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erikw | 13 Jul 2009 | 2 comments

Microsoft Office to go online — for free

The last version of Office didn’t include a free online version. The next one will.
It’s too early to say Microsoft has checkmated Google in online documents – the latest version of Office hasn’t shipped yet. But the sleeping giant in Redmond has clearly woken up to the Internet threat.

Get this: Microsoft – the king of paid software – will announce today that it is going to give a version of Office away for free online. Both the online and desktop versions are scheduled to arrive in the first half of next year. Yes, you read that right. The latest version of its ubiquitous productivity software, dubbed Office 2010, will come as both a piece of software you can buy for your computer, and as a service you can access in your browser. [UPDATE: Microsoft says it will support the Firefox and Safari browsers as well as IE.]

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Jordan | 10 Jul 2009 | 2 comments

One thing I don’t like about SWV is the hassle it is to import anything, I really hate having to navigate through the browse window to import a layer or to have to open a command prompt and type out the full path to the layer. Thankfully there’s an easy solution to this problem that, if you’re lazy like me, you’ll find quite useful and that’s making a quick change to the registry to allow for a layer to import by double clicking on it.

  1. With SWV installed navigate to KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SVSAdmin.Document.Layer\shell\Open\command
  2. Delete the command value
  3. Change the (Default) to C:\Program Files\Symantec\Workspace Virtualization\svscmd.exe import -p %1 (or where ever SVScmd is installed)

Now this uses SVScmd so a command window will open to report the import status, so if you want something different you can create a quick VSscript, ran using wscript, to make an import happen in the background (with no command...

Palvaran | 30 Jun 2009 | 6 comments

As we know, netbooks have started hitting the market with a storm.  However, in my mind, the two biggest factors to look at are performance and battery life, portability not withstanding.

With that said, by using Altiris SVS and by having the ability to deactivate or enable layers dynamically, a user now has the potential for the maximum possible performance on the system.  With a simple right click, you can not only update software or remove a trial version of something, but you can also ensure maximum "clean" performance through this process by not having superfluous software that is not needed at that moment.

Any other netbook, laptop, or tablet users out there using SVS?  My new tablet PC arrives on Friday and I can't wait to test out this theory and see how it performs!

Jordan | 23 Jun 2009 | 13 comments

One of the issues with running two versions of Microsoft Office at the same time, with one in the base and one in the layer, is the MSI repair that gets launched when you switch between versions.  This is happening because Office is trying to change the file associations for you so the version that was just launched has ownership.

With SWV 6.1 we introduced layer isolation, which can be defined as what can or cannot see the layer and what the layer can see, well this works for many situations but sometimes you need something more granular which will let you specify specific things that are isolated, Jeremy discussed this in his article on using SWV 6.1 to virtualize different versions of Java, which is what we need for Office. 

To get around the MSI repair all you need to do is create a new Multi-Size registry value named...

Pascal KOTTE | 03 Jun 2009 | 122 comments

I think a lot of people, like me, spend a lot of time try finding how to get those download:

  • Latest Symantec workspace Virtualization, SWV 7.5, that is advanced SVS version, is integrated with the Altiris client management suite CMS 7.  (Yes, it was also named "SVS PRO")
  • Notice 1: This package includes the "Wise Virtual Composer", and both x86+x64 versions.
  • Notice 2: This link currently also includes SWS (Streaming) and SWC (Corporate) seems not any more maintain.
  • [please vote my post if you use it ;-]

Story: I was thinking only SVS 2.1 (Software Virtualization Solution) was integrated into the "Client Management Suite 7". But this is not the case and SWV 6.1 (Symantec Workspace Virtualization) must not be paid in addition.

Free home license: Both SVS 2.1 "light" version & SWV are still free personal use. I...

riva11 | 18 May 2009 | 1 comment

Microsoft has realesed the Internet Explorer 8 MUI Pack for Windows Server 2003 SP2.  The Internet Explorer 8 MUI is a set of language-specific resource files that may be added to the English version of Windows with the OS MUI pack and Internet Explorer 8 installed. The Internet Explorer 8 MUI allow users to view the user interface (UI) in a different supported language. This also allows large corporations to roll out the same worldwide image by using a single install job.
Internet Explorer 8 MUI pack for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 is available for download as two MUI packs.

- Internet Explorer 8 MUI pack applicable to Windows XP x86 and Windows Server 2003 x86, for the following languages:

  • Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,...
riva11 | 13 May 2009 | 0 comments

In the previous post How to Use Netsh Command   I gave a suggestion about the Netsh command, here you can find a list of helpful articles about Netsh available on

Se  also : How to Use Netsh Command

riva11 | 02 May 2009 | 4 comments

A new important feature in Windows 7 is the Windows XP Mode.  This function allows to run Windows XP based application without any hardware and software compatibility issues.

You can find more details on the article Secret No More: Revealing Windows XP Mode for Windows 7  ( )

XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site.

Also watch the video test on Youtube at the following link : Windows 7 RC - Testing Virtual Windows XP (XP Mode)

riva11 | 29 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Microsoft has realesed the latest version of Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Language files can be used to localize the IE8 package.  

See also the Packaging Internet Explorer 8 posted by ErikW.

The Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs install language specific resource files, allowing users to view the user interface (UI) of Internet Explorer 8 in a different supported language.

Internet Explorer anguages (x64 and x86):

- ENU - English
- ARA - Arabic
- BSC - Bosnian (Cyrillic)
- BSB - Bosnian (Latin)
- BRG - Bulgarian
- CAT - Catalan
- CHS - Chinese (Simplified)
- CHT - Chinese (Traditional)
- ZHH - Chinese (Hong Kong)
- HRV - Croatian
- CSY - Czech
- DAN - Danish
- NLD - Dutch
- ETI - Estonian
- FIN -...

sebastiaan | 28 Apr 2009 | 1 comment

So I had a challenge lately at a customer.

They want a virtual package for a programme called IntWis. The programme itself is no problem at all, just a simple wise, so SVS > new layer and packaging like the fire brigade. No problem at all.

But then... The application depends on Business Objects, ArcGIS and three variants of Oracle. Oracle 8, Oracle 9 and Forms 6. But not just one installer, but very specific it needed one component of Oracle 8, another of Oracle 8.12 update, some of Oracle 9 and all of Oracle Forms 6. All of them carry their own enviroment, their own ORACLE_HOME and what not.

The tricky part is: that is almost impossible to accomplish in normal SVS. Layers see eachother and conflict like their is no tomorrow. Three different oracles, three different kinds of enviroments.

Finally i got one solution working, barely.

I came to the conclusion that creating one package for the entire application wouldn't work, period. Too much info...