About me

Hi everyone!

My name is James Rankin and I have been working in IT for twenty-five (!) years, and at least twenty of those I have been directly involved in end-user computing (EUC) technologies. I started out as a lowly server admin and gradually have tried to specialize more and more in the virtualization, directory services, end-user computing, monitoring, security and mobility areas. Since 2012 I have been an active blogger, since 2014 I’ve been an active presenter, and I also write for other industry publications on occasion too, as well as trying my hand at YouTube.

This is where I post all of my articles and occasional videos, and here you will find reviews, news, tips and tricks, features and everything I can be bothered to put down into my library of knowledge. I hope you find it useful and I can bring you new content as often as possible (which isn’t as often as I’d like, but days have limits).

I’m a massive believer in the power of IT community – I was encouraged to start blogging by Carl Webster (who any Citrix admin worth his salt will know of) and have encouraged many others to do the same. Community is everything – it’s where you can find the answers to all your technical queries and be supported in your personal growth no end. For my community contributions, I am a current (2018-present) Citrix Technology Professional and also a former AppSense Community Advisor and VMware vExpert.

I’m also very active on Experts Exchange, the Citrix forums and World of EUC Slack, which I’d encourage everyone to join

If you’re inquiring about consultancy, writing, reviews or any kind of work, feel free to drop me an email at james [at] james-rankin [dot] com or drop me a message on Slack, LinkedIn or Twitter. My rates are reasonable (very reasonable if I can work remotely!)

Thanks for visiting!



  1. Hi!
    Would you be interested to speak at our Norwegian Citrix user group conference 4-6 June 2018 ?
    Master class logon time, and maybe a session ? 🙂

    Best regards
    Board member CUG Norway Sondre Andersen

  2. Hi James,

    I have gone through all of your video tutorials and blog post. I am looking for solution in vmware horizon environment. do you have experience with vmware virtualisation of windows 10 v19. targetted machine should not be more than 25gb and should not make problem with domain user in getting apps like calculator and photo viewer. how to set default app setting for every windows 10 user to get from main mandatory profile. if you could also elaborate how to properly define policies with VMware UEM will be great.

  3. Added this site to my Bookmarks … along with the one from Aaron Parker and others.
    Very interesting readings!

    Ever ran into the “Mirror issue” with FSLogix on the protect folder?
    Like: [ERROR:0000001d] Mirror error: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect -> C:\Users\local_username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect (The system cannot write to the specified device.)
    If so … I would surely be interested in a blog 😉
    Robocopy log shows a syntax error but that’s not it. Tried with Procmon but stumbled upon your blog where you mention that the filter driver for FSLogix is at another level. Thanks for that! Will try debugging it again.

    Anyway … keep up the good work!

  4. Just type the commands on the page you can’t see what he’s typing in the video it’s way too small
    I can’t under stand what he’s talking about if I can’t see it Please!

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