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  • Blog Post: App-V 5: Creating and Testing Office 2013 Connection Groups in Stand-Alone Mode

    App-V 5 has evolved significantly since its initial release in the fall of 2012. Many of these changes have had an effect on how the Office 2013 AppV Package interacts with the Explorer shell and, as a result, have created a challenge for those of us (like me) who like to first test Connection Groups...
  • Blog Post: App-V @ #msTechEd 2014 - View the recordings in case you missed it!

    We had quite a few breakout sessions on App-V at TechEd North America this year! If you were there and were not able to attend all of them or missed TechEd altogether, you can view the recorded sessions here on Channel 9: My Presentation :) Sizing App-V 5.0: Planning and Designing a Highly Available...
  • Blog Post: App-V: More on that Failed Office Add-in

    Continuing from my previous post a few days ago, let’s talk more about application errors when Office add-ins are virtualized. It is pretty easy to resolve most add-in issues with the right methodology. One of the first steps in my methodology is to first determine if the issue is related to the...
  • Blog Post: App-V: On that Failed Office Add-in

    Troubleshooting virtualized Office add-ins are always fun. Correction: troubleshooting Office add-ins are always fun for people like me – not necessarily normal human beings. Whether you are using add-ins with a local instance of Office or are packaging add-ins with virtualized Office, you need...
  • Blog Post: App-V: Adding Additional Languages to Office 2010 Packages (. . . and pre-setting the Outlook Default Language)

    Here is the scenario: You have gone through the trouble of sequencing Office 2010 with either 4.6 or 5.0 and you have it working like a champ. You then get a call. “We need this also deployed for our users in <FILL_IN_THE_BLANK_NATION_THAT_REQUIRES A DOUBLE BYTE CHARACTER SET>. Did I mention...
  • Blog Post: App-V: Still More on Those Office Add-ins

    As you can tell, I have been obsessed with Office Add-ins lately. Shifting gears from troubleshooting, I would like to address the different approaches to virtualizing add-ins with App-V. While the last two articles on the subject could easily be applied to both App-V 4.x and 5.x, my focus today will...
  • Blog Post: App-V: Unable to click “Join Meeting” from Virtualized Outlook when Live Meeting 2007 is Installed Locally

    If you have virtualized MS Office and have decided to use a local installation of Live Meeting, you may run into this issue. When a user attempts to click on a Live Meeting link (click on “Join Meeting” link) within a virtualized Office application (primarily Outlook) to join the Live Meeting session...
  • Blog Post: Must Have App-V 5.0 Migration Resources!

    Yes, there is a learning curve with the new release of App-V. This is why it is extremely important that - Before you embark on and App-V 5.0 deployment or migration, that you look to the following resources for assistance in migrating to App-V 5.0. App-V 5.0 Published Whitepapers: App-V 5.0 Trial...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013: Deployment and Migration Resources

    Now that Office 2013 is generally available, it is time for many organizations who are currently using a virtualized instance of Office to start considering a move to Office 2013. As you may have read in the following Microsoft KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2772509 (Supported scenarios for...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Three Second Delay (a.k.a What is SFTDDE?)

    A while back I encountered an issue that forced me to become introduced to the DDE Launcher used by App-V (SFTDDE.)  A customer was encountering an issue where, no matter how much they tuned their terminal servers, even with pre-cached virtual applications; Office applications appeared to always have...
  • Blog Post: App-V: On Virtualizing Multiple Excel Add-ins

    Yes, I’m still obsessed with the subject of add-in virtualization. I felt it also necessary to ensure that there was a discussion of add-in types and multiple Office add-ins (particularly Excel) before I finally leave this topic of discussion. Have you ever noticed that when you are managing\loading...