March 2015 archive

Citrix Newsletter – March ’15

General Announcements

Citrix Joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program to Extend Productivity Across Organizational Boundaries

“Citrix announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program. Citrix and Microsoft’s longtime partnership of more than 25 years is enhanced by this alliance agreement, enabling new ways to work for their joint customers. Work is increasingly done by virtual teams spanning employees, contractors, vendors, partners and customers. By joining the program to integrate Citrix ShareFile with Office Online, Citrix and Microsoft are facilitating easier collaboration across organizational and geographic boundaries, increasing cross-team collaboration, productivity and operational efficiency.”

Citrix and Google Enhance Enterprise Security and Management of Android Devices

“Citrix today announced an extension of its long-standing collaboration with Google by providing XenMobile support for Android for Work. This announcement builds on the multi-year collaboration between Citrix and Google that includes virtual app and desktop delivery on Chrome devices and existing enterprise mobility management (EMM) support for Android smartphones and tablets. Together, Citrix and Google empower both businesses and government institutions with a secure, scalable, app-centric, mobility solution that delivers exceptional user experience, providing people with new ways to work better.”

BYOD: Fragments and silos are the new norm

“Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, phones, tablets… and the list goes on. It’s safe to say we’ve all come to accept that the modern business is a multi-device, multi-OS world. But something we’re perhaps slower to recognise is that the same diversity we see in the above list, also applies to our data. As BYOD becomes the norm, so too does the fragmentation of data and it’s now time we accept this and consider what it actually means for business.”

Citrix Expands vGPU Support

“A large user base of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop continues to be successfully deployed and officially supported on VMware’s popular vSphere hypervisor for non-graphics workloads. Citrix will offer the same level of quality support to customers who deploy XenApp or XenDesktop for NVIDIA GRID vGPU, starting from day one that VMware vSphere 6 is generally available (March 12, 2015) with the capability.”

Five Ways Virtualization is Changing Enterprise Business Models

“Virtualization is leaving its mark on more than just the IT department.First virtualization hit the data center, changing how servers are operated and making today’s cloud computing possible. More than 70 percent of x86 server workloads are virtualized today, according to Gartner research, and virtualization hardly counts as an enterprise trend any longer since everyone is using it. Now its impact is being felt outside of the IT department, as the technology of virtualization enables new business models and fundamentally changes how business is done.”

Best Practices/Reference Architecture Documents/Blogs

Citrix Synergy 2015: Sessions that you should not miss!

“Having attended quite a few conferences, I know how frustrating it can be when you attend a session with high hopes, only to find out that the content was not what you expected. With this in mind, I spent some time this year going through the Citrix Synergy session catalog and picking the ones that I feel are most relevant to attendees”

Making the case for a heterogeneous hypervisor strategy in the datacenter

“When it comes to server virtualization in the datacenter, most customers tend to standardize on a single hypervisor platform, and VMware today clearly has the market share. The most common reasons for standardization are ease of support and skill set of resources. However for certain workloads, it can be argued that you do not need all of the bells and whistles offered by the main hypervisor platform and you could be overpaying significantly.”

Securing XenApp and XenDesktop Environments

“When deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop within large organizations and government environments, security standards are an important consideration. The Security Standards and Deployment Scenarios document addresses common issues related to such environments, and Citrix products offer a wide range of features for securing a XenApp and XenDesktop system.”

Welcome to Receiver X1

“This is the first of a series of blogs explaining what X1 is, and in particular how you can customize it.”

Monitor Citrix PVS Cache In RAM Using Powershell

” I’m a firm advocate of Provisioning Services ‘Cache in RAM with overflow on hard disk’ leveraging operating system RAM for write-cache. This results in better response times and a greater number of IOPS for the write-Cache than using traditional SAN or Local storage. However, careful planning and monitoring of the size of this cache is imperative as a breach in the available RAM will cause an overflow to the assigned slower disk which dramatically reduces performance. Much speculation has surrounded how to monitor the write-cache with some relying on the Target Device System Tray data but this only reflects the amount of physical cache used. I wanted to be able to monitor the amount of Ram Used so that a typical usage baseline at a customer of mine could be taken. Buried away in the Citrix eDocs (as most things are!) is reference to the actual metric that gives an indication of how much cache in Ram is in use. This can be done by checking the Pool Nonpaged Memory and is shown in the task manager.”

When to use Outlook Cached Exchange Mode on XenApp and XenDesktop

“The other day, I was in my workshop building a new desk for my wife when one of my kids came in asking me about the different tools I had scattered all over the room.  I said “this is a radial arm saw, this is a circular saw, this is a band saw and this is a scroll saw”.  Of course they asked “Why do you have so many saws?”.  I replied “Because each saw does something really well and if I use the wrong one for the job, we will have big problems.” Your IT toolkit will also contain many different tools, but it is important to understand when to use which tool.”

Citrix WorkspacePod, an HP Moonshot Architect’s Perspective

“The genesis of Citrix WorkspacePod originated with Citrix’s acquisition of a company called Solid Instance along with the founder and CEO Tyrone Pike. I’ve already gave away the big secret, Citrix WorkspacePod is all about bundling, but what exactly is included? Putting marketing buzz words like “ultra-converged infrastructure” aside, there are some really unique elements to look at here.”

How to force users to use the Citrix Receiver app on mobile devices using NetScaler

“You can tell your users to install Citrix Receiver on their mobile devices, yet they still continue to open Receiver for Web in a mobile browser to launch their apps and desktops because that’s what they do on their PCs at work. It’s tough to get them to understand there are 2 ways to access their apps while on a PC, using the Citrix Receiver OR Receiver for Web in their browser. But on a mobile device, they should use Citrix Receiver only for the best possible touch friendly experience.”

How To Setup Citrix XenMobile 10 (including configuring Netscaler)

“On February 17th, Citrix released the long awaited XenMobile 10. The big difference with its previous versions is that XenMobile 10 now consists of just one component, the XenMobile Server, so no longer a XenMobile MDM installation on a Windows server and configuring a separate App Controller.”

Netscaler Insight Center Deployment and Sizing Guide

“In today’s Application centric market the visibility challenges are being realized and its significance is growing as the data is increasing day by day. Most of the enterprise Apps has a common & basic requirement of being load balanced and providing optimized data delivery, thus ADCs like NetScaler become the central node through which all application data traverses. This is where technology like AppFlow comes in picture. AppFlow is the standard for fetching the visibility information through NetScaler and forwarding to NetScaler Insight Center. NetScaler Insight Center collects the AppFlow records, analyzes them and brings precise analytical reports for administrator’s consumption.”

Citrix Profile Management – User Store Revealed

“One of the biggest problem in Application or Desktop Virtualization is end user experience and consistency of user profile and customizations. Luckily there is a bunch of tools available on the market that help solve that problem. One of them is Citrix Profile Management intended as a profile solution for XenApp servers, virtual desktops created with XenDesktop, and physical desktops.”

Making the Citrix License Server (Truly) Highly Available

“I’ll begin by saying that this solution is certainly not for everyone.  It adds complexity.  It creates additional management overhead.  It requires NetScaler integration and mildly advanced networking skills.  We have never publicly documented the solution before this week.  But it is absolutely the only bulletproof solution for making our License Server (LS) truly highly available in an active/active fashion without any downtime.”

XenServer 6.5 Performance Comparison

“I love to go fast.  I love fast cars and I love fast software.  In fact, earlier in my career I used to specialize in software performance. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been so excited by the performance improvements in the recently released XenServer 6.5.  You can read my last blogon the features of XenServer 6.5 for more details on the speed improvements.  While it’s great to do your own measurements to track improvement over time, it’s even more fun and rewarding to see others validate your results for you.”

Support Articles/Bug Fixes

Upcoming Events

Mar 31 Solution Webinar: Mobility Dream Team Citrix, Google and Samsung Offer New Ways to Work Better

Find out how you can easily secure, manage and deliver enterprise, web and mobile apps and data to the latest Samsung Chromebooks and Android-based smartphones and tablets using mobile workspace solutions from Citrix.

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Mar 31 On-demand Solution Webinar: End-to-end Visibility for XenApp and XenDesktop

Join us for a deep-dive discussion on HDX Insight for NetScaler and CloudBridge.

It is the only solution that provides unmatched visibility for XenApp and XenDesktop.

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Apr 1 Master Class: High availability and content switching

Live technical webinars to learn about the most critical elements of cloud infrastructures and enterprise datacenter architectures.

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Feb 19 – Jun 23 Seminar Series: Managing the Unmanageable: How to Secure the Enterprise

Join us at this live security-focused seminar series to learn about how to secure sensitive data on managed and under-managed devices, measures that enforce security across unmanaged apps and network, models that control access to sensitive data, specific to application usage and access, and how to develop and enforce policies to “manage the unmanageable.”

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Mar – May 7 In-person Master Class Seminar Series: Protect Your Mission Critical Web Apps With Citrix NetScaler

Join us for this in-person master class. We will demo and discuss best practices to secure your network and apps against threats.

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Ongoing (Tuesdays, Thursdays) Weekly Deminars: Citrix Workspace Suite

Take a close look at the capabilities of Citrix Workspace Suite in these twice weekly technically-focused, demo-led webinars.
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Ongoing (Wednesdays) Weekly Deminars: NetScaler

Join us to understand how Citrix NetScaler can empower your organization with the most comprehensive set of application security, acceleration, load balancing, and monitoring tools.

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Ongoing (Wednesdays) Weekly Deminars: Empowering Mobility with XenMobile and ShareFile

See how Citrix can empower your organizations to provide secure, remote access to company resources through mobile app and device management as well as data sharing.

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On Demand Webinars

Solution Webinar: Move From Cisco ACE to a Software Defined World

Solution Webinar: Discover the Power of Application Centric Infrastructure

Master Class: How to Upgrade from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.6

Solution Webinar: How to Effectively Replace BlackBerry Devices and Gain User Acceptance

Master Class: NetScaler VPX. Spotlight: Admin Partitions

Solution Webinar: Mobile Workspace Delivery – Any App, Any Device, Any Network, Any Cloud

Solution Webinar: Top Use Cases for App Virtualization

Solution Webinar: How to Build a Solid BYO Policy and Mitigate Security Risks

Solution Webinar: Don’t Settle for “Good Enough” Email for Mobile Employees

Solution Webinar: Managing the Unmanageable: The Network Security Perspective

Solution Webinar: One Company’s Journey to Mobilize Their Workforce with Enterprise Mobility Management

Master Class: NetScaler Deployment Modes and Server Load Balancing

 Master Class: What’s New in Citrix XenMobile 10.0

Solution Webinar: Enable SDN and Dev Ops with Cisco ACI and Citrix NetScaler

 Desktop Master Class: Deliver Microsoft Lync with XenApp and XenDesktop

 Solution Webinar: 5 Things VMware Doesn’t Want You to Know About Horizon View

 

Citrix Synergy 2015 – Sessions that you should not miss!

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Having attended quite a few conferences, I know how frustrating it can be when you attend a session with high hopes, only to find out that the content was not what you expected. With this in mind, I spent some time this year going through the Citrix Synergy session catalog and picking the ones that I feel are most relevant to attendees and then separating them into three tracks:

  • Management/Leadership
  • Virtualization
  • Mobility/Networking/Cloud

My hope is that this helps attendees make better decisions as they build their Synergy schedules. I will try and update this if more sessions are added to the catalog. For now, here are my picks arranged by day. All the sessions are hyperlinked for further info.

May 12th Management/Leadership

SYN105: Leverage Citrix Workspace Cloud for your enterprise IT needs

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Joe Vaccaro

SYN112: How Nationstar Mortgage saved $1.3 million on desktop virtualization by changing their approach to storage and disaster recovery

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Josiah Foster

SYN311: Citrix on Citrix: the internal Smart Workplace

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Paul Martine

SYN102: Best practices for a successful BYOD, CYOD, or COPE program

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Matt Brooks

SYN103: Using mobile workspaces to deliver business mobility

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Natalie Lambert

SYN106: 2020 technology landscape from the CTO Council

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Martin Duursma

SYN117: The state of Citrix-based DaaS – going hosted or hybrid? You get to choose

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Ken Oestreich, Penny Gralewski

SYN231: Cost and complexity: myth or fact?

May 12th, 4:00-4:45pm

Stuart Moore

SYN201: Data loss prevention and enterprise file sync and sharing: is your data safe?

May 12th, 5:00-5:45pm

Jay Tomlin

May 12th Technical (Virtualization)

SYN105: Leverage Citrix Workspace Cloud for your enterprise IT needs

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Joe Vaccaro

SYN502: I’ve got 99 problems, and folder redirection is every one of them

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Shawn Bass, Aaron Parker, Helge Klein

SYN503: Getting the most out of NetScaler Gateway

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Anton Van Pelt, Thorsten Rood

SYN218: Agile delivery and lifecycle management of Citrix workloads across multiple clouds with Workspace Cloud

May 12th, 4:00-4:45pm

Jie Feng, Kalias Jawadekar

SYN417: StoreFront PowerShell documentation deep dive

May 12th, 4:00-4:45pm

Sam Jacobs

SYN230: HDX update: what’s new

May 12th, 5:00-5:45pm

Derek Thorslund

SYN319: Tech update for XenApp and XenDesktop—May 2015 edition

May 12th, 5:00-5:45pm

Dan Feller

SYN505: The anatomy of a high-performance, GPU-enabled virtual desktop

May 12th, 5:00-5:45pm

Dane Young, Thomas Poppelgaard

May 12th Technical (Networking/Mobility/Cloud)

SYN105: Leverage Citrix Workspace Cloud for your enterprise IT needs

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm

Joe Vaccaro

SYN117: The state of Citrix-based DaaS – going hosted or hybrid? You get to choose

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Ken Oestreich, Penny Gralewski

SYN214: What’s new with NetScaler

May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Graham Melville

SYN208: CloudBridge: what’s new and what’s hot

May 12th, 4:00-4:45pm

Gopinaith Durairaj

SYN218: Agile delivery and lifecycle management of Citrix workloads across multiple clouds with Workspace Cloud

May 12th, 4:00-4:45pm

Jie Feng, Kalias Jawadekar

SYN201: Data loss prevention and enterprise file sync and sharing: is your data safe?

May 12th, 5:00-5:45pm

Jay Tomlin

May 13th Management/Leadership

SYN244: The a-ha! moment: what to do when your business finally “gets it”

May 13th 1:30-2:15 pm

Jeff Lung (American Family Insurance)

SYN310: Choose the right cloud model and accelerate time-to-value with Workspace Cloud

May 13, 1:30-2:15pm

Alex Balcanquall

SYN201: Data loss prevention and enterprise file sync and sharing: is your data safe?

May 13th 2:30-3:15pm

Jay Tomlin

SYN241: Enabling apps, desktops and data as a service with Workspace Cloud

May 13th 2:30pm-3:15pm

Harsh Gupta

SYN238: Next-generation security: the inside story

May 13th 3:30-4:15pm

Joe Nord

SYN222: Meet Octoblu – A new IoT platform from Citrix

May 13th, 4:30-5:15pm

Chris Matthieu

SYN304: Managing employee and corporate devices

May 13th 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Nick Nintalan

SYN325: Introduction to Citrix Melio (formerly Sanbolic)

May 13th, 4:30-5:15pm (W314B)

Andy Melmed

May 13th Technical (Virtualization)

SYN239: Professional graphics delivery with HDX 3D Pro—performance and best practices

11:00-11:45am – May 13th

Rachel Berry

SYN318: Terminal Server versus VDI: 2015 edition

11:00-11:45am – May 13th

Brian Madden

SYN234: Delivering Lync and other audio-video applications

1:30-2:15pm – May 13th

Derek Thorslund

SYN319: Tech update for XenApp and XenDesktop—May 2015 edition

May 13, 1:30-2:15pm

Dan Feller

SYN410: Maximizing XenDesktop high availability with a pod architecture

May 13, 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Dan Allen

SYN507: The Citrix 7X experience

May 13, 1:30-2:15pm

Thomas Koetzig

SYN241: Enabling apps, desktops and data as a service with Workspace Cloud

May 13th 2:30pm-3:15pm

Harsh Gupta

SYN324: HDX: refresh your basic and advanced knowledge

May 13, 2:30-3:15pm

Marcel Calef

SYN238: Next-generation security: the inside story

May 13th 3:30-4:15pm

Joe Nord

SYN509: How Group Policy impacts logon performance

May 13th 3:30 – 4:15pm

Helge Klein

SYN217: Workspace Cloud for enterprises: a technical overview

May 13th 4:30-5:15pm

Alex Balcanquall, John Cattaneo

SYN325: Introduction to Citrix Melio (formerly Sanbolic)

May 13th, 4:30-5:15pm

Andy Melmed

SNY501: Geek Speak Tonight!:

May 13th, 5:30-7:30pm

Steve Greenberg, Joe Shonk

May 13th Technical (Networking/Mobility/Cloud)

SYN101: Learn why companies are choosing ShareFile with StorageZones to balance mobility and collaboration needs with data security requirements

11:00-11:45 – May 13th

Bill Carovano

SYN310: Choose the right cloud model and accelerate time-to-value with Workspace Cloud

May 13, 1:30-2:15pm (

Alex Balcanquall

SYN201: Data loss prevention and enterprise file sync and sharing: is your data safe?

May 13th 2:30-3:15pm

Jay Tomlin

SYN403: Troubleshooting common issues with XenMobile WorxMail

May 13th, 2:30-3:15pm

Juan Zevallos

SYN210: Scale WAN bandwidth while increasing reliability with CloudBridge virtual WAN solution

May 13th 3:30-4:15pm

Karl Brown

SYN238: Next-generation security: the inside story

May 13th 3:30-4:15pm

Joe Nord

SYN222: Meet Octoblu – A new IoT platform from Citrix

May 13th, 4:30-5:15pm

Chris Matthieu

SYN304: Managing employee and corporate devices

May 13th 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Nick Nintalan

SNY501: Geek Speak Tonight!:

May 13th, 5:30-7:30pm

Steve Greenberg, Joe Shonk

May 14th Management/Leadership

SYN110: How well do you know your end users?

May 14th, 8:30-10:15, 10:30-12:15pm

Renee Flores, Adam Miller

SYN225: Best practices for configuring Citrix products to meet security objectives

May 14th, 10:30-11:15am

Jon Spallone

SYN236: Revolutionize remote access to existing physical desktops using XenDesktop

May 14th, 10:30 – 11:15am

SYN401: Top ten ShareFile enterprise features IT teams can’t live without

May 14th, 10:30-11:15am

Peter Schultz

SYN219: What’s new in XenServer 6.5: performance, scalability and TCO reduction

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

Marc Trouard-Riolle

SYN240: Centrally manage and secure local virtual desktops on Macs and PCs with DesktopPlayer

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

SYN102: Best practices for a successful BYOD, CYOD, or COPE program

May 14th, 2:30pm – 3:15am/May 12th, 3:00-3:45pm

Matt Brooks

SYN108: Your desktop in their cloud—choosing a DaaS partner

May 14th, 2:30pm – 3:15am

Simon Bramfitt

SYN220: Exploring GPU virtualization technologies and where to use them

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

David Cottingham

SYN105: Leverage Citrix Workspace Cloud for your enterprise IT needs

May 14th, 4:30-5:15pm

Joe Vaccaro

May 14th Technical (Virtualization)

SYN232: Get the most out of AppDNA for app migrations and updates

May 14th, 8:30-9:15am

Sheldon Lachambre

SYN409: Dissecting the XenApp/XenDesktop logon process

May 14th, 8:30-9:15am

Helge Klein

SYN320: Never let me down again: the future of XenApp and XenDesktop upgrades

May 14th, 9:30am – 10:15am

Dan Feller

SYN406: Architecting Citrix for Google Compute Cloud

May 14th, 9:30-10:15am

SYN225: Best practices for configuring Citrix products to meet security objectives

May 14th, 10:30-11:15am

Jon Spallone

SYN236: Revolutionize remote access to existing physical desktops using XenDesktop

May 14th, 10:30 – 11:15am

Gabe Carrejo

SYN405: Architecting innovation with Cisco and Citrix (best practices)

May 14th, 10:30am – 11:15am

Robert Briggs

SYN513: Working with XenDesktop and HP Moonshot: field experience

May 14th, 10:30am – 11:15am

Carl Webster

SYN240: Centrally manage and secure local virtual desktops on Macs and PCs with DesktopPlayer

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

SYN323: The golden image: provisioning and image management update

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

Stuart Moore

SYN228: Getting more out of XenApp and XenDesktop monitoring services

May 14th, 2:30-3:15pm

Jarian Gibson

SYN220: Exploring GPU virtualization technologies and where to use them

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

David Cottingham

SYN314: Lessons learned on the way to 50,000 users

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

Paul Stansel

SYN315: Application layering for XenApp single Image management

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

Douglas Brown

SYN321: Technical deep dive on Receiver

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

Manu Chauhan

SYN404: NetScaler Gateway with Citrix desktops and apps: the ultimate how-to guide for successful deployments

May 14th, 3:30-4:15pm

Lucas Araujo

SYN412: Faster deployments: XenDesktop Setup Wizard (XDSW) and the Streamed VM Setup Wizard

May 14th, 4:30-5:15pm

Rahul Davila

SYN414: Architecting Citrix on Microsoft Azure

May 14th, 4:30-5:15pm

Loay Schlbat

SYN514: Turn XenApp and XenDesktop into capacity on demand with Provisioning Services automation

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

Paul Stansel

May 14th Technical (Networking/Mobility/Cloud)

SYN307: Performance of a NetScaler in a combined XenDesktop and XenMobile environment

May 14th, 8:30-9:15am

Kirk Manzer, James Richards

SYN511: Notes from the field: XenMobile deep dive and demo

May 14th, 8:30 – 9:15am

Thorsten Rood

SYN209: Optimize XenDesktop and enterprise apps across a virtualized WAN with CloudBridge

May 14th, 9:30-10:15am

Steve Schall

SYN303: Best practices for deploying end-to-end management with XenMobile

May 14th, 9:30-10:15am

Raghu Govindaswamy

SYN406: Architecting Citrix for Google Compute Cloud

May 14th, 9:30-10:15am

SYN512: How to implement XenMobile 10: tips from the field

May 14th, 9:30-10:15am

Anton Van Pelt

SYN305: Reference architecture for Workspace Suite

May 14th, 10:30-11:15am

Kirk Manzer

SYN402: Choosing the right email client and understanding mail flow

May 14th, 11:30am – 12:15am

Roberto Moreno

SYN108: Your desktop in their cloud—choosing a DaaS partner

May 14th, 2:30pm – 3:15am

Simon Bramfitt

SYN105: Leverage Citrix Workspace Cloud for your enterprise IT needs

May 12th, 2:00-2:45pm/May 14th, 4:30-5:15pm

Joe Vaccaro

SYN218: Agile delivery and lifecycle management of Citrix workloads across multiple clouds with Workspace Cloud

May 14th, 4:30-5:15pm

Jie Feng, Kalias Jawadekar