The eBook every Windows Engineer should read – Deploying and Supporting Applications on Windows 64-Bit

While only a few years ago the 64-bit version of the Windows client would only be installed on special purpose systems, nowadays it has become the de facto standard for most OEM’s and Enterprises. In 2010 Microsoft published some numbers on their Windows blog indicating that in June 46% of the clients running Windows 7 and use Windows Update were running Windows 7 64-Bit. At the same time Gartner published a report saying that by Read More …

WatchTip: AppTitude: Recorded Demo

Seeing is believing – watch this 20 minute recorded demonstration of the AppTitude application testing and application remediation platform to learn how to accelerate your Windows 7, Microsoft App-V, Citrix XenApp, 64x, Windows Server and IE8 projects. . Video here (one-time registration required).

ViewTip: Application Virtualization (App-V) Video Series

Learn how to configure App-V; create, publish, and update virtual applications; and create and manage policies for virtual applicationss. The videos can be downloaded from here

4 Great App-V videos

I’m just about to expand my knowledge a bit around App-V. I haven’t done any hands-on yet, because I usually first focus on gathering all the useful resources available on the net, and then start reading these. By doing so, I found these fantastic videos on The Blogcast Repository. Deployment Scenarios with App-V 4.5 Planning Considerations before Implementing App-V 4.5 The App-V Client (part 1) The App-V Client Part 2- Deep Dive By the way, Read More …

Adobe Flash and Shockwave Enterprise Distribution

Adobe Flash and Shockwave are probably one of those most installed applications on home and enterprise computers. Working within the End User Computing environment for large enterprise customers since quite a while, I can’t remember of just one company that wouldn’t maintain Adobe Flash and Shockwave in their list of enterprise standard applications. But when it comes to distributing these applications, many companies seem to go down the difficult route instead of taking the easy Read More …

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Silent Install

Being one of the lucky ones who was able to sign-up to the Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview program, I have started looking at the deployment of Microsoft Office 2010 today. My first observation was that unfortunately the provided documentation seems to be ahead of the Office Installation sources that have been made available for download. I noticed this when making an attempt to run the setup.exe /admin command which would normally launch the Office Read More …

Reduce software installation time

Windows7 comes with Windows Installer 5.0 that has a new installation property called MSIFASTINSTALL. Using the MSIFASTINSTALL property can help reduce time required to install a windows installer package. The trick behind MSIFASTINSTALL is quite simple, it just skips things that consume time like creating a system restore point or calculating the space requirements (File Costing). So if you do not need system restore points and know that your clients have enough disk space anyway, Read More …

Windows7 – Application Compatibility – ACT 5.5

Microsoft has released ACT 5.5 (Application Compatibility Toolkit). ACT 5.5 provides support for pre-RTM version of Windows7. To learn more about ACT 5.5 I recommend reading  “Windows 7 Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5: Interview with Jeremy Chapman”. ACT 5.5. can be downloaded here Another great information source is the Application Compatibility and User Account Control site on Microsoft TechNet. And finally I came across the blog from Chris Jackson -the App Compat Guy” that is worth Read More …

Windows 7: Application Compatibility

I’ve just spend an hour in gathering some additional information around Windows 7 Application Compatibility. Till now when we moved to a new operating system version a significant amount of effort was required with regard to application compatibility. So will companies that invested in Windows Vista Application compatibility have to do all that work again for Windows 7 ? Unfortunately not, on almost any Microsoft source i found around Application Compatibility, the following statements are Read More …

Fix it automates steps described in Microsoft KB articles

Usually when you read a Microsoft Knowledge Base article you find a detailed description on how to solve a particular problem. In some KB articles you will find the following picture This indicates that the “Fix it Team” has provided a script / package to automate the system modifications required to fix the problem or change the system behavior. The fix it team has their own “fix it for me blog” where they list the Read More …