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  • Blog Post: Merge and Override Settings for the Virtual Registry and File System in the App-V Sequencer

    You can either merge or override file directories or registry keys in an App-V/SoftGrid package with the App-V/SoftGrid Client OS using the following Sequencer check boxes: Virtual Registry 1. Override Local Key 2. Merge with Local Key - You can also choose to ignore the hosting system’s keys by selecting...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Server Fonts in SoftGrid

    Just wanted to ping this up to the community as this has been an interesting talking point to a number of our Terminal Server/Citrix customers. In the past Softricity SoftGrid never use to be able to virtualize fonts in terminal server environments. To add to this In SoftGrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 we released...
  • Blog Post: SFT Encoder Express Edition : The Simple App-V Package Encoder

    My Buddy Kalle Saunamäki pinged me earlier today and let me know that he has released a new tool for SFT Encoding packaging. I have not tested the tool yet but will certainly be playing around with it later tonight. The tool looks really interesting as it looks like a new way to package? Will certainly...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Operations Guide - Part 1

    So Brian has been writing this guide and updating it for some time! He has put a lot of work into the document and finally it was decided to post it to the SoftGrid Product Team Blog . Brian Kelly, one of our top gun SoftGrid tech guru's, recently put together a really cool SoftGrid operations guide...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid TechEd 2007 Videos!

    So as you know I had a great time out at TechEd 2007 on the Windows Server 2008 Demo Booths (Yellow TLC Area). However there was some great SoftGrid Sessions that were run. Some of the videos that were captures are fantastic! These two are some great videos around SoftGrid. One of these is a customer...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 HFRU2 Availability

    So here we are! That update time again! Hot Fix Rollup 2 for Softgrid 4.1 and 4.2 has been released! I am pleased to announce public availability of SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 HFRU2. This cumulative update for SoftGrid v4.1 SP1 and v4.2 provides the latest updates to SoftGrid. In addition to stability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unveils Plans for the MSI Utility for Microsoft Virtualization at VMworld

    Now I am so glad that this is announced. As I am very excited to talk about this product and the benefits we are all going to have at using it. Chad posted on the SoftGrid Blog today and a news article when up from the announcement at VMWord. Microsoft unveiled the plans for its new application virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Default First app ......64-00000002

    Whilst I am in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) I have seen this little error popping up and its not just been here that I have seen this but at quite a few customers now. The default first app is a great little tool to just say "Hi I am softgrid and I am working" And its really handy, its lightweight...
  • Blog Post: John Sheehan: Inside Application Virtualization

    Gene pinged me the other day about a cool little video up on channel 9! Its a really cool deep dive into App-V that John did. Here’s a good overview of our Application Virtualization product our Architect, John Sheehan, presented a few weeks ago. Here, John Sheehan, the primary architect of SoftGrid...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Visio Stencils

    It must have been at least 3/4 months ago I came across these stencils and I said than I would blog about them..... well as you can tell I never did! ubba cool stencils for visio when your designing all your pretty high level design for application virtualization. They are great! my red...
  • Blog Post: Removing Refresh and Load operations from context-menu

    Kalle posted up on his blog/FAQ this nice little tip that you may want to try out. You can use desktop standards policy maker to create an adm template with this setting in. Please also bear in mind http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931247/en-us - Description of the SoftGrid Client 3.x registry entries...
  • Blog Post: Scripting within an OSD file

    Now as I have mentioned in the past, that this month and next will be traveling around a lot. And one of these trips puts me on a stand at TechEd Barcelona (I am on one of the Windows Server 2008 stands, so come and find me and say hello!!!) . The other thing which is stopping me at the moment is my...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Sequencing techniques – Part 2

    So I am currently in Prague in Europe, and gaining Internet access has been very very tuff! I finally found a very little cafe with an access point so I can blog a great post. Sean emailed J.C and I the next installment of his advanced sequencing techniques! Advanced Sequencing Topics - Part 1 ...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Public KBs from August 2007

    The Year is just flying by and I am sure that I will start walking down the street and see Christmas lights up soon :) Still to keep you in the light I wanted to get the Softgrid KBs for August up! Hope that these are helpful. SoftGrid Public KBs from January 2007 SoftGrid Public KBs from February 2007...
  • Blog Post: High pool memory usage on TS based SoftGrid clients under heavy load

    Travis my American PFE buddy posted a great post the other day! It was based on some of the TS work he has been doing state side! --—------------------------- I have been on site with a few customers lately and a common issue I have been seeing is high pool memory usage. This may manifest itself in user...
  • Blog Post: AppPlus and OSDPlus

    dear me! i just cant keep up with all these new fantastic little tools that are being developed around little old app-v! The latest in a line of tools are from Duncan Murdoch who is developing OSD+. AppPlus has just announced a beta program. It is designed to allow the App-V community to trial the functionality...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing With Tim

    Tim Mangan who is a busy chappy on SoftGridGuru has released a number of training videos to demonstrate just how easy it is to do various tasks with SoftGrid. Its a similar concept to the videos that Brian produced a little while back. Tim has publish some great videos here http://www.tmurgent.com/VideoGarden...
  • Blog Post: VAS Upgrade from 4.1.2.20 to 4.1.3.16 fails with error message "The installation program was unable to read the SQL. upgrade files for the configuration database"

    Ok so the title of this one is not strictly related to the post but is an example of the error. A little while ago up on the TechCenter I gave an answer to Andi which I said I should blog about….. well that what I am doing. So Andi had a problem that when trying to upgrade the VAS from 4.1.2.20 to 4...
  • Blog Post: Getting to Grips with the App-V Client Log Parser Utility (Launch Times)

    Understanding your application Launch Times is a powerful thing to understand. It keeps you in touch with what your actual end users go through when launching applications. When your client log file is set to informational logging, which it should be by default; This will gather some great information...
  • Blog Post: A Look Under the Covers - The LOCAL_INTERACTION_ALLOWED Tag

    Chris Lord (one of the prog managers) sent up a cool post about the local interaction policy! I am forever seeing people talk about this in the forums so this is a great post! ---------------------- Introduction Application virtualization is a key feature of the SoftGrid platform. It provides administrators...
  • Blog Post: “The installation program was unable to read the SQL. upgrade files for the configuration database"

    This was the error message that confronted one of our TechNet Forum customers when they were trying to upgrade there VAS from 4.1.2.20 to 4.1.3.16. And its a really interesting issue! All you get when you try and upgrade is an error message saying "The installation program was unable to read the SQL...
  • Blog Post: New Free App-V Self Support Tool (and how to make friends at the helpdesk)

    I stumbled across this on Brian Maddens Forum the other day and it looks pretty darn handy! --------- When you deploy App-V applications on laptops and pc, you will get a lot of helpdesk calls. While App-V is a mature application virtualization solution, it is interesting to see that a simple design...
  • Blog Post: <HREF> Examples

    Owwwww with just 7 days before ITForum in Europe its getting very exciting! I wont be on the SoftGrid Stand however you can come and bug me on one of the Windows Server 2008 stands! Look for the jolly looking version of me these days I am out in Stockholm Sweden at the moment! But am looking forward...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Sequencing Topics - Part 1

    Sean Donahue has started a great new series of posts that you will be seeing! They are called "Advanced Sequencing". The posts aims to help gain greater understanding of the steps required to sequence products. ---------------------------------------------------- In response to a recent post on...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization Explorer – Released

    I have been meaning to blog about this for ages. Kalle released me a version of AVE in alpha and again in Beta, and i just never got around to finishing my blog post on it……  :o( The tool however is fab! I as well as a number of my community buddies have been loving this tool and how its been working...