Q&A : Softgrid Basics -Part 1


Application virtualization is a term that describes software technologies that improve portability, manageability and compatibility of applicaions by encapsulating them from the underlying  operating system on which they are executed.Let us discuss about Microsoft Softgrid Technology.

1.What are all the benefits of Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization

Eliminate Conflicts

Deliver Pre-Configured Applications

Run Same Application Different Versions on Same PC

Preservation of Application‘s Source Code

Centrally Manage Applications

2.What are all the sequencer output files




3.What is UsrVol_sftfs_v1.pkg file

When the user exits the application those user configured changes will be stored permanently into a file called ―UsrVol_sftfs_v1.pkg‖ specific to that user. This file is stored in the User’s Application Data directory, which by default is in the User‘s Profile Directory (%APPDATA%).

4.What is content directory?

In a Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization environment all of the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Enabled Application‘s packages are centrally stored on the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization server in a specific location, by default this is known as the Content directory.

5.What are all the applications that can not be sequenced?

Boot Time Applications


Certain Types of Services

6.what are the two Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization clients

· Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization for Desktops

· Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization for Terminal Servers

7. What are the three main components in the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Platform?
· Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Sequencer

· Microsoft System Center Virtual Application Server

· Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Client

8.What is systemguard
The Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Platform‘s heart is SystemGuard, a patented technology which enables applications to run without installing them locally—and without altering the client‘s operating system.

SystemGuard eliminates common application deployment and management problems:

Application Conflicts: Almost any application will run on any client at any time.

Version Incompatibilities: Different versions of the same application will run simultaneously on the same computer.

Multi-User Access: Applications that were previously unable to run in multi-user mode and therefore could not run within Citrix MetaFrame or Windows Terminal Services, will now do so and function correctly for multiple users.

Multi-Tenancy Issues: Instances of the same application using different database paths will run on the same computer at the same time.

Server Siloing and N-Way Regression Testing: The need for many separate server farms and time-intensive regression testing for application conflicts is eliminated.

9.What is SFT file
SFT files contain the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Sequenced application and the information used for delivery. The SFT file contains one or more Windows applications that the Sequencer has packaged into a series of streamable blocks. The SFT file must be located on each Microsoft System Center Virtual Application Server serving the specified application.

10.What is SPRJ File?
Sequencer Project File, when a user saves a sequenced application suite, a Sequencer Project File will be created if one had not been used to open the project. Any OSD files open when the sequencing is saved will be referenced in the project file. Any changes that have been made to the default set of parse items or exclusions will cause the changed list of parse items or exclusions to be saved in the project file as well and can be used at a later time in File Package Upgrade. The name of the sequencer project file will be the same as that of the .sft file except that it will have the project file extension. The Sequencer project file is saved in xml format.

11.What is ICO File?

Icon files are used to integrate with Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Client desktops. Administrators publish the appropriate icon so the application appears on the client‘s desktop. When the user double-clicks this icon it actually points to an OSD file, which begins streaming and launching the application. This keeps the users‘ experience intact without introducing any changes

12.What is OSD File?

OSD files are used to specify information to the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Client for launching an application. They also contain other important information, including minimum requirements for the application, the server to stream the applications from, and general information about the sequenced application.

13. What is the default port for Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Management Console traffic?


14. Where do you place the license file on a Microsoft System Center Virtual Application Server?
There is no license file needed

15. What Databases does the Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization Data Store work with?
· Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE)

· Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or 2005

 [To be continued..]


1 Response to “Q&A : Softgrid Basics -Part 1”

  1. 1 ram June 18, 2013 at 5:52 am

    can i know the process of to add the logo to a particular file


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