The Microsoft App-V Team Blog

The official blog for Microsoft Application Virtualization

August, 2007

  • Inside the Sequencer - Part 1

    Introduction This is the second in the series of “Inside The…” books for SoftGrid, “Inside The Sequencer”. The purpose of this text is to define the process of the SoftGrid Sequencer. As a precursor, the text entitled “Inside the Grid” should have been...
  • Inside the Grid: Part 1

    Benefits and Backend The following is the first in a series of excerpts from text that I wrote with the help of John Flanagan and Brian Kelly. We used this as an extension of the SoftGrid training that we were offering right after the acquisition of...
  • Exploring SoftGrid with NetMon Part 2: Application Launch

    In part 1 we took a look at what happens when a SoftGrid client does a DC Refresh. During DC Refresh we identified the applications we were allowed to run, downloaded the OSD and ICO files, and placed the icons on the host OS. So now that we have our...
  • Common SoftGrid Rookie Mistakes

    In talking to my friend J.C. Hornbeck, who is the Blog Master of the SoftGrid Team blog, he suggested that I start a series of posts about the mistakes that new SoftGrid Admins make. In my 3 years with Softricity I was in charge of Training and Certification...
  • Inside the Grid: Part 2

    The SoftGrid Client (SGC) A tongue in cheek saying we used to use at Softricity went something like this; “With SoftGrid you NEVER have to install an application again, (cough), except our client”. While this may be true, the SoftGrid client does in fact...
  • Inside the Sequencer - Part 2

    Sequencing Sequencing is a 34 step process or thereabouts. I usually say that it is a 3 phase process, and although that is true, there are three major phases of the Sequencer, each phase has multiple steps. We will go through each phase and every step...
  • Troubleshooting SoftGrid with Process Monitor

    Microsoft’s SoftGrid product can do some amazing things to help application compatibility issues. That being said, while administering your SoftGrid environment, you will undoubtedly come across problems with specific applications. You may successfully...
  • SoftGrid Client Setup Kit

    I stumbled across another 3rd party tool that I thought you might be interested in knowing about. It's called the SoftGrid Client Setup Kit and is made by a company called Login Consultants. Here's what they have on their website: ============ We have...
  • Documentation Set for Microsoft SoftGrid 4.x

    This may be old news to some of you but if you haven't seen the SoftGrid Documentation Set that we published you'll want to check it out. It's published as Knowledge Base article 940163 and includes the following documents: • SoftGrid Client Installation...
  • How Policies are Applied in the SoftGrid Environment

    A common question we get is "How do policies work with regards to a virtual application?" Well, the answer is that it depends on the policy. Policies applied via a Group Policy Object ( GPO ) are not applied to the Virtual Environment; meaning, policies...
  • Inside the Grid: Part 3

    Support Besides the elimination of application conflicts, Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization can solve many other support related issues. By running each application inside of its own protected SystemGuard environment, SoftGrid enabled applications...
  • Exploring SoftGrid with NetMon Part 1: DC Refresh

    So you have your SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS) installed, your applications sequenced and your clients deployed, but now you find that some or all clients fail to add the appropriate icons or stream a virtual app. You’re anxious to troubleshoot...
  • Sequencing Office 2007 using SoftGrid

    Now that SoftGrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and SoftGrid 4.2 have come out we published a knowledge base article on sequencing Office 2007. Please find below the link to KB939796: "Prescriptive guidance for sequencing 2007 Office programs in Microsoft...
  • You Can Now Request Hotfixes Via The Web

    This isn't necessarily SoftGrid specific and some of you may already be aware of this, but you can now request a hotfix via our hotfix request web submission form: https://support.microsoft.com/contactus2/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1410&WS=hotfix...
  • New Builds of the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 Clients are Available

    Just a quick heads up that there are new builds of the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 clients available for download. The new build number is 4.1.1.310 and the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 KB article ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938497 ) has been updated to point to the proper...
  • New SoftGrid KB Articles for 8/12 -> 8/18

    Here's a list of the new Knowledge Base articles we published recently. Hope these help! http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=939327 : Error message when a user uses the Refresh Server command on a SoftGrid client computer: "Error Code: 410038-16908204...
  • Using MSDE with Microsoft SoftGrid

    So here's a question I get from time to time: "Hey JC, I see that SoftGrid will automatically install MSDE for me so obviously it's OK if I use that to support all of my production users, right?" Actually the answer here is 'No'. Now technically...
  • The SoftGrid TechCenter is Live

    In case you haven't seen it, we recently launched the new SoftGrid TechCenter site on Microsoft TechNet. It's just getting started but so far we have links to all kinds of great information, from the system requirements to case studies to webcasts, plus...
  • SoftGrid Support Policy for Microsoft Applications

    We are pleased to announce a new SoftGrid support policy entitled “Description of the support policy for Microsoft programs that are running in a Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization environment”. This policy defines how Microsoft applications...
  • Inventorying Microsoft SoftGrid Streamed Applications

    On Cristiano's weblog there's a great write-up that shows you how to extend the MOF file in an ESD system like SMS that will allow you to see what is on the client for virtual applications. I haven't tried this myself and since it's not an official...
  • SoftGrid 3rd Party App Support Policy

    We are pleased to announce a new SoftGrid support policy entitled “The support policy for third-party applications that run in a SoftGrid Application Virtualization environment” . This policy defines how third party applications will be supported in SoftGrid...
  • New SoftGrid for Terminal Services Case Study

    I generally try to avoid too much marketing stuff but this is a really neat case study that recently came out and I thought you might be interested in seeing it. The overview is below but if you want to jump right in you can access the site here . Solution...
  • Windows Vista Reliability, Compatibility and Performance Updates Available

    Yea, I know, this is somewhat off topic but I thought this would be something you'd appreciate a heads up on: 938979: An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid...