The beginning of the end – for PwrGate

By Max Ranzau


einFrom the NostraRanzau Dept. This article describes some very interesting developments which I came across in in the Service Release 4 for Workspace Manager 2012 back around end of 2013. We’ve been used for for eons that new managed applications would contain a reference to RES’s own launcher, pwrgate.exe. With this well hidden change, it’s actually possible to let shortcuts retain their original exe+path. There are some caveats as this is early code – nevertheless this is worthwhile knowing about

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  • By Tony Massa, August 15, 2014 @ 16:40

    I tried doing this on a non-persistent VDI image. It seemed to work okay for a couple of days but eventually I experienced problems with Process Interception actually working for very specific applications, even when the EXEs were explicit (X:\appname.exe). The Start Menu UserPinned Items would fail for Office Apps at every logon. This may work well for persistent desktops, but be sure to test well if you’re thinking of doing this with non-persistent VDI images. Good luck all!

  • By RESguru, August 15, 2014 @ 19:51

    Hi Tony,
    Yep, it looks like there’s still a few kinks to be worked out. Probably why RES didn’t put it on the console just yet. However, it stands to reason that this will be the future of how all managed apps will be running. However since the pwrgate.exe executable has been around for a very long time, I imagine there’s a lot of code rewrite before this particular feature runs 100% smooth.

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