On Optimizing Large Deployments of Windows Analytics

One of the more crucial pillars to ongoing success with managing initial Windows 10 deployments, as well as ongoing WaaS (Windows as a Service) servicing is the ability to leverage organization intelligence and key data to optimize ongoing updates and servicing and get in front of potential issues before they become widespread and disruptive. Specifically,…


On the Art of Predicting Compatibility Regression when Assessing Risk

  In my last blog post: (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/gladiatormsft/2018/02/20/determining-an-applications-impact-when-assessing-risk/) I discussed my first recommended vector for assessing an application’s risk: impact to business or organization. In this post, I will discuss the second recommended vector: probability of regression. Internally at Microsoft, we refer to these as technical blockers. Throughout the first 5 iterations of Windows 10, we’ve…


Determining an Application’s Impact when Assessing Risk

In my most recent blog (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/gladiatormsft/2018/02/14/leverage-a-risk-based-approach-to-application-compatibility-testing/) I discussed how successful shifts to managing application compatibility involve moving to a model that prioritizes testing according to risk factors. The model I usually recommend to customers is to apply a common two-dimensional graph based on two primary risk factors: Impact to business and the application’s likelihood of…


Leverage a Risk-Based Approach to Application Compatibility Testing

Once upon a time, application compatibility projects usually followed these basic tenets: 1.)     Find all the applications being used. 2.)     Rationalize as much as possible. 3.)     Thoroughly test as many as possible. 4.)     Repackage all the applications. Depending on the size of the portfolio and the number end-users, these projects lasted from 9 to 12…


How Detailed is Your Enterprise Application Catalog?

Over the past several years, I have been involved in many application projects. Whether the project was centered around packaging, virtualization, or compatibility testing for operating system migrations (as my specialty is now) a variable for success was and remains – the enterprise application catalog. You’ll read synonyms for this as well (including package store,…


Application Virtualization and Compatibility at Microsoft Ignite 2016!

Greetings all! If you are headed to Atlanta for #MSIgnite this year, I wanted to give you a heads up of some key sessions that will interest those of you looking specifically for application compatibility, App-V, and UE-V-related content. If you do not have a chance to see any of these in person, you can…


Less Than 1 Week Until the End of Support for Legacy versions of Internet Explorer (except Windows Vista and Server 2008)

Here we are! It is almost time. Over 16 months ago, Microsoft announced that support for legacy versions of Internet Explorer would be ending on January 12th, 2016 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx.) The hour is almost upon us. In addition to the announcement, technologies including Enterprise Mode, Compatibility View, and persistent emulation modes were added\enhanced to assist customers…


Here’s a Short Blog with a very Important Message (T-MINUS LESS THAN 6 MONTHS)

Early last year I wrote a blog specifying how MED-V does NOT affect the Windows XP EOL Support issue: http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2012/07/30/how-med-v-affects-windows-xp-end-of-life-support-policy-it-doesn-t.aspx  Little did I know how widely pulicized this would be (re: quoted in The Register and others – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/01/windows_xp_medv_no_go/) Today’s a good reminder for all that we are now within six months. If you are…


App-V: On Application Compatibility and Shims with Regards to Applications Virtualized with App-V 4.x and 5.x

While the origins of Softgrid may have revolved around addressing some application compatibility issues, the primary tenets of using Softgrid then (and App-V now) still are to provide on-demand application delivery, “installation-footprint-free” assets, as well as application-to-application isolation. This does not include being a solution for application compatibility. The old notion of “If you can’t…


Windows ADK is now Available!

The Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is now Available for Download. This complete set of Windows 8 performance, migration, and deployment tools is live at the Download Center. You can download use the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652 This is a huge bundle of may well-known tools so basically: The Next Version of the Application…