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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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Now Available

    Looking for a way to quickly and easily assess client and server computers for deployment of Microsoft Application Virtualization v4.5?  Well today is your lucky day then.  Today, at TechEd EMEA 2008 in Barcelona, we announced the RTM release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization 4.5 Documentation update - New white papers available

    Just a quick heads up about a couple new white papers that are available for Microsoft Application Virtualization: ----- The first concerns App-V 4.5 management with ConfigMgr 2007 R2 ----- The second is the Microsoft App-V 4.5 Trial Guide ----- All Application Virtualization 4.5 whitepapers can be found...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Application Virtualization (Formerly SoftGrid) 4.5 Beta Standalone Trial Guide is Now Available!

    Hello everyone! I thought I would drop a quick note to let you all know that we have a new trial guide option posted to the web at the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AA787491-8D08-4D2F-8960-9E9F00226C7E&displaylang=en . The existing MS App Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Learning about App-V with TechNet Virtual Labs

    With the popularity of Microsoft App-V growing like crazy it seems there's always a fresh stream of folks who are new to the product and looking for some resources to help them get up to speed fast.  If this is you, or you just want a refresher to make sure you're making the most of the product...
  • Blog Post: Momentum Webcast: Unlock Value and Savings with Microsoft Virtualization

    How can an integrated virtualization strategy that brings server, desktop, and application virtualization together provide significant benefits to your business? Join this webcast to learn about the Microsoft end-to-end virtualization strategy, which uses flexible solutions and common management tools...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Object (GPO) upgrade of SoftGrid may fail with Installer errors 1642, 1606 or 1603

    I was going over some of the issues our SoftGrid/App-V support folks have been getting recently and I came across this client install issue that I thought some of you might be interested in hearing about.  This one involves getting 1642, 1606 and/or 1603 installer errors when upgrading an existing...
  • Blog Post: App-V client refresh results in error code: xxxxxx-xxxxxx2A-0000274D

    I was talking to App-V Support Engineer John Behneman the other day about some of the more popular cases and what kinds of issues those folks were seeing and he tells me about how common it is for new App-V admins to accidentally install more than one App-V component on the same box. I haven't actually...
  • Blog Post: Notes on installing and configuring the 4.1.2.21, 4.2.1.21 and higher SoftGrid Clients for Standalone mode

    A new feature released with the 4.1.2.21 & 4.2.1.21 versions of the SoftGrid Client is the ability to run SoftGrid Packages without a Virtual Application Server (VAS).  While we do have some documentation on installing and configuring the client to run in standalone mode I thought I would post...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Frequently Asked Questions

    Questions about upgrading from SoftGrid 4.2 to App-V 4.5 seem to be pretty popular so even though this has been out for a few days I thought I'd go ahead and post a link to our upgrade FAQ.  The list of questions addressed is below and you can find the original FAQ here . Enjoy! J.C. Hornbeck |...
  • Blog Post: Process Monitor - Hands-On Labs and Examples

    Introduction Process Monitor is a troubleshooting and data collection tool used by many systems administrators as well as Microsoft’s support organization. The goal of this post is to help you gain hands-on experience using this valuable troubleshooting tool and subsequently to facilitate progress...
  • Blog Post: Additional Info on the New MSI Utility

    There are a couple questions we seem to get a lot regarding the new MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization so I thought I’d go ahead and send out this mini-FAQ and try to clear up some of the confusion. 1. Will the new SoftGrid ‘MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization’ support...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen the Microsoft Application Virtualization glossary?

    Have you ever wanted to know what an App-V term meant but were afraid to ask? I stumbled across this very helpful link the other day while I was searching for something else and thought it would be worth sharing.  It's the Application Virtualization Glossary and includes definitions for terms from...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...