size resulting in reduced SAN storage requirements. This presentation starts with a generic Windows desktop OS installation with all updates applied, and describes methodologies to optimize to a final gold master image. Discover why these optimization strategies have achieved 7 second workstation and server boot times as well as significant general overall O/S performance improvement. This process utilizes Windows system and third party utilities and will show youhow to:

  • Transform enterprise IT to be a member of the enterprise consumer community
  • Delete Windows update files (750 MB to 5 GB)
  • Clean the transactional metadata (typically 750 MB)
  • Eliminate Windows junk files (100's of MB)
  • Clean, defragment and compact the registry (by as much as 20%)
  • Optimize the Windows environment for VDI including numerous configuration and registry modifications
  • Eliminate unused hidden devices from Windows device manager
  • Increase VM and application performance by optimizing reads and writes for increased bandwidth to VMs

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Tech Bake-Off Reloaded: An Independent Review of Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View
Presented by Jarian Gibson and Shane Kleinert

Description: DVDescription: Entry Level

In the original Tech Bake-off session in 2012, we discussed the bake-off framework and provided various tips from the field. Fast forward to 2015, and technologies such as vGPU, hyper convergence, and storage architecture enhancements have been introduced into the end user computing space. Citrix and VMware have both made changes to their product stacks by way of acquisition and/or introduction of new features and functionality. Both companies have introduced their suite of product stack/solutions. In this session, we explore the updated framework, and provide an independent review of Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View. In this session, you will see:

  • Updated bake-off framework bake-off tips
  • Review of Citrix XenDesktop stack and VMware Horizon View stack: How do they stack up against each other?

Session Takeaway: Get the latest information that you need on Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View frameworks.

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The #SurfaceChallenge: I Took Away My Executives' iPads and Laptops, Gave them Surface Pro 3s, And Lived to Tell About It!
Presented by Zach Hughes

Description: EMMDesktop VirtualizationAPP

Back in 2013, Zach Hughes told the audience at BriForum Chicago that Windows tablets were a better platform for mobility than iPads+EMM. Today, he is the first to admit that he had the right idea, but that he may have been a bit ahead of his time. Fast forward to 2015 and the world has changed. The Surface is a billion dollar business. Android tablets and iPads posted their first ever sales decline. Join Zach at this session to see how Wells Fargo deployed thousands of Windows tablets to their mobile workforce, and how they put out the #SurfaceChallenge, asking executives to trade-in their iPad and laptop for a Surface Pro 3. This session details the approach and strategy that made this successful. Discover how to capitalize on the new popularity of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to transform your end user computing/mobility strategy into something that works well for both the business and for IT. You will learn:

  • How to use the consumerization of IT to your advantage rather than fight it
  • Run a successful Windows tablet rollout
  • Why and how to build an iterative rapid prototyping process for end user computing devices
  • Think strategically about what workloads to optimize for smartphones vs. tablets
  • Think strategically about endpoints, virtualization, remoting, and native execution

Session Takeaway: Discover an approach to mobile tablet computing that is cost-effective, secure, manageable, and productive for the majority of enterprises. Learn how to modernize the way your prototype and cycle through devices.

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The App Whisperer (Latest Techniques in Sequencing)
Presented by Tim Mangan and Patrick Mangan

Description: App

Everyone can agree that the worst part of delivering desktops is the apps. In this session, Tim shows you the latest techniques to prepare and analyze apps virtualized using Microsoft App-V augmented by free tools. When you learn to use these techniques, you will be able to spot apps requiring re-sequencing due to issues not raised by the sequencer, find out when special deployment options (such as publishing to computer accounts) are needed, understand app extension limitations, and know when apps require testing in connection groups due to the existence of browser or office limitations are present. To become an app whisperer, you must learn:

  • Recommended practices for virtual app sequencing
  • How to detect common cross-app interactions
  • New tools necessary to detect issues affecting virtual apps

Session Takeaway: Walk away with a better understanding of app virtualization and apply the techniques you’ve learned right away.

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The Hidden Benefits of RDP 8 on Windows Server 2012. Finally, Client Connection Metrics Come to RDS
Presented by Andy Milford

Description: DVDescription: MMPDescription: N&S

When RDS admins think about RDP 8 in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, they most often overlook the rich instrumentation, logging, and diagnostics that Windows 2012 admins can now use to determine all sorts of characteristics about each RDP 8.0 client connection. The single biggest challenge RDS admins face is determining whether connectivity issues are isolated to a single client or several of them. While Windows 2012 and 8 provide a wealth of diagnostic information about RDP 8 client connections, this information is scattered across various performance counters and event log entries, and is not easy to correlate in terms of the username or IP address of the client connection. This session provides a basic review of the new features available in the RDP 8.0 protocol, and at the end of this session, you will receive a URL for scripts and cmdlets free of charge.The session uncovers hidden benefits of RDP 8 on Windows Server 2012, including:

  • How to correlate metrics with specific user sessions by username given a winstation name, and how to figure out which counter to examine based on the negotiated transport protocol (UDP vs. TCP) of that session
  • Which client devices and operating system levels are required to support RDP 8.0, including the RDP 8.0 update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Where to find event log information on a Windows 2012 server
  • Tracking things like Round Trip Time (RTT), Current Bandwidth, Loss Rate, and Retransmission Rate using the new performance counters available in Windows Server 2012 that
  • Using PowerShell scripts to automate the correlation and collection of the above metrics, and generate alerts based on certain thresholds that are met

Session Takeaway: Learn how moving to the Windows Server 2012 platform can help quickly diagnose connectivity issues, and with the use of PowerShell scripts, help you build a repository of client connection quality information and monitors that can alert you to connectivity problems.

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The Internet of Things (IOT): Why it Matters and Why You Should Care
Presented by Joe Shonk

Description: CloudDescription: Far Out

  • By now, you've heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), and the cool things that you can do with robots and home automation. However, IoT is much more than just that. According to IDC, IoT will be an 8.9 trillion dollar market by 2020. Gartner projects that 4.9 billion things will be connected this year alone, and 25 billion things by 2020. There will be 69.5 billion dollars spent on services in 2015, and 263 billion on services by 2020. Do you want to see how easy it really is, and discover why this will be the next disruptive technology since mobile devices? This session dives in with a few demonstrations and you will pick up a few ideas that you can implement back home. In particular, you will learn:

    • What does IoT really mean?
    • Servos, motors, sensors and other electronics have been around decades. So what is this IoT layer?
    • This ISN'T your daddy's electronics. What does IoT means to the average consumer, hobbyist, and the enterprise?

    Session Takeaway: You’ll learn how IoT fits into the enterprise, and leave armed with the information that you need to assess the impact that IoT will have on your position, and your company.

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The Packet Games: Analytics and Troubleshooting On The Wire
Presented by Mike Nelson and John Smith

Description: MMPDescription: N&SDesktop Virtualization

Troubleshooting applications, services, and infrastructure in your environment is no easy task, especially in today's ultra-complex world of hardware virtualization, application virtualization, and hybrid clouds, just to name a few. Just looking at logs is no longer a collective way to troubleshoot issues. This can also be said for obtaining and understanding analytics and performance data for those same scenarios. In this session, we'll take a hard look at methods and technologies to help provide that data, and troubleshoot your application and infrastructure issues. Learn how traversing the lower L2 & L3 bits and bytes, along with the higher layer 4 and 7 data, gives you a more complete understanding of what is really going on, and how you can remediate and resolve the issues you have today. Examine real world issues and learn which methods and tools to use to get to the real source of the problems. Explore the realities of the Internet of Things ("IoT") and how having multiple devices with IP addresses on the network will make it difficult to depend on small-kernelled operating systems to have enhanced logging capabilities, much less the capacity for an agent. Attendees will understand:

  • How gathering data from multiple sources, including the lower and upper layer data, can help you remediate and resolve the issues you have today
  • How the IoT devices going are to be handled when it comes to troubleshooting and analytics
  • Methods, techniques, and tools to use to collect and combine your data into an easy to read, functional, and simple matrix for analytics and troubleshooting
  • To make the case on how gathering and analyzing this data can help everyone resolve issues and move on

Session Takeaway: Become a wire data rock star! Walk away with a better understanding on how to look deeper into your networks, down to the wire data, to troubleshoot a wide range of issues and provide amazing analytics and statistics for your environments.

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The Sky's the Limit with HP Moonshot and Citrix WorkspacePod
Presented by Dane Young

Description: DVEntry Level

In 2013, HP began a journey to revolutionize the cloud, big data, social, and mobility landscapes with a new class of servers: Project Moonshot. The game has now changed with a focus on XenDesktop hosted infrastructure (HDI) using the ProLiant m700 cartridge and XenApp on Moonshot. Now, Citrix has announced and released Citrix WorkspacePod powered by HP Moonshot, amplifying the focus on it.Dive into the technical details around Citrix WorkspacePod and the various technologies involved in this solution. Additional topics to be covered include Moonshot 1500 chassis, interconnect modules, ProLiant m700 cartridge, and ProLiant m710 cartridge overview, Moonshot XenDesktop HDI, and XenApp integration with Citrix, including XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro and XenApp HDX 3D using OpenGL 4.1 and DirectX 11. There will be a user experience demonstration, and performance results using common workload tests and leading monitoring solutions. Attendees will see:

  • An overview and technical deep dive on Citrix WorkspacePod powered by HP Moonshot
  • Integration tips, tricks, and best practices for implementing Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on HP Moonshot
  • Customer and evaluation results from deploying Citrix WorkspacePod and HP Moonshot in the field

Session Takeaway: Gain an understanding of Citrix WorkspacePod and HP Moonshot and uncover the technical details behind these solutions, which you can use to make decisions about the next phase of desktop virtualization in your organization.

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VDI Version 2: Creating an Experience So Superior, Users Will Think They are Running on Physical Desktops
Presented by Michael Thomason

Description: DVMMPSTGIf you interview any VDI user, you will quickly learn that they both like and loath the solution. It was only in 2014 that a mixture of hardware and software technologies came together so we can finally provide the user a true "desktop-like-experience." In this detailed technical presentation, we unveil layers of the stack: hardware, software, operating systems, networking, storage, protocols, and more to give you the recipe to create a VDI environment that both users and admins will enjoy! Learn about Flash's "who's who," and how it can affect your organization. If you are tired of dealing with user data, Outlook/Office 365 integration issues (such as cached-mode and index search), performance, and management issues, we will discuss how to solve for each of these issues.Learn how to leverage all user data from a central store and stop roaming and streaming your profile data. This will be one of the BIGGEST impacts to login times yet!

We‘ll demonstrate the power of virtual graphic processing units in VDI, and the important role they will play in the future of VDI workloads. Learn how to deploy video-conference solutions through VDI while reducing GPU workloads over 50% per guest! You will see firsthand HD4 video running on a low-end hardware XP desktop with no client software installed other than the required VDI client (i.e. Citrix Receiver, Horizon Client, etc.). This session provides the year’s best opportunity to learn how to:

  • Build and deploy a VDI solution using industry-standard reference architecture that obtains a superior user experience
  • Leverage modern hardware and software integration to solve many VDI "woes"
  • Explore future advances in graphics processing and the affect it will have on the user experience
  • Solve many "user profile" and login time issues

Session Takeaway:Take VDI to the next level and improve the user experience.

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VMware Horizon Performance
Presented by Ian Parker

Description: DVDescription: MMP

  • VMware Horizon is increasingly making noise in the marketplace. For many in the SBC world, managing the performance of Horizon deployments is a growing topic. In this session, explore the metrics that are available to baseline and analyze Horizon deployments, and learn how to identify current issues and proactively predict future issues. Don’t miss this session if you want to get up to speed on:

    • Native VMware performance counters
    • What to measure and where
    • How these metrics fit in the VMware ecosystem

    Session Takeaway: Learn how to analyze Horizon deployments, solve existing issues, and proactively identify potential problems in Horizon deployments.

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Understanding vSGA, vDGA, vGPU: When and Where to Use Them
Presented by Kenneth Fingerlos

Description: DVEntry LevelGPU

This session dives into the architectural differences, advantages, and disadvantages of 3D support for application and desktop virtualization today and outlines options available to deliver it. Gain a deeper understanding of:

  • When Software 3D is the best choice
  • How vSGA and vGPU are different
  • When you need vDGA
  • Hyper-v
  • How to decide which is the right fit

Session Takeaway: Gain a clear understanding of why you need 3D support and the options available to deliver it. More importantly, walk out of this session with an understanding of the different options, and how to select the one that makes the most sense for your environment.

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What Can Citrix Workspace Cloud Do for You?
Presented by Jarian Gibson and Dane Young

Description: DVDescription: CloudDescription: MMPDescription: Entry LevelEMM

With the launch of Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC), the way we approach deployments and lifecycle management is going to change. CWC will allow deployment of different services, and will fulfill a variety of customer needs. It is the next evolution in how we deploy the Citrix stack of products. CWC isn’t only for those who want Citrix to manage the control plane, but also for anyone who wants to bring lifecycle management into their environment. This session providesa comprehensive overview of Citrix Workspace Cloud, including:

  • Overview of CWC architecture and services, and the value it brings
  • How CWC changes deployments and how it changes lifecycle management
  • Cloud vs. on premises deployments
  • Demos, demos, and more demos

Session Takeaway: Learn more about CWC from the people who have been in early access beta and giving feedback to Citrix. They are sharing their insights and thoughts on the solution during this session.

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What Does It Take to Get a Good Remote Experience on Today's Wi-Fi and Cellular Networks?
Presented by Randy Groves

Description: DVDescription: N&SRemote desktops and applications require a highly interactive experience. Developing a solution that deals only with average packet loss and latency is not sufficient as there are finer details that reveal a more complicated and dynamic environment. The data at this finer level of detail is not generally available, so we developed an application for mobile clients that will send this information back to our database for further analysis. During this session, we present the results of measurements taken from real world situations, such as corporate Wi-Fi (with and without WMM), public and home Wi-Fi hot spots, and a variety of cellular use cases. We describe the various techniques of bandwidth estimation, congestion avoidance, and forward error correction, and explain how they can be used in these situations to provide the optimal user experience. We also show how protocols such as Citrix Framehawk and HP Velocity address these various scenarios. You will gain:

  • An understanding of the characteristics of many Wi-Fi and cellular scenarios and their impact on remote User experience
  • Techniques that protocols use to maximize experience and conceal packet loss, all while being fair to other users of the same network
  • An understanding of which scenarios these techniques will be effective in improving user experience and when they will not
  • Examination of benchmark data on how current protocol behave under these real world conditions

Session Takeaway: Learn ways to improve remote user experience for Wi-Fi and cellular-connected devices and examine how current technologies do/do not address the various scenarios. Walk away with a solid understanding of the basics of bandwidth estimation, congestion avoidance, and forward error correction.

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Why Your Approach to BYOD Stinks
Presented by Simon May

Description: Entry LevelDescription: EMM

If you work in the typical IT department, you’re probably wrestling with a BYOD project or implementation. The idea is to enable people to bring their own devices so they can be productive on those devices anywhere. I’d place money on your top brass really wanting you to let them do that. I’d also double down that your compliance/auditors/regulators want you to put controls over what users can do on those devices, and I bet that’s where your users draw the line and tell you to foxtrot-Oscar! Many organizations approach BYOD as if they have a sense of entitlement over ownership of the device, but today’s workforce–especially the younger workforce–won’t have it. They will go elsewhere to work or they will just not enroll their device. Learn why and how you can build the infrastructure to do what the top brass really wants: make the organization productive without sacrificing what the user really wants– THEIR device, their life, their way of working, and their personal productivity. This session will cover how:

  • Data containerization and application management are the keys to success.
  • Identity is the key foundation for success in any systems management project
  • Devices don't matter (except to everyone!)

Session Takeaway: You will leave this session with a comprehensive understanding of the future of the device management industry. You’ll know what skills you will need to embrace, and you'll see a Microsoft guy using an iPad and Android device!

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Windows Packagers Forecast: DevOps Winds Are Blowing
Presented by Darwin Sanoy

Description: App

If you work with traditional windows application packaging automation, you might feel that DevOps is only applicable to startups and for building online businesses that generate direct customer value and revenue through new software features. Perhaps you work for a 60-year old public company whose customer value comes from manufacturing physical products. Is there really anything in the DevOps buzz for you (except a headache)? Like many paradigm shifting movements, DevOps started with one focus, but turned out to be valuable in much broader contexts. If you have traditional windows application packaging skills, you may be in a unique position to transition to DevOps. If you aren't up for a transition, you can add a lot of value right where you are by applying DevOps culture, concepts, and disciplines to your current work. This session is designed to help you understand why and how studying DevOps can benefit your career, your colleagues, and your company. First, we'll talk about why you should consider it. Then, we'll outline a plan of attack to help you add new perspectives and tools to your career toolbox. You’ll explore:

  • DevOps culture and processes and how they apply to non-typical organizations
  • How Windows packaging skills could be uniquely valuable to Windows DevOps initiative
  • The core cultural tenants and technologies to start dabbling in

Session Takeaway: You will be able to articulate how the hot new wave of DevOps technology can apply to your organization. While DevOps is also considered a transformational movement, there is always value in being focused on what managers are willing to budget for.

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Worst Citrix and Microsoft "Best Practices" of all Time, v2.0
Presented by Nick Rantalan and Dan Allen

Description: Entry LevelDescription: DV

Based on the hottest session at BriForum 2014, Nick and Dan are back again with an updated list to share! In this session they poke fun at Citrix and Microsoft by detailing the worst "best practices" each company has come up with, and what the real best practices are.

Session Takeaway: Explore the top 10 worst practices from Citrix and MSFT of all time (providing updates and new topics from last year's session).

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You Feeling Strong, My Friend? Say Docker One More Time! (An Intro to Docker and Where it Fits in the Enterprise)
Presented by Shawn Bass

Description: AppDescription: Far Out

Over the last 2 years, Docker has taken the Internet by storm. However, confusion remains over what problems Docker actually solves (and doesn't solve). Attend this session for straight-up answers and an understanding of what Docker does and, more importantly, what it doesn't do, plus information on the role of Docker in the Windows world.

Session Takeaway: Get to the bottom of what all the fuss is about Docker.

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Zen and the Art of Mobile Applications: How Not to Build a "Crapplication"
Presented by Brian Katz

Description: EMM

Join Brian for an exploration of scenarios on how to build an app for your users. These scenarios take you from a current paper-based/PC-based process all the way through mobilizing these same processes, providing you a framework for building your apps. Learn how to build the right apps for your users applying the FUN process; without having them resort to the FUIT route. Take an inside look at MBaaS and MADP solutions, and look at how to use them to successfully to set yourselves up to be in the mobile app game. Identify when it makes sense to stick with VDI in your mobile tool belt.

Session Takeaway: Learn to apply the FUN principle to building an app, and by exploring the MBaaS solutions, you will be prepared to help your company build apps

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BriForum planning team

Curious who the masterminds are behind the BriForum agenda? Learn more about Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth:

Brian Madden Brian Madden Bio
Independent Analyst, Blogger and Author,
Gabe Knuth Bio
Independent Industry Analyst & Blogger,