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YearnToLearn | 15 Aug 2012 | 3 comments

Thanks for the webcast guys. As a personal user (trying desperately to get SWV introduced into the work environment) it is interesting to see how the product has matured from v6.1 and v7.5. "Off box" repositories is a nice step forward from a support and flexibility perspective. That is something I can use straight away at home. Combined with the licence management features and the internal sales pitch is almost pre-written. I'm looking forward to the final release and suggesting SWV, again, as a solution for the company I'm with.

Some session feedback - Q&A sessions were great and I agree with EverythingVirt about introducting ourselves before asking questions simply to add some context. Nice to have the opportunity of real-time interaction with knowledgeable people answering. A piece of constructive criticism moving forward for Symantec: while I appreciate there are commercial aspects in having a webcast sponsored by a Symantec partner it would have...

EverythingVirt | 15 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

I don't know how I missed the previous events, They are an outstanding way to interact with others that are implementing the same technology or for those of you that haven't made the leap, YET, to get your feet wet.

ErikW had a great presentation on the amazing things his company DinamiQs is doing. I've read hundreds of his posts here but never realized the amazing things they are doing. Congratualations!

Eric Hughes gave the lowdown on all the new 7.5 features. That concise slide with an overview will be a great help.

Andy thanks for hosting these and thanks for the call to give me a heads up! Sorry I couldn't get the OK to give a presentation. I couldn't hold a candle to Erik's 1,000,000 desktops anyway!

Whoever asked about Desktop Support removing virtual apps, feel free to contact me for the details arond the Windows Installer keys that need to be modified to prevent this.

One piece of feedback, maybe we should introduce ourselves when asking/...

AndyN | 27 Jul 2012 | 4 comments

I attended my first BriForum this week and it was quite interesting. If you are not familiar with this conference, it is a vendor neutral event focused on application virtualization, desktop virtualization, VDI, etc. It was held in Chicago at the McCormick convention center and I'm guessing had around 500 attendees and at least 30 vendors showcasing their wares. 

There were 3 days of sessions presented by experts from various companies. Most of the sessions were focused on best practices rather than a specific vendor. There were also sponsored sessions where vendors could pitch their products. Overall, I think it was a very good event.

The most popular topics were VDI (good, bad, and the ugly) and BYOD. The opinions expressed in these areas vary greatly and I enjoyed hearing different perspectives. Some say that VDI is just a dream with big promises that do not justify the cost. Others claim that VDI has huge benefits and is the future.

One of the more...

AndyN | 16 Jul 2012 | 2 comments

Looking for an easy way to earn 500 Connect points? Then read on!

We are looking for customers using Symantec Workspace Virtualization and/or Workspace Streaming who are willing to give a short presentation (20 minutes) on our monthly Webcast series beginning in August.

If you are interested or would like more details, post a comment below or send me a private message.

AndyN | 22 Jun 2012 | 2 comments
If your organization recently bought Symantec Workspace Streaming or Workspace Virtualization, I would like to talk with you about some of the reasons why you chose Symantec, who else your organization considered, etc.
As a small thank you for your time (30 minute phone call), you will receive 500 Connect points.
If you are interested, please post a comment below or send me a private message.
Andy Nicholson
Product Marketing Manager - SWS, SWV, AMS
Endpoint Management & Mobility 
Pablo Yabo | 09 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

For everyone that creates Virtual layers and know the pain that implies the fine tunning to support the complete feature set of the virtual versions of the applications, there is a new product which was designed to help you in this painful task.

SpyStudio is an Application tracer which shows and interprets calls, displaying the results in a structured way which is easy for any IT professional to understand. SpyStudio can understand the resources that an application uses, track down errors, detect malware and create application layers for virtualization.

SpyStudio has a trace comparison tool which is useful for identifying problems in virtualized environments. You can obtain two samples: the native version of the application and the virtual version which has the problems. Using the 'Compare traces' feature, you can see what is missing in the virtual environment. SpyStudio is the user-mode complement of Process Monitor.


SebastiaanvdM | 16 May 2012 | 0 comments

This article uses popular statements done by the people selling Cloud Computing to explain what cloud computing is and most of all is not. This includes, but is not limited to, VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

Although Cloud computing is far from the Holy Grail it is said to be, I do believe it is the way to go. A big reality check however is in order. That is why I use the most popular advertisement slogans to give my opinion on the matter.

Even though I do not believe this is the only truth, it is a way to view Cloud Computing in any and all forms. You of course are allowed to make up your own mind. Please do, even. But do consider the given statements and the truth behind these statements.

Are these really the reasons you want/need Cloud? Then I would highly advise you to think again.

Then again: maybe the reasons are valid. Cloud Computing does offer interesting possibilities. The article in no-way truly debunks Cloud Computing as a solution, it...

SebastiaanvdM | 11 Apr 2012 | 1 comment

I was asked by my company to create a 2-day training for SWV for an end user company. The training needed to enable the end user company to make simple packages, clean them and deploy them.

That got me thinking... what do you actually do when creating a package. Explaining to the IT people of the company to simply "install, but first turn on recording" would be a little to easy and lazy. Is that really what we do when packaging?

Then again... Isn't it really what we do?

So this is how I build up the training:

  1. Day 1 morning: Theory about packages: What do they contain. Why Read Only and Read Write, registry and files (a nice four segmented diagram helps here). What does an installation actually attempt to do and what does Symantec SWV do with it? Version control on packages.
  2. Day 1 afternoon: Practical use: Make some packages. Let them test amongst each other. Simple but neat packages, like FireFox, Notepad ++, nothing...
riva11 | 04 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Sometime happens that you need to check if a certain Microsoft .NET version is installed on a computer, the typical example is a program that requires a particular .Net version to run correctly. The manual way is through Add or Remove Programs from Control Panel. But this list could be wrong because the entries shown in the control panel  can be easily removed from registry.

If you need to be sure that all versions are detected correctly, there is a nice freeware tool called .NET Version Detector. This portable tool helps you to collect and report all information about the different versions installed on a machine. Also detailed information is given on where the .NET Frameworks are installed with links to the directories. This information can easily be copied by a user, to paste in a mail.

If a certain version isn't on the machine, you can simply follow the link that .NET Version Detector suggests, so it is easy for the novice user to find the runtimes....

riva11 | 12 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

IrfanView is a image viewer for Microsoft Windows that can view, edit, and convert image files. It allows to open a wide variety of image formats and displays thumbnail file previews, allowing picture organization and management.

Some IrfanView features:

    Many supported file formats
    Multi language support
    Thumbnail/preview option
    Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
    Toolbar skins option
    Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
    Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
    Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
    Fast directory view (moving through directory)
    Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
    Multipage TIF...