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FrankB | 24 Jul 2008 | 3 comments

New: Major Gui Redesign
Fix: Rename layer
New: Layer Tooltips

How Does it work:

When starting it checks if you're a Administrative user and allows the program.
It also checks if you're an Corporate user, and will switch off some options.
It'll check if you are using Altiris Virtual Software Solution V2.1.2083 or higher, lower and it will tell you to update with the possibility to click on a Link towards the download at Altiris.

Here Goes:

Activate Layer
Deactivate layer
Reset Layer
Rename Layer...

Scott Jones | 05 Jun 2008 | 4 comments

Lincoln asked, "we have OnPostActivate events in our layers, but they never run unless you manually de-activate and then re-activate the layers. All of our layers are set to start automatically. Shouldn't the OnPostActivate events run when SVS starts the layer during windows boot-up?"

Lincoln, you've hit on a common misunderstanding caused by the language we use in the SVS Admin interface. The menu item "Start layer automatically" is actually a typo/mistake that never got corrected and has become institutionalized. It implies that there is some sort of "start" event for the layer. But there's not. It's supposed to say, "Set as Active on Start". "Active on Start" (meaning Windows start, not the layer or SVS start) is the correct technical term. (Trinket got it right, btw.) It means as Windows is booting, the layer is visible to the system ("active"). So there's never an...

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....

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

FrankB | 04 Jul 2007 | 5 comments

Portable Import is meant to be used from a Portable Device like a USB Device or a U3 Device or a CD/DVD. It allows you to import Virtual Archives into SVS.

It can import several layers at a time.

There is also no installer included, it will run standalone.

Just copy this tool in the same folder where your VSA files reside.

Pick what you want to import and click Import.

Download it here.

Have Fun With It, FrankB

AL8 | 30 Apr 2007 | 14 comments

I would like (as many others out there) to have the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution Admin on a USB stick.

I have recently seen the solution posted by "erikw" (SVS4USB Admin) and it is great, but you must have a USB stick that is U3 enabled.

With the software called Ceedo ( you can install applications on EVERY USB stick (and I suppose also on USB external hard disks) not only those that are U3 enabled!

I tried Ceedo with Altiris and it works.... But not completely.

So, if there is someone out there interested in it, now I will explain how to install Altiris in a USB stick with Ceedo hoping that someone will help me get it fully working.

These are the steps to install SVS Admin on a USB stick:

  1. Install Ceedo...
tfronza | 21 Mar 2007 | 13 comments

When I am deploying a NEW Virtual Software Package, and I have it where I like it there are a few steps I do to "CLEAN-IT-UP" and prepare it for Distribution as a .VSA file through Altiris.

First thing I do is RESET the layer.

Second thing I do is go to the c:\FSLDR\# and delete the folder that looks like this S-1-5-21-112987585-3770-..... As far as I can tell, that is a SID and can not be in a Clean package.

Third thing I do is go to REGEDIT
HKLM\Software\FSLDR\2\HU\S-1-5-21-112987585-3770-..... Then I delete this one too.

At this point the layer is as clean as it can be....and I have found it to be SAFE to export. Export to a TEST machine and give it a shot.

Good Luck to everyone.

Thanks - Tom Fronza

hamletv | 30 Oct 2006 | 8 comments

Does disk defragmentation affect SVS Layers?


Hi Hamlet. Good question.

The answer is similar to the one we gave in response to the question about disk imaging.

Defragmentation works below the file system. And, since SVS sits above the file system, neither has any affect on the other.

jgo | 18 Oct 2006 | 4 comments

Is there a definitive listing of SVS error codes? For instance, what is error code 18?

Thanks for the question, d0lemite. You can find the complete, unabridged list of SVS 2.0 error codes in the Altiris Knowledgebase, article 19991.

If you're seeing errors during import, you'll also want to check article 19934, "DynaZip Decompression Error Codes".

Or, if you're seeing errors during export, check article 19933, "DynaZip Compression Error Codes".

Adam Hall | 12 Jul 2006 | 8 comments

It is important to remember that SVS layers are still subject to Group Policies, even though the layer may be activated after the application of the policies.

A local cache of the Group Policies are held on the local machine when a member of an Active Directory and remain in force for the duration of the refresh interval.

Local policies are stored locally -- if you ever get into a situation of difficulty i.e. you lock yourself out, simply delete the %systemroot%\System32\GroupPolicy folder (on the system) and log back on.

When you activate a layer, the Windows OS will still enforce the GPO settings, even if you have specified different settings in the layer.

This is important to remember when testing and troubleshooting. Before you go nuts trying to figure out why, take a look at the GPOs to ensure this is not the problem.