App-V 5: On Asset Intelligence

Asset Intelligence has been used for years to enhance the inventory capabilities of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) by extending hardware inventory and adding license management functionality. The Asset Intelligence features of SCCM (2012, 2012 SP1, and 2012 R2) can report application data such as digital PID, MSI product codes, and publisher names for…

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The Importance of Troubleshooting WMI Part 2

To continue my discussion regarding the importance of troubleshooting WMI, I want to move the focus to a devising a targeted approach when troubleshooting so you can optimize the time it takes for you to zero in on the issue. WMI issues generally fall into the following areas: Configuration Issues: These are issues relating to…

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Why is it important to Become Familiar with WMI Troubleshooting? Pt. 1

Often in Virtualization and Management Products like SCVMM, MED-V, Config Manager, UE-V, and App-V the symptom of an issue appears in the respective System Center or MDOP product but the root cause is often caused by an anomaly in an underlying operating system component. Often that component is WMI. For this reason, it is invaluable have…

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MED-V: To Cache Credentials or to not Cache Credentials (Ramifications of Disabling “DisablePasswordSaving” vs. Enabling it)

How’s that for a double negative? Disabling the disabling of password saving. In essence, allowing users to cache/save passwords for SSO (single-sign-on) when authenticating to MED-V workspaces. In MED-V, if the credentials do not match, or you do not check the box to have your credentialsremembered, you are presented with the standard RDP prompt for…


App-V 5: MSI Wrapper Caveats (Oh, and App-V WMI classes are different in 5.0)

For those enterprises using 3rd-party ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) products to deploy and manage software, use of the MSI-wrapper makes it easy to incorporate these types of applications into their environments. In App-V, when you “install” a virtual application using the MSI wrapper, all that is being done are custom actions that add and publish…


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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SCVMM 2008 R2: VMM Service Crash with UnauthorizedAccessException while Gathering Information on the Source Machine

Symptoms When click clicking “SCAN SYSTEM” in the SCVMM P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversion wizard, the following error occurs: “The connection to the Virtual Machine Manager server <SERVERNAME> was lost.”  The job results will show the following error:  “Error 1700” “The Virtual Machine Manager service on the <HOSTNAME> server stopped while this job was running….

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Use the MOFCOMP Utility to fix MED-V Error 7006

A WMI feature of MED-V v2 lets you configure your environment to detect certain network changes that might occur after MED-V workspaces are deployed and that can affect MED-V. The feature includes a component running in the guest operating system that is notified of network configuration changes on the host computer. It allows a non-Microsoft…

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MED-V 1.0: Unhandled Exception when running the VM Prerequisite Wizard

If you are still using MED-V v1, you may run into this issue when you are running the VM pre-requisites utility on the Windows XP image: “Unhandled exception has occured in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. if you click Quit, the application will close…

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How an Enterprise Administrator can Determine MED-V 2.0 FTS Completion and Provide Remediation quickly.

When deploying large amounts of MED-V 2.0 workspaces in the enterprise, Microsoft offers several flexible options for determining on a large scale if MED-V First-time-setup occurred properly. The goal of this is to be able to incorporate this into an existing software/operations management infrastructure. Event Viewer/Event Collections In Windows 7, under the Applications and Services…

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