WEM: Notes From the Field 1


In September 2016, Citrix announced the purchase of Norskale. Now dubbed Workspace Environment Manager (rolls off the tongue :)), Citrix has a powerful tool that provides system optimization along with user environment control. I’m implementing a small VDI solution utilizing this new tool and these notes are primarily for me and others to note some particulars of this product.


They always say RTFM, but I was pressed for time and only dived into the installation guide for WEM 4.2. While attempting to apply settings to the registry I became more and more frustrated because nothing was happening. I finally went back to the Citrix Docs and found out my issue.

When you apply registry settings in WEM they ONLY affect Current User Registry entries:

Target Path. The registry location in which the registry entry will be created. Citrix Workspace Environment Management can only create Current User registry entries, so you do not need to preface your value with %ComputerName%\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ this is done automatically.


WEM Sites

You can create any number of WEM sites to manage your environment. They can be OS specific, user specific or just separate to test changes in an acceptance environment before making the changes in production.

In the home tab of the WEM Console, there are import export buttons


Exporting actions will allow you to export any settings you have under the Action pane


Exporting Settings will export settings under the System Optimization, Policies and Profiles, Transformer Settings, and Advanced Settings panes


Now here’s the rub. The following items are not exported:

  • Filters
  • Assignments
  • Configured Users
  • Administration

You will have to redo these settings yourself. Luckily, you can easily switch sites can compare settings

That’s all for now. More to come as I dive deeper into WEM.

Thanks for reading,

Article: XenServer Resource Links


This blog provides quick introduction to the resources available for XenServer and Citrix Essentials.

XenServer Page – http://citrix.com/xenserver

Download XenServer 5.6 FP1 GA – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_1688616.asp

MyCitrix (Licensing, Support and Partner Sales Kits) – www.citrix.com/mycitrix

Download XenServer (Partners can access NFR license via MyCitrix) – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=2300356 and http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/demo.asp?ntref=util

Download Essentials for Hyper-V http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/feature.asp?contentID=1854353

Citrix XenServer Feature Matrix – http://www.citrix.com/english/ps2/products/subfeature.asp?contentid=1680964

Citrix eDocs online Production Documentation – http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/index.jsp

Free E-Learning Course – Introduction to Citrix Essentials for XenServer 5.5 – http://citrixtraining.com/courses/course_view.cfm/course_id:274

Citrix XenServer Literature – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/documents.asp?contentid=683148

Citrix Ready – http://www.citrix.com/ready

Citrix Community – http://community.citrix.com/

Citrix XenServer Central – http://community.citrix.com/citrixready/xenserver

XenServer 5.6 FP1 Administrator Guide – http://docs.vmd.citrix.com/XenServer/5.6.0fp1/1.0/en_gb/reference.html#id2564366

Citrix Knowledge Center – http://support.citrix.com/ and http://support.citrix.com/product/xens/

Citrix XenServer Featured Articles – http://support.citrix.com/product/xens/v5.6/

Citrix Licensing Basics – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2305120.asp

Citrix Forum – http://forums.citrix.com/support

Citrix XenServer Master Classes (Free) – [www.citrix.com/xsmasterclass]

Citrix XenServer 5.6 FP1 Master Class (ANZ) – https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/644832776

XenServer Project “Cowley” – http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/events/event.asp?eventID=1855037

Citrix TV – http://www.citrix.com/tv/

OpenSource iSCSI Targets for XenServer – http://www.nexenta.com/corp/products & http://www.osnexus.com/

Citrix XenServer Security Target – http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/files/epfiles/crp255st.pdf

eCo System Partners – https://www.citrix.com/English/partners/partnertop.asp

• Fault Tolerance – http://www.marathontechnologies.com/high_availability_xenserver.html

• Backup – (PHD virtual, Quorumsoft , SEP, Commvault. Symantec) – http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122191

• Security – http://www2.catbird.com/

• Multitenant – http://www.desktone.com/ & http://cloud.com/ & http://www.openstack.org/

• Virus Scanning – http://www.mcafee.com/us/campaigns/virtualized/

Citrix Product Lifecycle Phases



XenServer Tech Specs – http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/subfeature.asp?contentID=1681139

Citrix XenServer Best Practices





Citrix HCL – http://hcl.vmd.citrix.com/

Citrix HCL Community Verified – http://community.citrix.com/citrixready

Citrix HCL Self Certification Kits – http://www.citrix.com/ready/hcl

Citrix YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/CitrixTV

Citrix Ask the Architect – http://community.citrix.com/p/ata#architects & AsktheArchitect@citrix.com

XenServer ROI Calculates – https://roianalyst.alinean.com/citrix/xenserver/

Citrix Synergy 2010 – http://www.citrixsynergy.com/

Citrix Security Bulletins – http://support.citrix.com/securitybulletins/

Citrix IRC Channel – http://join.citrixirc.com/

Twitter – @Citrix, @xenserverarmy, @Citrix_Synergy, #citrixsynergy, #xenserver

Citrix on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/citrix

Helpful Resources for XenServer – http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_1688622.asp#top

Fault Tolerance using Marathon – http://www.marathontechnologies.com/high_availability_xenserver.html& http://community.citrix.com/blogs/

Open vSwitch – http://openvswitch.org/ & http://www.openflowswitch.org/

Citrix Product Sales Kit – http://community.citrix.com/kits/brand/sk-products

Latest News Articles

The Co-operative Group – http://www.citrix.com/English/aboutCitrix/caseStudies/caseStudy.asp?storyID=2304613

Server Right Sizing –http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/04/02/The+importance+of+knowing+your+environment

ACMA builds Xen-based private cloud – http://www.cio.com.au/article/367528/acma_builds_xen-based_private_cloud/

XenDesktop on Hyper-V SP1 with Citrix Essentials (40% More user Density) –http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=157322595

Social Media

Twitter: @XenServerArmy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CitrixXenServer

LinkedIn: Citrix XenServer Events

What’s Driving the Surge in XenServer Market Share – http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=155618890

First OpenStack Release – http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101021006633/en/OpenStack-Release-Produces-Open-Source-Cloud-Alternative

OpenStack – http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/10/21/If+you’ve+seen+one+redwood,+you’ve+seen+them+all

AppSense: Best Practice Documentation

indexAppSense has seen remarkable growth and penetration into a lot of virtualization endeavors across many business and government sectors.  Recently, I’ve received requests from readers as to where they can get some AppSense best practice documentation.  My former AppSense sales engineer forwarded several documents to me and I found others on the myappsense.com site under the documentation section.  I’m providing what I have here, but keep it mind it is out of date and refers to older versions of the software.

I encourage you to reach out to your AppSense sales engineer as they provide this kind of documentation to you.  Also visit the following sites for more information: