This year at the Weatherford Enterprise Software Conference, our pre-conference training covered building custom controls for Canvas. We wanted to make sure that this information was available for everyone, and could be reviewed on-demand. Blake and I recorded a version of the session offline for you to watch and review at your convenience. The video and asset files are now ready and included in this post!
In preparation for WESC, I had to configure four identical CygNet hosts for redundancy. Doing the same thing four times didn’t sound like a lot of fun so I decided to write a powershell script! This is in no way supported or official, but it might help some of you out whenever you find yourself needing to spin up a new CygNet server or configure an existing one for redundancy. If starting from scratch, you will need to install CygNet via the setup program to get the baseline, and then this script will configure the server to be redundant. Specifically it will create multiple ARS/RSM service pairs that are properly configured. For those of you not doing redundancy, you can tweak it to mass modify your config files with specific values or add nonstandard services to your site.
At users group last week I wanted to impress everybody with how I could make their phone ring before and after a failover. Since my machines were hosted in Azure, I wasn’t able to use a Dialogic card so I decided to quickly throw together a notification plugin using Twilio. Many of you asked about how I did that so I decided to write this blog detailing the steps. Although this example uses Twilio, it should give you everything you need to deliver your GNS notifications to many other platforms. If you have any questions, or write your own interesting plugin, please share in the comments section so that we can all learn together
In CygNet 8.5.0 we released the Generic Grid Control, an ActiveX control that can be used in CygNet Studio and Vision to display whatever data you choose.
With the 8.5 release came the birth of a brand-new tool: Config File Manager. Designed to improve upon Config File Updater, this utility makes everything relating to configuration files simpler and more manageable. It allows you to edit any configuration file, validate values in the files and update the file version all from one interface. Let me show you what I mean.
Do you understand the difference between the size of your VHS database, and how much of the database is in use?
Which VHS configuration file keywords you should be paying extra attention to?
Do you have the correct alarms setup to alert you when your VHS needs some extra attention?
Do you want to get a better handle on how you can work with the VHS (Value History Service)?
The VHS is one of the most commonly asked about services in CygNet Support, and this month we are going to spend some time discussing utilities, keywords, configurations, concepts, and considerations all having to do with the VHS.
Be aware of how Microsoft manages their Visual C ++ Redistributable Packages, especially if you are a Citrix/XenApp user!
Citrix is a great way to serve up clients to your ever-growing sea of CygNet users. We know of many CygNet installations that utilize Citrix, but more recently we’ve run into some interesting issues revolving around the Citrix, Microsoft, and CygNet relationship. Some recent reports have come in with the mistaken impression that CygNet and Citrix aren’t compatible, and that installing CygNet clients will destroy your Citrix instance.
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