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Scot Curry | 27 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

Being part of the Symantec Endpoint Virtualization team gives me a lot of exposure to all types of virtualization projects.  I am starting to get involved with more and more of what I call Phase II VDI (VMware View / Citrix XenDesktop) projects.  Most customers are struggling to get Phase I project widely implemented because of the cost of servers and storage.  In Phase II they are starting to experiment with non-persistent VDI images.  The customers are hoping that this will help keep their storage costs under control.

I am hopeful that this Phase works out better than the first phase because our technologies are an ideal piece of this type of implementation.  Using our Workspace Streaming products you would have the ability to deliver applications down each time the user logs in.  I plan on writing an entire article on this topic alone to help users implement this as effectively as possible.

Additionally customer are using...

riva11 | 24 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

The Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog has  announced the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2010. In Office 2010 System Requirements post (Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering, The official blog of the Microsoft Office product development group) there are some information interesting to know for new or upgrade MS Office 2010 installations.

Follow an extract from the most rilevant part of  Office 2010 System Requirements article:
Can I use Office 2010 on the same hardware I’m using to run Office 2007?

In most cases, yes! CPU and RAM requirements for Office 2010 are the same as for Office 2007, so if your computer meets the Office 2007 system requirements, you can run Office 2010. A...

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...

doug_coombs | 02 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

Dear Valued Symantec Workspace Customer:


This message contains critical, time-sensitive information for any Symantec Workspace Streaming 6.1 Free Demonstration user who has installed the product's Virtualization agent using the Workspace Streaming 6.1 Common Installer found on the public download site for trial.

Who Does this Message Apply To?

The instructions below only apply if you have used Symantec Workspace Streaming 6.1 Common Installer to install the Workspace Virtualization agent, in which case please read this entire message and the instructions carefully. This does not apply to you if you have used any other mechanism to install the Workspace Virtualization agent.

What has Occurred?

In order to better meet the needs of our Symantec Workspace customers, Symantec has been working towards eliminating the requirement for these customers to enter their license key to activate their...

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...

riva11 | 11 Dec 2009 | 2 comments

Sometimes, for some reason (apply patches, schedule maintenance, installations, etc. ) you may need to know the uptime in a Windows server.

A quick way to discover this information is by using Systeminfo. This utility provides information about a local or remote machine from the command line. And the interesting information shown is the "System Up Time" where to see how many time the server is up and running.

How to use :

  • Launch the Command Prompt (Start - Run, cmd)
  • Type “systeminfo“ and you will see various system information like installation date, hotfixes etc.
  • The system uptime is on the “System boot time” as follows:


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...

riva11 | 02 Dec 2009 | 1 comment

I found a nice tool to manage more than one remote desktop connection. This can be helpful for IT admins in the usual daily routine if they have to connect and manage several servers using the RDP connection.
JDRemoteDesktop is a simple freeware tool which manages and organizes several remote desktop connections in a excellent GUI.  The connections can have a directory structure managed and there are many features to create and manage a list of connections, also is ready for portable configuration (runs directly from the USB stick).

Features of jRemoteDesktop :

- Automatic window parts for more desktop space
- Administration on a universal format of a directory structure
- Direct RDP file support
- Import / export interfaces
- Display the list server is configured
- Favorites
- Minimizing into the system tray

Terry Cutler | 11 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

If using Intel vPro Technology has caused you to say - "Wouldn't it be cool if the technology did...."   

There is much the underlying technology and firmware is capable of doing.   The Symantec Management Platform with Out-of-Band Management focuses on a majority of the manageability features.   Yet there are more features around security, virtualization... and further manageability... in the platform.   Plus, there are more ideas and requests coming from customers, partners, and so forth.  

Did you know there is a public forum to post or review ideas?  Take a look at