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  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6 Sequencing: What are the logs really for?

    For sequencing in App-V 5, the new ETW model simplifies the process and moves App-V to the Windows standards for event tracing. Even better, the sequencer not only has two logs to worry about (operational and administrative) but a simple process can occur to enable more verbose debug logging. In App...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6: So your Client Installation or Upgrade has failed: How do you break down the Logging?

    App-V 4.6 is still very prevalent out there and will be for a while. With the releases of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 brought additional service packs for the App-V 4.6 client which means upgrades and/new installs for newer operating systems. Several weeks back on this blog, I went over how to enable advanced...
  • Blog Post: MED-V: The Case of the Unresponsive Word Window

    I recently resolved a long standing issue that affected legacy web applications running inside a MED-V 2.0 workspace. Often web applications will trigger documents and other objects that will launch within their respective host application either through an instance of that application via COM or through...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4: Factors that can cause Performance Issues with App-V 4.x Servers

    For those of you still using App-V 4 (hopefully at least App-V 4.6 on the client side and 4.5 SP2 on the server side due to supportability) you may have been reading about how App-V 5 resolves a lot of limitations of App-V 4 – especially those that revolve around scalability. I dealt with many customers...
  • Blog Post: The Role of Server Groups in App-V 4

    The Role of Server Groups in App-V 4 Server groups are for configuring a server or server farm to have alternate provider policies, server-centric application management, and/or alternate logging pipelines to databases. Provider Policies Provider policies are bound to users and servers by way of...
  • Blog Post: Important Read: Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality

    If you believe in the openness, freedom, and affordability of the Internet, this blog is very important. – http://blog.netflix.com/2014/03/internet-tolls-and-case-for-strong-net.html
  • Blog Post: Are you *sure* you need to rebuild the WMI Repository?

    To continue the subject of WMI troubleshooting: I am always frustrated at the quick, shotgun method of rebuilding the WMI repository as a rote, rudimentary troubleshooting step. This is very dangerous and risky. Rebuilding the WMI repository manually has resulted in some 3rd party products not working...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Troubleshooting WMI Part 2

    To continue my discussion regarding the importance of troubleshooting WMI, I want to move the focus to a devising a targeted approach when troubleshooting so you can optimize the time it takes for you to zero in on the issue. WMI issues generally fall into the following areas: Configuration Issues...
  • Blog Post: Why is it important to Become Familiar with WMI Troubleshooting? Pt. 1

    Often in Virtualization and Management Products like SCVMM, MED-V, Config Manager, UE-V, and App-V the symptom of an issue appears in the respective System Center or MDOP product but the root cause is often caused by an anomaly in an underlying operating system component. Often that component is WMI...
  • Blog Post: Transitioning Blog to Technet – http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft

    Effective this week, I will be transitioning this blog over to technet. There will be no more direct posts here. there will be only links referencing new posts on Technet. This site will remain up along with all of the existing posts. Transitional Post Below: http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft...
  • Blog Post: Running a MED-V application that depends on presence may not properly show presence when hovering over it in the System Tray

    Let’s review some basic information about how MED-V: The way MED-V V2 works is the Windows 7 host machine connects to the Guest Virtual PC through an RDP-style connection. This basically turns the Windows XP Virtual PC into a mini-RDP server. This must always be in the back of your mind while you test...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Ever-Expanding, Dynamically-Expanding VHD

    I recently had an issue where I encountered something quite bizarre. In an effort to reduce size on disk of dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) I found myself feeling like I needed to take medication. After sysprepping an operating system image on the disk, the current file consumption on...
  • Blog Post: MED-V V1 Disaster Recovery

    Disaster recovery in MED-V v1 is a very straight-forward and seamless process. Offline access is available for those clients who have already cached their MED-V client authentications. One of the first steps in ensuring a good disaster recovery plan for this version of MED-V is to establish continuity...