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  • Blog Post: Can I sequence my old NT4 app's!?

    Well the answer is easy ..... No!? Or is it..... This is really a two fold statement. We do not have a sequencer for NT 4.0. So basically you cannot sequence your application from NT 4.0 directly and put them straight into your Windows XP SoftGrid environment! So if that's the case, how do I...
  • Blog Post: Inside the Grid: Part 1

    So finally the legend that is Sean Donahue has finally got his hands on the SoftGrid Blog (which is great news). The Ex Knights of The SoftGrid Round Training Table are looking to do a multi post series called Inside the Grid (which is taken from the extension of original softricity training). Glad to...
  • Blog Post: Exploring SoftGrid with NetMon Part 2: Application Launch

    This is a great little series that the team of in America are putting together. Sean D J.C Hornbeck has put some hard work to create this series! Hats of again to the man :) In part 1 we took a look at what happens when a SoftGrid client does a DC Refresh. During DC Refresh we identified the applications...
  • 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: What Gets Virtualized in Softgrid

    SystemGuard provides the most extensive virtualization on the market. In addition to virtualizing Windows Services, it virtualizes per user, per application instance ( I emphasis this bit! It is not a computer based distribution methodology! ), every critical application component including the Registry...
  • Blog Post: Using SMS 2003 to upgrade a SoftGrid 4.1.0.56 client to 4.1.1.306 (Service Pack 1)

    So here I am trying to figure out how to help out my charity ( a school in south east london ) upgrade there SoftGrid Environment up from v4.1.0.56 to Service Pack 1 . We have SMS 2003 to leverage which is a powerful tool for standard Electronic Software Distribution (ESD). I needed to upgrade around...
  • 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: 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: 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: Softgrid and Terminal Servers

    In Terminal Server/Citrix Environments we see a lot of over capacity of the server estate. Specifically when a business has one troublesome application that has incompatibilities with others that already are in place on the server farm. You have all probably seen the below where we show a basic over...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization (Level 300)

    So with Christmas around the Corner it might be worth sitting back with a drink...... some nibbles.........and watching a darn good webcast before going to your Christmas party at work! When I was compiling my section of the Technical Rollup ( http://blogs.technet.com/trm ) I came across a really nice...
  • 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: SoftGrid Public KBs from April 2007

    One release for April! But watch out for further updates for SoftGrid KBs! http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=935684 Information about SoftGrid support for non-English-based server configurations
  • 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: 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.com/kb/931252 Once you enable the SoftGrid Client...
  • 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: SoftGrid Client Setup Kit

    Patrick Jaspers (one of our softgrid consulting knights!) told me about a new login consultants tool . I need to have a play around with the tool and let you all know how this works!! Synopsis of the tool! Login Consultants have released the SoftGrid Client Setup Kit. This is a very useful tool when...
  • Blog Post: 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: < SOFTPKG GUID ="C5F08D2E-B660-47E6-83E9-DC0671E78840...
  • Blog Post: The Community At Large! - Gridversum

    The community around SoftGrid seems to grow faster and faster, and its a great thing. We love to see people make Microsoft products work for them and then give this knowledge back to the world. Kalle has created a new site http://www.gridversum.com/ which is community driven. This site is intended to...
  • Blog Post: Integrate SMS 2003 with SoftGrid Step-By-Step

    http://www.microsoft.com/hk/community/article/article_070606.aspx This has been nabbed from the above article. Its a bit ruff and ready but it certainly will get you there. Use this as a guide to setup a test environment and configure SoftGrid 4.x and SMS 2003 Connector. SMS 2003 with SoftGrid for MCS...