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Pablo Yabo | 09 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

For everyone that creates Virtual layers and know the pain that implies the fine tunning to support the complete feature set of the virtual versions of the applications, there is a new product which was designed to help you in this painful task.

SpyStudio is an Application tracer which shows and interprets calls, displaying the results in a structured way which is easy for any IT professional to understand. SpyStudio can understand the resources that an application uses, track down errors, detect malware and create application layers for virtualization.

SpyStudio has a trace comparison tool which is useful for identifying problems in virtualized environments. You can obtain two samples: the native version of the application and the virtual version which has the problems. Using the 'Compare traces' feature, you can see what is missing in the virtual environment. SpyStudio is the user-mode complement of Process Monitor.


SebastiaanvdM | 16 May 2012 | 0 comments

This article uses popular statements done by the people selling Cloud Computing to explain what cloud computing is and most of all is not. This includes, but is not limited to, VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

Although Cloud computing is far from the Holy Grail it is said to be, I do believe it is the way to go. A big reality check however is in order. That is why I use the most popular advertisement slogans to give my opinion on the matter.

Even though I do not believe this is the only truth, it is a way to view Cloud Computing in any and all forms. You of course are allowed to make up your own mind. Please do, even. But do consider the given statements and the truth behind these statements.

Are these really the reasons you want/need Cloud? Then I would highly advise you to think again.

Then again: maybe the reasons are valid. Cloud Computing does offer interesting possibilities. The article in no-way truly debunks Cloud Computing as a solution, it...

SebastiaanvdM | 11 Apr 2012 | 1 comment

I was asked by my company to create a 2-day training for SWV for an end user company. The training needed to enable the end user company to make simple packages, clean them and deploy them.

That got me thinking... what do you actually do when creating a package. Explaining to the IT people of the company to simply "install, but first turn on recording" would be a little to easy and lazy. Is that really what we do when packaging?

Then again... Isn't it really what we do?

So this is how I build up the training:

  1. Day 1 morning: Theory about packages: What do they contain. Why Read Only and Read Write, registry and files (a nice four segmented diagram helps here). What does an installation actually attempt to do and what does Symantec SWV do with it? Version control on packages.
  2. Day 1 afternoon: Practical use: Make some packages. Let them test amongst each other. Simple but neat packages, like FireFox, Notepad ++, nothing...
riva11 | 04 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Sometime happens that you need to check if a certain Microsoft .NET version is installed on a computer, the typical example is a program that requires a particular .Net version to run correctly. The manual way is through Add or Remove Programs from Control Panel. But this list could be wrong because the entries shown in the control panel  can be easily removed from registry.

If you need to be sure that all versions are detected correctly, there is a nice freeware tool called .NET Version Detector. This portable tool helps you to collect and report all information about the different versions installed on a machine. Also detailed information is given on where the .NET Frameworks are installed with links to the directories. This information can easily be copied by a user, to paste in a mail.

If a certain version isn't on the machine, you can simply follow the link that .NET Version Detector suggests, so it is easy for the novice user to find the runtimes....

riva11 | 12 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

IrfanView is a image viewer for Microsoft Windows that can view, edit, and convert image files. It allows to open a wide variety of image formats and displays thumbnail file previews, allowing picture organization and management.

Some IrfanView features:

    Many supported file formats
    Multi language support
    Thumbnail/preview option
    Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
    Toolbar skins option
    Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
    Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
    Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
    Fast directory view (moving through directory)
    Batch conversion (with advanced image processing)
    Multipage TIF...

erikw | 12 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

March 2, 2012 will be a date that should be remembered. At that date the decision was made to build the largest VDI in the Cloud architecture. An incredible 1.200.000 VDI desktops should be started in the Cloud waiting for end users.

As almost every device is supported, it will change the world of computing as we know it right now. Why buy a PC if you can have access to your own fully supported desktop at a fraction of the price? Every day you logon you will get a complete new PC, with your own personal settings and your own software. And you can use it any time, any where and on any device.

May 1st we will have the first 100.000 desktops up and running and we will have over 400 applications packaged. And it will grow and grow.

So now we have an incredible task to build up the team that is going to develop and deploy the VDI desktop and ensures that all applications can run in this desktop.

And the technology that enables us to make this happen is...

ohzone - CherylPeterson | 02 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec's Chief Strategy Officer and SVP Angela Tucci will kick off this Symantec CIO Forum Webcast, —“Protecting Your Information: The New Mobility Reality,” with a review of the most salient points from Symantec's 2012 Mobility Survey.  CIO Digest Editor-in-Chief Dr. Patrick Spencer will lead a roundtable discussion following Tucci's overview. The roundtable will consist of several IT practitioner thought leaders, including Tucci, who are in the process of helping their organizations adopt mobility strategies.

Click here for more information and to register:

riva11 | 07 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Need to copy large folders form one network folder to another location? Here a nice tool that compare files and folders and copy only changed files.

The tool called Copy Changed Files has a a simple interface to copy files from one location to another using using filters or comparison criteria based on date and time or binary compare option.

Main Features

  • Copy changed files only
  • Binary comparison of files using a database of file hashes.
  • Save last run time, for incremental backup of changed files only
  • Multi threaded
  • Append current date to destination directory or file for easy version maintenance
  • Set from directory
  • Set to directory
  • Set the from date, to scan for files changed after that date
  • Compare date AND time
  • Maintain directory structure in destination directory
  • Exclude files from copying, ex. thumbs.db


riva11 | 24 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Nirsoft is a well known collection of portable applications for Windows. There are hundreds of different utilities developed, like password recovery utilities, network monitoring tools, web browser tools, Internet related utilities or programmers tools.

A nice tool that allows you to easily find and run the desired utility is NirLauncher developed by Nirsoft.  This portable program is a front-end that collects Nirsoft tools divided by categories, like Password Recovery Tools, Network Tools, Web Browser Tools, etc.  NirLauncher has a size of 16 MB unpacked and can be stored in your USB drive.

NirLauncher Features

  • NirLauncher can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation.
  • NirLauncher and all the utilities in the package are completely freeware, without any Spyware/Adware/Malware.
  • ...
erikw | 18 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

2012 Has started and where many people believe the end of the world is near, I believe a new era will start. Cloud has been introduced and is moving very fast. It is shifting the world of computing and companies are looking at saving costs with this new technology.

But 2012 is also the year that other things will change. The long awaited new release of Workspace Virtualization is planned for this year, and other news from Symantec is going on. Vision 2012 in Las Vegas in May is something not to miss, and I truly hope to get the chance to be there and talk to peers about Cloud and why we are so happy using Symantec Workspace Virtualization in our Cloud/VDI offering.

So bookmark your agenda for Vision 2012 in the MGM from 7 to 10 May. it might be the last chance to visit Vision if the world really gets to it's end as the Aztecs predict.

For European visitors, Vision will be held in Barcelona from 9 to 11 October but at the same time VMworld is also and...