App-V: On Virtual Registry Nomenclature

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed items related to App-V’s virtual registry, including the VREG subsystem itself and the new Registry Staging System introduced with App-V 5. I have also been explaining concepts and App-V nomenclature as well so I thought it was very timely to discuss concepts and terminology for our new App-V users…

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Important Note for App-V 4.6 Users Upgrading to Windows 8.1

If you have not already heard, today MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) 2013 R2 became generally available for download to our MDOP customers. More information can be found here: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/12/02/mdop-2013-r2-now-available.aspx and http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/12/02/announcing-mdop-2013-r2.aspx This latest incarnation of MDOP includes the release of: Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2 and the virtualization of Office 2013 Application Virtualization (App-V)…

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App-V: On Named Kernel Object Virtualization (a.k.a. the VObjects Subsystem)

Virtual Objects: You have also possibly heard this referred to as virtual eventing. You have seen references to this in the context of troubleshooting. You may have possibly used this as a workaround when troubleshooting in 4.x: Add an asterisk wildcard in the following registry path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\SystemGuard\ObjExclusions Before you ever do the above again, please…

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AppV: On Devirtualization

So, I am hanging out on the Technet Forums one Saturday night and I got inspired by a thread (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/9b136314-77be-4568-8bc6-6e2ed865f43e/this-document-could-not-be-opened-it-does-not-appear-to-be-a-crystal-report-document) to write this particular blog post. Yes, before I go any further, I will acknowledge the pathetic revelation of what I like to do on a Saturday night – because there is nothing more wild…

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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…


App-V 4.6: Troubleshooting A09 Errors (04-00000A09) with Office Deployment Kit Proxies

One touchy feature that has frustrated packagers has been the issues arising when the ODK (Office Deployment Kit) proxies are not configured properly. When this happens, search will not properly work, MAPI configuration will not work properly, and even headaches with “Mail” Control Panel. The erro displayed is very quick and very terse. The Application…

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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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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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