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SoftGrid: Sequencing best practices and anti-virus software
Should I run anti-virus software when I sequence applications or should I not? That's a question we hear all the time. And no wonder, since we mention in our sequencing best practices that our recommendation is to disable all anti-virus and malware detection software on the sequencer workstation during...
15 Aug 2008
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...
15 Sep 2008
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...
28 Aug 2008
List of Applications That Can Be Virtualized
"Can you send me a list of all the applications that can be successfully virtualized using Microsoft SoftGrid?" "Can AppX be successfully virtualized using Microsoft SoftGrid?" If I had a nickel for every time I got one of these two questions...... Don't get me wrong, they're both valid questions but...
27 Sep 2007
Problem Notification and Automated Best Practices in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer (Part 1)
In previous versions of the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer, there was little to no built-in guidance from the Sequencer around potential problems or following best practices. With the new Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer, automated best practices and problem notification throughout...
25 Apr 2011
SoftGrid Operations Guide - Part 2
As promised, here's part 2 of Brian Kelly's SoftGrid Operations Guide: ====== 3.3 Remove a Specific Application from a SoftGrid Client PC The following procedure describes how to remove a specific application package from the SoftGrid cache on a client PC. 1. Open the SoftGrid Client Management Console...
14 Nov 2007
Advanced Sequencing Techniques Part 2 - Creating a Web Based Application
“A VE for IE” If an organization has applications that are web based it is possible to use the Sequencer to create a Virtual Environment for these applications. Although it is not possible to Sequence all base operating system applications, such as Internet Explorer, it is possible to create multiple...
18 Sep 2007
How can I deploy and manage virtual applications for remote users who never connect to my network (or vpn in)?
Hello Everyone, I’d like to address a scenario our customers ask us if it’s supported on a regular basis. Just to provide some context as we talk through the scenario, I’d like to first be clear there are two actions that need to occur on the App-V client in order for a user to successfully...
23 Jan 2009
Problem Notification and Automated Best Practices in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer (Part 2)
Yesterday we released Part 1 in this series, and now in Part 2 we will look at the Automated Best Practices throughout the new App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer. In Part 1, Problem Notification features were addressed, which are also an important part of Automated Best Practices in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer...
26 Apr 2011
Microsoft Application Virtualization (SoftGrid) Post Installation Tasks
We get a lot of questions about what you need to do after installing a 4.x SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS, or would that be Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Application Server? I digress...) so I thought I'd post a couple of the main tasks here. We also see a lot of...
2 Apr 2008
Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services white paper available for download
We are proud to announce the availability of the white paper “Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services.” This white paper discusses the benefits, configurations, and considerations when planning a Terminal Services (TS) solution with Microsoft Application Virtualization for TS (App...
21 Oct 2009
TechNet Magazine for October 2008 - All About Virtualization
In case you missed the announcement over on the Virtual World blog , the October issue of TechNet Magazine is now posted online and contains an article focused specifically on Microsoft Application Virtualization. But that's not all as it also contains articles on Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Manager...
19 Sep 2008
App-V Best Practices Analyzer Now Available!
A sensible question to ask is how you know whether your Streaming Server has settings that result in sub-optimal server performance. Enter the Microsoft Application Virtualization Best Practices Analyzer tool. The App-V BPA is a tool used to scan an App-V Management or Streaming Server for configuration...
29 Oct 2008
How to Prepare for a Migration to App-V 5.0
This is the first post in a series of posts around migration of App-V from 4.x to 5.0. Introduction Since App-V 5.0 was announced in November last year , it has garnered lots of excitement from customers. In order to provide those benefits, App-V was designed from ground up to provide the foundation...
3 Jul 2013
Sequencing applications that require a reboot
If you've ever tried sequencing an application that has an installation program that requires a reboot you may have run into this dilemma - How do you restart the computer if you're running the sequencer to capture the installation actions? While on the surface this may appear impossible, we've...
8 Oct 2008
App-V Technical Content Update
During our RTM announcement we identified a series a whitepapers that would be available throughout the course of September. The first wave of papers is complete and available here on the App-V TechCenter. New whitepapers will be added and announced as they are completed. Below is a summary...
22 Sep 2008
MCS Sequencing Guidelines
Hello everyone. We are happy to announce some additional guidance on Sequencing with Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization from our friends over at Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). These people work day in and day out with our customers on some pretty interesting scenarios and have create...
5 Feb 2008
How to migrate the SoftGrid Server and the associated accounts to a new domain/forest
This useful tip on moving to a new domain comes from Paul Freitas, one of our top gun support engineers out in Charlotte, North Carolina: ======== Say a SoftGrid Server is running in a production environment and the domain in which it operates is being retired and a new domain will take it's place. What...
21 Aug 2008
Getting to the root of the 8.3 Root
An interesting conversation came up in the lunch room today that I thought deserved a good blog for clarification. As you may well be aware, one of the “best practices” for Sequencing an application is to have the application install itself during the monitoring phase to an 8.3 directory on the Q:\ drive...
4 Oct 2007
SoftGrid Operations Guide - Part 1
Brian Kelly, one of our top gun SoftGrid tech guru's, recently put together a really cool SoftGrid operations guide that covers day-to-day procedures for managing and operating the SoftGrid infrastructure. Well, I guess technically it would now be a Microsoft Application Virtualization operations...
14 Nov 2007
The Top Three Rookie Mistakes - Part 2
A few days ago I started a three part series covering the top gotchas new SoftGrid Admins tend to run into with a short discussion on configuring the Content folder for your virtualized applications. Today I want to talk about specifying the Default Content Path within the SoftGrid Management console...
8 Sep 2008
Methods for Upgrading or Updating Virtualized Applications
In the current SoftGrid implementation, there are three distinct methods of providing users with an updated version of an existing SoftGrid application. This article will review the three methods and the associated benefits and considerations. When discussing the different methods for updates, it is...
25 Sep 2007
App-V 4.5 Remote Console Configuration Guide
If you have ever tried to setup an App-V Remote Management Console or upgraded your existing 4.1 SoftGrid environment to App-V 4.5 just to have the Remote Management Console stop working this post is for you. Lately we have received a number support calls regarding this issue and discovered that we don...
21 Apr 2009
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 Guide (Client_Installation_Guide.pdf) •...
28 Aug 2007
Scripting within an OSD file
I noticed some posts on the SoftGrid Forums lately that could be addressed with some useful scripting with the .OSD files for a SoftGrid package. Scripting within .OSD files is a very powerful feature and can be used to solve or create workarounds for a vast number of situations. This is an excerpt of...
12 Oct 2007
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