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The Adventures of Justin Zarb and Dave Falkus in the Virtual Jungle

July, 2007

  • So what do all these errors actually mean!?

    On Thursday we spoke about how to get the error codes from a SoftGrid client , and I wanted to carry on this topic as it helps to us to understand that these error messages are not just random occurrences that Softricity SoftGrid and now Microsoft SoftGrid...
  • Installing the SoftGrid Client on a non-domain machine

    Many of our customers want to use SoftGrid for users that sit on machines outside there security boundary. In these instances they lose some management for deploying the client and pushing policy's to enforce. However, this is normally offset by the benefits...
  • Using Filemon and Regmon to troubleshoot sequenced applications

    So it’s late, all you have in front of you is a stacked number of empty cans, an empty pizza box with that last piece of cold pizza (Go on you know want it...) and surprise you are the last in the office. Why I hear you ask? Well you have followed the...
  • New SoftGrid Virtual Labs!

    There are a couple of new virtual labs up for you guys to try and play with!!! Please go wild on these labs.... There are here for you to play with and mess with to learn! I strongly advise you to start on these. The Old Labs which I bloged about are...
  • UsrVol_sftfs_v1.pkg

    Hello all, I am back from visiting my grandparent abroad! Myself and Natalie (My better half!) have come back with a nice tan to keep me going through the lovely British Summer! (It is wet!!!!!) Anyway, back to business! So what's this whole UsrVol_sftfs_v1...
  • Did you know...... OS VALUE= ?

    If you removed all the OS values within the OSD file it will allow the Application to run on any platform! For Example, The below will only execute and run on windows Vista and Windows XP 1: <? xml version ="1.0" standalone ="no" ? > 2...
  • Icon's

    So a few weeks back I was asked this question...... "We have users that have SoftGrid icon caches growing rather than being cleared out. "%APPDATA%\Softgrid Client\Icon Cache". Not sure why, but unchecked, we'll have thousands of ICO files for each...
  • How do we find out a SoftGrid Client error messages?

    Now this may seem like a really strange post but recently an email was sent to me saying that a user was trying to run an application but all that was happening in the system tray was "Launch Failed"....... I replied back with " but what's the error code...
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 Virtualization Architecture

    One of the key pillars that is new to the Windows platform is Virtualization. Available 180 days post the launch of Windows 2008. The ability to virtualizes an existing operating systems (Guest) multiple times on the Windows 2008 (host). How is this achieved...
  • So how do we clean up them orphaned icons!?

    So we recently posted on orphaned icon files that could potentially be left behind in the users %appdata% . Well I was recently chatting to Kalle Saunamäki from www.virtualapp.net and one of the tools that he was working on was the SoftGridJanitor . The...
  • SFT Explorer

    Now I like cool toys and tools to play with and a lot seem to come from login consultants and Virtualapp which are great! However again, this tool comes from Virtualapp.net , the tool essentially allows you to look inside your SFT packages without the...
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Sequencing Guide Released!!!

    Extra Extra Hot of the Press..... Wanted to ping this out so that you can all get onto this and start playing! This is the guide to Microsoft Office 2007 being sequenced (use the 4.1 SP1 or 4.2 sequencer) with SoftGrid and released to the SoftGrid 4.1...
  • The VFS versus MNT Install

    Alvin Morales has posted a link up on the SoftGrid Blog on the VFS versus MNT installs . I will get a demo together later in the month with screen shoots which detail this as well. However we hope that you all find the below useful! You may think that...
  • VMRCPlus in a bit more depth

    In case you missed the news, I wanted to make sure you heard that VMRCplus version 1.5 is available internally and will soon be available publicly in TechNet magazine and as part of the Virtual Server Resource Kit. VMRCplus is an alternate UI as opposed...
  • What's the difference between 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 of SoftGrid

    I have been asked this question a few times this week, so I thought I should find out and then of course blog the answer. The SoftGrid Product team blogged the following, which outlines the key differences. SoftGrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 SoftGrid 4.1 SP1...
  • SoftGrid 4.2 Is Now Available

    What you all been waiting for.. SoftGrid 4.2 now available: Thanks to the SoftGrid Team Blog for this: This week we released the latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) on http://licensing.microsoft.com...
  • SoftGrid Public KBs from June 2007

    The core and only KB this month which stands out is Softgrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 , we strongly recommend that you should upgrade to this enhanced client/server. Lots of fixes and great support for new applications. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=938497...
  • How can I monitor my SoftGrid Clients?

    Currently SoftGrid 4.1 and 4.2 do not offer a management pack to look at the health of the SoftGrid Infrastructure. One thing you can do is to enable the SoftGrid Client to log to the eventlog (this is not on by default): http://support.microsoft...
  • Windows Server Virtualization Security Discussion At Black Hat

    Jeff has managed to get 5 minutes of his day back to put up an announcement around WSV security . An important heads up about Black Hat next week in Las Vegas. For those of you who don’t know what Black Hat is, Black Hat bills itself as a security convention...
  • SoftGrid TechCenter goes Live!

    One of the core resources has gone live! The SoftGrid TechCenter is a massive resource with detailed TechNet library, Learning resources, Downloads, and all support articles! Just a massive amount of time and effort has gone into it..... this will continue...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Is Now Available for Download

    Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is the server virtualisation technology engineered for the Windows Server operating system to increase hardware utilisation and enable IT staff to rapidly configure and deploy new...
  • What's new in Windows Server 2008

    So one of the key pillars in Windows Server 2008 is our new virtualisation story. Want to know more about what's coming? Register for this Webcast on Thursday 12th July for more information Microsoft Webcast: Overview of Windows Server 2008 (Level 200...
  • Windows Virtualization Team Blog

    Just wanted to bring Jeff's blog to your attention. In Jeff own words "I’m Jeff Woolsey, a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft focused on Microsoft Virtualization. I’ve worked on virtualization technology for over ten years such as Virtual PC for Mac...
  • Sequencing Best Practices

    Just a quick pointer to a blog entry on the SoftGrid Team Blog. Information on sequencing and some tips for 4.2 Vista release. Have a fun weekend and we should welcome back Mr Zarb next week from a well desired holiday.
  • How Microsoft Does IT: The Future of Server Virtualization

    This is a great resource if you are not aware Microsoft TechNet Radio. Listen on how does Microsoft internally deliver its IT service using our own technology and where our IT guys are taking Server Virtualization in the data center. Can it become a commodity...