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  • Blog Post: Beta 4.5: Application Virtualization Error 25120

    I pinged BoruRR internally about this a while back when discussions came up on the Application Virtualization Forum. One of the things that you should watch out for when installing Application Virtualization 4.5 on Windows Server 2008 is the IIS settings. We require with the current November 2007 Beta...
  • Blog Post: Back and getting ready for more 4.5 blogging

    So I took a bit of time off to go and see a friend get married! It was a nice break, plus as I was an usher i got to wear a smart suite and looked respectable for once ;o) …… well thats what my better half would say!……. and now I have come back to work and running full belt! That's just life in the field...
  • 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: Microsoft Virtualisation User Group UK

    This Thursday starts week of speaking and travelling. I’ll be presenting at the Microsoft Virtualisation User Group here in London before I rush of on the Friday to fly of to Seattle to do some talking internally. If you are in town and would like to come along (and we’d love to see you there), you can...
  • 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: Beta 4.5 - John Sheehan / Microsoft App-V 4.5 Features

    I stumbled across this today! Its a cool little video of John Sheehan TechEd giving a break down of all the great 4.5 Beta Features! If you have never had the time to play with 4.5 than this Video may suite you better as it gives you a great overview without you having to do anything! http://www.microsoft...
  • 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: App-V 4.5 Versions

    I was chatting to Madelinde about client build versions and hotfix rollups etc etc! To cut a long story short it was about giving customers a simple and easy way to understand what build version they are on. So super Madelinde sat down and came up with a nice table showing all the details to date...
  • Blog Post: Resource Kit : The App-V Best Practise Analyzer

    We have some great resource kit tools that can really help new App-V admins to fine tune there app-v estate. The App-V Best Practise Analyzer is a really handy tool that you can use. How do you know whether your Management\Streaming Server has settings that result in sub-optimal server performance. Enter...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: The initial Setup - Building your App-V RC test lab (using 4.5.1305)

    I have a zillion things on the go these days and I have been meaning to upgrade my labs for a while. Its a handy task for us engineers in the trenches! There is always some little problem that comes up and knowing the process inside out really does help (no seriously it does!) It can be hard for administrators...
  • Blog Post: Beta SCCM R2 - Virtual Application Server

    In SCCM R2 we have the option to stream from a distribution point! At that moment you think great...... You go straight into the SCCM Management Console > Site Database > Site Code > Site Settings > Site Systems > Server > Distribution Point There you will find this lovely new tab "Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Setting up an Application Virtualization Server in "Secure Mode"

    Gene published this to the SoftGrid Team Blog while i was out on Annual Leave (I went to Ireland to enjoy the Black Gold!)..... For all you faithful readers here it is! -------------------------------------- Hi Everyone! My name is Gene Ferioli and I am a Senior Program Manager on the SoftGr...... Errrr...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.1 beta program

    May be old news but worth calling this out again! One of the most valuable tool for virtualisation is free and comes from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP), it's a capacity planning product that supports hardware and application virtualisation platforms, and it's able to...
  • Blog Post: How do I download the App-V 4.5 with SP1 for RDS (aka Terminal Services)?

    Now after most of my customers get there hands on the MDOP 2009 R2 ….. the next big question is , where is the Terminal Server Client ! ahhhhhhh its a different download! So how can you get your hands on the Remote Desktop Services App-V 4.5 Service Pack 1 client, well the answer is “again” my friends...
  • Blog Post: App-V Sequencing SuperFlow

    Yesterday on Microsoft Download the product team released the App-V Sequencing Superflow. The Sequencing Superflow is an interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow...
  • Blog Post: Beta 4.5 and Beta SCCM R2 - How to get a Quick Test Lab for SCCM R2

    This is not going to be a depth post... but just a post to say how to get yourself rapidly into a good place with SCCM R2. I have been asked a number of times how to gain access to or even build an SCCM R2 environment. As much fun as it is..... and it is fun! It does take a considerable amount of time...
  • Blog Post: 4.5 Beta Settings for Autoload Application's

    Here are some great registry settings that you may want to know about when dealing with 4.5 beta and the clients that you are trying to manage. In 4.5 we will support Autoload . Essentially, you can configure the client to ensure after the application launches (FB1 downloaded) the client will continue...
  • 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: 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: Making Applications Compatible with Windows 7 in a Virtualized Environment

    I must visit and meet 1000’s of different customers over the course of a calendar year. I spend alot of that time discussing App-V and in these discussions around app-v i have a number of discussions around moving/migrating operating systems. On top of these discussions I end up talking about the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: App-V error code 06-0000000E Explained

    Hi all, Recently I’ve been onsite with a few customers and the following App-V error keeps occurring when a user tries to launch an App-V application. Research If you search on the internet you will find the following KB that we (Microsoft) provide to our customers to troubleshoot this...
  • Blog Post: Part 5 : Configuring the Windows Server 2008 Firewall for RC App-V 4.5.0.1305/8

    This Continues from Part 4 . The topology is as follows; Now we have installed the App-V Management Server on Windows Server 2008 we need to allow some ports to be open to allow client-server communication to take place. To do this easiest way is to use Program Rules. Program rule . This...
  • 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...