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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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Guides and Documents

    So there is some great SoftGrid Documentation and Guides up on download @ microsoft . The guides have some great value add information to help you get going on your deployments. The SoftGrid Product Team will have a KB coming out soon to talk about the download. http://download.microsoft.com/download...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid on Windows Platforms (Internationalization)

    A common question that pops up quite often is the support for SoftGrid on non-English platforms . Whether this be the Management Console or other Core component. We plan to address this in later versions of SoftGrid in the Future but currently this is not the case in 4.1 or 4.2. KB http://support...
  • Blog Post: Learning Microsoft SoftGrid Blogcast Series

    So I saw this little set of nuggets that Brian Tucker has been really good to sit down and come up with for deploying SoftGrid 4.1.1.302 from Scratch. Its a really nice quick introduction for the die hard SMS man! So hats of to Brian for starting to become a good convert to the cause! Brian has only...
  • Blog Post: Branch Office Design.............. Part 1

    Ok so I have started drilling into the New Microsoft System Center Virtual Application Server Branch Configuration Guide. Its change slightly from the old softricity days and this is to help us develop some of our core developing plans. Now I have some views that I would have liked to have seen in the...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid File Checking Utility

    So on the back of Kalle's great Preload App's Script , the Softgrid Team have given another one of his tools a tribute! I should have got in there sooner :-) ....... Kalle has created another tool for outputting some great information from the SFT. JC wrote the blog on the Softgrid blog ..... "I recently...
  • Blog Post: 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 user soon." Its an interesting question and had...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations Application Virtualization MVPs

    I am thrilled to announce that on January 1, 2008 four of our “Community Leaders” rang in the new year as the very first MVP’s in the new “Virtualization” competency. They are: 1. Kalle Saunamäki 2. Rodney Medina 3. Ruben Spruijt 4. Falko Gräfe All 4 of the awardees precede the acquisition and have been...
  • Blog Post: Application Streaming and SoftGrid - dual mode

    The was another great post up on the Citrix site that I really wanted to share that Joe Nord wrote up . It was specifically around using SoftGrid and Citrix Application Streaming. Its great to see so many from Citrix enjoying SoftGrid as a complementary technology to there own solutions. -----------...
  • Blog Post: SFT Explorer 1.2 (Updated)

    Quick Post to just let everyone know that Kalle has updated the SFT Explorer tool to version 1.2. This now shows the deleted registry keys from a sequenced application! Very handy when trying to troubleshoot or understand the reg keys that are in the virtual registry. As always brilliant to use and Brilliant...
  • Blog Post: Working Together - Application Virtualization from Citrix & Microsoft

    There must have been some love in the air when Tim Graf wrote his post on the two companies Microsoft and Citrix working together! The fact that it was valentines day added some sentiment! -------------------- Since the acquisition of Softricity by Microsoft, Citrix and Microsoft have continued to enjoy...
  • Blog Post: 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 "Art of Sequencing" and this application just will...
  • Blog Post: Inside the Grid: Part 2

    So Sean D this time has updated his series on inside the grid ! Part Two has kicked off and it has some great information for you! Enjoy! ---------------------------------------------- The SoftGrid Client (SGC) A tongue in cheek saying we used to use at Softricity went something like this;...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack including SoftGrid and Sys Internals - 1/2 day technical overview

    Ok So Mr Bennett and I are running the SoftGrid Section of a technical community day at TVP on the 28th March! Some details are on http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2007/03/07/microsoft-desktop-optimisation-pack-including-softgrid-and-sys-internals-1-2-day-technical-overview.aspx But...
  • Blog Post: 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.pkg thing!! The UsrVol_sftfs_v1.pkg is created...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Public KBs from 2007

    A few people have asked me for the combined KB list for 2007 so I wanted to post this up! Enjoy! SoftGrid Public KBs from January 2007 SoftGrid Client "Error code: xxxxxx-xxxxxx06-0000000E" http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=930633 SoftGrid Client "Error code: xxxxxx-xxxxxx03-00001002" http://support...
  • Blog Post: Support Policy for Office when Virtualized

    We spoke around Virtualization of Office 2007 . The SoftGrid Team Blog has also just plonked there update around this also. However I wanted to let people know about this new KB. KB939897 is the "Description of the support policy for versions of Office that are running in SoftGrid Application Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: MCS Sequencing Guidelines

    So the team has just published the MCS Sequencing guide ! Which is really handy for newbies and re-enforces concept to all the old heads :o) for sequencing. All of us have added one bit or another to the guide so it use to be a helpful internal tool to help people ........ Now its yours :o) --------...
  • Blog Post: 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 is mostly a hotfix and critical updates release,...
  • Blog Post: How do customers get access to download SoftGrid online?

    You can download it today from the MVLS website 1. Go to https://licensing.microsoft.com 2. Log-in using Passport account 3. Select Product Downloads on the left pane 4. Select in the “Search By Product”: a. Desktop Optimization Pack for SA (This is the fulfillment for Windows Desktop...