From the Nuts&Bolts Dept. November 2014 saw the release of Workspace Manager 2014 Service Release 2. You may have read the initial post over at RES, but as always here at RESguru.com we like to kick the tires and take it for a spin around the block. There’s several items in this release that are important to know about and I’m going to highlight some and give you my view on them.
Posts tagged: Workspace Manager
From the community hero dept. While the posting frequency currently is dialled down a bit here at the ‘Guru (I’m relocating to the states this weekend, remember?), it’s great to see that my pal Iain Brighton over at Virtual Engine has been posting some serious in-depth technical articles. I can definatly recommend you to go have a closer look at these. Specifically I would like to highlight the following articles:
- Staging RES PowerFuse 2010 Agent Deployment. This one covers how to roll out a PowerFuse installation, including a copy of the PowerFuse cache, so you won’t have every agent pulling this data (around 20meg) over the network uppon first startup.
- Decoding the PWRMENU.INI Colours. This article describes how you can preconfigure the background color in the PWRMENU.INI file to ensure it matches the wallpaper.
A very interesting whitepaper, dealing with Workspace management in RES PowerFuse has been released by Iain Brighton over at Virtual Engine.This document is definatly level 400 as it dives into the deep end of the tech pool, with very detailed real-world examples of do’s and don’t of workspace management. This is definatly a must-read if you are contemplating implementing workspace containers and using delegation in a large scale environment.
The technote article RG01F, published January 2010, discussed how to get rid of the Personalized Settings window, which appears at first-time login for new users. In this minor overhaul of the article, there is now detailed information on how to configure this through the PowerFuse 2010 console. Click here to read the updated article.
From the technote department. One of the oldest articles in the RESguru Technote library has finally received a long deserved overhaul. The article in question, RG005 was first published back in January 2009. The new and improved article is optimized with an index, jumplinks, and organized into 3 main sections:
- Parameters for the RES PowerFuse console
- Installation parameters for the different PowerFuse components
- A mixed hodgepodge of parameters for different sub-components
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.
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.
From the cloak & dagger dept. Another technote, RG02A has been posted in the RESguru technote library. This article is a one-of-a-kind, that will explain to you how to get started with PowerFuse in an existing production environment, where you do not care to disturb the users, but want to sneak PowerFuse in through the back door. The solution to this is StealthMode. By combining a few console settings and installation parameters, you can fly in under the radar completely unnoticed. The article goes through step-by-step what you need in order to set this up to work correctly. Note; a Wisdom Buildingblock is included for your convenience.
From the technote department. A new technote, RG027 has been posted in the RESguru library. This one covers the usage of Workspace Models in PowerFuse 2010. In the article we will look at how you can make exceptions to default global behavior with practical examples. The article also covers how the inheritance, prioritization, deletion of Workspace Model settings work in detail.
From the we-work-harder-so-you-don’t-have-to dept. As an administrator or integrator, you may often find yourself in the situation you need to offer certain Controlpanel applets to the users. Unfortunatly PowerFuse doesn’t (yet) offer the ability to import Control Panels as easily as it does regular applications.
To address this, I’ve created a set of buildingblocks which includes every single applet to be found in the standard Windows XP and Windows 7 control panels. On top of that there’s a set of Extras which includes some other nice control panel applets often found. Have a look at what’s inside below: (click to enlarge).