Archive for December, 2011

RES User Workspace Manager: Browsing to a printer device triggers Windows driver installation request

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 2008 with tags , , on December 30, 2011 by uniekdevries

Yesterday I wanted to add a printer device to the RES User Workspace Manager console. I noticed that Windows was asking for the printer driver. I was confused by this because I did not expect this popup. And as far I know Workspace Manager does not distribute printdrivers. I contacted the Support Desk. Apperentlty browsing to a printer device triggers the driver installation request wizard. This is incorrect behaviour. To workarround the problem is to cut and paste the printername directly in the printer field.

RES Workspace Manager 2010 sr5, Windows 2008 R2

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Disable “computer account password change” to prepare sequencing workstation

Posted in App-v, Windows 7 with tags , on December 12, 2011 by uniekdevries

When preparing your sequencing workstation it is a best practise to set the “DisablePasswordChange” entry to 1. Especially when your sequencing workstation is a virtual machine and you want to revert to a previous snapshot or original configuration, this entry is very useful. If you do not set this entry and you revert to a previous snapshot, you have the problem that you cannot log on to the domain. The solution for this is log on locally, join the computer to a workgroup, join the domain again and reboot the machine. When doing a lot of sequencing work, this gets annoying.

What you have to do is the following:

Start Registry Editor. To do so, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
In the right pane, click the DisablePasswordChange entry.
On the Edit menu, click Modify. In the Value data box, type a value of 1, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.

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RES Powerfuse Shell in combination with Aero look

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 7 with tags , , , , on December 12, 2011 by uniekdevries

It is possible to combine the RES Powerfuse shell with the Windows 7 Aero look. Although it is not supported by RES Support it works pretty fine. Actually it would be a great feature if RES would support it. I think it is a good combination of user functionality and manageability.

By accident I found out that if you have roaming profiles and you log on to a Windows 7 machine without RES User Workspace Manager installed / enabled, then the first time you log on back again to your original computer the Aero look is enabled. It is even possible to switch programs by using the Windows key + Tab

The only thing I know so far that does not work is the Show Desktop button next to the Start button.

I submitted a Feature Request so I hope this request will be approved. I’m not the only one who thinks it would be a nice feature. also thinks it would be a great feature because it fits in the philosophy of RES software.

How to start App-V sequence by drag and drop OSD file?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 6, 2011 by uniekdevries

Yesterday I learned a quick way to start a App-V sequence just by drag and drop the OSD file over a batch file.
All you have to do is create a batch file with the following command:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\sfttray.exe” %1

Then browse to the sequence and drag and drop the OSD file on top of the batch file.

The only condition is that you have access to the location were the sequences are stored.

Start command prompt in administrator mode directly from Startmenu with Powerfuse shell

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 7 with tags , , on December 2, 2011 by uniekdevries

If you have configured the Powerfuse shell and UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, then you probably have the problem that there is no easy way to start the command promt in Adminstrator mode because you cannot rightclick on the shortcut in the Startmenu.

I did not find an option in the User Workspace Management Console to solve this problem. So I made an application entry in the Startmenu that points to a shortcut of cmd.exe. In the Advanced options of the shortcut I selected the option “Run as Administrator”.

I agree with you that this is not a difficult problem but still it took me some time to find the solution.

This is what I did:

Rightclick on cmd.exe and create a shortcut.

Open the properties of the shortcut and choose “Advanced”. 

Select “Run as Administrator” and click on OK.

Rightclick the shortcut (+ Shift key) and choose “Copy as Path” 

In the User Workspace Management Console create a new Startmenu item and paste the path in the Command line field.

Based on Res Userworkspace Manager 2010 SR2, Windows 7 with Powerfuseshell enabled.