Archive for February, 2013

Running a MED-V application that depends on presence may not properly show presence when hovering over it in the System Tray

February 26, 2013 1 comment

Let’s review some basic information about how MED-V: The way MED-V V2 works is the Windows 7 host machine connects to the Guest Virtual PC through an RDP-style connection. This basically turns the Windows XP Virtual PC into a mini-RDP server. This must always be in the back of your mind while you test your applications under a MED-V solution. Leveraging RDP removes the need for a hooking DLL to be injected into the guest OS and cuts down on the overhead of the MED-V Guest Agent.

Since applications that run under MED-V are basically the same to the Windows 7 host as applications running remotely on an RDS or Terminal server, you will encounter specific limitations in cosmetic desktop features. For example, the AeroPeek style thumbnail preview of the remote application will not be visible. Window titles will show an appended (Remote) to differentiate it from the local applications.

In addition to what comes through the remote connections, MED-V will republish (pass along) critical messages that appear in the Windows XP system tray. For example, password expiry notices and update notices from WSUS (or Configuration Manager) will also appear on the local desktop. Applications that publish to the Windows XP System tray in the guest will also appear in the host (with an appended “Remote.”)

One item that is not simply a cosmetic issue that you will need to be aware of when considering MED-V for application remediation are applications that have presence indicators in the system tray. Changes in presence often cause a change in icon or icon color as well as their pop-out status message. While these status icons will appear in the Host system tray, there will be potential issues with changes in user presence updating icons properly.  Applications such as Communicator, Windows Messenger, and Lotus SameTime may not always update/change presence notifications properly when running in a MED-V workspace.

Let’s use the example of a user being signed in initially as “available.” When the use steps away and becomes idle, the system tray icon may not initially reset the icon appearing in the host to “Away” even though the user is away from their desk.

Office 2013: Deployment and Migration Resources

February 1, 2013 4 comments

Now that Office 2013 is generally available, it is time for many organizations who are currently using a virtualized instance of Office to start considering a move to Office 2013. As you may have read in the following Microsoft KB article (Supported scenarios for deploying Microsoft Office as a sequenced App-V Package) Office 365 ProPlus will be leveraging the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run so administrators will be importing the Office ProPlus (Click-To-Run) .APPV package right into App-V 5.0. No sequencing is required because App-V 5.0 provides integration with local applications natively through native Virtual Application Extensions.

UPDATE: As of App-V 5 SP2 – This is extended to Volume License ProPlus as well.

I have compiled the following resources into one simple location so you can proceed to read up on getting to migrate and deploy the new version of Office in the Enterprise whether you decide to install it locally or virtual through Click-to-Run. I've been using the new Office for a year now and I love it!

UPDATE: This page has been updated as new resources come available. I'm now almost two years into it and I still love it!

Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition

App-V 5.0 SP2 Support for Office 2013 Volume Licensing Editions

What’s New in Office Professional Plus 2013?

What's New in Lync 2013?

What's New in Excel 2013?

What's New in PowerPoint 2013?

What’s New in Access 2013?

What's New in Outlook 2013?

Office 2013 Technical Library in Compiled Help

Changes in Office 2013

Setup properties in Office 2013

Configuring a Silent Install of Office 2013

Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool

Office Customization Tool (OCT) in Office 2013

Planning for Group Policy in Office 2013

Integrating additional cloud storage services in Office 2013

Downloadable eBook: Deployment guide for Office 2013

Telemetry in Office 2013: A new way to Assess Office Compatibility

Microsoft Office 2013 Discovery and Risk Assessment Preview

Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM): Office Compatibility

Configure user settings for Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack

Deployment Options for Office 2013

Download: Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run

Customizing Office 2013 using the Office Click-to-Run Deployment Tool

Customization Overview for Click-to-Run

Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 (Poster)

Supported scenarios for deploying Microsoft Office as a sequenced App-V Package

Microsoft Office Support in Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)

Office 365

Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 1

Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 2

Test Lab Guide: Configuring and Office 365 Subscription

FastTrack Office 365 Deployment Guide

SkyDrive Pro for Windows Download

 Office Scrub – Cleaning Up Older Versions of Office and Remnants