App-V 4.6 Service Pack 2 is available on Microsoft Update

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 2 is now available via Microsoft Update. This also means that you can leverage WSUS as well as the software updates feature of Configuration Manager to deliver this update to your RDS and desktop clients. This is the third service pack that App-V has delivered viaMicrosoft Update.  You can view all the Microsoft…

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The Case of the Mysterious Open SFT Handle

Here is another interesting one-off issue that was happening on a few machines in one of my customer’s environments. They were using App-V 4.6 with Configuration Manager 2012 managing the packages. The virtual applications were distributed fully cached to the clients (download and execute.) The problem was that the download to the cache would never…

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App-V 4.6: Why is SFTLP.EXE crashing and why can’t I troubleshoot it?

I have encountered an interesting issue where a series of applications that have been virtualized with App-V 4.6 will fail due to an operational error. Ironically it has nothing to do with any kind of limits within App-V or is even related to the virtualization model of App-V. It happens because a key component of…

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A special note for those downloading Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (KB2734608)

Official information about this update is available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2734608 This update to WSUS 3.0 SP2 is very significant in that it adds operating system patching support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 WSUS clients. In addition, it also fixes minor issues with KB2720211 (which is included in this update). For stand-alone WSUS environments this…

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Why is Internet Explorer Crashing on Shutdown? An interesting App-V-related Issue . . .

Recently, I came across something very interesting. I was working with a customer who was working with several internally developed applications that leveraged HTML files by creating links that would open them inside the user’s default browser. These applications can easily be virtualized with both App-V 5.0 and 4.6 (VAE, <LOCAL_INTERACTION_ALLOWED>) What was happening was…

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Windows 8: Shutdown, Logoff, and Restart

I’ve noticed that there has been a lot of adjustments and learning curves to Windows 8 – from both consumer and enterprise customers.Moving from a Start Menu to a Start Screen seems like a significant paradigm shift at first, but once you start working with Windows 8 on a standard laptop or PC, you will find…

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MED-V: How to Customize and Repackage a Workspace using PowerShell

 One of the benefits of MED-V 2 was the introduction of PowerShell to control, manage, and deploy the MED-V workspace. A good example of where PowerShell comes in handy is when you have a workspace that you have already configured and packaged – but now you need to make an adjustment to the configuration for…

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Important Information for those still using Softgrid 4.1 and 4.2

If you are currently using Softgrid 4.1 or4.2 clients and/or servers, you need to be aware of the following support milestones: Product Availability Mainstream Supports Ends SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.1 for Desktops 5/25/2007 7/10/2012 SoftGrid Application Virtualization 4.2 for Desktops 5/25/2007 7/10/2012 SoftGrid Application Virtualization for Terminal Services 4.1 5/25/2007 7/10/2012   As of last…

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Some issues with the MED-V V2 Toolkit and how to Remediate them

I wanted to address some issues that have been seen with the MED-V Toolkit. These are minor/cosmetic issues and can easily be remediated. MED-V Toolkit Freezing There is a known issue where the MED-V Administration toolkit freezes when attempting to change the logging level while MED-V first time setup is in progress. This is caused…

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