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

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Microsoft App-V 5.0 has four different ways that processes become detected and virtualized. This is quite different than 4.x, which used a launcher program start virtual environments. In this session, Tim will dive deep into the mechanisms in play to start virtual environments. We’ll cover the new 5.0 SP3 options for Connection Groups (including recommended practices), RunVirtual, and Dynamic Virtualization (JitV). You will leave with a good understanding of the differences in these four techniques, and when and how to use each. Fair warning: bring your own aspirin as this will be a deep dive. Attendees 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: Attendees will understand how to get plug-ins to work under App-V.

Lightning Round: App Virt, UEM, and User Disk Layering
Presented by Tim Mangan

Description coming soon

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

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This session will disciss App-V as a current market leader in terms of user base. We’ll then dive into each of the biggest Application Virtualization solutions on the market and what they offer, e.g. ThinApp, Symantec Workspace Streaming\Virtuaization, Numecent Application Jukebox,, CloudHouse, Cameyo, AppVolumes and Unidesk.

  • App-V still has benefits over its competitors like a solid online community, affordable licensing for existing SA customer, various forms of integration, but it requires coming to terms with its limitations
  • Certain solutions such as Numecent Application Jukebox, AppVolumes and Unidesk can give you awesome dynamic delivery with less of the limitation headaches
  • There's some vendors out there doing some pretty awesome things
  • App-V is not the only show in town

Session Takeaway: Most people know about App-V, but are not aware of any of the competitors. We’ll also be giving candid insight about each of the products, and what we believe are their strong and weak points.

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. Service templates provide a way not just to 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. Join Greg Shields in this 100% demo session where you'll 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, attendees 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
  • Leave with the click-by-click instructions you need to build your own prototype RDS service templates the moment you return home

Session Takeaway: Attendees will get a take-home that'll let them create the same thing demoed on-stage inside their own environment.

AWS AppStream vs. Azure RemoteApp: A Technical Smackdown
Presented by Mike Nelson and Rick Dehlinger


The days of on-premises application delivery may be numbered with the technology advancements of Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp and Amazon Web Services AppStream. These way cool mechanisms for application delivery have many pros and cons for everyone, from the individual to the big enterprise. Grab a seat, bud, and we will take a look at both of them, in-depth, and extract some of the advantages and disadvantages of each along the way, as well as how you how they are in use today. We will also compare them to the tried and true standards of today's on-premises application delivery technologies such as XenApp and VMware Horizon, including what you should consider if you are thinking of moving either partially into the cloud offerings or if you are "all in". Totally Awesome Dude! Attendees will:

  • Take away an understanding of how Microsoft RemoteApp and AWS AppStream work
  • How they compare to each other and how they compare to the traditional on-premises delivery mechanisms
  • How you can get started in testing the waters to see if they are a good fit for you and your business

Session Takeaway: Attendees will earn bragging rights on knowing what is available with the two biggest Cloud Remote Application Delivery mechanisms, and how it could affect their existing implementation of Citrix or VMware, and their business.

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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Do you want to implement XenDesktop 7.6 for your organization, but you’re still a bit sketchy on the design and implementation of it? Have you already deployed it, but need some help with getting started on some troubleshooting? In this session, you will walk away with the knowledge to successfully design and implement your XenDesktop 7.6 solution, including administration and troubleshooting scenarios. Attendees will learn:

  • What you need to know about standing up a rock solid infrastructure, including sample use case 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: Regardless of the size of your organization and how you may use a XenDesktop environment to support the business it is important to understand the implementation recipe for success. This session will cover XenDesktop Implementation, Administration and Troubleshooting in a way that will show the team you are a XenDesktop Rockstar!

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 should to be ready to manage a browser-based application environment.

The promise of web-based applications was to make life easier for everyone by making applications less dependent on the underlying system, and therefore less fragile. That promise has been realized on the consumer web for the most part. But enterprise applications are complex, often written with a specific task or workflow function in mind. So the web application ends up being targeted and hard coded to a specific operating system and browser version in many areas.

In this session, we will cover everything from the basics - how browsers work and the variations between vendors (and why they matter so much). We will review the “big three” windows browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. You'll get an introduction into the new Spartan browser from Microsoft and what it will mean to the enterprise. We will examine the issues that cause web applications to break from version to version, with the goal of helping you understand the moving parts you need to track on a regular basis. We will look at all the variables that come into play when a single page gets loaded. We'll spend time understanding how web application management is going to be crucial to the long term success of any enterprise, and how you can get ahead of the issues to avoid future pain. All of these elements will be 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?
  • Guidance on 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, attendees will be able to know why web applications break, some good ideas on how to fix it, and even prevent it from being a roadblock for your business.

Can't Fix Your Application Issue? Try to Break it Instead!
Presented by Drew Walz

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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.

Citrix Internals: Storefront
Presented by Denis Gundarev

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Citrix Storefront is not new, but many customers still scared of it. How does it work? Why is it often broken? Where is my favorite Web Interface features? All these questions stop people from using it. In this session you will learn:

  • How StoreFront components interact with each other
  • How to add new functionality without breaking Storefront
  • How to build advanced multi-regional StoreFront deployments

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, etc. While the use of these systems continues to rise, so does the risk of data loss, compromise, etc. As companies continue to try to control access to these systems, simply blocking access isn't a solution to the problem. This session will cover:

  • 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.

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

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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. Join Benny Tritsch in his session introducing 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:

You will leave this session packed with great content and some nice giveaways. In this can’t miss session, you’ll learn:

  • 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, the attendees will 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).

Configuration Manager 2012: Is this how We Make a User-Centric Experience, or are We Still Managing Devices?
Presented by Kevin Kaminski and Nicke Kallen


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 will cover 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 will highlight when Configuration does make sense for application delivery and when other solutions may need to 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.

  • 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.

CTO’s 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, will give their insights and unbiased opinion about Workspace 2020. They’ll share their thoughts and explain what the 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 will be a very special session that, in a short period of time, will give you tons of create 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.

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. Using holistic approach, attendees will learn:

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 will get an overview of GPU technology partners and the differences between Citrix, Microsoft and VMware solutions graphics solutions. With more than 5000 videos available, we picked the most relevant videos to show the differences of various Hypervisors, Remote Display Protocols, API support and the impact in LAN and WAN. With our unique content and insights, this session will be fun and filled with awesome information for everyone interested in Desktop Virtualization.

You will leave this session packed with great content and some nice giveaways. In this can’t miss session, you’ll 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.

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 will discuss the options available from different vendors, history of layering, where we predict layering 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 will help attendees understand and identify which solution most fits their requirements without any marketing voodoo.

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

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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 will get an overview of GPU technology partners and the differences between Citrix, Microsoft and VMware solutions graphics solutions. With more than 5000 videos available, we picked the most relevant videos to show the differences of various Hypervisors, Remote Display Protocols, API support and the impact in LAN and WAN. With our unique content and insights, this session will be fun and filled with awesome information for everyone interested in Desktop Virtualization.

You will leave this session packed with great content and some nice giveaways. In this can’t miss 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.

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 will 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.

  • 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.

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 will review the most common mistakes that customers make in their VMware Horizon and PCoIP deployments and provide best practices for configuring server, storage, networks, clients, operating systems, applications, and the protocol. You will get detailed examples of what to do and what not to do. This session will explore:

  • 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 the various use cases and network environments in your deployment

Session Takeaway: If you are getting ready to deploy or 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!"

How to Encrypt Everything that Moves and Keep it Usable
Presented by Denise Gundarev


Citrix products are secure by design, but don't forget about secure design of your deployment. Transmission security is one of the key requirements in many organizations and industries, and it's important to know how Citrix deployments 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?)

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# or 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. But most importantly, 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.

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


Last year’s Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 was such as success it deserves a not only 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 includes NEW head to head number with iSCSI and NFS.

  • 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 hypervisior platform
  • How to build and configure a basic Scale out File System cluster and how to configure Hyper-V leverage it

Session Takeaway: Attendees will 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 them out the window.

I, For One, Welcome our New Enterprise Consumer Overlords
Presented by David Strafford

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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 will 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.

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

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Love it, hate it, or indifferent, 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, Helge Klein, 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.

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

Description: EMM

You’ve handed out devices, you’ve 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. You better come to this session – it is going to take a look at what comes after EMM. Learn how you 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? In just 75 short minutes, this session will take 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 do you secure mobile apps?
  • Who are the different MAM players and what are the 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 f leverage the investment you’ve already made or are about to make.

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

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Lego for Geeks: Harware 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. Unless you join Benny Tritsch at this BriForum session, where he will walk 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. Benny Tritsch is a physicist and computer scientist who worked in research for 10 years, and in this session, you will:

  • Learn from the expert 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.

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 will take a deep, dark look into Windows printing. Why do your document files explode into monster print files? We will open up the EMF print file to explore why it needs to be so large. We will 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 will arm you with tips and tricks to manage printing in SBC. You will learn:

  • Why is 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.

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 will be 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! A big compliance and security risk. The attendees will learn that you need to manage those devices and that they might have a great solution in house without knowing it.

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 will take a deep dive into scalability numbers of popular tools like LoginVSI and how these numbers compare to real world deployments. One of the hotly debated topics is 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 will explore in great detail the critical performance optimizations that can have a significant impact on scalability so that you can 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 and cut through the BS scalability numbers often put out by product vendors.

Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Smackdown
Presented by Jason Conger

Description: DVDescription: EMMDescription: P&SDV

Building or virtualizing mobile applications for enterprises sounds hard, but really, it 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. Join us at this session to explore 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.

  • Learn what Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix is 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.

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. You can find ways to get this going, but many times you end up skipping learning the basics. This session will show you how to migrate from WI/CSG to StoreFront/NetScaler and give you the foundation you need about NetScalers.

New Insights and Advanced Deployment Tips for Azure RemoteApp, Directly from the Microsoft Engineering Team
Presented by Nihar Namjoshi

Description: DVDescription: AppDescription: Cloud

Have you seen our intro spiel and want more details about what's going on under the covers? Want to know the best way to plan and execute a deployment? Which common mistakes to avoid? This session is for you! We've learned A LOT from our customers since the initial release of Azure RemoteApp in 2014 and want to give you all the info you need to evaluate and deploy it yourself, focusing on the live site service data and customer/technical insights that you can't get from anyone other than the engineering team. Attendees will learn:

  • New insights into 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: This information is not available anywhere else. This is the first 300-level session we've done on Azure RemoteApp, so we'll make it fresh and targeted at this uniquely technical audience.

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

This session is 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 it provides centralized administration of server farms from a single console without requiring additional costly software. The different resource types available for use with DSC, such as files, registry keys, and environment variables, will be covered. Also, various practical examples will be presented 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 farms.

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.

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, we had converged infrastructure and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI). Now, Citrix has announced Ultra Converged Infrastructure (UCI). What does all of it mean? This session will dig into the differences between classic pod architectures, HCI and UCI. We'll also bust through the Marketing hype to understand the real technical solutions behind popular HCI/UCI offerings such as EVO:RAIL and WorkspacePOD. Attendees of this session will:

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

Session Takeaway: This session will dive into HCI/UCI and compare popular offerings from VMW and Citrix in this space without any BS or Marketing!

Sequence Like a Boss
Presented by Ryan Will and Drew Walz

Description: App

In the continuation of the 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. We will recap how shims and symbolic links can improve application compatibility and then show you how to identify the files and folders that need them. We will also show you how to use the same tools to troubleshoot application errors when an application has been virtualized.

Session Takeaway: There are still a lot of applications that have issues being virtualized. Attendees will learn techniques that will allow them to take a second look at an application they previously thought was not able to be sequenced. Or knock a new App-V project out of the park when handed to them. They will be able to brag to their co-workers that they can sequence like a boss.

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

Entry Level Desktop VirtualizationStorage

The next wave that vendors are jumping on, trying to re-define, and make money on is Storage Virtualization, aka Software Defined Storage. Sick and tired of living through this cycle of having to navigate and correct FUD, this is a pre-emptive strike. We will 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. We will begin with a series of questions asking “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.

  • What is Software Defined storage?
  • Real world examples of implementations
  • Practical insights into leading products and how to use it
  • Why it might matter to you and what you can gain from this
  • Impress your friends and colleagues, ask challenging questions with vendors

Session Takeaway: Dodge the bullet of the coming wave of vendor BS and know what you are doing when it comes to storage.

Strategies to Optimize Your VDI OS Gold Images
Presented by Richard K. Agnew

Description: DVDescription: MMPStorage

This session will be a detailed presentation of system tools and techniques to optimize Windows desktop OS performance and reduce image size resulting in reduced SAN storage requirements. The presentation will start with a generic Windows desktop OS installation with all updates applied and describe methodologies to optimize to a final Gold Master Image. These optimization strategies have achieved 7 second workstation and server boot times and significant general overall O/S performance improvement. This process will utilize windows system and third party utilities to:

  • 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.
  • 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, eliminating application bottlenecks and enabling more VMs on a single physical server

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

Description: DVDescription: Entry Level

In our 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 introduced new features and functionality. Both companies have introduced their suite of product stack/solutions. In this session, we will go over the updated framework and have 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
  • Review of VMware Horizon View stack
  • How they stake up against each other
  • Thoughts on evolution of both product stacks

Session Takeaway: Attendees will be updated on our framework and comparisons of VMware and Citrix EUC stacks.

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

I spoke at BriForum 2013 Chicago about how Windows tablets were a better platform for mobility than iPads+EMM. I had the right idea, but may have been a little ahead of my time. In 2015, the world has changed. The Surface is a billion dollar business. Android tablets and iPads posted their first ever sales decline. The same Consumerization of IT trend that brought iPads into the enterprise is now putting iPads on the shelf and bringing Windows tablets into the enterprise. How cool is that?! This new wave of the CoIT trend doesn’t result in FUIT, instead really brings in something IT can work with, as long as we aren’t too slow on the uptake to realize it!

This session is all about how to capitalize on the new popularity of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to reform End User Computing/Mobility strategy into something that really works well for the business and IT. A Windows tablet can do everything that an iPad can do. There used to be a gap, but there is now complete feature-parity. The inverse cannot be said. An iPad cannot do what a Windows tablet can do, as evidenced by the fact that every iPad user also has a laptop in their bag to do some percentage of their mobile workload.

In 2015, the iPad+laptop mobile paradigm is legacy. It’s time to modernize. Over the past several years, we have deployed thousands of windows tablets to our mobile workforce. Most recently, we put out the #SurfaceChallenge, asking executives to trade-in their iPad and laptop for a Surface Pro 3. Not one of them asked for their iPad or laptop back. This session will detail the approach and strategy that made this successful. Learn how to do the following:

  • 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: IT professionals are tired of chasing novelty and are hungry for something that really works. They will learn about an approach to mobile tablet computing that is cost-effective, secure, manageable, and productive for the majority of enterprises. They will be inspired to modernize the way they prototype and cycle through devices, so enterprise IT can stop lagging behind the consumerization trend.

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

Description: App

What is the worst part of delivering desktops? The Apps, of course! In this session, Tim will show you the latest techniques to prepare and then analyze apps virtualized using Microsoft App-V augmented by free tools. Using these techniques, you will be able to spot apps requiring re-sequencing due to issues not raised by the sequencer, find when special deployment options (such as publishing to Computer accounts) is 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. Attendees will learn:

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

Session Takeaway: You’ll have a much better understanding about app virtualization and be able to use the techniques you’ve learned right away.

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 most RDS admins think about RDP 8 in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, they immediately think of its adaptive graphics capabilities, the ability to negotiate TCP or UDP as the transport protocol, and its expanded RemoteFX features. Unfortunately, what are often overlooked are 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. This is a shame, because one of the biggest challenges RDS admins face is determining whether connectivity issues are isolated to single client or several of them. Windows 2012 and Windows 8 provide a wealth of diagnostic information about RDP 8 client connections. However, this information is highly 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. A URL for scripts and cmdlets will be provided free of charge to attendees at the end of the session. In this session, we will:

  • Conduct a basic review of the new features available in the RDP 8.0 protocol
  • Discuss the various client devices and operating system levels required to support RDP 8.0, including the RDP 8.0 update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Discover where to find event log information on a Windows 2012 server
  • Reveal the new performance counters available in Windows Server 2012 that track things like Round Trip Time (RTT), Current Bandwidth, Loss Rate, and Retransmission Rate
  • More importantly, we will discuss a.) How to correlate these metrics with specific user sessions by username given a winstation name, and b.) How to figure out which counter to examine based on the negotiated transport protocol (UDP vs TCP) of that session
  • Show, using PowerShell scripts, how to automate the correlation and collection of the above metrics, so that administrators can review connection quality among their RDP 8.0 clients and/or generate alerts based on certain thresholds that are met

Session Takeaway: One of the biggest challenges Windows server admins face is determining whether RDS connectivity issues are isolated to single client, a group of clients, or are systemic across the network. This session will show you how moving to the Windows Server 2012 platform can help quickly diagnose connectivity issues, and with the use of some provided PowerShell scripts, help you build a repository of client connection quality information and monitors that can alert you to connectivity problems.

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 probably heard of IoT (Internet of Things) and cool things that you can do with building robots and home automation. But IoT is much more than just that. According 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. See how easy it really is! In this session you will learn:

  • What really is IoT?
  • 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 average consumer?
  • What does IoT mean to the hobbyist?
  • What does IoT mean to the Enterprise?
  • You’ll learn how to get started with IoT and dive in with a few demonstrations
  • Learn about IoT and why it will be the next disruptive technology since mobile devices
  • How to get started with a few demos and ideas that you can implement back home
  • Demonstrations to show the different platforms, as well as how easy it is

Session Takeaway: You’ll learn how IoT fits into the enterprise and be able to decide whether or your position and company will be affected by one of the largest groundswells in recent memory.

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

Description: MMPDescription: N&SDesktop Virtualization

It's Citrix's fault! No, it's the slow Storage! The host hardware is old and weak! No way, it's the Network! Been there - heard that. 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 good collective way to troubleshoot issues. This can also be said for obtaining and understanding analytics and performance data for those same scenarios as well.

In this session, we'll take a deep look at methods and technologies that you can use to help provide that data and help troubleshoot your application and infrastructure issues, and we'll do this by looking not only into the data that we can see "on top" by looking in consoles and reports, but right down to the wire data itself. 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. We will show real world issues and what methods and tools to use to help track down the real source of the problems. We will also talk about the realities of "IoT" (The Internet of Things) and how multiple devices having IP addresses on the network, but we won’t be able to depend on small-kernelled operating systems to have enhanced logging capabilities, much less the capacity for an agent! Come join us for some insight and fun! 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
  • Learn methods, techniques, and tools to use to collect and combine all this data into an easy to read, functional, and simple matrix for analytics and troubleshooting
  • Make the case to your peers and users on how gathering and analyzing this data can help everyone resolve issues and move on

Session Takeaway: Attendees will walk away with a much better understanding of how to look deeper into their networks, down to the wire data, to help troubleshoot a wide range of issues and provide amazing analytics and statistics for their environments. You will become a Wire Data Rockstar!

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 landscape with a new class of servers: Project Moonshot. The game has now changed with a focus on XenDesktop hosted desktop infrastructure (HDI) using the ProLiant m700 cartridge and XenApp on Moonshot, using the ProLiant m710 cartridge. Now, Citrix has amplified the focus on HP Moonshot with the announcement and release of Citrix WorkspacePod powered by HP Moonshot. In this session you will learn tips, tricks and best practices for implementing Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on HP Moonshot from key experts behind this disruptive new technology. Additionally, you will learn technical details about 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: Attendees will develop an understanding of Citrix WorkspacePod and HP Moonshot while uncovering of the technical details behind these solutions, which they can use as they make decisions about the next phase of desktop virtualization in their organization.

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

Description: DVMMPSTG

If 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 will unveil layers of the stack: hardware, software, operating systems, networking, storage, protocols, and more. We 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. For the enterprise media or consumer who is 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 them all. 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 will also discuss and 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.). We'll cover 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"
  • Learn 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: Attendees will learn how to take VDI to the next level and improve the user experience.

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 performance of Horizon deployments is a growing topic. In this session, we will discuss what metrics are available to baseline and analyze Horizon deployments, and how to identify current issues and proactively predict future issues. In this session, attendees will learn to understand:

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

Session Takeaway: Attendees will be able to analyze Horizon deployments, solve existing issues, and proactively identify potential problems in Horizon deployments.

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

Description: DVEntry LevelGPU

This session will cover the architectural differences advantages and disadvantages of various methods of supporting 3D Graphics for Application and Desktop virtualization today. This session will answer:

  • When is Software 3D the best choice?
  • How are vSGA and vGPU different?
  • When do we need vDGA?
  • What about Hyper-v?
  • How to decide?

Session Takeaway: Attendees will come away from this session with a clear understanding of why they need 3D support and the options to deliver it. More importantly, they'll come away with an understanding of the differences in the options and how to select the one that makes sense for their environment.

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

Description: DVDescription: CloudDescription: MMPDescription: Entry LevelEMM

With the Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC) solution, the way we approach deployments and lifecycle management will change. CWC will allow deployment of different services and fulfill a variety of different customer needs. CWC is the next evolution in how we deploy the Citrix stack of products. CWC is not only for those who want Citrix to manage the control plane, but also brings lifecycle management to your environment. In this session we will go over:

  • Overview of CWC Architecture and Services
  • The value it brings
  • How it changes deployments
  • How it changes lifecycle management
  • Cloud vs On Premises deployments
  • Demos, demos, and more demos

Session Takeaway: Attendees will learn more about CWC from people who have been in early access beta and giving feedback to Citrix about it. Get our insights and thoughts on the solution.

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&SDescription: Entry Level

Remote desktops and applications require a highly interactive experience. Developing a solution that only deals with average packet loss and latency is not sufficient as the finer details that reveal a more complicated and dynamic environment. The data for this finer level of detail is not generally available, so we developed an application for mobile clients that can send this information back to our database for further analysis. We will present the results of measurements taken in many 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 will describe the various techniques of bandwidth estimation, congestion avoidance, and forward error correction and how they can be used in these situations to provide the optimal user experience. We will also show how protocols such as Citrix Framehawk and HP Velocity address these various scenarios. Attendees 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, 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
  • Some benchmark data on how current protocol behave under these Real world conditions

Session Takeaway: Attendees will learn ways to improve remote user experience for Wi-Fi and cellular-connected devices and how current technologies do or do not address the various scenarios. They will learn the basics of bandwidth estimation, congestion avoidance, and forward error correction (if they like to brag about that kind of thing to their friends).

Lightning Round: When Cloud Doesn't Work Out: Challenges of Moving an App to AWS...and Back
Presented by Ryan Goodson

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Why Your Approach to BYOD Stinks
Presented by Simon May

Description: Entry LevelDescription: EMM

If you work in most IT departments, you’re probably wrestling with a BYOD project or implementation. The idea is to enable people to bring their own devices, so that 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 their device, 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, todays workforce–especially the younger workforce–won’t have it. They will go elsewhere for 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 want: Make the organization productive without sacrificing what the user really wants– THEIR device, their life, their way of working, 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: Attendees will understand the future of the device management industry. They'll know what skills they will need to embrace their own future, and they'll see a Microsoft guy using an iPad and Android device!

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 the realm of startups and 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 turns 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 will 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 bother with it at all. Then we'll proceed to outline a plan of attack for you to add new perspectives and tools to your career toolbox. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Some exposure to the development of DevOps culture and processes
  • How DevOps culture and processes apply to non-typical organizations
  • That they don't have to wait for a company top-down initiative to start moving the needle
  • How Windows packaging skills could be uniquely valuable to Windows DevOps initiative
  • What are the core cultural tenants and technologies to start dabbling in

Session Takeaway: Attendees will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how the hot new wave of DevOps technology can apply to their group and their organization. DevOps is also considered a transformational movement and there is always value in being focused on what managers are willing to budget for.

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

Description: Entry LevelDescription: DVDescription: MMP

Based on the most popular session from BriForum 2014, we have an updated list to share this year! In this session we'll poke fun at Citrix and Microsoft by detailing the worst "best practices" each company has come up with.

  • The top 10 worst practices that Citrix and MSFT have ever come up with
  • What the real best practices are in each of these areas

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

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

Docker has taken the Internet by storm in the last two years. Yet there is a still a huge amount of confusion over what problems Docker actually solves and what problems Docker doesn't solve. Attend this session to get an understanding of what Docker does and, more importantly, what it doesn't do. This session will address:

  • What does Docker do?
  • What doesn't Docker do?
  • What is the role of Docker in the Windows world?

Session Takeaway: Attendees will get an understanding of what all the fuss is about Docker.

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

Description: EMM

You know you want your users to be successful but aren’t sure how to do that. This session will walk you through a few scenarios on how to build an app for you employees. It will take you from a current paper based/PC based process all the way through mobilizing the same processes and gives you a framework for building your apps. It will talk about the FUN process and how to apply that to building the right apps for your users without having them resort to the FUIT route. Along the way, we will also discuss MBaaS solutions, MADP solutions and how to use them to successfully set yourselves up to be in the mobile app game in your company. Plus, we will talk about when it makes sense to just stick with VDI for their customers in their mobile tool belt.

Session Takeaway: Attendees will learn how to apply the FUN principle to building an app. They will learn all about MBaaS solutions, and they will be prepared to build apps with their company.

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,