Friday, March 28, 2014


Automatic Detection of Intranet Security Not Working.

Error : Security Warning -  we can't verify who created this file.

Change the following setting on the local machine using local policy or use a GPO to configure this setting for an OU or domain.  What this setting does, and it worked perfectly, was to apply Intranet Security policy for any computer that is on the domain.

The automatic detection has an issue with shortcuts or urls that use the FQDN even if it the local domain. Setting this policy make that Autodetection work. This was a domain with a 2003 domain controller and a windows serer 2008 R2 domain controller. The GPO setting was configured using gpedit on the 2008 server. No additiona administrative templates or kits had to be added. Thi s was with the default admx files found on 2008 R2.

To set the policy setting:
Open gpedit on the Windows 2008 server > User configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Internet explorer > Internet control Panel > Security Page
   Enable "Turn on automatic detection of intranet"


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dell Wyse Xenith Review for Citrix Fast Installation Zero Client

Zero client review | Wyse Xenith Zero clients for Citrix HDX

  • Superb boot time
  • Awesome speed
  • Detailed confirability
  • Easily manageable 
  • All settings easily accessible 

Wyse Xenith Zero clients for Citrix Installation and Speed Review

Installed fifteen Wyse Xenith Zero clients for Citrix HDX. That is not a large number of clients to install but it was the first of their kind that I was able to get my hands on. These clients were the best I have ever used.
I thought I admired the Windows Embedded client from Dell Wyse as those had installed 25 for another client prior to these Zero clients.

The embedded clients ere impressive. I thought those would be the best I would see but after installing the Wyse Xenith Zero clients for Citrix HDX , they were even easier and quicker to deploy. They boot up in seconds, about 5 to 8 , average (it was just lightning fast, at first I thought I was not booting them at all - you blink or look away for a second or two, you'll miss it)
Dell Wyse Xenith Zero client. 

The embedded clients have a longer boot time and have a desktop of an embedded windows operating system to take into consideration whereas the zero clients have only the Dell Wyse Zero Engine. The boot time for the zero client was about 5 seconds to a login form/page. That was a complete power cycle. Login is quick, access to admin features was very fast and easy too.

Dell Wyse Xenith Zero client Speed 

Admin features can be made to be displayed on the left side of the screen on mouse-over if required. In this case it was made to remain hidden. Accessing admin features was very fast too with most changes requiring a reboot, that was no problem as the reboot was so fast.

Access Wyse Xenith Admin Settings, How to Access admin mode on Dell Wyse Zero client

To access administrative settings just hit control + alt + delete. You'll be given options in a small window that is displayed. Choose display admin option button and restart. Once you reboot, which is very fast as mentioned, click on admin, then you have access to all the settings - and there are a lot of settings to customize the the thin client to you needs and specifications. Optionally, while restarting/rebooting, hold the shift key down on the keyboard. You will notice that the admin button stays after reboots and power cycles. To get rid of the admin button on the zero client, just hit control + alt + delete and select the option not to display the admin button.

The Dell Wyse Xenith Zero client has many Settings to fit any Environment

Wireless settings can be configured as well as standard wired network settings. The default domain of the client can be added. The default username and password if desired can be configured. Also so many display and and other settings such as the zero clients name on the network, resolution and even the settings by which to find and connect to a management server or servers. All settings can be done manually at the client per client of can be managed by Dell Wyse client management software.