App-V: Process Exit Codes and why they matter when troubleshooting virtual applications

In a previous blog post (http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2013/04/27/on-the-art-of-troubleshooting-app-v-applications.aspx) I discussed the “art” of troubleshooting virtual applications and mentioned the fact that there are a lot of custom recipe’s out on the Internet (many courtesy of our own MVP’s.) People ask me how they figure these out. My answer is usually along the lines of “they troubleshot/revered engineered/mangled…


On the Art of Troubleshooting App-V Applications

Lately I have been dealing with the big challenge of teaching something that I have become to know as more of an art than a science. That is, the troubleshooting of virtual applications not functioning correctly in App-V. I have seen many articles that walk through how someone was able to figure out why one…


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…


The Case of the Three Second Delay (a.k.a What is SFTDDE?)

A while back I encountered an issue that forced me to become introduced to the DDE Launcher used by App-V (SFTDDE.)  A customer was encountering an issue where, no matter how much they tuned their terminal servers, even with pre-cached virtual applications; Office applications appeared to always have a three second delay when they double-clicked…