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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: Microsoft App-V deployment and management tools

    Yesterday must have been The Day Of The Tool as not only did our very own Andrew Montgomery post on the new App-V Best Practices Analyzer but Karri over on the MDOP blog posted on a veritable salad of App-V deployment and management tools include the aforementioned App-V Best Practices Analyzer as well...
  • 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 4.5 Resource Kit: App-V Application Listing Tool

    Today, for the final posting in the series covering the newly released App-V 4.5 Resource Kit , we are going to discuss the application listing tool. Ever wondered which applications are running virtualized and which natively in your machine? The application listing tool makes it easy to generate a list...
  • 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: Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

    The dynamic suite composition tool provides a GUI interface that makes it easier to configure packages to take advantage of the App-V 4.5 dynamic suiting feature . For example, in the snapshot below I have pointed the tool to a directory which contains 3 packages. I have chosen Office 2007 as my Primary...
  • 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: App-V tools and whitepapers

    Looks like over on the MDOP blog Karri Alexion-Tiernan posted some tidbits about the latest App-V related tools and whitepapers.  The quick list is below but you can read her entire post here . ======== · App-V  Home Page Update – This provides a great intro to the product and the...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: SoftGrid Migration Tool v1.0 Released

    A few months ago I talked about a couple tools including the SoftGrid Migration Tool which helps you “convert” existing automated application setups to SoftGrid Virtualized Applications (aka streams or sequences).  It looks like the folks over at Login Consultants have an updated version...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization 4.5 Resource Kit Tools Now Available!

    The App-V team is happy to announce the general availability of the App-V 4.5 Resource Kit Tools. The main goal of the resource toolkit is to enable IT administrators to unlock the full potential of the recently released App-V 4.5. This release consists of the following tools: · App-V Application...
  • Blog Post: OSD Cleaner and OSD Updating Tool

    I came across an interesting sounding tool in one of the SoftGrid forums that I thought you might useful. Here's what the author says about it: ====== I have created a new tool to cleanup OSD Files for my personal use. It can be downloaded from http://mayankjohri.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/mayaosdhelpermsi...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Beta is now released

    Just an FYI that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Beta is now released.  Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is covered so this should prove to be an invaluable tool as you plan your rollouts. ======== The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer Pop-up When Running Virtualized FrontPage 2003

    I recently worked on an interesting issue sequencing Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 and thought you might like hearing what was finally done to resolve it.  Chances are that if you try to sequence FrontPage 2003 you'll run into it, but if you see a similar issue with another application you might...