Creating the Secure Managed Desktop: Chapter 5: Application Virtualization and SoftGrid Essentials
Publication date: February 2008
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
Jeremy Moskowitz's companion book on Group Policy continues with best practices for Desktop Management. This eBook chapter is entitled ¿Application Virtualization and SoftGrid Essentials¿ and is part of a larger series of chapters from his book, Creating the Secure Managed Desktop. In this chapter, you¿ll learn how to use SoftGrid to deploy applications to your desktop -- without actually installing them. You know the story: your users have been working, and things have been going great. Then, over time the machine starts to, oh, let's call it "deteriorate." You load more applications, and things get slower. You add a patch, and some applications start acting "funny." Applications start crashing and users are rebooting more. And you know why. Because Windows doesn't do a really great job at isolating applications and keeping them from kicking each other in the shins. If you have DogFoodMaker 2.0 and CatFoodMaker 3.0 and they each use a DLL named food.DLL, which application is going to use which file? And what if CatFoodMaker 3.0's DLL doesn't work quite right with DogFoodMaker 2.0? Chaos and performance deterioration, that's what happens. This chapter talks about Microsoft's SoftGrid. In this chapter you'll learn how to solve issues like: ¿ App1 and App1A on the same machine ¿ App1 and App1A on the same Terminal Server ¿ How and Why the installation of new software affects other already-running software ¿ General "slowing down" of Windows over time, and what to do about it We start out talking about the new idea of Application Virtualization in general. We discuss the various products that can help make this magic happen, but then focus on Microsoft's SoftGrid solution. Here, you'll learn how to set up a SoftGrid server, how to get a sample application sequenced, and how to make sure the whole thing is working properly. If you've already got your hands on SoftGrid but really don't know where to start with it, then start right here. You'll be up and running by the time the chapter is over. Quick note: In order to use the stuff in this chapter, you have to pay Microsoft a few extra bucks by becoming a Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) customer. This means you pay a little extra insurance money up front, hoping that Microsoft produces updates that you want to install. The misconception is that SA customers must be large companies. They don't have to be. You can be an SA customer with as few as 50 seats. You can Get signed hardcopies and learn more about becoming an SA customer here: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/sa/. Come to www.GPanswers.com/book to Get signed hardcopies and learn more about the printed book (as well as its companion book Group Policy Fundamentals, Security, and Troubleshooting.). At GPanswers.com, you¿ll also find supplemental downloads for these chapters as well as any downloadables for each chapter. Join the GPanswers.com newsletter list for news and updates.