Contents tagged with SoftGrid

  • SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 HFRU2 Now Available

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 22 2008, 10:55 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    I am pleased to announce public availability of SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 HFRU2.

    This cumulative update for SoftGrid v4.1 SP1 and v4.2 provides the latest updates to SoftGrid.  In addition to stability improvements, this update contains the following changes:

    • The log level of the "Error reading from socket" message is now Debug. Therefore, the message does not appear in the Sft-server.log and the Windows event log at the default log level when you use SoftGrid Virtual Application Servers together with a hardware load balancer. 
    • SoftGrid Sequencer now preserves OSD GUIDs when it opens SoftGrid v3.2 sequencings for a package upgrade.
    • Intermittent "0xBE" Stop errors that occur at system start on multiprocessor computers have been addressed.

    New capabilities

    This update provides the following new capabilities:

    • SoftGrid now supports deployment of Virtual Application .msi files that are generated by the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization to SoftGrid clients that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server and that have Terminal Services enabled.
    • SoftGrid 4.2 HFRU2 now supports Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).

    Please Note:  The 4.1 SP1 KB article incorrectly identifies Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) as a new capability of 4.1 SP1 HFRU2.  We're in the process of changing the article now so you should see it updated soon.

    SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 HFRU2 Bits:

    SoftGrid 4.2 HFRU2 Bits:

  • SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 Hotfix Rollup Package 1

    Posted by bink on January 3 2008, 8:34 PM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    This cumulative update for SoftGrid v4.1 SP1 provides the latest updates to SoftGrid v4.1 SP1. In addition to stability improvements, this update contains the following changes:

    Improvements to package upgrade when importing upgraded sequencings into the SoftGrid Server Management Console Snap-in.
    Improvements to package downgrade operation.
    Improvements to nonpaged pool usage when sequencing large applications.
    Improvements to sequencing of applications that use both Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
    Improvements to command-line parameter handling of virtualized child processes.

    New capabilities

    SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 Hotfix Rollup Package 1 also provides the following new capabilities:

    Microsoft SoftGrid now provides support for the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization.
    Microsoft SoftGrid now supports SoftGrid Server components running under WOW64 on 64-bit Windows.

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  • Microsoft Softgrid 4.5 becomes Microsoft Application Virtualization

    Posted by bink on November 12 2007, 7:01 PM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    Microsoft Softgrid 4.5 will be branded Microsoft Application Virtualization. 4.5 will enable better localisation support (every supported windows language). Also 4.5 is better scalable for enterprise solutions. The beta of 4.5 is avaiable now.

    Microsoft Application Virtualisation 4.5 is only available through volume license (Software Assurance program) Final release in summer 2008


  • Microsoft releases SoftGrid and Viridian planning and design beta guides

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 16 2007, 8:48 PM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    Along with cost and power saving, more efficiency and flexibility, virtualization technologies introduces severity in datacenter: any virtual infrastructure without a rational and strict operational framework is doomed to fail in returning the expected investment, and in most cases introduces more management problems rather than reducing them.

    So the need for guidance during planning, design, implementation and maintenance phases of IT projects is bigger than ever.

    VMware already recognized this need and it's building an online wiki called Virtual Infrastructure Operations (VIOPS) to create a user generated framework.

    Now also Microsoft is moving in the same direction, starting a new beta program called Infrastructure Planning and Design, part of Solutions Accelerators beta group.

    The program allows beta testers to access a series of guides describing the architectural considerations and streamline the design processes for planning and implementing Microsoft infrastructure technologies.

    Microsoft started with two most wanted guide:

    • SoftGrid Application Virtualization Guide (37 pages)The Infrastructure Planning & Design Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization guide discusses when to use standalone mode and connected mode for application distribution. It assists designers in the infrastructure planning process for SoftGrid by providing a clear and concise workflow of the decisions and tasks required for each method. This guide enables you to plan the infrastructure required for meeting your application virtualization service goals.
    • Windows Server Virtualization Guide (50 pages)The Infrastructure Planning and Design: Windows Server Virtualization guide discusses Microsoft virtualization options using Windows Server virtualization in Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. The guide explains design considerations at critical decision points and helps plan for an optimized server virtualization infrastructure architecture to meet organizational goals for performance and consolidation.

    but a third one about Terminal Services is expected in Q1 2008.

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  • Microsoft SoftGrid PM Hints at Future

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 3 2007, 4:10 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    Recently, I stumbled across a gem of a post by Chad Jones, Product Manager for SoftGrid at Microsoft. In it he touches on a number of topics related to the future of SoftGrid, what to expect from the next version and also how the technology will eventually be merged with other Windows Server components. Here's the link to the thread (hint: scroll down to see Chad's reply).

    Some highlights:

    1. SoftGrid 4.5 will enter beta in a few weeks (Q4 2007). From the sounds of it, this will be the last stand-alone version they release before absorbing the server components into Windows Server System, etc.

    2. Version 4.5 will include a new, "lightweight" streaming implementation that doesn't' require Active Directory or SQL Server. This version will complement the existing SoftGrid server components as well as the new MSI packaging tool, providing 3 ways to deploy SoftGrid-packaged applications.

    3.Microsoft will complete its integration of SoftGrid when it releases Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager (MSCCM) R2 sometime next year. Chad is promising "deep" integration with MSSCM, whatever that means.


    I've been saying all along that Microsoft acquired Softricity in order to "strip mine" the core components. The MSI utility - which allows organizations to decouple SoftGrid-encoded applications from the streaming back-end - was the first salvo.

    The revelation that they are developing a "lightweight" (i.e. pure-play, web-based) streaming server, one that allows them to deliver virtualized applications without all that AD/SQL baggage, simply confirms my prediction that they will eventually leverage SoftGrid to deliver a subscriptions-based Office product.

    Finally, the hint about "deep" integration with MSCCM validates my assertion that Microsoft would ultimately dump the existing SoftGrid UI (which is klunky and rather ill-conceived) in favor of a fresh start under one of their existing management consoles.

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  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Trial Guide

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 7 2007, 8:30 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    This trial guide walks you through a step by step creation of a Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization system including the Sequencing of two applications. Once you have completed these setup steps, you will be able to test the benefits of Microsoft SoftGrid in your own environment.
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  • Microsoft doesn't support 3rd party applications on SoftGrid

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2007, 7:42 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    A new Microsoft Knowledge Base article reveals company support policy for its application virtualization platform SoftGrid .We support SoftGrid Application Virtualization as an alternative platform when you run applications. We do not directly support any third-party applications that run in a SoftGrid Application Virtualization environment...

    A couple of notes here:

    • Softricty acquisition started 16 months ago, and this is the first time Microsoft publicly declares its support policy about SoftGrid.
    • The article is very vague using expressions like doesn't directly support and commercially resonable efforts: customers will not know what can be asked to Microsoft support and what needs to be asked to 3rd party vendor support.

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  • SoftGrid Client Setup Kit

    Posted by bink on August 24 2007, 1:40 PM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    With this SoftGrid Client Setup Kit (SGCSK) you can easily configure an universal installation VB Script for deploying the SoftGrid Client to Windows Desktops. Clients are always very different, you need additional intelligence during the installation of the client. Also, certain configuration settings can not be configured using the native SoftGrid Client installer.   Settings you now can configure though the SGCSK:   • All the standard installation options • Dynamic Determination of SoftGrid Client Cache Size • SoftGrid Client Security Settings • Disconnect Operation Settings   Use the generated script to deploy the SoftGrid Client to Windows desktops by importing it in your deployment solution.Download At Source
  • Softgrid Virtual Labs

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 10 2007, 6:12 PM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    Justin told me about the new virtual Lab for Softgrid that you can try out for yourself.  I particularly like the Softgrid demo that I do to people, it blows their socks off with just how simple it is to provision applications and deploy them in a way that insulates them from the operating system.  It's such a neat idea and a really cool demo.  I've been fascinated by how you can isolate applications in a bubble since I first saw this last year and feel like I need to know this in a bit more depth.  Continue At Source
  • SoftGrid TechCenter

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 8 2007, 5:44 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    Microsoft TechNet, host of so many important assets for IT Professionals has recently launched a new TechCenter, SoftGrid TechCenter. TechNet TechCenters bring together content and resources for particular products or technologies. They connect you to Knowledge Base articles, downloads, beta and evaluation software, webcasts, virtual labs, technical articles, and the technical documentation intended for the IT professionals who plan, deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot these products and technologies. (Ok, I stole this from the TechCenter homepage!)

    Be it as it may, the new SoftGrid TechCenter offers great information and resources around Application Virtualization with Microsoft SoftGrid.

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  • SoftGrid app-virtualization: Another way to offer software as a service

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 1 2007, 2:08 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    MDOP, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, is the fastest-selling-ever Volume Licensing product from Microsoft, according to the company. Since Microsoft introduced MDOP six months ago, customers have bought 2 million licenses for MDOP.

    MDOP consists of a number of different tools and technologies, all of which are developed by Microsoft’s System Center team: SoftGrid application virtualization, diagnostics and recovery toolset, advanced group-policy management, an inventory-asset service and desktop error-monitoring capabilities.

    If I were to guess which of these might be most enticing to customers, I’d say SoftGrid might be the biggest carrot. And if it’s not yet the crown jewel of MDOP, I’d predict it will be by the time Microsoft issues its next MDOP refresh.

    (Keep in mind that the only way customers currently can get MDOP and SoftGrid is to sign up for Software Assurance, Microsoft’s annuity-maintenance licensing program. Based on early information on Microsoft’s plans for Windows 7, it sounds like the Redmondians plan to continue to offer existing and forthcoming MDOP services as carrots/sticks to get more folks to sign up for Software Assurance.)

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  • New Softgrid Release Accompanied by New Website

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 22 2007, 2:10 AM. Posted in SoftGrid.

    "Leaked" earlier, the Microsoft Softgrid team blog has now announced the availability of Softgrid 4.1 SP1. The blog article by the Softgrid team summarizes the upgrade paths and procedures from the accompanying documentation. What you need to know is this: • The Softgrid client and Server running version 3.2, 4.0 or 4.1 can be upgraded directly. • Older version require intermediate updates • When you upgrade: first upgrade your clients • Next upgrade the Softgrid Server • Finally upgrade your Sequencer (actually reinstall because there is no upgrade path for the sequencer) Microsoft also just opened up the official Microsoft Softgrid home at Note the URL. It seems that no Microsoft product can escape the clutches of SystemCenter. Well, maybe OneNote.... Continue At Source