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  • Blog Post: Farewell to Zune

    As I write this, within a few hours, the Zune Service is expected to end per earlier announcements. What exactly will happen with the functionality of the Zune 4.8 software, will be only that limited functionality will remain. I am sad. I loved the...( read more )
  • Blog Post: On the Bloggers, Analysts, and the Shareholders.

    Over the past 20 years, I have had many different roles in IT. I’ve been a helpdesk jockey, professor/instructor, sysadmin, developer, support engineer, escalation engineer, and now consultant. I’ve worked with a variety of industries as well. I’ve been...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Application Troubleshooting: An Error Message, Without Context, is Worthless

    Note: This blog contains free stock photos that were too hilarious to pass up. I was inspired to write this article based off an internal discussion I was involved with where someone was requesting a comprehensive list of all possible event log messages...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Manageability Lingo, Standards, & Acronyms, Oh My!

    Since the dawn of the 21st century (and even before) you have been hearing many items related to acronyms interchangeably describing manageability features within Microsoft products (as well as others.) For example, WMI has been at the heart of most Microsoft...( read more )
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6 Sequencing: What are the logs really for?

    For sequencing in App-V 5, the new ETW model simplifies the process and moves App-V to the Windows standards for event tracing. Even better, the sequencer not only has two logs to worry about (operational and administrative) but a simple process can occur...( read more )
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.6: So your Client Installation or Upgrade has failed: How do you break down the Logging?

    App-V 4.6 is still very prevalent out there and will be for a while. With the releases of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 brought additional service packs for the App-V 4.6 client which means upgrades and/new installs for newer operating systems. Several weeks...( read more )
  • Blog Post: MED-V: The Case of the Unresponsive Word Window

    I recently resolved a long standing issue that affected legacy web applications running inside a MED-V 2.0 workspace. Often web applications will trigger documents and other objects that will launch within their respective host application either through...( read more )
  • Blog Post: The Role of Server Groups in App-V 4

    The Role of Server Groups in App-V 4 Server groups are for configuring a server or server farm to have alternate provider policies, server-centric application management, and/or alternate logging pipelines to databases. Provider Policies Provider...( read more )
  • Blog Post: App-V 4: Factors that can cause Performance Issues with App-V 4.x Servers

    For those of you still using App-V 4 (hopefully at least App-V 4.6 on the client side and 4.5 SP2 on the server side due to supportability) you may have been reading about how App-V 5 resolves a lot of limitations of App-V 4 – especially those that revolve...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Important Read: Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality

    If you believe in the openness, freedom, and affordability of the Internet, this blog is very important. – read more )
  • Blog Post: Are you *sure* you need to rebuild the WMI Repository?

    To continue the subject of WMI troubleshooting: I am always frustrated at the quick, shotgun method of rebuilding the WMI repository as a rote, rudimentary troubleshooting step. This is very dangerous and risky. Rebuilding the WMI repository manually...( read more )
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