MetaFrame XP Soup to Nuts

Configuring MetaFrame XP For Windows is chockfull of real-world information.

Citrix Systems' MetaFrame product is truly an enterprise-class piece of software. Used by all Fortune 100s, it's hard to find an environment, of any size, that doesn't use MetaFrame one way or another. What makes it difficult is that, other than reading an unending number of white papers or sorting through Citrix newsgroups in search of information, it's hard for a Citrix newbie to figure out how all the pieces fit.

The authors of this book are veteran Citrix engineers with varied backgrounds, and their experience with MetaFrame has obviously played a key role in the formation of this book. The authors not only have a vast understanding of the product but a great deal of experience with the environments in which MetaFrame must live.

The book begins with a basic overview of MetaFrame and Server Based Computing (SBC). It next moves into the "how to" of Citrix Farm design, basic SBC concepts, network design and interaction with MetaFrame, and basic server design and installation. The details in the design chapters of this book are impressive. Not only does the book offer suggestions for basic server configurations but includes a plethora of real-world information to help you understand the why and how of large server farm design.

The authors address all the common aspects of MetaFrame farm management, including installing applications; monitoring; troubleshooting; Web connectivity using Nfuse; trend analysis; and, of course, printing. It would take a year of long nights and hundreds of white papers to glean all this information.

While the book is almost technically perfect, some readers may notice several inconsistencies between their environment and what the book describes. This may be due to that fact that Citrix updates its product several times a year and, since this book's publishing, MetaFrame XP Feature Release 2 has been released. While this may stop some from buying this book, I believe the minor inconsistencies are outweighed by the enormous amount of valid information.

While this book contains enough down-and-dirty technical information for any Citrix administrator, it also contains enough architectural concepts and suggestions on Citrix designs that almost anyone in IT could walk away with a basic understanding of how, where and why to implement MetaFrame XP.

About the Author

Ron Oglesby is the Citrix and Terminal Services team leader at Progressive Network Solutions in Downers Grove, Illinois. When he is not hacking the registry on his Windows 2000 server he is busy trying to finish his computer lab in his basement.


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