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  • 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 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: 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: Hyper-V R2 sizing tool now available from HP

    Good Old Patrick Lownds pinged me today to let me know that HP have released there Hyper-V R2 sizing tool. The HP Sizer for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 is an automated, downloadable tool that provides quick and helpful sizing guidance for “best-fit” HP server and storage configurations running in a Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Inside a SoftGrid SFT File using Sft-Explorer

    I have been using this tool recently and just wanted to bring it back to the communities’ attention. Open the SFT file directly without the need to use the sequencer. I have found it invaluable when troubleshooting applications and understanding the values be used within the virtual registry. Available...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Application Virtualization Explorer – Released

    I have been meaning to blog about this for ages. Kalle released me a version of AVE in alpha and again in Beta, and i just never got around to finishing my blog post on it……  :o( The tool however is fab! I as well as a number of my community buddies have been loving this tool and how its been working...
  • Blog Post: Updated SoftGrid tools by Login Consultants now available!

    Patrick are top TSP over in EMEA pinged me a minute ago to say that Login Consultants have updated some of there tools! Login Consultants releases updated versions of the SoftGrid OSD Editor and SoftGrid Migration Tool to support the upcoming version of Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (formely...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Quick Migration & VMware Live Migration Part 1

    Jeff through up this great post on Hyper-V quick migration. I think this is a really interesting post as it generally gets me quite frustrated when pep's dont compare apples for apples! and the whole Quick Migration, Live Migration (Vmotion) bit is something that is never compared in the way it should...
  • Blog Post: Recipes and Step-By-Steps

    Recipes or Step-By-Steps for sequencing are one of the most important things that you can do when sequencing applications. This will help you so much in the long run. We go to many customer sites where they just forget or don’t know what's gone into the sequence to get it working OR how they even get...
  • Blog Post: SFT Explorer 1.4 – Now Available

    As always my boy Kalle got busy and updated the SFT Explorer tool. Get the update now! SFT Explorer, version 1.4 - As MSI package SFT Explorer, version 1.4 - As SoftGrid package SFT Explorer, version 1.4 - As ZIP package SFT Explorer features: Loads quickly SFT files - even slightly broken ones View...
  • Blog Post: Upgrades to Lib-V and SFT Encoder

    I always enjoying hearing from our MVPs. They are some of our greatest assets for developing app-v and making your lives easier when moving to an app-v infrastructure. Kalle pinged me the other day (last monday to be exact!) to let me know that he had upgraded the versions of Lib-V (SFT encoding/decoding...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Virtualization: Sequencing Adobe CS3

    J.C put up a handy post on the step by step configuration process for Adobe CS3...... you should know this one as it has been spoken about a few times.... see; http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2007/09/23/error-53256-sequencing-adobe-cs3.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive...
  • 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: Using the SoftGrid Client Setup Kit

    Jan posted this over on the login consultants teams blog . We talked about this last week and after trying it I have to take my hat off to the team. They posted this the other day and I wanted to relay it to the masses. The Microsoft Softgrid Client, when deployed to a Terminal Server, is basically not...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Solutions Webcast Series

    Found some good upcoming webcast that will focus on a particular partner solution from both a technical and business standpoint. Cost Optimizing your Virtual Datacenter January 26 th , 2009 NetApp and Microsoft have partnered together to deliver the lowest cost and highest value in datacenter consolidation...
  • Blog Post: So how do we clean up them orphaned icons!?

    So we recently posted on orphaned icon files that could potentially be left behind in the users %appdata% . Well I was recently chatting to Kalle Saunamäki from www.virtualapp.net and one of the tools that he was working on was the SoftGridJanitor . The SoftGridJanitor can help organisations clean up...
  • Blog Post: SFT Explorer 1.3 (Updated)

    Ow ow ow now this is cool! My boy Kalle got busy and updated the SFT Explorer tool to now handle DSC (Dynamic Suite Composition) ....... this can be brilliant when you want to look or pre plan for how a package may look when a primary and secondary application are joined! Get the update now! SFT Explorer...
  • Blog Post: SoftBar……

    Aaron came over and told me about a new little freeware tool that can help assist you in app-v http://www.jagtechnical.com/softbar/   I have not yet had a chance to play with the tool but I thought it would be interesting to let people know. Again this is not a Microsoft Tool and therefore no support...
  • Blog Post: SFT Explorer

    Now I like cool toys and tools to play with and a lot seem to come from login consultants and Virtualapp which are great! However again, this tool comes from Virtualapp.net , the tool essentially allows you to look inside your SFT packages without the requirements of bringing the application into the...
  • Blog Post: SFTExplorer 1.1 (Updated!)

    SFTExplorer is one of the most popular third party tools that I see out there on the field. So it was great when Kalle pinged me a mail to let me know that it was updated to support the 4.5 (beta) as well as adding and fixing a few other aspects. This is a highly recommended tool. Just to recap what...
  • Blog Post: Example of using the SFT File Format

    The Other day I posted around the SFT File Format . Well I wanted to also expand on some great work that some people in the field have done. For example Kalle Saunamaki has done lots of work around SFT file format and using .NET language, and if you need a helping hand in getting to grips with the format...
  • Blog Post: Login Consultants ADDC and ADM add-on

    One of the things that has been great to see working is the community. I love what people develop and how they go around working on tools that can help develop a product. Login Consultants have been doing this since back in the old days of softricity and they continue to do so today. The tools always...