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erikw | 15 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

A few weeks ago Andy and I discussed on giving a partner presentation on a webinar. The amount of attendees grew pretty fast and with over 225 subscribers it promised to become a great webinar.

It was a honor and a pleasure to be the first to present on a new series of webinars that Symantec organises about Symantec Workspace Virtualization. During the presentation we got a few good questions and I hope everybody got the answers they were looking for.

After my presentation Erik Hughes presented the new version of SWV. As a beta tester of the new product I was looking for some good answers, and Erik gave them.

After all it is good to attend these webinars as they do not only give you some good insight in the new stuff in SWV, but Symantec offers you the possibility to ask your questions and to get the answers you are looking for. I can only recomment everybody to join these webinars and not only hear Symantec talk, but also hear partners and customers talk and...

EverythingVirt | 15 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

I don't know how I missed the previous events, They are an outstanding way to interact with others that are implementing the same technology or for those of you that haven't made the leap, YET, to get your feet wet.

ErikW had a great presentation on the amazing things his company DinamiQs is doing. I've read hundreds of his posts here but never realized the amazing things they are doing. Congratualations!

Eric Hughes gave the lowdown on all the new 7.5 features. That concise slide with an overview will be a great help.

Andy thanks for hosting these and thanks for the call to give me a heads up! Sorry I couldn't get the OK to give a presentation. I couldn't hold a candle to Erik's 1,000,000 desktops anyway!

Whoever asked about Desktop Support removing virtual apps, feel free to contact me for the details arond the Windows Installer keys that need to be modified to prevent this.

One piece of feedback, maybe we should introduce ourselves when asking/...

riva11 | 03 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

If you want to create a customized icon for a file, folder, a program to deploy or have your usb drive display a picture,  the easy solution is to use x2ico.

This tool is a portable freeware application which let you convert any image file into ICO format for use as icons.

The ICO file format is an image file format for computer icons in Windows and you cannot use the popular formats like PNG or JPEG.

Features:

  • Convert PNG,JPG,JPEG,BMP,TIF,TIFF,GIF to ICO.
  • Drag & drop, files, folders or both.
  • Update-able.
  • Freeware
  • Portable.

OS Supported :
Windows 7 and XP.

Link :...

AndyN | 27 Jul 2012 | 4 comments

I attended my first BriForum this week and it was quite interesting. If you are not familiar with this conference, it is a vendor neutral event focused on application virtualization, desktop virtualization, VDI, etc. It was held in Chicago at the McCormick convention center and I'm guessing had around 500 attendees and at least 30 vendors showcasing their wares. 

There were 3 days of sessions presented by experts from various companies. Most of the sessions were focused on best practices rather than a specific vendor. There were also sponsored sessions where vendors could pitch their products. Overall, I think it was a very good event.

The most popular topics were VDI (good, bad, and the ugly) and BYOD. The opinions expressed in these areas vary greatly and I enjoyed hearing different perspectives. Some say that VDI is just a dream with big promises that do not justify the cost. Others claim that VDI has huge benefits and is the future.

One of the more...

riva11 | 20 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

ISO Toolkit is a portable tool to manage ISO images, it allows to create ISO image, copy ISO image from CD/DVD, convert ISO, NRG, CUE images, extract content of ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE images and mount ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE image files in Windows Explorer

This tool is an excellent solution to create easily an ISO image file and then burn it into a CD / DVD.

Some features:

  • Creates bootable ISO images too
  • Convert between popular image formats
  • Extract ISO or NRG or CD images
  • Mount ISO or NRG or CD images (New)
  • Burn ISO images (New)
  • Create clone ISO image from a CD/DVDs
  • Portable program, no need to install

The best thing about this software is that its portable. Simply run the EXE file and use it.

License : Freeware

Link :...

AndyN | 22 Jun 2012 | 2 comments

 

If your organization recently bought Symantec Workspace Streaming or Workspace Virtualization, I would like to talk with you about some of the reasons why you chose Symantec, who else your organization considered, etc.
 
As a small thank you for your time (30 minute phone call), you will receive 500 Connect points.
 
If you are interested, please post a comment below or send me a private message.
 
Thanks!
 
Andy Nicholson
Symantec
Product Marketing Manager - SWS, SWV, AMS
Endpoint Management & Mobility 
 

 

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.

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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....