First impression: RES PowerFuse 2010 (RC1)

When I first implemented RES PowerFuse, several years ago, I was very surprised with the power of this product. Over the years the product has evolved to an even better product. RES has a clear view on what personalization should be like for the end user and how to keep management simple for the IT administrator.

The next generation will be released soon (16 february 2010); RES PowerFuse 2010. I’ve installed the Release Candidate, just to have a quick impression. By the time this product has its final release; I will come back with some more details.

The installation has been done on a Windows Server 2008 R2 with RDS and the database used is SQL Server 2008. Installation went smooth, like always.

First thing you will notice after installation is a new icon.
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Best practices for setting up your APP-V sequence machine

When virtualizing applications with Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V), one of the steps is application sequencing. With application sequencing the application will be installed in its virtual environment and prepared for streaming delivery. For application sequencing the APP-V sequencer will be used.
appv sequencer
Designing and building an APP-V infrastructure is normally just a small piece of your whole application virtualization project. Most of the time will be spent on the sequencing part. To be successful in this step it is important to have your APP-V sequencer configured properly.

The following steps describe how to setup your APP-V sequence machine:
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The year of…..2010!

With all the prediction storms going on, I will also give my 2 cents on 2010. But I would call them expectations instead of predictions. 2010 expectations My expectations are based on the vendor roadmaps and some experience from the field. 2010 will also be a Virtualization year, most companies are using it for their servers now, but it will take a deep dive in the IT infrastructure with also desktop and application virtualization. This will change the world of IT services and operations.
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7 things you need to know about Application Virtualization

Application Virtualization is getting more and more the standard way to go. However, there are still a lot of companies just in the start-up stage of their Application Virtualization projects.

application virtualization

application virtualization


Also as part of the Desktop Virtualization hype, Application Virtualization will contribute significantly. I think there is no discussion whether you should use Application Virtualization or not, you should! It is just a case of how to start properly and make your project a success. Therefore some points to think about before your application virtualization project takes off.
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Click-To-Run Technology (Office 2010)

Since the Technical Preview release of Office 2010 I’ve been working with mainly MS Word 2010, MS Outlook 2010 and MS PowerPoint 2010. Recently I’m “upgraded” to the Beta release. Both releases work great, while there are some real great features added (especially Outlook 2010, I like the new conversation experience), I will not focus on all the new stuff in Office 2010. Actually, for me it just works and going from Office 2007 to Office 2010 isn’t a major step when you’re a normal Office user.

The greatest move for me however is the fact that Microsoft introduced the Click-To-Run technology.

screenshot launching Outlook 2010 Beta

screenshot launching Outlook 2010 Beta

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Introduction

Welcome!

The first blog post has finally found its way to the blogosphere. With this first blog post it is also the launch of marcoblijenberg.nl. Another website about IT infrastructure related news, mainly Application Delivery and Virtualization stuff….but also with a mission! This blog is trying to find out which building blocks are needed in order to get the ultimate IT experience from both business and IT operator perspective.

Probably this will go to be a long journey, checking out all kinds of tools en techniques. A lot of comparisons and trade-offs will be made. I also expect this journey will never end..so what, at least we will have some fun discussing the several products. Because of my IT experience the main focus will be on Application Delivery and Virtualization infrastructures (eg. Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft APP-V, Microsoft Windows 7, VMWare vSphere, RES PowerFuse, RES Wisdom, etcetera). But also networking and storage will be part of the building blocks. The question to be answered is: Which infrastructure building blocks do we use to build the ultimate IT experience….there is no “one size fits all”, so which vendors, which combination of products will do the best…..let’s find out!

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