Today I am extremely happy and proud to announce that my first ever book is now available for purchase over at Amazon. Continue reading to order your copy. Inside Citrix – The FlexCast Management Architecture focuses on the FMA, mainly from an architectural point of view. It will discuss, in detail all of its main components and services, their primary roles and responsibilities, including some of the most common optional components, features and/or closely related technologies. From the basics to deep (er) dives where applicable, I will make sure to include something for everybody. Do note that this book is not meant as an installation and/or how-to manual, instead it will dive deeper into the FMA, the true foundation of Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp.
Topics include but are not limited to: A deep dive into the FMA’s main services, its evolution, a detailed overview on the user authentication, application enumeration and launch processes, Citrix printing, the ICA / HDX protocol, application delivery, MCS, PVS, troubleshooting, some history, fun facts and figures and (much) more. I have concluded each chapter with multiple key takeaways (a few hundred in total) and also included over 100 so-called FMA facts throughout the various chapters. I truly hope you enjoy it and find it of some use.
50% discount on the Kindle and 25% on the Paperback edition – use the links below
– If interested, use the links below to order your paperback and/or Kindle copy –
Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk – Amazon.de – Amazon.fr – Amazon.es – Amazon.it – India
If, for whatever reason the Amazon.com store doesn’t have my book available, use this link instead: https://www.createspace.com/5985010 it will take you straight to my book and it WILL be available, guaranteed!
I really wanted to get the book ‘out there’ before Synergy, so that’s why I choose this approach. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do to speed up the process on the Amazon side. In the end I don’t think it will really matter. If, for whatever reason you want to purchase directly from Amazon.com or Amazon.in I suggest you just wait a few days longer, although India can and probably will take a bit longer. I will make sure to keep on eye on things and let you guys know when it becomes available.
At this time I only have a paperback version available, however, the Kindle version will follow shortly (I’m really working on it). But hey, what beats a ‘real’ book, which you can feel, smell and hold in your hands?! Nothing, right? Though I’m sure some of you will disagree.
By the numbers…
The book is over 500 pages thick and pressed in the well-known (and most popular) 5,5 X 8,5 “ inch format. It includes over 75 images and tables, hundreds of key takeaways, 115+ so-called FMA facts and besides the technical information I have also included a whole bunch of fun and nice to know facts, figures and some history surrounding Citrix and the FMA. Next to that I have re-used some of the best-viewed and most popular blog posts from basvankaam.com, but only related material of course. It consists out of over 103.000 words of which the biggest part (over 90%) is freshly written, or partly re-written at the very least. And for those who are interested or might be wondering (I know I always do), I used the Garamond font in a 12 pt. size and a line spacing of 1,1, which looks really, really nice!
I truly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did putting it together and hopefully it will live up to any expectations you might have.
I would like to thank everybody who helped me review some, or all of my material, technical as well as non-technical, the book would not have been the same without you. Again, I would also like to emphasise that I have done the best I can regarding my overall English, spelling, grammar etc., since I am no native speaker. As such I cannot guarantee an error free book, but I promise you; it won’t be far off! It has been a great learning experience, and I am sure I can improve on several points, which I will going forward.
On multiple occasions I have had the opportunity to work with a professional technical writer (thank you for the offers) but choose not to do so. It is my book, and as such it needs to look, feel and sound (or read) like me, at least that’s the way I feel. Hopefully that is a good thing.
If you are interested in purchasing larger quantities, let’s say 10+, drop me a line and I’ll provide you with a nice discount.
Again, thank you for being interested in what I have to say and share, the honour is all mine!
To conclude, here is a list of the main chapters / topics discussed throughout the book:
1. About the author
2. Why this book?
3. Who is it for?
5. Is this all still relevant?
6. The evolution of the FMA
7. The FMA, it’s foundation
8. The FMA, main components
9. Delivery Controller
10. The Virtual Delivery Agent
12. The Central Site Database
13. The Citrix Receiver
14. Citrix Studio
15. Citrix Director
16. Citrix Licensing
17. Host Connection
18. The NetScaler Gateway and ADC
19. Provisioning Services
20. Machine Creation Services
21. The FMA Core services
22. The ICA / HDX protocol
23. Application Delivery
24. The user login process
25. A deeper look into Citrix printing
26. Troubleshooting the FMA
27. Sizing and storage considerations
28. The Citrix Workspace Cloud
29. The community is strong with this one
30. The end
31. Appendixes A & B
And a whole bunch of sub-chapters and sections.
All the best,