How to use pre-4.6 MSI packages with the App-V 4.6 client

The App-V 4.6 client has been tested extensively with pre-4.6 sequenced packages. If you have 4.5 RTM packages which use MSI for deployment, then they will have to be updated (4.5 CU1 and SP1 MSIs are not affected by this). There are three ways to update your 4.5 RTM packages:  Use the MSI transform that…

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Notes on installing and configuring the 4.1.2.21, 4.2.1.21 and higher SoftGrid Clients for Standalone mode

A new feature released with the 4.1.2.21 & 4.2.1.21 versions of the SoftGrid Client is the ability to run SoftGrid Packages without a Virtual Application Server (VAS).  While we do have some documentation on installing and configuring the client to run in standalone mode I thought I would post a couple additional notes as well. …

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Assigning application packages on a per machine basis

One of the major advantages SoftGrid has over some other virtualization technologies is the ability to deploy applications based on user or group membership.  Sure, if you’ve ever had to deploy applications the old fashioned way then you already know how important this is, but what if you have a scenario in which you’d like…

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New Knowledge Base article available

We published a new KB article last week titled The best practices and the troubleshooting information for the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization.  The link is below so if you’re looking for the latest recommendations on the MSI utility then look no further: ====== http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=949050 The best practices and the troubleshooting information for the…

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The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization and HFRU1 Are Now Available

We are pleased to announce availability of the  MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization and the SoftGrid HFRU1 release supporting it. MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=37A9E590-4F55-44AC-93E1-36EB63A09240&displaylang=en The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization is a new tool designed to extend virtual application deployment in certain key scenarios. In cases where a computer running…

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Windows Installer Pop-up When Running Virtualized FrontPage 2003

I recently worked on an interesting issue sequencing Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 and thought you might like hearing what was finally done to resolve it.  Chances are that if you try to sequence FrontPage 2003 you’ll run into it, but if you see a similar issue with another application you might want to give the…

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Additional Info on the New MSI Utility

There are a couple questions we seem to get a lot regarding the new MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization so I thought I’d go ahead and send out this mini-FAQ and try to clear up some of the confusion. 1. Will the new SoftGrid ‘MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization’ support the Terminal Server…

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Microsoft Unveils Plans for the MSI Utility for Microsoft Virtualization at VMworld

Microsoft unveiled the plans for its new application virtualization interoperability with SMS/SCCM, third party ESD systems and standalone clients at VMworld. The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization is a solution accelerator which enables the distribution of virtual applications without streaming.  Instead, it is using Windows Installer (previously known as Microsoft Installer) — a standard…

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