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App-V 5.0 Beta: What happened to the OSDs?

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A long staple of App-V has been the OSD file.  This XML based file, along with the sfttray.exe command that runs it, has been the behind-the-scenes mechanism for how users start virtual applications.  but you won’t find them in App-V …

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Breaking into the new APP-V 5.0 APPV format

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One of the new surprises to be seen in the App-V 5.0 Beta is that the old SFT format is gone, replaced by an AppV format.  So what’s up with that?

The SFT format was created for the original SoftGrid …

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App-V 5.0 Beta: The End of CSIDLs

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Plowing my way through the new Sequencer.  Looking at the options page of the sequencer, the ParseItems look a little different.

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One of the most important jobs of the sequencer is to make the package Machine, OS, and User neutral.  …

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Beta for App-V 5.0

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In a blog post today, Microsoft’s Karri Alexion-Tiernan announced the Beta for App-V 5.0, plus an additional MDOP add-on called UE-V.

 App-V 5.0 is the most dramatic change to App-V in a really long time, possibly the biggest since …

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Custom App-V Sequencing

LifesaverI have been asked something like a gazillion times over the years if TMurgent offered contract App-V Sequencing. Almost every time I say no. Sure, we do a little bit of it each year, but mostly to make sure that the training we give “is real” to what customers need.

Today, this changes.

The reason that I would say no …

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How do you know if App-V Apps need security updates?

Secunia CSI I was recently looking into alternatives to Windows Intune for ways to check if non-Microsoft application updates are needed, and stumbled into a company called Secunia. More importantly to their being an alternative to Intune, they developed a neat way to look at your App-V packages and tell you if those need updates too.

 

Secuna, based in Denmark,
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I Was a Cloud Service Provider, and Didn’t Know It!

I realized this summer that I was a player in The Cloud really early on. Yeah, me. The one who spent the last two years calling it “Clown Computing” rather than “Cloud Computing”. Yes, I will now fully admit that I was once a cloud junkie.
I will explain this in this post.
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LaunchIt – a tool to control child programs

tools This is a story about a tool that shouldn’t need to exist, but has proved to be just so darned handy over the years. It was originally written almost 10 years ago, and I recently released an updated version to add more features. This free tool is called LaunchIT.

The most common problem that cause people to ask me …