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riva11 | 18 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

I found the Microsoft document "Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z" by Jeremy Chapman, a senior product manager at Microsoft. In this guide is described how to perform an enterprise-scale desktop deployment project, starting with Windows XP and moving to Windows 7.

The contents include Migrating User Files and Settings from Windows XP to Windows 7, Application Management and Preparing for a Windows 7 Deployment, Application Compatibility, Application Packaging, Choosing an Image Strategy and Building Windows 7 System Images, Quick History Lesson for System Imaging, Building Your Image,
Getting to Thin Images, Automating the Migration from Windows XP to Windows...

erikw | 24 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

New agent software combined with Symantec Workspace Virtualization reduces VDI memory and disk footprints, addresses I/O bottlenecks, and centralizes management.

Scalability, cost, and management are all three major roadblocks to mainstream adoption of VDI in the enterprise.  Everyone is sold on the idea, sold on the paradigm shift, and sold on the concept, but when it comes to medium to large scale production deployments (+/-1000 clients)…. You can count the global functional installations on two hands.

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Scot Curry | 23 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

I have been spending a fair amount of time with Symantec Workspace Profiles the past couple of weeks.  The tool uses Microsoft roaming profiles as its foundation.  As you probably know roaming profiles can be configured using GPO's or it can be configured manually.  I didn't really understand how the manual configuration was implemented so I went to dev to find out.  Here is what I learned.

When a user logs in the GINA will tell the machine that the user is using roaming profiles for example \\SEVDC\Profiles\Scot.  The Symantec Workspace Profiles tool then look through the UNC paths that have been added to the SWP tool.  If the first part of the path \\SEVDC\Profiles is in the list.  If it is Symantec Workspace Profiles will optimize the session.  If not, the session will use traditional Windows roaming profiles.

I was always confused why SWP didn't take something like %USERNAME% in the path and now I...

erikw | 11 Dec 2009 | 2 comments

Last week an informative article has been published in CXO magazine.
Clik on the link, go to page 80 and read what products we use for VirtualStorm.

erikw | 07 Dec 2009 | 13 comments

Over the years I always wondered what all these files in C:\Windows\System32 are doing in my Windows XP. I collected most of them and I added the function to them to keep track of what is going on in Windows. Below you find a part of this list.

This list is the work of many people who give this information. I collected them and finally compled them into one list. In the near future I will also add a list with all CPL and other very interesting files. If you have addition, please let me know and I will update the list.

acctres.dll (Microsoft Internet Account Manager Resources) - Needed to open Outlook Express. If you do not want users to be able to use Outlook Express, it is an easy way to delete this file.

aclui.dll (Security Descriptor Editor) - Needed to enable Registry Editor.

ACTIVEDS.DLL (ADs Router Layer DLL) - Needed to open the Event viewer and Services Viewer

actxprxy.dll (ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library...

erikw | 05 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

Like everybody I often have to search to what program an extension belongs.
I found a very helpfull website that supports you in solving the questions.

File extension is a set of characters after the dot in the name of a file. A file named "FileName.doc", for example, has "doc" as its file extension. is a database of file extensions and various programs that utilize them. All the information is gathered from the users' PCs through Software Informer Client.

Just enter the desired extension in the "Search extension" box and push the "Find" button - and you will come up with a list of programs this extension can be associated with. The top program in the list will be the one that is used with this extension by the greater number of the Software Informer users. You may choose any...

Brad | 26 Oct 2009 | 1 comment

What is Symantec Workspace Profiles (SWP)? Why did Symantec release SWP? What are the advantages of SWP? How does SWP work? What is the architecture of SWP?

These and many other great questions are answered in the attached PDF.

Jordan | 08 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Back in April I posted about how with SWV 6.1 would no longer ignore LSASS by default, meaning you could capture MSSQL and similar applications into a layer.  With the release of SWV 6.1 a lot of people started complaining about long delay when logging into a domain. This was caused by SWV no longer ignoring LSASS.

With SWV 6.1 SP1 we've decided to ignore LSASS again so that people wouldn't see the login issue. So if, for some reason, you need to capture something that only worked with SWV 6.1 make sure to keep the installer because it might not capture in SWV 6.1 SP1.

We do have plans to eventually re-support the LSASS scenarios, but I'm not aware of any time frame for doing so.

erikw | 26 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

For everybody who is very interested in the VDi space, please take a look at the newest VDI specialised website.
Sign up and see why we and others are looking at VDI.

riva11 | 06 Aug 2009 | 1 comment

Snowbird is a portable software program that can be considered an easy and light alternative to Google Desktop or Microsoft Search. This small tool , only 267 Kb , provides a basic search interface that allows users to select a folder and search files and folders. In the Search field is possible to use wildcards to replace one character (?) or multiple characters (*). Also Snowbird allows to manage files and folders with the classic Windows basic commands.

Main features: 

  • Find what you are looking for , Locate files quickly and easily using the integrated search tool.
  • Copy files quickly  , Efficiently copy large amounts of data. Skip errors while copying and even pause transfers temporarily.
  • Browse faster , Access extremely large folders and network resources at lightning speed. Navigate faster using bookmarks, mouse gestures and Vista-style breadcrumb navigation.