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Workspace Virtualization and Streaming Webcast - March 19, 2014 - Recording

Created: 25 Mar 2014 • Updated: 25 Mar 2014
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Hello All,

Many thanks for attending last weeks webcast on Symantec Workspace Virtualization and Streaming with a review/recap on 7.5 and a Preview into what is coming in the upcoming release of 7.5 SP1.  I was very excited to see well over 100+ attendees on the live webcast and had many personal messeges on how exciting the upcoming features will benefit your organizations. 

I have now made the recording available via the link below.  Due to the huge amount of questions that I received during the webcasts I decided to create an Q&A section so that it can be more interactive and our community can add and provide further comments and feedback to the Q&A's. 

Link to the Webcast Recording:

Workspace Virtualization and Streaming Webcast - March 19, 2014 - Recording

As always if you find any of the questions below required additional information please let us know, if you have any additional questions please do raise them here and please if you see any feature suggestions below that you would like to see in the product please make sure to note them, the more people that vote and raise your voice or in this case your text this will increase the priority and likeness of the feature suggestion making it into the product.

Questions and Answers during the Webcast:

Q: ­For network mode streaming, how do we control user accesses..meaning what applications a particular user can see­

Answer: By Using ACL on the Package Repository on File or Folder, this could be done by using Active Directory Users and Groups on the ACL of the Package Repository.

­Q: When will Cloud Enabled Management “like” internet based access be available?­

Answer: Today network mode streaming will work with Cloud Enabled Management remote packages servers that our on the same network as the streaming agent.  Though if the package servers are internal to the company network and the resource is accessing the Cloud Enablement Management gateway from the internet then the package servers will not be resolvable.  This is something that is currently being researched and a consideration for a future product release.

Q: ­Will integration into ITMS link to Asset Management to tie licenses management properly?­

Answer: No this is currently not planned.  It can be done through custom inventory and manual license management though it is not an automated task like other managed software components.

­Q:  Can you share your presentation?­

Answer:  yes I will make the presentation available.

Q: ­When will we see “Stream from a trusted Peer”?­

Answer: This is currently not planned nor tested at this stage.  The requirements for streaming is that #1 the package repository is resolvable and #2 the User has approporate access permissions to both the package repository and the virtual application.

Q: ­Can the “RW Layer as VHD” be run on removable media that is encrypted with PGP/Symantec Encryption Desktop?­

Answer: This is under testing. We will let you know.

Q: ­Do you see integration with VIP for security control to launch each app as a roadmap item to allow for application control like we have in App Center for multi user kiosk type devices with or without FSLogix?

Answer:  This is currently not in the upcoming release but it is a feature that is under future consideration

Q: ­Do you plan to add app wrapping “like” security to define how app content can be used between applications and the OS? (Only allow printing to a defined printer, disable screen print when app is open and displaying a visible window…) ­

Answer: I cannot comment on this item

Q: ­Will an LDF file beome available for IE 10?­

Answer:  This is currently being planned for a future release, though Layer Definition Files can be release and made available outside of the product releases as they are made available via Symantec Connect.

Q: ­Can the streaming client resolve a token such as %TASKSERVER% in order to leverage the existing CMS Task Server architecture?­

Answer:  This has not been tested at this time though it is something that we can verify soon.

Q: ­is this possible to import all the packages from previous version to 7.5 at a time ?­

Answer: You can use packages created in older version in 7.5. You can use SVS cmd line to do bulk import.

Q: ­Does it support the installation of same application with diffrent version but sharing same install path?­

Answer: The highest version will always takes precedence from the same install path.

Q: ­Is there computer based security or is it only user/group  based­

Answer: At present, we only support user/group. Though machine based security is planned for a future release.

Q: ­Will SP1 have a new composer release as well?­

Answer:  Yes 7.5 SP1 will include updates for Symantec Virtual Composer, Symantec Workspace Virtualization and Symantec Workspace Streaming.

Q: ­some applications are getting update very frequently. is there anyway to update the package in STE which wil reflect to all the users ?­

Answer: You can enable Prepopulation for the packages so that it will be automatically pushed to the users when you upload a new version.

Q: ­Are you able to stream Windows applications to Linux or IOS devices?­

Answer: No this is currently not available today though for iOS devices this is being research but not likely planned for Linux.

Q: ­can we export all packagesa from 6.1 sp8 to 7.5  with all the user and group provisions­

Answer: Your packages,provisions will be retained automatically after the upgrade.

Q: ­what is the best way to remove outdated version of any application from user's system ?­

Answer: You can idle to time to live to ‘0’ so that package will be removed after the prepop interval.

Q: ­can we unistall the package automatically  by selecting package expiry ­

Answer: Yes

Q: Windows 8.1 is supported?

Answer:  Yes Windows 8.1 is supported in upcoming 7.5 SP1

Q:  It is possible to use like a stand alone this tool? or integrate the agent with Active directory? it is possible to use at BYOD?

 Answer: Yes you can user network app feature

Q: If using Network mode streaming, do you lose all the monitoring and license reporting of the front end servers?

Answer: Yes when switching to network mode streaming you do loose both the reporting and license reporting of the Front End Servers.

Q: Can the agent be pointed to a front end and network mode as a backup?

Answer: At present, it is not possible.               

Q: You may have said this already, but can you have Software Streaming internet facing as a 'cloud' solution?

Answer: Today network mode streaming will work with Cloud Enabled Management remote packages servers that our on the same network as the streaming agent.  Though if the package servers are internal to the company network and the resource is accessing the Cloud Enablement Management gateway from the internet then the package servers will not be resolvable.  This is something that is currently being researched and a consideration for a future product release.

Q: Is there a list of API that you publish for Streaming and SVS?

Answer: Yes, this can be found on Symantec Connect.

Q: Can you wrap the layers in DLP policies?

Answer: This has not been tested at this time.

Q: did you take care of the driver issues BSOD and Admin share issues in this release?

Answer: In each release we are always looking to improve our product quality, where any BSOD has been determined we will attemt to resolve all known potential BSOD areas in each release.  In recent versions this has become very rare.