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  • 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: SCVMM 2007 Interesting Clear Up for Database

    One of mine and Duanes good friends is a PFE engineer called Richard Diver (lovingly know to us as Dicky Diver!) He has been working on a number of issues with some of his customers around SCVMM. Well he came across a great little workaround to an issue; --------------------------------------- Here’s...
  • 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: Who's using what app!?

    So sometimes you may want to sanity check who is using what application or Who has an application open and running. We can do this by using the SQL data; Open SQL Enterprise manager. Now expand the SoftGrid database . Expand the tables. Right-click on the "APPLICATION_USAGE" table, and select "Open Table...
  • 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: 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: 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: SQL 2005 Server Installation

    SQL Enterprise Server 2005 is used to create and maintain the database instance needed by the SoftGrid system to track and collate usage, license and application statistics for the entire Organisation. This database is important for a number of reasons- without it, the SoftGrid Clients will default to...
  • Blog Post: 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 Microsoft SoftGrid 4.1 Service Pack 1 release...
  • Blog Post: Have a look at your Database!

    A really handy thing that I tend to do is review the database of the Softgrid 4.x deployment. The SoftGrid Database has a number of vital information. This information allows us to understand certain server configuration issues and the potential for client side problems. To gather this information we...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Issue with App-V RC Build 4.5.0.1308 and Additional Management Server - Failed to establish a connection to the data source

    This is quite interesting and is fixed in the RTM release but whilst your testing your RC releases of App-V its worth whiling knowing about this gotcha that can occur! as it has caught a couple of my customers out. So lets consider that we want multiple Management servers connecting to a remote SQL server...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization Dashboard – Now in Beta Release!

    Now this is something i have been working with some of our internal teams for a while. The Solution Accelerators team has looked into a requirement to help reporting in App-V. This really will be a great step in the right direction for helping customer report there application virtualization estate better...