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  • Blog Post: Beta 4.5: Application Virtualization Error 25120

    I pinged BoruRR internally about this a while back when discussions came up on the Application Virtualization Forum. One of the things that you should watch out for when installing Application Virtualization 4.5 on Windows Server 2008 is the IIS settings. We require with the current November 2007 Beta...
  • 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: 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: New SoftGrid Virtual Labs!

    There are a couple of new virtual labs up for you guys to try and play with!!! Please go wild on these labs.... There are here for you to play with and mess with to learn! I strongly advise you to start on these. The Old Labs which I bloged about are no longer there... ahhhhhhh However these are more...
  • 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: So what do all these errors actually mean!?

    On Thursday we spoke about how to get the error codes from a SoftGrid client , and I wanted to carry on this topic as it helps to us to understand that these error messages are not just random occurrences that Softricity SoftGrid and now Microsoft SoftGrid provide to annoy us :) Far from it..... 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: 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: Error 1606. Could not access network location SoftGrid Management Service

    I have been upgrading a lot of my test labs up to 4.5 RTM over the last few weeks, and I have had some good experiences and some interesting experiences :o) Anyway after upgrading all my clients from 4.1 to 4.5 I wanted to quickly get on and upgrade my management server. Now this normally should be a...
  • Blog Post: Thrive – in your skills, your organisation

    A great new resource for IT Pro, built using Siliverlight :) focused around different Technology interest area’s.  The section on virtualisation is a good reference point, contain the links to TCO calculator and the Green calculator.  Check it out.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Exploring SoftGrid with NetMon Part 1: DC Refresh

    This is a great part two of this series that the softgrid team are doing. This is a nice example of what is actually traveling over the wire and the process behind the DC Refresh. Enjoy ------------------------------------------ So you have your SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS) installed, your...
  • Blog Post: What are the current version of SoftGrid?

    After an enjoyable weekend watching the Rugby World Cup (Which is a great love of mine!). I thought I would get back to normality with a post on Client Versions. After the buzz of activities with client upgrades I thought it would be a good time to re-base what the current versions were! Both 4.1...