Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides released

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

Here’s the new one’s available:

  • New! System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • New! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • New! Internet Information Services 7.0
  • New! Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Here’s the one’s already available:

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization
  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

    Here’s the URL to find all of them:

    Enable Streaming from File in SoftGrid 4.5

    From Aaron Parker’s blog

    The default behaviour of the SoftGrid Application Virtualisation 4.5 client is to not allow applications to be streamed from a file, i.e. streaming an application from a local OSD file rather than from the server.  If you attempt to load from a local package, you will receive an error.

    The fix for this is pretty simple.

    Read about the fix…

    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!


    InstallAware First Install Builder to Support Windows Installer 4.5

    Interesting quote from the article…

    "Microsoft had selected InstallAware as a launch partner on their first-ever coupled beta program – for the beta 1 milestone of Windows Installer 4.5 in October 2007," says Agustín K-ballo Bergé, Vice President of Research and Development at InstallAware Software Corporation. "We are proud to be working together with Microsoft in delivering our customer base the latest innovations in technology at breakneck speed. It should come as no surprise that we are the first install vendor to support the final released version of MSI 4.5."

    Read the rest…

    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