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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v3 – Join the Beta Program

VMST 3.0 helps customers reduce IT costs by making it easier to update their offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure. Using VMST 3.0, customers can also keep users productive during updates and maintenance of physical hosts: VMST 3.0 now automates the servicing of Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters running Hyper-V—leveraging live migration.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

  • Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.
  • Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.
  • Virtual machine templates.
  • Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 is now in beta until May. Want to give you an advance look at VMST 3.0, and a chance to provide feedback so it best meets their needs?  Join the beta program!  Here’s the link.

On 11th May, TechNet is also doing a Webcast on Understanding the Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool. You can Register for the same!

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Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Download SuperFlow for Operating System Deployment via Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)

This SuperFlow provides information about operating system deployment using preboot execution environment (PXE) service points. The SuperFlow provides step-by-step information about how to configure the enterprise network to support Configuration Manager PXE service point deployments. It then describes the steps from creating the deployment package until the operating system deployment task sequence begins to run on the client computer.

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. This SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. You will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, security information, and other information. This SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

Download the SuperFlow for Operating System Deployment via PXE here [msi format]

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Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Highlights, Features and Benefits of WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite

Another major release of WinINSTALL from Scalable. In the two years since Scalable acquired WinINSTALL from Attachmate the company has delivered 3 major product releases while significantly improving stability.

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, or LMS, replaces WinINSTALL’s Desktop Availability Suite (DAS) and is available free to all DAS customers current on maintenance. LMS contains all of the coolest features that the DAS suite offered, plus a few new enhancements sure to make any System Administrator drool.

First and foremost, Scalable Software has enhanced its Personality Transfer engine. WinINSTALL now leverages Microsoft’s USMT 4.0.

In its default state, USMT 4.0 or User State Migration Tool, is a scriptable command-line tool that provides a highly-customizable user-profile migration experience for IT professionals.  This utility is mainly designed to safely migrate User Accounts, Operating Systems and Application settings after a machine has been replaced or upgraded. Microsoft’s version of USMT is driven by 3 separate XML files that contain the instructions which tell the USMT Tool what data it needs to back up for migration. 

Instead of having the end user weed through XML files to determine what data needs to be backed up, WinINSTALL’s LMS product presents this to the user in template fashion via its UI.  Meaning, all of the supported applications are presented to the end user to either include or exclude as part of the migration.  Additionally, Administrators can select file formats they want to search for and migrate such as all .xlsx or all .pdf files.  You can backup a folder or folders from a target workstation, and even specify file size limits.  You also have the ability to exclude certain file types from being migrated. So if you have a user or users that store mp3 files locally, you can choose to exclude .mp3 files from being moved over to the new machine.

Now there are other products out there that allow you to backup User profiles in order to perform Machine to Machine migrations. However what WinINSTALL’s LMS product offers is an all in one process for backing up that user or user’s profiles, re-installing or upgrading the current Operating System, deploying all of your core applications back to the machine, and then restoring the User or Users profiles from one console as part of a single process.  There is no sys-prep required, no joining the domain after the process is complete.  No logging in, and installing application after application or setting screen resolutions or enabling Remote Desktop.  Additionally, since WinINSTALL has very robust support for the WinPE environment, LMS enables rapid in-place OS upgrades. By exploiting the new “hardlink” feature of USMT 4.0, LMS enables all user personality settings and attributes to be preserved in place while the OS is upgraded underneath. With these mechanisms, alongside the many existing OS migration facilities of WinINSTALL, you can do what many have said is practically impossible; an unattended, remote, in-place, enterprise-wide migration from Windows XP to Windows 7.

The LMS product will give you complete control over your Operating Systems Deployments. You won’t need external tools or scripts to perform this process.  Simply load your Windows 7 WIM into the WinINSTALL LMS console.  Select the Version of Windows 7 you wish install and select either 32 or 64 bit. Enter your OEM or Volume License Key. Add your hardware drivers for target workstations.  Select a Template and start your Migration.  LMS will perform a full Operating System Migration all through a PXE boot process, all unattended.

In some cases, customers have already created a new Corporate WIM image of Windows 7 that they want to deploy.  WinINSTALL’s LMS product allows you to push out your custom WIM image with a few configurations inside the product.  This way you can backup the User Profile and then install your corporate WIM image, finishing up with a Profile restoration.

Additionally, WinINSTALL’s LMS product includes PXE Operating System Installation support for Ubuntu.  So with more and more shops purchasing netbooks, LMS can be a center piece to your OS deployment procedure.

These are just a few of the core features centered around the WinINSTALL LMS product.  Check out the website for full feature descriptions of all of the WinINSTALL products.

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, is available immediately. A free 45-day evaluation is available at http://www.scalable.com/softwaredownload/lmsdownload

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  1. Points to Consider While Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Using Scalable Suite
  2. Scalable Software’s WinINSTALL Desktop Availability Suite
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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC), is a new feature in App-V 4.5, provides the flexibility to control virtual application interaction. Administrators wanting to consolidate virtual environments, and enable faster, easier administration, can use the product’s Dynamic Suite Composition, which sequences and manages packages for middleware applications separately from the main application. It shrinks potential package size by eliminating redundant packaging of middleware, allowing, for instance, multiple Web applications to communicate with the same instance of a virtualized Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

This “many-to-one” capability greatly reduces the cost and effort of updating the common virtual middleware component. It also makes it easier to deploy and manage applications with multiple plug-ins and add-ins, and improves management of plug-in distribution to different user groups. If there is an installer associated with a virtual application package, the installers will be automatically updated.

This tool is a GUI application, where you can specify dependencies between primary and secondary packages. Also, it supports mandatory and non-mandatory packages.

Download the Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool here (exe file)

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Summing up, Dynamic suite composition is a feature that enables applications to be sequenced separately from the plug-ins and middleware applications they rely on, while still being able to utilize the virtual resources such as file system and registry settings, in the virtual environment. The packages will run and interact with one another as if they were all installed locally on a computer. The primary package will also assume the secondary packages entire virtual environment, including the virtual file system.

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Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Download SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates and Deployment

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, or other information. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

The SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates provides detailed steps that help you to plan for and configure software updates at a site. This SuperFlow also includes troubleshooting information and additional resources that you can use to learn more about configuring software updates in Configuration Manager 2007.

This below software provides information that helps you to prepare for and deploy software updates after you configure the software updates infrastructure and synchronize software updates.

Download the Software Update Deployment SuperFlow here [.msi format]

This Software provides detailed steps that help you to plan for and configure software updates at a site.

Download SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates here [.msi format]

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista

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How-to Microsoft Tools

Merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single Assembly using ILMerge Utility

ILMerge is a utility that can be used to merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single assembly. ILMerge takes a set of input assemblies and merges them into one target assembly.

The first assembly in the list of input assemblies is the primary assembly. When the primary assembly is an executable, then the target assembly is created as an executable with the same entry point as the primary assembly. Also, if the primary assembly has a strong name, and a .snk file is provided, then the target assembly is re-signed with the specified key so that it also has a strong name.

If you aren’t aware about Assemblies, do read this introduction article here

ILMerge is packaged as a console application. But all of its functionality is also available programmatically. There are several options that control the behavior of ILMerge. ILMerge runs in the v2.0 .NET Runtime, but it is also able to merge v1 or v1.1 assemblies. However it can merge PDB files only for v2 assemblies. 

Download the ILMerge tool here [.msi format]

Currently, ILMerge works only on Windows-based platforms. It does not yet support Rotor or Mono. You can find more information about this tool here the ILMerge web site.

To read more on the Side-by-Side Assemblies and WinSxS folder, I would recommend you check this article which was written sometime ago!

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General How-to Microsoft Tools

Play your Good Old DOS Games on Windows 7, Linux / Free BSD or Mac OS X using DOSBox

DOSBox is an emulated x86 machine with integrated DOS for running old DOS games and applications. This emulated machine allows you to control the speed of old games and emulate old hardware like sound cards and video cards regardless of the host operating system. The integrated DOS also allows you to directly start games without first having to setup DOS in a virtual machine. This tool is mostly focused on running old games.

DosBoxThe new Windows OSs does not offer the ability to run the game in a command window, or improve the graphics with a scaler. That was one of the reason why DOSBox project was made. This tool is just 1.5 MB and it runs about 90% of old games.

People who want to play DOS games and preferably already have a familiarity with DOS will love this tool.  I am big fan of Prince of Persia, i remember playing this game almost 10 years back when I was in school. Till date, i would consider this to be the best game, i have ever played on a PC.  I am on a 64 bit Windows 7 Operating System and running this game is absolutely bliss.

Download the DOSBox here from the SourceForge website – http://sourceforge.net/projects/dosbox/files/

DOSBox ShortcutOnce you download and run this installer, the DOSbox will put all the executables needed and create a shortcut in the start menu. Launch the shortcut DOSbox as shown in the figure.

On the first Launch, you will see the below DOS Dialog.

DOSBox First Launch

You need to mount a drive to load your games onto this DOS panel. In this example, i have already copied the prince game to my C:\ in my computer. Now,  lemme mount my c:\ to this application. Check this below dialog.

DOSBox Mount C:\

Just scroll through the directory(c:\Prince) and invoke the game executable (prince.exe).

DOSBox Invoke the Game executable

This will start the prince game and is giving me a similar experience which I had 10 years back.! Can i say., a better experience??

Running Price of Persia 2 on Windows 7

Running Price of Persia Windows 7

Running Dave on Windows 7

DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with sound and dos. Its main use is to run old dosgames on platforms which don’t have DOS(win2K/XP/linux/FreeBSD/Mac OS X).

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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download Application Listing Tool for your Application Virtualization (App-V) Setup

The App-V Application Listing Tool (ListVApps) is a tool which lists all the virtual processes that are running at a specific time on a specific computer. You can use the tool to get information about the priority and owner of each process, the size of its virtual memory, its session identifier and processing time.

User with administrator privileges will see all running virtual applications.

This application is not supported through the official Microsoft Support channels. Please use the Microsoft Application Virtualization TechNet forums to provide feedback or report any problems.

Download the Application Virtualization Application Listing Tool here (exe file)

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Microsoft Tools

Download the WinINSTALL 10.1 Lifecycle Management Suite (LMS)

Scalable Software, the leading provider of software to drive down the cost of managing end-user computing, released a major new incarnation of its popular WinINSTALL product.

WinINSTALL 10.1 Lifecycle Management Suite (LMS) builds on the success of its predecessor, Desktop Availability Suite (DAS) and is available free to all existing DAS customers on maintenance.

WinINSTALL LMS has been enhanced with support for the latest version of Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT v4.0). In conjunction with its existing class-leading exploitation of  WinPE within the pre-boot execution environment (PXE), LMS now supports zero-touch, machine to machine, and in-place upgrades from XP and Vista to Windows 7.

Upgrades from XP to Windows7, including migration of all user themes, personalities, files and settings, can be achieved without visiting the user workstation in as little as 30 minutes per machine. The common application migration requirements are supported ‘out-of-the-box’, with an extensible model for more unusual application migration scenarios.

“The migration to Windows 7 from XP is one of the biggest IT challenges facing corporations in 2010” says Mark Cresswell, CEO of Scalable.  “The new WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite completely solves the well-documented problems associated with zero-touch upgrades from XP to Windows 7”

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite, is available immediately. A free 45-day evaluation is available at http://www.scalable.com/softwaredownload/lmsdownload

WinINSTALL Lifecycle Management Suite is priced on a per-seat basis. Volume discounts are available through Scalable’s global network of reseller partners. WinINSTALL customers with current maintenance agreements will receive a complimentary upgrade!

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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6

In Remote Desktop Services deployments, application conflicts can lead to silos of remote desktop session host servers. To avoid application conflicts, applications typically must undergo significant testing to determine which applications will collide and, therefore, must be separated and run on different session host silos—a time-consuming and costly process. Separating out multiple remote desktop session hosts to accommodate specific applications routinely results in servers being underutilized because each one is locked into a specific configuration, capable of serving only a limited set of non-conflicting applications. Often, 20 servers are required to support 1,000 users.

Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6 helps consolidate remote desktop session host servers by offering the following features and benefits:

  • Reduce app-to-app and multi-user application conflicts and hence the need for regression testing
  • Accelerate application deployment by reducing the deployment risk
  • Simplify profile management
  • App-V for RDS 4.6 now supports 64-bit operating systems.

Download the Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6 here

PS: You need to register with your live/hotmail id to download this software.
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