For my Friends and Family: You have no excuse not to secure your Microsoft Accounts with Multi-Factor Authentication

I am always begging my close friends and family, many who are not all that technical, to follow basic tenants for securing their digital worlds. From changing their passwords on a regular basis (even having them schedule it to coincide with Daylight Savings Time/Standard Time conversions a la “smoke detector battery changes) to keeping their…


Farewell to Zune

As I write this, within a few hours, the Zune Service is expected to end per earlier announcements. What exactly will happen with the functionality of the Zune 4.8 software, will be only that limited functionality will remain. I am sad. I loved the Zune player – especially the ZuneHD. I still use the ZuneHD…


App-V 5.x Client Publishing Server Address

Hi all, I've had the pleasure of working with the Gladiator for the past 5 years and now I have the opportunity to provide some great information about App-V 5.x to the world. What we have been seeing out in the field is that there seems to be some confusion on how to view the App-V 5.x…

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Planning for Windows iSCSI SAN boot on Private Cloud Bare Metal Hosts

Data Center Modernization has definitely reached critical mass. The message that came from TechEd 2013 was “It’s time to make Hybrid Cloud Real.” That, of course, starts with the modernizing your data center to be able to implement private clouds. On top of that, more and more data centers are migrating their hypervisors to Hyper-V…

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On the Bloggers, Analysts, and the Shareholders.

Over the past 20 years, I have had many different roles in IT. I’ve been a helpdesk jockey, professor/instructor, sysadmin, developer, support engineer, escalation engineer, and now consultant. I’ve worked with a variety of industries as well. I’ve been both a customer and an employee of a Fortune 100 software company. As I have moved…

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App-V: On App-V Applications Hosted in Azure RemoteApp

With the release of Azure RemoteApp, Enterprise customers can now move their non-persistent RDS session-hosted applications from the on-premises data centers into a hosted cloud – with the Azure platform providing all of the necessary image provisioning and updating services. With Azure RemoteApp, you can use gallery templates or your own custom image. In addition…

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App-V 5: On Java Virtualization Strategies

Throughout the past 15 years, from its origins in Softricity, one of App-V’s primary use cases has been addressing complex version-dependent Java run-time ecosystems. The “Application-to-Application Isolation model” of App-V – particularly using JRE runtimes as a test case – proved much success for those applications and enterprise websites that were married to a specific…

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On App-V with Azure: Streaming Applications from the Cloud

In App-V in general, the Content Store (also referred to as the package source or streaming source) is the most critical in both traditional streaming (stream-to-disk) scenarios and Shared Content Store mode clients (stream-to-memory.) Traditionally, Microsoft recommends placing Content Stores as close as possible to end user devices when possible leveraging on-premise technologies such as…

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App-V 5: On the App-V 5 Virtual Registry

I have been meaning to follow-up my previous discussions of the App-V registry staging subsystem with an article on the virtual registry in App-V 5. I will admit I am a little late to the follow up, however, as they say “better late than never.” In previous article I discussed registry staging and its effect…

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Recommendations for Ignite 2015

Better Dynamic Application Delivery through UE-V & App-V: Aaron Ruckman and myself will be discussing recent and forthcoming innovations with App-V and UE-V as well as some general recommendations including some you may have never heard of before. http://meme.ms/d5cdr3p App-V 5.0 SP3: Advanced Connection Groups: Briton Zircher and the Virtual Vibe Guy Thamim Karim will…

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