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    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: How Microsoft Does IT – Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V

    Again another great set of materials showing how we do Virtualisation and the potential value of this technology.  Microsoft IT virtually deploys more than 80% of new servers using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. To ensure optimal performance, Microsoft IT has developed configuration best practices...
  • 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: Get Virtual Now?!

    Now in case you have not heard there is a big event going on soon! The theme of the event is “Get Virtual Now” ( Monday’s (Sept. 8) virtualization event in Bellevue) – translation, with Microsoft software and partner solutions, customers can virtualize from the datacenter to the desktop, and manage those...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Server Virtualization Calculator demo

    If you don't by licence's or have no interest in them, then this article probably is not going to be one for you to read...... :( However for the rest of you that carried on reading, I wanted to put up another demo on a handy tool that can show you the cost advantages of using Microsoft Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: How Do I Develop V12N-Friendly Apps?

    There was a great video I came across on Channel 9. It was a session that John and Elsie did at PDC recently. One of the bits I really enjoined was at 31:20 in the video. Its a section in the presentation thats called “How Do I Develop V12N-Friendly Apps?” Why is this important? well its a great thing...
  • Blog Post: Using BitLocker under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

    I was giving a presentation the other day about SCVMM and our experiences. In the conversation a question was brought up "can you use Bitlocker in a Virtual Environment". Ben Armstrong wrote a nice little article on just how you do this. Up until recently, I thought it was impossible to use BitLocker...
  • Blog Post: VMRCPlus - Download

    Keith Combs has put up the link a great new tool that I have been playing with all day. Its a great way for controlling and managing your Virtual Server platforms. For those of you running Microsoft Virtual Server , we have a new treat in store for you. Matthijs ten Seldam , a Principal Consultant in...
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    While there’s a lot of attention right now on Windows Server Virtualization I think it’s very important that we don’t forget that we have solid production ready technology in Virtual Server that’s about to get even better with the new Virtual Server R2 SP1 Release. Here’s a reminder of the new features...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server and Beyond......!!!!!

    Hi World! If you are a premier Microsoft Customer, get down and see this great event that will be running! we have a little stint on the SoftGrid side and there are some other people doing some great stuff on Virtual Server and Windows Server Virtualisation! Should be a great day and well worth turning...
  • Blog Post: Rakesh Malhotra gets blogging with the best of us!

    Currently I am running from one side of Europe to the other so getting time to blog has been difficult! This week was Sweden and next week Edinburgh for a Premier day. But I wanted to take a quick moment when I spotted this news. So for those that don't know Rakesh Malhotra is a Group Program Manager...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Disk2vhd Released!

    Now this is a cool tool that gave me some massive loving recently. I was in a situation that i needed to repro a customer issue and wanted to take it away with me for further testing, obviously i could not take there PC ……. or could i :o) Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell have created a ubba tool called...
  • Blog Post: IT Management Community Hub is Live on TechNet

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    So a sign of a successful toolset is when third parties start to offer nice tools to utilise for the community, which I see this often with other tools on the market for Altiris SVS. Since Microsoft aquired Softgrid and plumited the price of the product and access to the product we now are getting...