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    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: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

    This is friking cool! You need to have a play with this! download this now and play around on this bad boy! The tool is so easy and funky to use its great! Try it out...... Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator Beta 1 Now Available! Are your existing servers and desktops capable of running...
  • 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: 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: Free Virtualization E-Learning Collection Available

    This free e-learning collection of four clinics offers a comprehensive introduction to Hyper-V and Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft Application Virtualization. Click here to learn more Summary Collection 6333: Exploring Microsoft Virtualization...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta 2 Terminal Services Gateway and Remote Programs Virtual Lab

    Part of our Virtual story includes the presentation aspect. Terminal services delivers this capability has has been extensively enhanced in Windows Server 2008. Terminal Services Gateway is one of these new enhancements. I have just completed this online lab and found it most useful in getting to grips...
  • 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: 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: Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Beta Available Now

    This to me was a pretty big announcement on Friday that the Microsoft Terminal Server Team Released .......... The mac RDC Client is back! This is great for the new upcoming Windows Server 2008 TS Gateway .... as our mac customers can look to start to leverage this solution! ------------------------...
  • 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: A Technical Overview of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 200)

    Looking to get a fast start on Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008? then join this TechNet Web Cast. Friday, August 17, at 9:30 AM Pacific Time For organizations that have remote users, Windows Server 2008 adds improvements and innovations to Terminal Services that facilitate better integration...
  • 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: 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: Virtualization Videos Online

    Found these great online video's and worth a look Virtualization in Windows Server Mike Neil, General Manager http://www.microsoft.com/emea/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=515 The session features a discussion of the virtualization technology roadmap and an outline of Microsoft's vision for how these...
  • Blog Post: SoftGrid Community Page on TechCenter

    Sean D pinged a mail out to us all with a great new addition to the TechCenter. There are now community based forums which should assist you gain knowledge on the product. ------------ I am very excited to announce the creation of 3 new SoftGrid Forums on the recently released SoftGrid TechCenter on...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Virtualization Web Site is up

    The Microsoft Virtualization story home has a home and can accessed here: The home of Microsoft Virtualization Check out the Tour of SoftGrid for all new to this technology.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2007 Sequencing Guide Released!!!

    Extra Extra Hot of the Press..... Wanted to ping this out so that you can all get onto this and start playing! This is the guide to Microsoft Office 2007 being sequenced (use the 4.1 SP1 or 4.2 sequencer) with SoftGrid and released to the SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 Clients .... Enjoy..... Prescriptive...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services

    I have been struggling to get to sleep tonight so i thought i would put my little ASUS eee book on and type up a quick post. Its really a FYI as so many customers have not seen this. I know that on the App-V Blog we said that the TS Client would be available from the 1st of November however it is up...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Services Application Analyzer Beta

    For those that review connect often you may have already spotted this. But for others that check it out once in a blue moon “I have a recommendation for you”. There is a tool called the “Terminal Services Application Analyzer” which is a Beta tool on connect. This tool came up in a recent conversation...
  • 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: Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services on Microsoft Download

    Are you a TS/RDS admin? Don't have access to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site? Need to download App-V for your deployment? Well if you have answered yes to these questions, i may have the answer for you. App-V for Terminal Servers/RDS is available on Microsoft Download . You need to register and give...
  • Blog Post: Video: Meet the Terminal Services Team

    The Terminal Server team have added plenty of new functionality. The TS boys and Girls added a nice post showing this functionality. Recently, technet.com completed four episodes on Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008. The episodes interview members of the team and walk through demos of several...
  • Blog Post: Its all about the logs!?

    So we are sometimes confronted with asking the basic questions...... what the heck is going on!!? One of the best places to start are the log files that are created. If we look at the basic Softgrid Components there are some core areas that we can look at and set options to log and debug the platforms...