In looking at both SoftGrid 4.1 and Altiris SVS it seems that while SVS virtualized applications can be used independant of a server SoftGrids virtualized applications are geared more towards beings used with the Application Server.
With that being said I know there is the ability to Work Offline in a SoftGrid 4.1 client. Does anyone have any expereience good or bad with running SoftGrid virtualized applications offline?
If there is any detailed information or articles on the Offline mode that might shed more light on this feature?

Offline is a potentially critical feature in our using SoftGrid 4.1 and so I wanted to see how well experienced users think it works.

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The word with offline access is that every application that is to be used offline should be launched at least once while online and be cached 100%. To get around the launched at least once requirement I have been told to run the SFTTRAY /loadall command. This will cache all applications 100% and remove the requirement to launch the application at least once. This solution could be a little more elegant but this is the way it is for now with Softgrid. Also be aware of the cache expiry time on the clients. If you do not set this to the maximum your client's cache could end up being purged while the client is offline for too long.
Answered 02/12/2007 by: kkaminsk
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Thanks kkaminsk,

I had wondered if there was a expiration, I'm glad you pointed that out! Where should the -SFTTRAY /loadall command be run from? Just a command prompt or placed in the shorcut of the app?
Answered 02/13/2007 by: windmiller
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We've just started playing with SoftGrid but the apps we've deployed (Illustrator, FileZilla, RealPlayer) all work fine when we take down the server.
Answered 02/13/2007 by: CameronFrasnelly
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Cameron, this is probably because the application was launched once before. The solution I am presenting allows you to get around that issue which can be happy if you have laptop users or for some reason your Softgrid back end is unstable. To be honest I have yet to see an unstable Softgrid server but I have seen the effects of a bad MSSQL implementation.

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As for the SFTTRAY /loadall you should do this via script but i am not sure if you really want to do this in your logon script. I should mention that I have not been playing with this solution but just passing info I've found on the subject.
Answered 02/15/2007 by: kkaminsk
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I see... that would be handy. Where do you set the cache expiration???
Answered 02/15/2007 by: CameronFrasnelly
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Softricity\SoftGrid Client\CurrentVersion\Configuration

DOTimeoutMinutes

DWORD 0x78 (120 minutes)

Allows the client to run applications in Minimal Disconnected Operation (MDO) for the amount of minutes specified, the maximum is 45 days except with Softgrid 4.x. If you set it to something like 0xFFFFFF it will not expire.
Answered 02/15/2007 by: kkaminsk
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