Even Better Together

About two weeks ago, I wrote about the benefits of having both ShareFile and Microsoft Office 365 – from the Outlook plug-in, to in-browser editing on Citrix managed StorageZones and even the ability to host an Office Online Server 2016 to enable previews and view-only sharing for files stored on-premises with ShareFile.

Today, that story gets even better. Continue reading “Even Better Together”

Better Together – Using Microsoft Office Online to Enable ShareFile On-Prem Previews

Alright, so I don’t have much of a story for this one, but this is pretty damn cool…. not to mention useful for ShareFile Enterprise customers with Microsoft licensing!

What Am I Talking About?

A while back, Citrix ShareFile released a StorageZone Controller that integrated with Office Web Apps Server. Today, Office Online Server 2016 supersedes the Office Web Apps Server. Let’s look at how to deploy an OOS to enable previews for ShareFile on-prem.

Continue reading “Better Together – Using Microsoft Office Online to Enable ShareFile On-Prem Previews”

The Secret Weapon(s)

Earlier this year, I attended Citrix Summit with my team. One of the sessions on the last day was about story telling; specifically, how to tell a story. This was only my second Summit, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this session, and I was blown away.

The speaker was a story creator from Pixar – Matthew Luhn. Excuse me, not ‘a’ story creator, THE story creator – he was one of the originals. Yes, I had the opportunity to learn from the guy who wrote one of my favorite childhood movies: Toy Story.

His message was simple, yet powerful: a story follows a pattern – there are ups, and there are downs; then there are more ups, and, thus, more downs. To demonstrate, he utilized the movie Up, a movie about a couple that spends their life together, through the good times and the bad, with a shared dream to go on their ‘perfect’ vacation. Spoiler alert! They don’t make it… but the story goes on.

During his talk, he introduced what is called the “story pine” – the basic concept that a story begins at a point, continues along in time until there is a change that leads to a series of changes and/or effects, until there is a point of equilibrium that leads to a moral of the story. We paired off into teams and practiced telling our story. I paired up with my colleague, Kim (check out her blog here!), and we put together quite an amazing story in a matter of seconds.

See, Kim thinks all cats are aliens, and, we’re both have pretty active imaginations, so this was quite simple for us: Continue reading “The Secret Weapon(s)”

No GUI? No Problem!

I’ve been trying to broaden myself lately…

A few months ago, I helped a customer with a project – they added another NetScaler to their portfolio to help enhance user experience with ShareFile in other parts of the world. After all, it doesn’t make sense to send traffic halfway around the world just to have it come back to your neighbor’s, right?

I had a good understanding of how NetScaler fit into the ShareFile story at that point, but had no idea the power and versatility of the appliance until later when I would be studying for my networking certificate – something I may discuss at a later date, but that’s not the scope of this post.

I get on the phone with the customer and am ready to assist in setting up their new NetScaler to load balance the ShareFile traffic Continue reading “No GUI? No Problem!”

Sometimes the answer is simpl(icity)

I’m a big fan of simple.

Sometimes though, simple isn’t as simple as it seems.

A few months ago, I began working with PowerShell for the first time (with meaningful content). I was creating a script to help my team and our customers with preparing a Windows Server to host Citrix ShareFile’s StorageCenter software. Don’t get me wrong, Continue reading “Sometimes the answer is simpl(icity)”