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Scot Curry | 23 Feb 2011 | 1 comment

There are often times where I want to modify either the read-only or writeable portion of a Workspace Virtualization layer.  One of the things that makes this challenging is that the sublayer values are assigned when the layer is imported.  I have found that I have to keep recreating a script to find the layers magic number.  I have decided to finally write the blog post so I don't have to rewrite this script every time.

I hope this helps someone in the future.

Option Explicit

Dim layerName, strComputer, objWMIService, selectStatement, colItems, layerGuid
Dim thisLayer, registryPath, filePath, readOnlyMagicNumber, writeableMagicNumber
' Check to make sure there is a layer name on the command line.
If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
 WScript.Echo "You must specify a layer name on the command line"
End If

' Get the Layer Name from the commandline

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 18 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

Announcing Free Flow Friday! Each Friday we'll be presenting screencasts by our very own Gene Kupfer. In this ongoing series, Gene will be presenting topics of interest to the Symantec Endpoint Virtualization community.

This blog will provide a handy index for those screencasts. Thanks Gene and happy watching!

riva11 | 03 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

For organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation from Windows Update, Microsoft has released Windows 7 SP1 blocker tool which allows to block Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. This tool works without disabling Windows Automatic Updates and does't block the manual installation (direct download or from CD/DVD) in case you need to install the service pack.

It can be used with:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (valid for 12 months following general availability of the service pack)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (valid for 12 months following general availability of the service pack)

Supported Operating Systems:  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2


Link: Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

bduckering | 27 Jan 2011 | 1 comment

I often ask my IT audiences when I speak at events "What is our purpose?" In other words, why do IT people do what they do and get paid for it? The answer is simpler than most people try to make it. Our primary purpose is to support end-user productivity. If we fail at that, then nothing else we do would be of any value and we would be out of jobs. I will admit there is a secondary category that is protecting confidential data (another thing Symantec is really good at). But that would also be moot if there was nothing of value worth protecting.

So what do users need to be productive, and how do we make sure that they have it? I mentioned in the last blog that "the desktop (virtual or otherwise) is the work environment, not the work itself." Think of the desktop as an office you enter to do your work. You want a comfortable chair, good lighting etc., but if you...

erikw | 15 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

Feb 1st a new version of VME (Virtual Memory Extender) will be released.
The new version is available in 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 GB.
With VME you can run your desktops, servers and Virtual machines with up to 64 GB of virtual memory without adding fysical memory modules.
This is very helpfull if your desktop or server does not support more memory modules or your operating system does not support more then 3 GB of memory.

Experience the power of your desktop, laptop or server running up to 64 GB of memory besides the fysical memory added.

If your server has 32 GB of memory, the VME installed in your virtual servers allows you to use more memory then your fysical host contains allowing to run double the density of vm's per host.

VME contains a subset of routines to make your desktops faster running Symantec Virtualised Applications. The specific VSA controls make your virtualised applications run up to twice as fast as usual.

Want to know...

erikw | 09 Jan 2011 | 2 comments

In my quest to find a good solution to manage my WLAN, I found a virtual appliance that can be downloaded and run in a Vmware environment.


vWLAN® 802.11n is a fully distributed wireless LAN architecture that supports decisions at the edge of the network and manages them with a centralized software.

The vWLAN® solution offers companies in education, healthcare, hospitality, government and retail an excellent solution for wireless that is completely scalable to future technologies.

The vWLAN solution is the first wireless LAN system where the central controller is offered on a virtual machine. Customers deploying a virtualization infrastructure can now deploy their WLAN system without the hassle of additional controller hardware.

Features & Benefits

Accelerated Wireless Performance
Bluesocket's roaming and optimized packet routing creates a seamless user experience.

Zero Failover Time with Zero...

bduckering | 05 Jan 2011 | 1 comment

Maybe you are determined to buy some virtualization technologies, but are having trouble figuring out where to start - or where to end. The first question to ask is 'Why am I doing this?' What do I hope to accomplish by virtualizing? Am I sacrificing anything that is important to my business in the process? Then you can determine the best way to accomplish that, realizing that the solution may come from the world of virtualization, or not. I will again stress the importance of reviewing each type of virtualization independently of the others, as they solve very different problems and have unique cost models and value equations.

Let's start with a quick (grossly over-simplified but useful) summary of value for the three levels of virtualization previously discussed.

  • Server Virtualization: Reduce hardware cost and increase flexibility in the datacenter.
  • Desktop...
ohzone - CherylPeterson | 28 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

You've searched the Forums looking for discussions that might answer the issues that plague you. Here is a list of the most visited forum discussions over the past year, maybe there's one here that you've overlooked...

25 Most Viewed Forum Discussions for 2010

  1. High CPU usage
  2. vShield Endpoint - Agentless AV
  3. SWV and Microsoft Security Essentials
  4. New SWV version available (6.3.2046) and already a very big bug
  5. Photoshop CS5 VSA problem
  6. Cannot capture...
ohzone - CherylPeterson | 27 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

We aren't Neflix but we have some informative videos you may find helpful. Here is a list of the 25 24 (it's true, the report only returned 24!) videos that have received the most page views in 2010.

25 24 Most Viewed Videos for 2010

  1. Getting Started with Wise Virtual Composer
  2. Run Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 on the Same Machine at the Same Time
  3. Workspace Streaming 6.1 Evaluator's Video
  4. Browser Selection Object in Action
  5. Batch Convert VSA to XPF using the VSAtoXPF Tool
  6. ...
ohzone - CherylPeterson | 27 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

You may have been searching for some of these nifty little scripts and helpful little tools yourself. Here are the most view downloads for the past year. I hope you are finding these posts interesting!

25 Most Viewed Downloads for 2010

  1. Exe-To-Msi
  2. Symantec Workspace Virtualization Layer Definition Tool
  3. Mozilla Firefox 3.x Virtual Software Packages (US, NL, DE) (updated)
  4. Internet Explorer 6 for Windows 7 Layer Definition File - Japanese
  5. Internet Explorer 6 for...