Month: November 2014

APPSENSE BLUEPRINT DAY 2 – INSTALLING APPSENSE SUITE COMPONENTS

“Know the system requirements to run the AppSense Management Suite IIS Services and extension’s”

Hey everyone, welcome back! Today we get into the actual installation of AppSense. I think the easiest way to handle this will be seperating out into individual components.

Here we go!

AppSense Environment Manager

Supported Languages – English, German, French
Processor – Minimum – 1 CPU at 1.4GHz. Recommended 2CPU at 2GHz.
Memory – Minimum 2 GB. Recommended 4GB.
Disk Space – 10GB (When using SQL Express)

Required Utilities and Components

Client

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 – minimum requirement (included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1)
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • XML Lite 1.0.1018.0
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package (The x64 version requires x86 and x64 2013 Redistributable packages)

Personalization Server

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1
  • Windows PowerShell 3.0 (only required for scripting)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

Browser Interface

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0

User Interface

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package (The x64 version requires x86 and x64 2013 Redistributable packages)

The following components are installed as part of the AppSense DesktopNow installer:

  • Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package (x86) and (x64)

Operating System Support:

  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise **
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Enteprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Enterprise

* Cannot run server components.
** Only x64 can run server components.

Application/Desktop Technology Support

  • Citrix Presentation Server 4.5
  • Citrix XenApp 5.0 +
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.0+
  • Microsoft AppV 4.6+
  • Symantec Workplace Virtualization 7.5+
  • Unidesk 2.6+
  • VMware View 4.6+
  • VMware Horizon View 6.0+
  • VMware ThinApp 5.0+

Antivirus Support

  • Norton Antivirus 360
  • Avast Internet Security
  • AVG Antivirus
  • Kaspersky Internet Security
  • McAfee Antivirus Plus
  • Trend Micro

 

AppSense Application Manager

Supported Languages – English and German
Processor – Minimum – 1 CPU at 1GHz. Recommended 2CPU at 2GHz.
Memory – Minimum 2 GB. Recommended 4GB.
Disk Space – 1GB.

Operating System Support:

  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Enteprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Enterprise

Application/Desktop Technology Support

  • Citrix Presentation Server 4.5
  • Citrix XenApp 5.0 +
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.0+
  • Microsoft AppV 4.6+
  • Symantec Workplace Virtualization 7.5+
  • VMware View 4.6+
  • VMware Horizon View 6.0+

Antivirus Support

  • Norton Antivirus 360
  • Avast Internet Security
  • AVG Antivirus
  • Kaspersky Internet Security
  • McAfee Antivirus Plus
  • Trend Micro

The following components are installed as part of the AppSense DesktopNow Installer:

  • Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable (v2)
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Full
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package (x86).
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable package (x86).
AppSense Performance Manager

Supported Languages – English
Processor – Minimum – 1 CPU at 1.4GHz. Recommended 2CPU at 2GHz.
Memory – Minimum 2 GB. Recommended 4GB.
Disk Space – 1GB

Required Utilities and Components

Performance Manager Console

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 – Minimum requirement (included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1).
  • Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package.

Performance Manager Agent

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 – Minimum requirement (included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1).
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0.
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package.

Operating System Support:

  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise **
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Enteprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Enterprise

AppSense Management Center

Supported Languages – English and German
Processor – Minimum – 1 CPU at 1.4GHz. Recommended 2CPU at 2GHz.
Memory – Minimum 2 GB. Recommended 4GB.
Disk Space – 10GB (When using SQL Express)

Required Utilities and Components

Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012)
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Server Extensions
  • Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0

Agent

  • Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Redistributable Package and Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x64 Redistributable Package

Operating System Support:

  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Business, Ultimate and Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard and Enterprise *
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise **
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Enteprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Enterprise

* Can be managed with the CCA (Agent), but cannot run server components.
** Can be managed with the CCA (Agent), but only x64 can run server components.

Supported Database Systems:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 *
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 *

* Not compatible with SQL AlwaysOn

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AppSense Blueprint Day 1 – Introduction and features of AppSense DesktopNow Management Suite

“Understand the various components of the AppSense Management Suite, as well as key features of each”

Welcome to the beginning!

What is DesktopNow? DesktopNow is an application suite that provides End-user and VDI solutions for some of the trickiest problems such asProfile management, desktop rights (No more user administrators!), software licensing control (For example Microsoft Office). It’s used in a VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS environment- it’s agent based and managed centrally.

The DesktopNow suite is made up of (Right off the AppSense website):

bg-em AppSense Environment Manager

Set up, configure, personalize, control, lock-down and self-heal users on any desktop.

  • Centralized user management
  • Set up, personalize, lock down, and self-heal desktops
  • Cross-platform personalization
  • Context & location based controls

bg-amAppSense Application Manager

Control application access entitlement, eliminate the need for full Local Administrator accounts, manage URL and network access, and reduce per device application license requirements.

  • Privilege management
  • Application control
  • Software licensing enforcement
  • Compliance and governance

bg-pmAppSense Performance Manager

Dynamically control and allocate CPU, memory and disk resource to improve quality of service, increase user density and reduce hardware requirements.

  • Granular system resource entitlement
  • Improve user experience and response times
  • Enable server consolidation and reduce costs
  • Control run-away or rogue processes

Untitled 2AppSense Management Center

AppSense Management Center is part of AppSense DesktopNow suite of products. It is the framework that enables AppSense user virtualization technologies to be deployed and scale rapidly throughout the enterprise.

  • Manage multiple configurations
  • Deploy agents and patches
  • Monitor Client health and Manage Alerting

Appsense APP-101

Hey all!

I’m going to begin walking through the AppSense Certified Professional (APP-101) exam. This is a Pearson-Vue proctored exam and I don’t see much on the internet for a walkthrough or the test experience.I’m an End User Computing professional by trade, and I want to dig deeper into the stuff AppSense has come out with to resolve user environment issues.

This test covers their DesktopNow application suite.
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Here is their official blueprint – as the days go on, this table will be hyperlinked with information:

Topic area

Required skill

%

Understanding AppSense functionality

5

Installing AppSense Suite components

10

Configure components

IIS configuration
SQL account requirements
How to connect to the management server Create deployment groups
Install the CCA on managed computers

5

AppSense Management Center

Install packages
Administer package delivery
Install and configure failover servers

15

AppSense Environment Manager

Show understanding of personalization profile roll-back and archive
Use self-healing functionality to ensure critical files, service, and registry keys remain unchanged

Implement application lockdown to remove unwanted functionality such as menu items and other components from the user interface

30

AppSense Application Manager

ANAC functionality
Trusted Ownership requirements
Using digital signatures to secure access
Creating custom rules
Automatically block unauthorized applications without the need for administrative intensive listing techniques.
Configure application access based on user, group, and client rules
Track and audit user activity, including automatic archiving of unauthorized applications

15

AppSense Performance Manager

Default configuration
Ensure quality of service is maintained by applying CPU and memory control to preserve system resources
Ensure that server freezes are eliminated by tuning system resources
Implement a memory optimization schedule to reduce rebasing and excessive RAM usage Understand application and system state control to provide granular control of system resources

15

Monitor events and alerts

Set up alert rules
Monitoring events and interpreting error codes

5

Microsoft 70-412 PASSED, Officially MCSA Server 2012 certified.

Hello World!

I officially joined the ranks of those who attained MCSA certification in Windows Server 2012 this afternoon! This was also the first time I took an Online Proctored exam, so I’ll talk about that as well.

Online Proctored?

Yep. I took this exam from my own laptop, and not in a Pearson Vue exam center. When I signed up for the exam, I saw that some Microsoft exams through Pearson Vue are giving this as an option and I thought- why not? My transcript shows that I completed the 70-412-OP exam but there’s no other distinction.

I took the exam over my lunch break. Once I signed into the exam site, downloaded the Pearson application and did a webcam/microphone check, a representative called me to walk me through the rules. On camera, I had to:

  • Show my desk
  • Do a 360* view around the room
  • Show any objects on the work surface, including labelling
  • Unbutton and roll up my sleeves, and show my arms to the camera

Once I completed these steps, I was free to begin the exam. The exam itself was just like any other exam I’ve taken, so I don’t think the content changed because I was taking the test from home.

The Test itself

I agreed to a test Non-Disclosure Agreement (Of course) so there’s not much I can really say about the course content or individual questions. 41 questions, point and shoot, drop-down and multiple choice. A lot of the content was on things I’ve already posted to this blog, and quite a heavy reresentation of Active Directory which hasn’t made it to the site. Know Active Directory inside and out.

Now What?

I’m not going to finish the 70-412 post series in the immediate future. I need to focus on things that translate directly with my day job… so the next series will be related to AppSense’s professional certification. Following that, more end user virtualization/computing content to follow.

I imagine that I’ll get back to to 70-412, or even spin off another site just for certification stuff to focus this site on the technology instead of training… but that’s for another day.

Tonight is for celebrating!

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