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Magnar Johnsen

End user computing and remote graphics specialist and owner at Firstpoint Bergen AS

  • Bergen Area, Norway, NO
  • +4797650889


I am curious person with passion for how technology can help people and businesses to work and live better. My specialty spans within end user computing and remote graphics, from Microsoft Remote Desktop services, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, Vmware Horizon, Nvidia GRID and vGPU technology.
My customers hire me because I have expert knowledge about these technologies, but also because I work very close with them, trying understand what the challenges that they facing is, and working smart to get as much information available before designing a solution. I’m using tools and methods that allows me to base design decisions on facts but also on an understanding of how people are working and what the business goals are.
I’m involved in the process from market communication, pre-sales meeting, assessment projects, solution design, implementation and maintenance of the solution. I believe that automating some of these task helps on getting projects done in shorter time and with better accuracy, that’s why I’m both using tools and write my own tools and scripts to get my work done better. A lot of these tools and script I share for free on my personal blog.
I am used to work in teams and independent, as project leader and member. My communications skills are good both written and verbal. I’m sharing my knowledge and learning from other experts by attending and speaking at conferences around the world, and I also write blog articles on my personal and company website.
I’ve been involved with building up Firstpoint as a consulting company from zero to what it is today.

Work History

Solutions Architect

Firstpoint AS
Sep 2007Present

Magnar was one of the founders of the consulting company Firstpoint. The focus here was to create the best place to work with the sharpest minds in IT consulting business in Norway.

Magnar worked with large companies in Oil, Gas and shipping industry, and was early adopter of image management solutions for VDI and XenApp soulutions, such as Citrix Provisioning Serives and Machine Creation Services. He was also pioneering virtual XenApp and VDI workloads on XenServer, VMWare and Hyper-V.

In the last 5 years he has also helped many customers to implement graphics in XenApp and VDI solutions, starting with Quadro passthrough on XenServer to grid and vGPU implementations. Magnar has worked a lot with 3D modeling, CAD drawings, video and photo editing on his spare time and this gives him a very good understanding on how to implement graphical applications in virtual environments.

Magnar has developed methodology for assessing VDI environments for 3D virtualization using Lakeside Systrack, Citrix AppDNA and Login VSI. Magnar is also developing his own GPU assessment tools in Visual studio.

Senior Consultant EUC

Umoe IKT

Magnar worked in a team that was helping customers in public and private sector to design and implement Citrix XenApp solutions. Magnar automated the installations from OS level to streamline application installation and settings. He had a lot of focus on user environment, and was very early to adopt flex profile kit for user profile settings. Also working very much with group policy and logonscripting. Magnar made his own tools for group controlled desktop shortcuts and subnet controlled printers.

IT Consultant


Magnar was managing one of the largest XenApp (Metaframe) farms in Bergen, and was responsible for application packaging, testing og deployment. Magnar developed methodology for automated XenApp installations. He was also responsible for client deployment and application packaging for client machines using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Wise Installation Wizard.

IT Consultant / Trainee


Magnar very quickly started to work independently with client side deployments with automated installs of Windows and applications. As one of the youngest MCSE certified professionals he also started to work with server deployment based on Windows NT4 and Windows 2000. Magnar got his first Metaframe 1.8 certification in this period, and started on his first terminalserver projects.

Education and Certifications

Citrix Certified Expert for Virtualization / Citrix Certified Integration Architect


Citrix Certified Administrator


Microsoft Certified System Engineer


High School -  Computer Electronics system technician

Askøy High School and Laksevåg High School


I'm married and live right outside Bergen in Norway with my wife and 3 children. My personal interests are technology, history, space and artificial intelligence.

Key Products and skills

Microsoft Windows and Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, System Center, App-V, Powershell, Visual Studio

Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, Netscaler, Provisioning Server, Machine Creation Services, User profile manager, AppDNA. 

Nvidia GRID and vGPU, SMSPasscode, Lakesidesoftware Systrack

Pre-Sales, Assessment, design, implemetation, troubleshooting, performance analytics and optimization.

Scripting, automation and development of tools.

Blogging and public speaking


English and Norwegian