Best practise: How to open Internet Explorer shortcut in new tab with RES User Workspace Manager

Posted in Internet Explorer, RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 2008, Windows 7, XenApp with tags , , , , on January 31, 2012 by uniekdevries

One of our customers asked me if it was possible to automatically open two websites (Managed Applications) in two different tabs when logging on.

Because every application has it’s own Application ID, pwrgate.exe starts a new instance of the application, even though the Internet Explorer is already active.

Since there is no commandline option to open a url in a new tab (unlike Firefox; firefox.exe -new-tab <url>), starting iexplore.exe is no option. Eventually RES Support came with the solution, When starting the url directly from the command prompt, Internet Explorer opens the website in a new tab.

Remember to change the shortcut icon when presenting the new application.

“c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c start;




Watch RES Hyperdrive in action

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 27, 2012 by uniekdevries

RES Software has announced RES HyperDrive, a file sharing platform designed to let workers access files outside the company firewall, across different devices, and share them with colleagues, while allowing the IT department to retain control over security.

Outlook 2010 crashes when scrolling free/busy times on Windows 2008 server based XenApp 5.0 environment

Posted in Citrix, Outlook 2010, Windows 2008, XenApp with tags , , , on January 25, 2012 by uniekdevries

We have installed Outlook 2010 in a XenApp 5.0 environment in combination with Windows 2008 server. When users open an meeting  and open the free busy scheduling view, and scroll in the calendar, Outlook crashes. In the detailed information you can see the gdiplus.dll is involved.

Research learns that there are a lot issues with the gdiplus.dll and that it can be resolved by installing a hotfix.

On the Citrix forum you can find the following threat

Although the symptoms are different we solved the problem by installing  the hotfix.

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.