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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...
14 May 2008
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...
13 Dec 2007
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...
15 May 2008
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
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...
13 May 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
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
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
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
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...
21 May 2008
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...
23 May 2008
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
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...
4 Jan 2008
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...
21 Apr 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
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
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...
16 Jan 2008
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
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
"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
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
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...
19 May 2008
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...
14 Apr 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
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