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  • Blog Post: MS App Virtualization: New version of SFT-Check Available

    Yesterday I posted about a new version of SFT Explorer being available and today I was tipped off about SFT-Check being updated as well.  I've commented on SFT-Check before as well so if you're not familiar with that tool then you can read my previous post or get the skinny straight from the horses...
  • Blog Post: SFT Explorer 1.1 Now Available

    I’ve mentioned SFT Explorer in the past and since I know that a lot of you are using it I want to send out an FYI that there’s a new version available.  I posted the summary and features below but for more information and to download the tool click here .  As always, this is not...
  • Blog Post: MS App Virtualization: The four PKG file system volumes

    This may be old news to some of you but it has proven to be so popular that I thought it was worth a mention here.  This is a topic that came up on the forum a month or two back but I'll post it here to save you the trip.  Basically someone asked how the PKG mechanism worked and Chris Lord...
  • 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: MS App Virtualization: SFT Explorer 1.4 Now Available

    A few months back I posted a heads up about SFT Explorer version 1.1 being available and the next thing I know it's up to version 1.4.  Guess I need to start paying a little more attention.  Anyway, if you're not aware of what this tool is then check my previous post or just read the description...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Scripting and Embedded Scripting for AppV 5.0 (Dynamic Deployment and User Configuration Scripting)

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Admin Console

    This seems to be a relatively popular question so I thought I'd post a quick heads-up here in case you're thinking about trying this in the future. If you want to virtualize the ConfigMgr 2007 admin console then follow these steps: ======== 1. Install all prerequisites (e.g. MMC 3.0, etc.) and...
  • Blog Post: AppVirt: The List of Applications That Can Be Virtualized

    Last September the esteemed Michelle Foley posted about the List of Applications That Can Be Virtualized but we keep getting a lot of questions on this so I thought it might be time for another go-round.  The information in that post is still valid today and if you're not familiar with it stop and...
  • 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: The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization and HFRU1 Are Now Available

    We are pleased to announce availability of the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization and the SoftGrid HFRU1 release supporting it. MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=37A9E590-4F55-44AC-93E1-36EB63A09240&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Updated SoftGrid OSD Editor and SoftGrid Migration tools by Login Consultants available

    Looks like the good folks at Login Consultants released an updated version of their nifty SoftGrid OSD Editor and SoftGrid Migration tools to support Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5. If you use the previous version of their tools and are wanting to do the same with 4.5 then you should check...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Globalization/Localization in AppVirt 4.5

    Hello All, My name is Shelley Lau, a PM from the AppVirt team. This is the first blog entry from the engineering team in 2008, so I thought I would start with a new year greeting (in the languages which I know). Happy New Year Bonne Année 新年快樂 / 新年快 乐 … I certainly don’t know...
  • 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 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package

    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...
  • Blog Post: New MS App Virtualization Knowledge Base Articles

    If you're a regular reader of the SoftGrid, err, uhh, Microsoft Application Virtualization blog here then you probably remember semi-regular posts announcing each weeks new Knowledge Base articles.  The would include posts such as http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/archive/2008/02/27/new-knowledge...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft SoftGrid General Troubleshooting

    Are you new to this whole application virtualization thing and looking for some tips on how to troubleshoot some common issues?  If so then look no more because we have a virtual lab that will get you started on your way to tracking down and fixing some of these problems you may be struggling with...
  • Blog Post: 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...