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KACE: Microsoft App-V integration scripts for the K1000 now available!

Wanted to let everyone know about some scripts that are now available for the K1000 that you’ll find of interest if you are using, or considering using Microsoft App-V for application virtualization.  Best of all, you can download them here, now and at no cost!

These scripts allow you to manage Microsoft App-V sequencing and deployment directly from your K1000 console in the same manner you deploy all traditionally installed software applications.  To be clear, it does not replace any Microsoft App-V licensing or software (you still need to be compliant and have the software installed on each machine), but this does allow you send software images from either a DVD or network share to the MS sequencer and deploy that sequenced image to your client machines directly from the K1000 interface.  In addition, K1000 inventory will include all App-V installed applications from each machine, right next to all of your traditionally installed software applications. So if you are a K1000 customer that wants an easy way to sequence, deploy and track App-V applications, these scripts are for you!


You can download these scripts and a User Guide for setup HERE.  The guide will walk you through importing and setting up / executing the scripts to help manage your App-V environment!

 

For more information on Microsoft App-V and whether it might be a good fit for your organization, visit Microsoft's App-V home page.

 

We hope you find these scripts helpful!  Let us know what you think!

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Advanced Virtualization Tips from VMware

VMware is  doing a live webinar where they're going to share in-depth tips about setting up a virtual environment. They're going to to have a Senior Engineer on the call and are going to beyond the basics of virtualization set up and give more advanced details. There is also going to have a customer on  who is going to talk about how they virtualized 90% of their environment. 

 

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: : 10 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m ET

Here is wehre you can register for the event: http://bit.ly/HPLTra

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Applications Packaging roles in Perth WA!!!

My colleague and I are currently searching for several exceptional Applications Packagers for our Perth based clients.

 

Desired are skills such as:

High level of proficiency as an Applications Packager, with designing, testing, deploying and monitoring experience in an enterprise environment

Experience with tools such as ORCA, SCCM, Wise, Admin Studio

VB or other Scripting experience

Group Policy experience with Active Directory or Exchange

Excellent Communication skills

 

Important details for the likely candidates:

Long terms contracts and Permanent roles available

Roles are located in and around Perth, Western Australia

 

Our clients are extremely well regarded within their respective industries, and pride themselves on providing career advancement and healthy work/life balance to all employees.

 

If you know of someone who may be interested in these opportunities, please feel free to pass on my contact details as per below.

 

Thanks so much,

Luke James

08 9423 1417, luke.james@peoplebank.com.au

Associate Account Manager

or

Emmie Whitehouse

Recruitment Consultant

P:  08 9423 1403

E:  Emmie.Whitehouse@peoplebank.com.au

Peoplebank Australia Ltd

 W: www.peoplebank.com.au

 

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Book Review: Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

The Author, Augusto Alvarez works as a consultant and has experience writing on the topic fo App-V, having authored a more introductory step-by-step book for the same publisher which covered v4.6 in 2011. The book’s subtitle sums up the lofty goal of the book quite well: “Master Microsoft App-V by taking a deep dive into advanced topics and acquire all the necessary skills to optimize your application virtualization platform”.

Does it pull this off? Yes, yes it does. I’m often disappointed at a book that claims to be “advanced” (especially for a subject area that is arguabley complex already). So to provide a readable summary of what is covered here, I’ll be as brief as possible:

The sequencing of applications and the deployment of itself App-V in “complex environments” each get their own chapters and with another large section dedicated to scripting and command line support is a great sign that this is indeed a book that satisfies the expectations of an “advanced guide”. Design considerations and scaling of App-V implementations and a nice fat section on troubleshooting. It covers SCCM integration and also integrating App-V in an VDI environment. Finally it closes off with a chapter on integrating Sever App-V with private clouds. Finally, there is an appendix includes a brief summary of dozens of Microsoft third-party tools for App-V.

If you know App-V, use App-V and want a good reference for getting the most out of App-V this is the book you’ve been looking for!

http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-application-virtualization-advanced-guide/book

Note: the chapter on Integrating App-V with SCCM 2012 (yes the very latest) is available free as a sample download chapter at the link above.

 

 

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Profiling Firefox in Citrix XenApp 6.5

Hello,

In the next few steps I will share with you, as to how you should profile Firefox(ver. 13) in citrix xenapp 6.5

Intro:

Firefox, as you all know is a web browser by Mozilla. Most of us have often struggled with the first few screens that come when you launch firefox for the first time after installation. Its really painful to repeat all those steps if you are planning to deploy this application over a network.

Solution:

Firefox creates a profile under %Appdata% (roaming in case of windows 7). Now if you open this folder you will find a folder named mozilla. under this folder you will find the folder Firefox, under this folder you will find a folder named crash reports, profiles and a profiles.ini file. If you open this profiles.ini, you will find the following content in it

[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/n9i7r825.default

Now the most important thing in this ini file is the last line highlighted in bold in the above line. open the profile folder in the firectory where the profiles.ini file is present, you will find a folder by exactly similar name as in the above ini file. If you delete this folder firefox will again ask you to configure it, in the same manner it asked you , when you launched the application for the first. So to avoid this make sure you never delete this folder. Now  coming to the suppression of updates in the firefox. All the options related to pop up that surface after configuring firefox, updates, sending crash reports, etc.. are stored in prefs.js file. And this is the file that we are looking for.  This file is located in following location %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\n9i7r825.default\prefs.js. Always keep a backup of this file , incase some of you dont wish to configure firefox over and again after installation. Just copy this file in the above mentioned location as soon as the installation is over, and the Firefox would bother you ever for the configuration

How to Profile:

Now what I am about to cover here is pertaining to XenApp 6.5.

1. Open the profiler in the profiling machine

2. Select New profile in the above step

3. Click next

4. name the profile as per your requirement.

5. Click next

6.Click next

7. Select the platform for which you wish to deploy the application and its language

8. now if your installation has just a single installer select the default option else select advanced option and  continue with the default option already present on the next screen and click next

9. Pass the exe and command line arguments if any on this screen and click next

10. Click launch installer. At this stage the installation of firefox would start. Proceed as if you were installing the firefox on your machine. Once done with installation, the next button will get highlighted by itself, click next it will take you to the next screen

Click next if you dont wish to install other applications alongside firefox and wish to profile those alongwith firefox, in which case you should select the second option. Rest i presume should be easy for all those reading this.

on the next screen the profiler will detect the installed applications by default. if it doesnt it means something went wrong and you need to start profiling again.

click next once you have run the application.

click next on this screen

follow the default settings on the next screen until you reach the final screen where the profiler asks you to build the profile as shown below

click finish and the profiler will build your profile. Exclusions related to files and folders can be done by opening the .profile file for upgrade. I will cover that later on, right now , dont wish to confuse the audience.

Finishing the application
Now if you'll remember i discussed something about the prefs.js file in the beginning. Yes, now that file comes into file. Now what i didnt tell you was, the xenapp 6.5 doesnt capture user related files , so how do we handle it? At this stage , we need to write a prelaunch vbscript which will copy this file everytime this application is launched

but first let me share with you the contents of prefs.js file

# Mozilla User Preferences

/* Do not edit this file.
 *
 * If you make changes to this file while the application is running,
 * the changes will be overwritten when the application exits.
 *
 * To make a manual change to preferences, you can visit the URL about:config
 */

user_pref("app.update.auto", false);
user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);
user_pref("app.update.mode", 0);
user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.bookmarks.restore_default_bookmarks", false);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.capacity", 1048576);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run", false);
user_pref("browser.migration.version", 6);
user_pref("browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion", 3);
user_pref("browser.preferences.advanced.selectedTabIndex", 2);
user_pref("browser.rights.3.shown", true);
user_pref("browser.search.update", false);
user_pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID", "20120614114901");
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "13.0.1");
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lastgroupid", "E7CF176E110C211B");
user_pref("extensions.blocklist.pingCountVersion", 0);
user_pref("extensions.bootstrappedAddons", "{}");
user_pref("extensions.databaseSchema", 12);
user_pref("extensions.enabledAddons", "{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}:13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.installCache", "[{\"name\":\"app-global\",\"addons\":{\"{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\":{\"descriptor\":\"C:\\\\Program Files (x86)\\\\Mozilla Firefox\\\\extensions\\\\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\",\"mtime\":1341981846073}}}]");
user_pref("extensions.lastAppVersion", "13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.lastPlatformVersion", "13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.pendingOperations", false);
user_pref("extensions.shownSelectionUI", true);
user_pref("intl.charsetmenu.browser.cache", "UTF-8");
user_pref("network.cookie.prefsMigrated", true);
user_pref("places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages", 104858);
user_pref("privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs", true);
user_pref("services.sync.clients.lastSync", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.clients.lastSyncLocal", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.globalScore", 0);
user_pref("services.sync.migrated", true);
user_pref("services.sync.nextSync", 0);
user_pref("services.sync.tabs.lastSync", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.tabs.lastSyncLocal", "0");
user_pref("toolkit.startup.last_success", 1341982165);
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.prompted", 2);
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.rejected", true);
user_pref("urlclassifier.keyupdatetime.https://sb-ssl.google.com/safebrowsing/newkey", 1344569870);
user_pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add", "");
user_pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add.36", "");
 

the highlighted sections matter the most. If you observe closely, the highlighted lines are self explanatory, if not, let me tell you that those lines , will suppress automatic updates and automatic search engine updates.

now comes the the prelaunch vbscript file, but before that, did i tell you where you should keep this file , so that prelaunch.vbs copies this file everytime it runs in user. For that , open the .profile file generated in the above profiling steps. 

refer the image below

click update/install application , so that we can add file. click next on the screen that appears

on the next screen , select  advanced install, and click next. On the next screen , select "select files and folders radio button" and click next. it will take you to the following screen

the left hand section designates the files on the machine and the right hand section designates the file in the profiled application. Now in the left hand section, navigate to the desktop folder(i presume that should not be difficult ) Once on desktop folder, add that folder to the captured installation directory of firefox(u can keep the file anywhere in the captured directories, but i prefer INSTALLDIR). once the file is added , click next. On the next screen, select finish application and click next. again you will be presented with the screen asking you to run the application. Run the application and follow on screen instruction.When done , follow the default options on the screen untill you get the screen which asks you to build the profile and Voila!! you are done adding the file

Now lets write our vbscript file. Use the following content. I dont own any of the following content. Nor am i a very good scripter, but can write everyday scripts that can get the work done.

======================================================================

Option Explicit

On Error Resume Next
Const OVERWRITE_EXISTING = True

Dim objShell, objFso, struserpath, filepath, strCD, cmd, strAppdata, strSource1, strSource2, strDest, strDest1, strDest2, strDest3, strMicro, strFile

Set objShell=wscript.CreateObject ("wscript.Shell")
Set objFso=CreateObject ("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

strAppdata = objshell.expandenvironmentstrings("%appdata%")
strCD = objshell.expandenvironmentstrings("%ProgramFiles(x86)%")

strSource1 = strCD & "\Mozilla Firefox\profiles.ini"
strSource2 = strCD & "\Mozilla Firefox\prefs.js"
strMicro = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\"
strDest1 = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\Firefox\"
strDest2 = strAppData & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\"
strDest3 = strAppData & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\382pmpjp.default\"
strFile = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\382pmpjp.default\prefs.js"


If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strMicro ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strMicro
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest1 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest1
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest2 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest2
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest3 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest3
End if

If Not objFSO.FileExists( strFile ) Then
         
         objFso.CopyFile strSource1 , strDest1
                 objFso.CopyFile strSource2 , strDest3, OVERWRITE_EXISTING
        
        
                
End if



Set objShell= nothing
Set objFso= nothing

======================================================================

Save this file by anyname.vbs
Now how to add this script to our profile?

again refer the following options

This time click properties and you will get the following screen

select the highlighted section. Uncheck the use profile settings. this will open up the prelaunch & Post exit scripts section.

Click Add. browse to the directory where you have kept your vbs file. Do not change any other option on the window unless you are sure about it. Once done adding the file, click apply and ok and save the profile on desktop. and you are done. Now when  you publish this application you will no longer get the same configuration windows and also the auto update will be disabled.

 

Do let me know if in case, someone finds any difficulty in the above mentioned steps

 

 

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