Official word: Hyper-V RTM released at 12:30 today…(was NDA only until 9:30AM PDT)…Publicly available for download at 3PM (EDT)




Hyper-V RTM Packages

Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V Parent Partition

This is the complete Hyper-V RTM package for Windows Server 2008 x64. This package must be installed on the Hyper-V Parent Partition. It includes the Hyper-V Server components for Full and Core installations. In addition, is contains the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management components for Full installations. Note This package is permanent.  Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled.

Hyper-V Management

This is the Windows Vista SP1 x64 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Vista SP1 x64.

This is the Windows Vista SP1 x86 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Vista SP1 x86.

This is the Windows Server 2008 x86 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Server 2008 x86Note This package is permanent.  Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled.

Microsoft Application Virtualization (Softgrid) gets an even newer name – kind of

App-V is the new moniker being bestowed upon the twice named product.  I guess this goes right in line with the whole Hyper-V thing.

Why is this important?  J.C. Hornbeck explains…

…the Softgrid blog will eventually go from being the SoftGrid blog to the App-V blog, the SoftGrid forums will probably become the App-V forums, etc.

Read the whole thing in “A Farewell to SoftGrid


BTW: has already updated their forums and articles to reflect the change.

App-V Forum: 

App-V Articles:  App-V (formerly SoftGrid)

New specific functionality added to the System Center Windows Vista search gadget

Microsoft has added some new functionality for myITforum’ers into their System Center Windows Vista Search Gadget today.

  1. Now pages from the articles section of  (*) will be returned in search results for the overall System Center search and for specific product searches.  For example, when you set the gadget to search all System Center products, and then you click on the Blogs tab, these search results will now contain pages that have a URL that starts with  Also, if you set the gadget to search for Operations Manager, Essentials, VMM, or Config Manager, then pages from the articles section of will also be returned in the results.
  2. Now when a user uses the “All System Center products” search, the results for the Forums tab will contain pages that have a URL that start with
  3. The blogs search definitions have also been updated for System Center (all products), Operations Manager, Essentials, and Configuration Manager to include results from blogs.


Better Forum results

To get better results for the forums, though, you need precede your search statement with “myitforum”.

Click on the image tab.


Type something like:  image


Click the Search icon image

And, you’ll see the forums solutions first…



Grab the System Center Search Windows Vista Gadget!


MS Application Virtualization: New Group Policy ADM template to be available with the 4.5 Release Candidate

Source: The SoftGrid Team Blog

There’s been a lot of interest in whether we are releasing a supported Group Policy Administrative (ADM) Template file with Application Virtualization 4.5. Happily, the answer is “yes”! Our ADM Template will be made available with the 4.5 Release Candidate.

Our focus was on registry settings that were well suited to controlling via ADM Template/Group Policy infrastructure and were the most likely to be customized. The ADM Template covers over 40 registry settings, including many of our newest features. For example, the ADM Template includes:

· New flags that allow overriding the location configured in the Open Software Description (OSD) file for the Application Source Route (ASR), the Icon Source Root (ISR), and the OSD Source Root (OSR) with the registry value located on the client.

· New Auto Load settings including when to target apps and what will trigger an Auto Load.

· New Reporting Configuration options.

· New Client Logging settings like maximum log size and number of copies to keep.

· New Require Authorization configuration to specify if already cached apps still require user authentication and authorization in order to launch.

· All permissions settings visible through the App Virtualization Client.

· Disconnected Operation configuration.

· Client user interface settings that control how the Tray behaves.

We’ve also documented nearly 100 registry settings that will be posted as a Knowledge Base article titled “Description of the Application Virtualization Client 4.5 Registry Entries” shortly. The ADM Template is for the values that will be most commonly manipulated. The KB article will document the next most likely keys to be modified, in order to increase understanding of what the configuration settings include.

Our ADM Template allows controlling Preferences (not GP Policies). For an explanation of the difference, please see the Group Policy Team Blog. A new, optional Application Virtualization Client install switch is available that makes Preferences simpler to manage: /KEEPCURRENTSETTINGS. If present, setup will not overwrite registry settings in the area that the ADM Template Preferences are placed. Specify that setup switch to ensure the client will not overwrite any Preferences that are set prior to client installation. Existing registry configuration is respected by default in the case of an upgrade so no switch is needed.

Michelle Escalante | Program Manager | Microsoft Application Virtualization