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Scott Jones | 30 Apr 2008 | 0 comments

The Holy Grail of potential SVS features for many of us is AutoCapture. The idea behind AutoCapture is that end users should be able to do what they (we) normally do -- like install every CD anyone hands them or download all kinds of crazy stuff from the Internet -- but ensure that this non-standard software stays isolated, so that it a) won't break the corporate standard apps and b) can be cleanly removed if needed.

This functionality is in the bucket for a future version of SVS. In the meantime, some innovative folks have done creative things with the existing SVS 2.x product to get one step closer to the dream. For example, M-Soft produced Application Control Solution (available from Symantec), which can put unknown software in an SVS "quarantine layer" (a layer type specific to the App Control product). This allows it to run but not...

Scott Jones | 09 Apr 2008 | 2 comments

In this morning's ManageFusion keynote, Symantec Chief Operating Officer Enrique Salem announced that Symantec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire industry-leading application streaming vendor AppStream. AppStream has been providing the streaming component of Symantec's SVS Professional since June, 2007.

The combined power of application virtualization and application streaming enables enterprise IT to deliver software reliably, immediately, wherever it is needed, with automated license enforcement and compliance auditing. SVS Pro also enables new business models by providing the platform for delivery of any software as a service.

Streaming was a huge topic at ManageFusion yesterday, before attendees even knew of this morning's announcement....

Jordan | 12 Mar 2008 | 9 comments

One of the improved features in Vista is the Offline File Sync system; it's a great way to painlessly keep files on your laptop and desktop the same. However Vista's Sync setup doesn't play nicely with SVS and it's not recommended you used Synchronized offline files with SVS for a few reasons:

  1. SVS won't be able to open the file.
  2. That file and possibly others will get copied into the layer.
  3. The directory structure copied into the layer can cause problems possibly later on.

Synchronized files are stored in C:\Windows\CSC\v.2.0.6\namespace\UserName\SyncedFolder and normally you access it via a mapped drive like z:\myFolder but SVS doesn't see the z:\ location and instead sees the C:\Windows\SCS\ path. That wouldn't be so bad except every folder in the CSC path -- including your synced ones -- are locked down...

FrankB | 07 Mar 2008 | 12 comments

It took a while, but it is a lot of work, here goes; V2.0.0

New: Fully Portable (Freeware Editions) / (USB/U3)
New: (Multi) Move Layer(s)
New: (Multi) Delete layer(s) with 100% registry removal.
New: File Progress on (Multi) Import
New: Automatically Check for Updates (See Options)
New: Added a Help Function
New: Changed Corporate edtion to fully functional for 30 Days.
New: Blue Edtion

Here Goes:

Activate Layer
Deactivate layer
Reset Layer
Rename Layer

Virtualized App Guy | 13 Jan 2008 | 0 comments

Paint.NET version 2.70 was captured on Windows XP Home and was not tested on a different machine. There were no difficulties capturing.

Scott Jones | 09 Jan 2008 | 1 comment

Ray said, "we had some technical questions about Symantec’s Altiris Virtualization functionality. Some of our customers are doing internal inventories of their Adobe software but are finding that some installations may be unnecessarily double-counted. The customers think that their use of Altiris Virtualization may have an effect on this."

Yes, Ray, that's probably because of SVS.

Short answer: Add the inventory agent's main executable to the SVS Ignore Process list, which is a Multi-String Value named "ProgramIgnoreList" located under HKLM\SYSTEM\Altiris\FSL\.

Here is the detailed answer:

This "double hit" problem is most likely because, when using SVS, virtualized files and registry keys are potentially visible in two places: A) their real, non-virtualized locations, inside the SVS redirect areas (e.g., C:\fslrdr\1 and HKLM\Software\fslrdr\1) and B) their virtual locations, which is...

QuietLeni | 10 Dec 2007 | 8 comments

QuietLeni asked, "I have been asked, by several clients, if they can use SVS on their Citrix Servers or Terminal Services servers to include various packages where they have problems with applications not co-existing properly. I have been quite cagey about this and suggested that if they want to try, I'm not stopping them, but I want to know the truth."

Hey QuietLeni, neither Citrix Presentation Server (CPS) nor Windows Terminal Services (WTS) are currently supported with with the current release of SVS (2.1). However, the next release (2.5) adds support for CPS 4.x and WTS on 2003 and 2008. With 2.5, you should be able to what you describe. I suggest creating an account on the Altiris Beta Portal,, so that you will get a notification when the SVS 2.5 beta is available (which will be after the holidays, target date not...

marcoh | 26 Nov 2007 | 1 comment

Another situation I'm faced with is how to configure virtual Execl 2007 to always save in Excel 2003 format. I'm asked if this is done at the point of capture and in that case is Global capture needed to achieve that. Or, is it better to change a registry entry afterwards?

The Trick

Both options should work, but the reg entry gets my vote for elegance.

I did a quick test and found the culprit. Import this Reg entry to the ReadOnly layer, do a reset and you're done.


Give it a try. It worked on my virtual Office 2007.

marcoh | 26 Nov 2007 | 1 comment

I'm asked quite often how to control the priority between a virtual Excel 2007 and a nomal Excel 2003 (installed as part of Office 2003). The inquisitor needs to be able to control which version when start when the user double-clicks an Excel file. (The answer is in the documentation but it comes up often enough to warrant an answer here).

The Tip:

Use the HKCR priorities to decide on the default application for file extensions.

In this scenario this one liner will make sure that excel 07 wins:

svscmd "Microsoft Office 2007" priority -t hkcr -l 75.4

If the layer is activate at the time, make sure to deactivate/active the layer to apply the changes.

erikw | 05 Nov 2007 | 4 comments

I often receive e-mails from Juice readers asking me questions about how to package a specific application or group of applications. With each inquiry, I notice that they seem to only know of two ways to package in SVS: Single Program Capture and Global Capture.

There are other (sometimes better) options. Here's some info and advice.

General Practice

For a lot of applications a single program capture is not the way to go, so the packager goes with plan B, starts a Global Capture, and then spends hours cleaning out the package and working to keep the application running and functional.

The Road Less Traveled

Even though it's mentioned a couple of times on the Juice, application packagers forget the third (and very effective) way to create Virtual Software Packages.

So here's the right solution for...