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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
Scripting and Embedded Scripting for AppV 5.0 (Dynamic Deployment and User Configuration Scripting)
Anurag Juneja [MSFT]
written by Josh Davis, SDET 2 One of my early surprises at Microsoft was when I was working on a test machine doing some typical investigations. In Microsoft, it is fairly common to have a test machine provisioning solution that is custom tailored to your team’s needs and configures things in...
10 Dec 2012
Introducing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package
Anurag Juneja [MSFT]
As some of you already know, we shipped the Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package with our App-V 5.0 Beta 2 release in July 2012. We believe that this is a HUGE win for our customers. Over the years, we have received tremendous feedback from our customers regarding better and deeper integration...
27 Sep 2012
Walking through the App-V 5.0 Beta Server Setup (Part 1)
Anurag Juneja [MSFT]
The App-V 5.0 Beta Server is made up 3 components – Management Server, Publishing Server and the Management Database. The components are dependent but have varying requirements and actions to have them successfully deployed. The goal of this series of blog posts is to walk you through the process...
8 May 2012
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
A C++ program compiled using a virtualized version of Visual Studio 2008 may not run if debugging is enabled
If using a virtualized instance of Visual Studio (sequenced according to the instructions at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appvirtualization/dd334515.aspx ), when users build a C++ project in Visual Studio 2008 with debugging enabled the compiled program may not run and produce an error in the console...
20 Oct 2009
Effective Sequencing starts before you launch the Sequencer
I had a long discussion with one of my customers this morning about Sequencing Best Practices. As part of our conversation, I referred to the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Sequencing Guide as a great reference and the Sequencing Best Practices KB article, but then we went further. In particular...
2 Apr 2009
How App-V Uses Your System Drive!
Today, our topic will be files and folders. As you probably already noticed, there is another drive (often named as Q ), which is not accessible from user environment, in client machines Today we will cover the files and folders which are available by end users. Although clients stream the application...
26 Mar 2009
A Story of a Publishing Refresh Request
Publishing Refresh Request is one of the main reasons why we have an App-V Management Server. Since clients send these requests many times (especially on Monday mornings :-) ), you may interested in learning what is going on at the server side during Publishing Refresh Request! In this post, we...
16 Feb 2009
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...
27 Jan 2009
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
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
Error xxxxxx44-00001007 in the SFTLOG.TXT file
Here's a cool tip from Michelle Foley on an issue you may run into if you're using one of our newer OSs, or even if you're not I suppose. If you're rolling out App-V 4.5 and noticing that some clients aren't getting the apps and icons they should then you might want to check the SFTLOG.TXT for...
29 Oct 2008
Error codes you may receive implementing App-V 4.5 Application Source Root (ASR)
Here are a couple tips on some errors you might run into implementing Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 in a standalone mode. These were written up John Behneman, our resident App-V issue documenting machine. Hope this helps! ======== Two possible error codes you may encounter when...
20 Oct 2008
APP-V FLASH: Content Update and Availability
Here's a quick summary of the latest Microsoft Application Virtualization news and downloads for October, including the download for the 4.5 desktop client, case studies, new whitepapers and last but not least, a new home for SoftGrid App-V on the web. Check out the details below: ======== MSDN...
14 Oct 2008
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam 70-656: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring
I know we've been heavy on the MDOP lately but since if you have one you have the other I figured all you SoftGrid guru's would want to be kept up to date on stuff like this anyway. If you missed the initial announcement, Microsoft now offers a certification exam for MDOP. The Microsoft Certified...
10 Oct 2008
Assigning application packages on a per machine basis
One of the major advantages SoftGrid has over some other virtualization technologies is the ability to deploy applications based on user or group membership. Sure, if you've ever had to deploy applications the old fashioned way then you already know how important this is, but what if you have a...
25 Aug 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
Launching Help in Office 2007 generates Windows Installer Error 1305
Here's an interesting issue that Paul Freitas ran across the other day that you might find interesting. I hadn't seen this one before but if you're sequencing using one drive letter and your clients use another then chances are you'll hit it eventually. ======== Problem: Launching help within a...
11 Jun 2008
"Resolve Partial Assembly failed" error when running sequenced application
Here's a cool issue recently uncovered by Paul Freitas, one of our Support Engineers for MS App Virtualization. I hadn't come across this error before but if you see it this may be a good thing to check. ======== Issue: When an application is installed locally it runs fine, although when it's virtualized...
10 Jun 2008
MS Application Virtualization: New Group Policy ADM template to be available with the 4.5 Release Candidate
There’s been a lot of interest in whether we are releasing a supported Group Policy Administrative (ADM) Template file with Application Virtualization 4.5. Happily, the answer is “yes”! Our ADM Template will be made available with the 4.5 Release Candidate. Our focus was on registry settings that...
9 Jun 2008
MSDN and TechNet get a make over
This isn't something specific to MS Application Virtualization but it's pretty cool nonetheless. It was a long time coming but both MSDN and TechNet got a much needed make-over last week so if you haven't stopped by lately you'll want to check it out and see what's new. Andrew Bennett over on the Virtual...
4 Jun 2008
Troubleshooting an ever growing Usrvol_sftfs.pkg file
I was reviewing some of the SoftGrid Microsoft Application Virtualization issues that came in over the past couple weeks I found a good one that was worked by Paul Freitas , one of our Support Engineers out in Boston. This is a troubleshooting tip that should apply to any scenario in which you...
3 Jun 2008
Sysinternals Live: Launch troubleshooting tools from a browser
We've written about Process Monitor a few times in the past month, and if you've ever had to troubleshoot a SoftGrid sequencing issue then you know how valuable tools such as Process Monitor, File Monitor and Registry Monitor are, and now with Sysinternals Live you can launch them directly from any Internet...
2 Jun 2008
SoftGrid: Outlook/Exchange communication problems after installing the SoftGrid client
We've seen one or two issues like this and while we're still investigating it I wanted to send out a heads up in case anyone else ran into it: ======== Issue: You may start having communication problems between Outlook and Exchange after installing the SoftGrid client version 4.1 or 4.2. In one...
28 May 2008
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