Writing my first XenApp book: calling out to the community

A couple of week ago I was contacted by a book publisher and asked if I wanted to write a XenApp book. A challenge I enthusiastically take upon me.

I strongly believe in the power of sharing knowledge and how it enables communities to grow strong and great ideas to blossom. And I do think the Citrix community shows that every day.

After visiting my first E2EVC in Copenhagen I got to see the power of the Virtualization community in action and felt greatly inspired to take that community and E22VC spirit with me a try to put some of it in my book.

The XenApp book will be about XenApp Best Practices, technical tips and tricks to improve your XenApp infrastructure and useful tools to manage it. It will be a collection of how-to articles on all XenApp infrastructure components.


Power of the community

… So what better way to get some of that community spirit in my book than by asking the community for a little help …


So I hereby call out to the Citrix community for help:
What how-to articles, best practices and tools should be included and promoted in my XenApp book?


Esther Barthel
Solutions Architect at cognition IT

Esther has been working in different roles and functions as an IT consultant ever since she finished her Masters degree in Computer Science in 1997. She has worked as a web developer, database administrator, and server administrator until she discovered how Server-Based Computing ( SBC ) combined servers, desktops, and user experience in one solution. Esther has been specializing in virtualization solutions such as SBC, VDI, application, and server virtualization for over eight years now and is currently working as a Senior Consultant at PepperByte, where she designs and implements Citrix® solutions for both small-business and large-enterprise infrastructures scaling from 100 to 15,000 users.
In january 2014 her first book Citrix XenApp 6.5 Expert Cookbook was published by Packt Publishing.

Esther is awarded as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) from 2015 - 2017.
Esther is awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in 2017.

Esther is a Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V), Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M), Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N) and RES Software Certified Professional (RCP).

4 thoughts on “Writing my first XenApp book: calling out to the community

  1. Martijn Hulsman

    – policies howto an dbest practice
    – Streaming best practices
    – Shadowing how to
    – Sizing
    – Lot’s of real world examples
    And if you have something gathered I would be happy to help in a review

  2. Mark Fermin

    I think for the target audience, a collection or chapter on in-depth troubleshooting using the vast collection of free tools and utilities available from Citrix (things like StressPrinters, MedEvac, CDFAnalyzer, QuickLaunch, PrintDetective, CLI tools like DSCheck/DSView, etc.). Even as organizations move towards XD7, there will still be many that need to support XA5, 6, 6.5, or maybe even older versions in their business. These tools will still be valuable and have saved many a Citrix admin’s tail in troubleshooting. Many of the community tools like FarmNanny, FarmDocumentor, etc. are also often used and well supported by the community! I’m happy to assist in your effort in any way!.

  3. Bas van Kaam

    Hi Esther,

    Cool! How much time did they gave you? About two months ago I was contacted by Packt as well, for the exact same book. I thought about it for two days and then told them I would love to be involved. After that I received the schedule and some other stuff regarding the publication process, it was pretty tight for me personally with all that’s going on. Unfortunately they weren’t that flexible when it came to the time window so I had to drop out in the end. When you finish I would love to read it! Good luck!



  4. virtuEs Post author

    @Martijn: Thanks for your suggestions, I’ll try to fit them into the book.

    @Mark: Those tools definately do not get enough attention!

    @Bas: The writing schedule is a big challenge indeed, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up the pace!

    Otherwise I might just take go rogue and figure out how to publish a book myself 😉