July 2010 Archives

Following the theme of posting information I've been hoarding, here's the App-V installment.


What is App-V?

Information on App-V


Application Virtualization TechCenter




AppV and ConfigMgr (We've done this)



Application Virtualization Sequencer

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Sequencing Guide


TechNet Virtual Labs: System Center

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/bb539977.aspx  look under the Application Virtualization heading and the SoftGrid heading

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff383366.aspx#APP-V  Videos on App-V

App-V Sequencing SuperFlow


App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer hands on lab


 Selecting the right Sequencing Wizard for App-V 4.6 SP1


Creating a package accelerator


Sequencing Recipes and help

Aaron Parker



App-V Sequencing Recipe Forum


App-V Recipe Template



Testing Virtual Packages

This PowerShell script allows testing of newly sequenced App-V apps without having to specify the file:// URL in the OSD, or distributing via the App-V infrastructure or SCCM. It scans a directory and loads all XML manifests for app-v packages in that directory, overriding the default distribution URLs


"Suite-ing" Virtual Packages

Screencast on DSC (Dynamic Suiting Console):


Here's some links to how it can be used:



OSD Illustrated (tells you what each piece of the OSD in App-V means, not to be confused with Operating System Deployment)


OSD Scripting

A very nice and thorough walkthrough of OSD scripting



Making Applications Compatible with Windows 7 in a Virtualized Environment


Application Compatibility


Understanding Shims


TechNet Virtual Lab: Mitigating Application Issues Using Shims


Application Compatibility

Latest Content and Expert Advice


AppV ROI and RDS information

Business Insights Webcast: Application Virtualization (App-V) Enterprise Return on Investment (Level 100) (by Forrester)



shortlink:  http://bit.ly/AppvROI 


Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services



App-V Companion ROI Tool (from Forrester and Microsoft, see webcast above)

App-V ROI Tool.xlsm

Information on purchasing AppV for your academic unit/college

Please contact the software team with any inquires.

Hope this helps.  If you have anything you'd like to add to this post, shoot me an email and I'll update it.  If you have any questions about AppV, our experience with it, and it's benefits drop a comment and I'll get back to you.


Computer Management useful tools list

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I was looking around for an old tool I used and was having some difficulty finding it.  So I thought I needed a central place to find them again and share that information with everyone and a few new ones I found looking for the old one.  I know I've posted tools before and sent them out to the list, but this more complete. I will get this up on the Google site once everyone gets migrated over, be sure to get your tools or repositories to me and I'll make sure they get on the blog and on the Google site whent that is up and running. Enjoy!

MyITForum:  Tools and Utilities for ConfigMgr 2007

http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/SCCMTools.ashx  a wiki page for a bunch of tools that community members have created, used, or linked to.  I've linked directly below to the highly used ones here at the U.

SCCM Right Click Tools


SCCM Client Center



http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys/pages/osdplusplus.aspx  a beta release of an app that give value add to OSD scenarios, especially refresh

Microsoft provided tools

Scripting Tools and Utilities

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/dd823314.aspx a great collection of tools to include:

  • Scriptomatic 2.0
  • Do-It-Yourself Script Center Kit
  • WMI Code Creator
  • ADSI Scriptomatic
  • Tweakomatic
  • Log Parser 2.2
  • Portable Script Center
  • HTA helpomatic

Definitely check that site out!

Wait where's the Powershell Scriptomatic?

Windows PowerShell Scriptomatic



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905  MSI editing tool

Script Center Home

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/default.aspx  great resource for your scripting needs and questions

Exploring WMI

WMI Explorer

http://www.ks-soft.net/hostmon.eng/wmi/index.htm  a nice portable app that allows you to browse and search WMI

PowerShell WMI Explorer



http://powergui.org/index.jspa  Also aids in powershell script writting

WQL Analyzer

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/database/WQLAnalyzer.aspx  Also aids in WMI script writting

Dell Tools

SCCM - System Center Configuration Manager

http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/SCCM+-+System+Center+Configuration+Manager many good tools and resources located here for Dell computer in ConfigMgr, to include:

  • Dell Server Updates Catelog
  • Dell Server Deployment Pack for ConfigMgr
  • Inventory DRAC Information using ConfigMgr
  • Dell Business Client Updates Catalog
  • Dell Workstation Bios Configuration
  • OMCI and ConfigMgr
  • Dell Business Client Operating System Deployment
  • Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK)
  • Dell Driver CAB files


PowerShell Analyzer

http://www.powershellanalyzer.com/  Does what it's name implies.  It used to be a pay product, now it's free!

 Cloud Search

Search the cloud for information and help in ConfigMgr


ConfigMgr Client Troubleshooter

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Greg Ramsey posted a new version of his ConfigMgr Client Troubleshooter.  Greg is a ConfigMgr MVP working for Dell.  Check it out, it's a nice little portable html application.


New rights and rights inheritance in ConfigMgr

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After listening to many people asking for a better way to delegate specific permissions in ConfigMg,r we've tested and now implemented a few new changes in our implementation of ConfigMgr.  For those interested the next paragraph is a little overview of how permissions work in ConfigMgr. 

All rights in ConfigMgr are in WMI, what does this mean for us and delegating rights to collections:  no inheritance of rights (to subcollections--in the instance I'm addressing).  Also, in ConfigMgr when you create a collection the creator is only given Read, Modify, Delete; this limits what the creator can delegate since in ConfigMgr you can only delegate the permissions that you are explicitly given (that is in this case, Read, Modify, Delete).  In our distributed environment, this is obviously unacceptable.

To resolve the problems presented in the last paragraph we contacted our Microsoft TAM (Technical Account Manager) when we found out about an inheritance script that a Microsoft PFE (Premiere Field Engineer) had written.  Through our TAM we got two scripts:

Script 1

We took  the Collection inheritance script and edited it to not just inherit permissions but grant the creator of the collection full contol to be able to delegate the needed permissions.  So what, you ask...  Well with these changes it works a little more like NTFS permissions, which we all know and love.  The only drawback that we've seen is that once the permissions are inherited the permissions can be removed from users/groups, but the users/groups cannot be deleted from security section of the collection properties (so, if you do this, you end up with groups or users that have no rights to the collection, but are listed).  Set up your collection security well.  That's not to say that myself or someone on the team cannot remove the groups or users, but granting the permissions needed for everyone to do that would unfortunately not work in our distributed environment.

Script 2

The second script works with advertisements, what it does is when an advertisement is created it takes the permissions of the collection the advertisement is pointed to and grants permission to the users/groups that have permissions on the collection to that advertisement.  So, no more remembering to grant permissions to other members of you group... sweet.

Bonus Script

What?!? a bonus script?  That's right, thanks to the savviness of a member of our team--thank you Jaysen--there's a bonus script.  He was in WMI and said, 'I got this' (that's my recollection anyway:), and low and behold he created script that grants full control to the creator of a Task Sequence on it's creation... super sweet.  This one is in test currently, but is working it's way through the approval process to production in the near future.

Bonus rights

The good news just keeps coming.  As of yesterday, under the Task Sequences node you have the right to manage folders.  What this gives you is the ability to create folders under the node and you can create Task Sequences there, or drag and drop your current TSs into that folder.  I recommend you all take advantage of this, labeling your folders with your assigned unit prefix.

Now how was that for a lead up to an extended weekend?

Hope you all have a greate 4th of July!  Stay safe and if you get a chance, read the declaration of independence, you can find a transcript here:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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