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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: Announcing Three New SoftGrid Forums on the SoftGrid TechCenter

    I am very excited to announce the creation of three new SoftGrid Forums on the recently released SoftGrid TechCenter on TechNet. SoftGrid Community Page With the addition of these initial forums the “SoftGrid Community” becomes more interactive and a great resource for people to post questions...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid: Cannot create Citrix File Type Associations (FTAs) for SoftGrid applications

    Here's a great tip on file associations if you publish your virtual apps through a Citrix box.  Thanks to Cesar Nunez for writing this up: ======== Issue: When publishing applications through Citrix Presentation Server 4.5, Content Redirection (File Type Associations) are automatically detected...
  • 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: App-V: Management Console fails with error 0000C802

    Here's a tip for any of you running into a problem launching the SoftGrid or App-V management console.  This one comes from Steve Bucci, a real life (where's that reference from?) SoftGrid/App-V engineer from North Carolina: ======== Issue: The SoftGrid Management Console on the Virtual Application...
  • 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: 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: Icons remain after a user with a mandatory profile is disallowed access to an application

    One of the great things about SoftGrid/App-V is that it's so easy to shoot out apps to client machines and automatically populate the user's desktop or Start menu with the appropriate icons, but if you're using mandatory profiles this may not work as expected.  Steve Thomas wrote up a quick blurb...
  • 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: Process Explorer v11.0 Released

    So what does Process Explorer have to do with SoftGrid? If you've ever had to troubleshoot a virtualized application then you'll probably agree that Process Explorer is your best friend. Ever wonder which program has a particular file or directory open? Process Explorer will tell you, as well as showing...
  • Blog Post: Potential issue upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer

    Here’s another issue we came across during the 4.5 beta that I thought deserved a mention here since it’s something a few of you may end up trying yourself.  What happens is that when opening or upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer you may receive a Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Virtualization Road Show

    Just a friendly reminder that dates are still available for the FREE Microsoft virtualization summit GetVirtualNow.  At the summit you can find out how Windows Server 2008® with Hyper-V™, Microsoft System Center - including Virtual Machine Manager 2008 - and Microsoft Desktop and Application...
  • Blog Post: App-V client install may fail with error 1603 due to performance counter registration errors

    I was going through some of the issues we saw during the 4.5 beta and came across another one I thought you might find interesting.  This is one where the installation of the App-V client will fail with the following error: "Installation operation failed. Error 1708" If you then check...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid: Sequencing Excel 2003

    I had to put together an Excel 2003 package for another project so with all the questions we get about sequencing Office and the various applications it contains, I thought it might be a good idea to document this in case anyone else wanted to use it. While this is specific to Excel, the same basic concept...
  • Blog Post: The SoftGrid-sequencer-setup.exe File Incorrectly Reports v4.1.1

    If you happen to download the latest version of MDOP (SW_CD_Dsktp_Optimization_Pck_SA_2007_English_1_MLF_X13-63487.EXE) then you might notice that the softgrid-sequencer-setup.exe file reports being version 4.1.1 even though MDOP should include version 4.2.  Never fear, you really do have version...
  • 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: Common SoftGrid Rookie Mistakes

    In talking to my friend J.C. Hornbeck, who is the Blog Master of the SoftGrid Team blog, he suggested that I start a series of posts about the mistakes that new SoftGrid Admins make. In my 3 years with Softricity I was in charge of Training and Certification. I had the distinct privilege of teaching...
  • Blog Post: Help, my package is too big!

    If you sequence enough applications in either SoftGrid or MS App-V you'll eventually run into the issue where your sequenced package is too large to be saved.  We're limited to a 4GB file size so if you have an application that is large enough, or if you package many applications together, chances...
  • Blog Post: Citrix Publishes FAQ on Microsoft Application Virtualization and Citrix XenApp (formerly Presentation Server) Working Together

    Hello everyone!  A lot of people have speculated that Citrix and Microsoft would be at odds over the acquisition of Softricity SoftGrid as it seemed to pit the two partners against each other over application virtualization.  However, working in conjunction with Microsoft, Citrix has just posted...
  • Blog Post: Virtualized Outlook 2007 search feature may not work as designed on Windows Vista clients

    Here's another great tip from Steve Thomas, this time concerning the search function in Outlook 2007 when streamed to Windows Vista clients: ======== Issue: When Microsoft Outlook 2007 is sequenced and streamed with Windows Vista, the search function in Outlook may not function as designed. Note: Outlook...
  • 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 Unveils Plans for the MSI Utility for Microsoft Virtualization at VMworld

    Microsoft unveiled the plans for its new application virtualization interoperability with SMS/SCCM, third party ESD systems and standalone clients at VMworld. The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization is a solution accelerator which enables the distribution of virtual applications without...
  • Blog Post: The App-V Ping Tool

    SoftGridBlog.com just posted about a cool new tool called the App-V Ping Tool. I haven't tried it myself but I can definitely see where it could come in handy. Keep in mind this isn't a Microsoft tool so we make no guarantees, etc. but if you want to check it out I have a brief description and a link...
  • 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: New Builds of the SoftGrid 4.2 Clients are Available

    Just a quick heads up that there are new builds of the SoftGrid 4.2 clients available for download. The new build number is 4.2.0.310 and the SoftGrid 4.2 KB article ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941408 ) has been updated to point to the proper download locations. Note that this update applies to...