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  • 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: Quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions with our pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs).

    OK, I know this isn't specific to SoftGrid but this is too cool to not post about: ====== Using the power of virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: John Sheehan: Inside Application Virtualization

    Over on his Virtual World blog , my buddy Justin Zarb recently posted a cool video that was done by John Sheehan, the primary architect of SoftGrid (formerly the chief architect of Softricity).  The video goes into the details of how our application virtualization technology works so if you're even...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid: A folder on a mapped network drive appears to be invalid when a virtualized application is run

    Here's a great tip from Jason Alanis, a real life SoftGrid support engineer in Texas.  While we don't see this terribly often it can be confusing when you run into it. ======== Issue: When a virtualized application was streamed to a client, the client could no longer view the contents of a folder...
  • Blog Post: New Builds of the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 Clients are Available

    Just a quick heads up that there are new builds of the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 clients available for download. The new build number is 4.1.1.310 and the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 KB article ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938497 ) has been updated to point to the proper download locations. Note that applies to the...
  • Blog Post: Additional Info on the New MSI Utility

    There are a couple questions we seem to get a lot regarding the new MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization so I thought I’d go ahead and send out this mini-FAQ and try to clear up some of the confusion. 1. Will the new SoftGrid ‘MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization’ support...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Virtualization Hands-on Labs

    Are you new to Microsoft Application Virtualization (aka SoftGrid) and looking for a quick and easy way to ramp up your skills? If so then these virtual labs are a great place to start. In as little as an hour or two you can use these to evaluate and test many of the features and concepts through a series...
  • Blog Post: A Look Under the Covers - The LOCAL_INTERACTION_ALLOWED Tag

    Introduction Application virtualization is a key feature of the SoftGrid platform. It provides administrators with a way to prevent applications from interfering with or modifying the local environment. It can also prevent two virtual applications from conflicting with each other by confining many of...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 Client for Terminal Servers now virtualizes fonts

    My buddy Justin has a note on his blog about a doc error in the 4.1 SP1 Release Notes where it says the SoftGrid Terminal Server client does not virtualize fonts in a sequenced application.  Well, actually we do now.  To read more about this check out Justin's post at http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What happened to the SGbrowser account?

    In previous releases of Application Virtualization, we required admins to specify an SGBrowser account during install of the server. This account was used to READ Active Directory (AD) and resolve security groups on behalf of the user installing the Application Virtualization server. In 4.5, we remove...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Client Error 0C-0000003C

    I recently had a call where a customer changed the location of the user profiles from a remote file server to the local Citrix Server due to a file server failure. After that the client would receive a 0C-0000003C error attempting to access one very large application or a small application with a lot...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Management Console Intermittently Crashes With 0000C800 or 0000C81D Errors

    We come across this issue every once in a while so I thought I'd send it out in the hopes that it might save you some pain and heartache if you run into it. Symptoms: When opening or using the SoftGrid Server Management console you may experience the following issues: 1. The SoftGrid Management Console...
  • Blog Post: Error 53256 Sequencing Adobe CS3

    If you try to virtualize (sequence) Adobe CS3 you might find that it fails with the following error: "SystemGuard download failed (error code 53256)". The sft-seq-log.txt also shows the following: [08/01/2007 16:51:38 VRB VFSX] SxS: Starting SxS public-to-private assembly conversion. [08/01/2007...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Error: A Remoting Error Occurred. Error Code: 0000C824

    We've seen a couple of these lately so I want to send a heads up in case you run into it: SYMPTOMS When you try to connect to the SoftGrid Management Web Service from the SoftGrid Management Console, the connection is unsuccessful. Additionally, you receive the following error message: A remoting error...
  • Blog Post: New Knowledge Base Articles for 8/19 through 8/25

    Here's a list of the new SoftGrid Knowledge Base articles that published between August 19th and August 25th. Yea, I know it's a list of one but it was a slow week. Hope this helps! http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=939324 - Options that provide encrypted connections between SoftGrid desktop clients...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a Couple Changes in Regards to Microsoft SoftGrid Support

    Please be aware of the following changes in regards to SoftGrid on http://support.microsoft.com Customers can now submit SoftGrid cases online through Microsoft Premier Online ( https://premier.microsoft.com ) and the Online Assistance Support pages. The SoftGrid solution center on support.microsoft...