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  • Blog Post: The Top Three Rookie Mistakes - Part 3

    So far in this series we've talked about failing to create and share your Content folder and we've talked about specifying the Default Content Path .  In the last installment of the series we're going to talk about defining the %SFT_SOFTGRIDSERVER% variable on the clients. Issue #3 - Failure to...
  • Blog Post: Fix: Error Code 0000C800 is generated when connecting to the App-V Management Console

    Here’s a new KB article we published today. This one tells you how to fix an issue where error code 0000C800 is generated when connecting to the App-V Management Console: ===== Symptoms When connecting to the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V or SoftGrid) Management Web Service from the App...
  • Blog Post: MDOP 2008 R2 Releases to Manufacturing!

    In case you missed all the fireworks and champagne corks yesterday it was in celebration of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 R2 being released to manufacturing.  Of course you already know that this version of MDOP will include the highly acclaimed Microsoft Application Virtualization 4...
  • Blog Post: New KB: Elevation and Run-As Considerations in Microsoft App-V Environments

    Just a quick FYI on a new KB we published this morning: ===== Symptoms Applications whose manifests specify automatic elevation (for example mmc.exe) may require additional steps to work correctly using run-as in App-V environments. This is a common scenario for environments that require using separate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft App-V deployment and management tools

    Yesterday must have been The Day Of The Tool as not only did our very own Andrew Montgomery post on the new App-V Best Practices Analyzer but Karri over on the MDOP blog posted on a veritable salad of App-V deployment and management tools include the aforementioned App-V Best Practices Analyzer as well...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid: Cannot create Citrix File Type Associations (FTAs) for SoftGrid applications

    Here's a great tip on file associations if you publish your virtual apps through a Citrix box.  Thanks to Cesar Nunez for writing this up: ======== Issue: When publishing applications through Citrix Presentation Server 4.5, Content Redirection (File Type Associations) are automatically detected...
  • Blog Post: App-V: Management Console fails with error 0000C802

    Here's a tip for any of you running into a problem launching the SoftGrid or App-V management console.  This one comes from Steve Bucci, a real life (where's that reference from?) SoftGrid/App-V engineer from North Carolina: ======== Issue: The SoftGrid Management Console on the Virtual Application...
  • Blog Post: The Top Three Rookie Mistakes - Part 1

    As the popularity of Microsoft SoftGrid/App-V continues to accelerate at a record pace, it seems that there's an ever-increasing number of folks who are new to SoftGrid and anxious to jump right in and stream their first virtual app.  While overall SoftGrid is pretty easy and straight forward to...
  • Blog Post: Error code: 0000C800 when trying to import a package on the App-V Management server

    Here's an issue we ran into the other day and since I didn't see it documented anywhere officially I thought I'd post it here. Symptoms When you try to import a Microsoft App-V (SoftGrid) package on the App-V Management Console, you receive the following error message: Unexpected error occurred. Please...
  • Blog Post: Online Briefing – Unlocking the Value of Windows 7

    Join Microsoft’s Technology Solution Specialists for this briefing to discuss the short and long term savings around optimizing the desktop. You will learn how Windows 7 Enterprise, with greater control over desktops, accelerated application deployments, and improved asset tracking and compliance — can...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6 and applications sequenced using earlier versions

    With the release of Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 looming on the horizon, a question that seems to pop up over and over again is "Can I run all my apps that I sequenced using App-V 4.5 or 4.2 with the new App-V 4.6 client?"  Another one is "Can I run my old 32-bit packages...
  • Blog Post: A guide to App-V publishing and streaming using IIS

    Because I have received many questions about App-V with HTTP, I decided to create an article to describe the process and the underlying theory of this deployment method. From an App-V point of view, this deployment method is not too complicated, but there are some aspects that have the potential to cause...
  • Blog Post: Warning 25017. The installation Program could not create the Active Directory marker object for the server

    Here's an issue I've seen pop up a couple times so I thought it would be worth a heads up here. They key takeaway? Even if you get this warning when installing App-V, it doesn't actually cause the install to fail and Microsoft Application Virtualization will continue to work just fine. Here's the skinny...
  • Blog Post: The Application Virtualization 4.5 client may fail to open a Microsoft Office document after completing a Desktop Refresh

    Here's an issue our own Michelle Dixon ran into while working on the 4.5 beta.  Note that her issue specifically mentions Microsoft Office but this can occur with any exceptionally large virtualized app: ======== Issue: After performing a Desktop Refresh on an Application Virtualization 4.5 Client...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Release Candidate is Now Available!!

    The Microsoft Application Virtualization team is very excited to announce that our version 4.5 Release Candidate is now available! We’ve been working incredibly hard since the Beta release to bring you the best version of the product to date and we think we’ve achieved that goal! Since the Beta release...
  • Blog Post: Icons remain after a user with a mandatory profile is disallowed access to an application

    One of the great things about SoftGrid/App-V is that it's so easy to shoot out apps to client machines and automatically populate the user's desktop or Start menu with the appropriate icons, but if you're using mandatory profiles this may not work as expected.  Steve Thomas wrote up a quick blurb...
  • Blog Post: Opening Visio documents from a SharePoint site using Edit in Microsoft Visio may fail with App-V

    On an App-V 4.5 client that is running a sequenced (virtualized) version of Microsoft Visio 2003, when attempting to open a Visio document from a SharePoint site by clicking the drop-down and selecting "Edit in Microsoft Office Visio" it may fail with the following error: The document could...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.5 Resource Kit: App-V Application Listing Tool

    Today, for the final posting in the series covering the newly released App-V 4.5 Resource Kit , we are going to discuss the application listing tool. Ever wondered which applications are running virtualized and which natively in your machine? The application listing tool makes it easy to generate a list...
  • Blog Post: App-V File Streaming Primer

    App-V 4.5 includes a great feature: file streaming. This is a super-easy, lightweight way to get an application published and loaded for use on an App-V client. There are no server or network pre-requisites required so it’s a very low overhead way to quickly get an application up and running. When would...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services available November 1

    For those of you anxiously waiting to get your hands on Microsoft® Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 for Terminal Services you'll be happy to know that it will be available to customers as of November 1, 2008 through licensing.microsoft.com .  You'll probably see some sort of official...
  • Blog Post: A guide to App-V publishing and streaming using IIS – Part 2

    A while back, I posted “ A guide to App-V publishing and streaming using IIS ” on the App-V blog and since then we have continued to work on this since it continues to be such a popular topic. The code on the site has been put to the test and as a result of this, we have been working together to improve...
  • Blog Post: New Knowledge Base articles for 11-2 through 11-8

    We had two new Knowledge Base articles for the week.  Links and titles are below: ======== SoftGrid 4.5 for Win Desktop AL 959524 - Support for .NET in Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (App-V) Published - New EN-US SoftGrid 4.5 for Win Desktop AL 959521 - Client installer command line parameters...
  • Blog Post: App-V Case Studies

    Every now and then I run into folks looking for case studies on SoftGrid/App-V so I thought I would post a link to a couple here.  Some not only have docs but videos as well.  ======== New Case Study: Kent School District Kent School District (KSD) is recognized throughout Washington for using...
  • Blog Post: Potential issue upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer

    Here’s another issue we came across during the 4.5 beta that I thought deserved a mention here since it’s something a few of you may end up trying yourself.  What happens is that when opening or upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer you may receive a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

    The dynamic suite composition tool provides a GUI interface that makes it easier to configure packages to take advantage of the App-V 4.5 dynamic suiting feature . For example, in the snapshot below I have pointed the tool to a directory which contains 3 packages. I have chosen Office 2007 as my Primary...