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Admin | 12 Dec 2005 | 0 comments

"According to analyst firm Gartner, virtualization has the greatest potential to fix the woes of technology managers faced with managing a typical heterogeneous IT environment which includes multiple operating systems (OS), hardware and software applications."

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BBishop | 12 Dec 2005 | 0 comments

Tech guy Brent Bishop explains why it's import to remember the all-important reboot step after you install SVS.

The Issue

If you've just installed the Software Virtualization Admin (SVS Admin) tool and it allows the import of VSA (Virtual Software Application) files but will not activate them, read on. Oh, yeah, to keep you scratching your head, no message boxes or error messages accompany the odd behavior.

The Details

You've just installed and can run the SVS Admin tool. All seems well until you activate an application layer.

The Cause and Resolution

Here's the Juice: SVS must be rebooted before the file system filter driver (which is at the core of SVS functionality) will operate. A logoff/logon will recache the local security credentials so that the SVS Admin tool can be run but this does not make the SVS filter driver fully operational. A reboot after install of SVS is necessary to get everything running as designed.

Admin | 09 Dec 2005 | 0 comments

Q:
Sara asked, "Do I need to create different Virtual Software Packages for each operating system that the package will be deployed to?"

A:
Hi Sara. Usually, the answer is no. SVS uses variables that take into account the different configurations of an application on different operating systems. These variables are automatically created and are used for file system paths, registry values and shortcuts.

For an example, go to SVS Admin, deactivate a layer, right click and select "Edit Advanced layer properties…" The display on the Files tab is shown by variable name. If you click on the "Variables" tab, you'll see the current values of all the variables, on the local machine where you are running SVS Admin. This can help you see what the variables "really" point to!

Some applications do require different files to run correctly on different versions of Windows. Currently, in that case, you would...

Admin | 05 Dec 2005 | 0 comments

The World Economic Forum selected Altiris as a Technology Pioneer for 2006. The WEF defines a Technology Pioneer as a company that delivers a highly transformational and innovative technology that has potential long-term impact on business and society.

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Kevin | 22 Nov 2005 | 1 comment

If you're using SVS to run multiple versions of Adobe Acrobat at the same, this tip from Juice editor Kevin Millecam will help you pull it off.

There's a post in the SVS support forum where a user is having trouble launching two versions of Adobe Acrobat (5 and 6) at the same time. He's created a shortcut for each version of the program but after one was launched that version took control and it became impossible to launch the other.

When we squeezed the SVS development team for details, we found that this behavior is by design. After all, it would get particularly annoying if each time you opened a new PDF document, another instance of the application launched. There are cases (especially when using SVS) that one might want to override this default behavior. You might, for example, want to explore a beta version of a product at the same time you're running a production version of the same application.

Here's How

To change the default launch behavior,...

Admin | 14 Nov 2005 | 7 comments

Q:
Chris asked: Can we tie the activation of a layer to the logged-in user? As an example, a layer (say Project) exists on a PC, and if I log in, it gets activated, but if you log in it does not.

A:
Hi Chris. Today, what you've described can be done with login scripts. We have several beta customers who are doing just that. Eventually, we'll natively expose packages based on who is logged in (including on multi-user machines such as Citrix).

Admin | 14 Nov 2005 | 0 comments

Q:
Craig asked: Can you have App 8.0 and App 10.0 running at the same time, even if both apps use the exact same EXEs?

A:
Well, Craig, in most cases, yes – as long as both versions of the app are located at different paths (otherwise you would not be able to make two different shortcuts -- one for each version).

We have found at least one case -- the Adobe Acrobat family -- where if a version is already running, it will just open another window of that version rather than allowing you to start up a different version. We don't know why -- probably to prevent people from causing problems. SVS didn't exist when they built in that feature. ;) Read about the workaround here.

Everything else in our test suite (including MS Office apps from '97-2003) allows simultaneous instances of different versions.

Admin | 14 Nov 2005 | 3 comments

Q:
Julie asked: Can you tell me a bit more about why/how the VSPs are not "identity aware"? I'm taking this to mean that the virtual packages, once deployed, are available for every user on the computer. Is this correct?

A:
You're right Julie. In the future, we will expose packages based on who is logged in, including on multi-user machines, and will also give each user their own writeable sublayer, so that a thousand people, for example, can each share one package yet each have their own configuration options.

Admin | 14 Nov 2005 | 4 comments

Q:
Julie queried: The documentation indicates that the Virtual Software has basically "no overhead". I'm thinking that there is probably a disk space factor, at least. Is this true and, if so, can you tell me an approximate size for each virtual layer? Are we talking MB or KB or GB? Also, how about memory considerations?

A:
Good question, Julie! Apps in layers consume the same amount of disk space as if conventionally installed, with perhaps a small additional amount for duplicate files which would be shared files in the conventional world. No additional RAM required. Even fully loaded, our filter driver consumes less than 1 MB of kernel memory.

Admin | 14 Nov 2005 | 3 comments

Q:
Craig asked: We are a SMS (Systems Management Server) shop, can you tell me the prerequisites to deploy virtual apps with SMS?

A:
Hi Craig. We haven't identified any prerequisites yet. But Altiris has assigned one of their top tech guys, Brent Bishop, to studying use of SVS with 3rd party management frameworks. SMS is Brent's priority and you should see a white paper within the next few months.