Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Altiris SVS

I'm starting to become a real fan of Software Virtualisation Solution of Altiris (now owned by Symantec).

I already run 'Launchy' using SVS for some time. Today, I tried running the new VisionApp Remote Desktop tool using SVS. Since I did not have the correct .Net version, I had to somehow make this version available for the installation wizard. Here's the procedure I followed:
  1. Download .Net v2 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5&displaylang=en)
  2. Close Outlook if it is open.
  3. Create a new layer (VisionApp RD) and install the downloaded executable.
  4. Test the layer.

  5. Download the VisionApp RD tool (http://www.visionapp.com/141.0.html?)
  6. Select to update the layer created before (we will change the name later).
  7. Install RD
  8. Start the layer to test the installation
It works perfectly!  This is also the first time I test RD from VisionApp and I can tell you it is amazing, especially when you visit different environments all the time and don't want to remember IP addresses and account information.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bloody Applications

This is an interesting one. Below, you see first a screenshot of a PowerFuse shortcut that does not work and after that a shortcut that works. Working means that the application starts up without errors.

Do you see the difference? Ok, I should have avoided the active cursor in the window as it is a real spoiler... This is due to the fact that the application itself checks if it is started from the proper location to make sure a valid license is used. This check is done on the basis of the startup command and the string comparison is made case sensitive...

Not working:


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