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Inside the PowerFuse SR2 Release

Yesterday August 23rd 2010, RES Software released the anticipated Service Release 2 for RES PowerFuse 2010. The focus of this release is primarily User Settings. Among other things, this release contains User Settings templates for some of the most common applications on the market. More further down.

For OS migration purposes, there is one feature you cannot afford to miss: A new option has been added, called “Capture targeted items once, then track further changes”.  Essentially what this option does is to flip the zero profile mode from Specified to Immediate, combined with a run-once flag.

To quote the releasenotes: “By using this mode it becomes very easy to use User Settings to migrate personal settings from one machine to another: With the Capture targeted items on application/session start/end mode it is easy to transfer all stored changes that were made on system A and track all new changes on system B with Track any setting changed by application immediately.”

The other key feature in this release are the User Settings templates. When you edit your managed applications, you now have a pleatora of standard applications for which PowerFuse now includes pre-canned user settings. In order to use them. To find the templates go to the User Settings part of a new managed application and select Targeted Items. When you hit the Add button, you will now see a Templates menu, which includes many standard apps. Below is a complete list of all the included templates and the versions of the applications they support:

  • MS Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, Word, Office Common, Office Tools: Versions 2003, 2007 and 2010
  • MS Frontpage 2003
  • MS Groove 2007
  • MS InfoPath: Versions 2003, 2007, Designer 2010, Filler 2010
  • MS OneNote: 2007 and 2010
  • MS SharePoint: Designer 2007, Designer 2010, WorkSpace 2010
  • MS Internet Explorer: Versions 6..8
  • MS Outlook Express (no specific versions)
  • MSN Messenger: Versions 7.0 and 7.5
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional: Versions 6..9
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Versions 6..9
  • AOL Instant messenger (no specific versions)
  • Filezilla: Versions 2 and 3
  • Mozilla Firefox: Versions 1..3
  • Winzip: Versions 9, 12 and 14
  • Yahoo Messenger: Versions 7.5 and 8

In addition to the above application specific user settings templates, you also have the ability to grab user settings for the control panel. This can however only be done using a global user setting, as found in the Composition | User settings node. The templates available here currently are:

  • Display (XP only)
  • Internet Options
  • Keyboard Settings
  • Mouse settings
  • Regional and Language options
  • All Control Panel settings

The above settings should make it much easier for you to get a proof-of-concept job going and to harness the full capabilities of RES PowerFuse Zero Profile technology. If your application is not listed here, do not despair though. You still have the ability to create custom User Settings and import them through buildingblocks. This leaves you two options. Either you can check in the Forums if somebody has or would like to share some user settings they’ve created. I’d probably go look in the BuildingBlock board. Second you can always create your own. Using the sampling mode to figure out what an unknown application is doing is a very valuable tool as the log of the sampling mode can be converted directly into user settings.

In addition to the above described key features, there are a bunch of usefull new registry tweaks and enhancements and about 53 fixes. To get all the details, see the releasenotes which you can download below.

Click here to download the SR2 releasenotes:

Last minute update: I was informed by my good friend Mr. De Koster over at CDG UK that an problem with the license count, using the Workspace Designer seems also to have been solved in SR2. Alledgedly, under some circumstances the workspace designer would not allow you to analyze the number of .DTS files than you actually had licenses for. This has been fixed.

Configure global PowerFuse settings via registry

Animated, Gears, boxHere’s an interesting item which was shared a while back. This is a policy template for controlling the global settings of RES PowerFuse. It is believed to have been created by Sander over at the RES Inside blog. This template adresses an important need, since several options in the management console are still only globally configurable through the console GUI and may not apply to all users.

Scr, PowerFuse Policy templateUsing this policy template, it’s not the intention for you to start managing PowerFuse through AD. While possible it would be crossing the bridge for water, as PowerFuse in it self is perfectly capable of applying the user-specific parts of any policy template file. So, what we’re dealing with here is a way for PowerFuse to configure itself, using registry settings, while remaining inside the RES console. Sounds iffy? Don’t worry, it’s not – just do the following:

  • Download the .ADM file from the link below
  • Dump it somewhere  you can browse to it with a PowerFuse console
  • Go to the configuration management | powerlaunch | user registry node
  • Click the Add Policy button at the bottom
  • Hit the Add button in the new dialog to browse for the .ADM file. It will now be uploaded to the PowerFuse SQL database, so you needn’t worry about distributing it anymore.
  • Add some descriptive text in the name and description fields. You’ll thank yourself for this some months later down the road.
  • Set to whom this applies on the Access Control tab.
  • Start clicking away in the policy template, enabeling the desired settings.

There is a nice description of the entire thing in this PDF:  Icon, PDF file

Download the ADM file here (rightclick, save as):  icon-txt

Important note: The PowerFuse policy template available above does not include the latest registy settings in the PowerFuse update pack 8.0.4.5.  Also, there may be some additional registry settings in this article about the PowerFuse registry, which are not included at the moment. If someone would be kind enough to update the policy template and share it with RESguru, we’ll post it.