Immidio releases new version of their User State Virtualization solution

Today Immidio releases Flex Profiles 7.5, a User State Virtualization solution. Where App-V is all about decoupling and segmenting the application from the underlying OS, Flex Profiles provides these capabilities for the Windows User Profile. So these two solutions fit pretty well together.

The main new features of version 7.5 are:

DirectFlex: Which can manage any application’s settings on the fly, regardless how the application is launched. For any DirectFlex-enabled application, settings are read at application launch and stored at exit, making logon and logoff times even shorter.

Predefined Settings: Easily pre-populate the user environment, like placing a desktop shortcut, creating an application configuration file or setting a registry value. For more advanced scenarios it is possible to use placeholders to insert dynamic information from user and computer variables.

Advanced process criteria: This feature allows more granular control over which Flex configuration files are processed and how they are processed, based on diverse user and computer attributes. Depending on the result of the check, you can control what Flex Profiles action is performed.

As always you can download a trial version from the Immidio website:

immidio releases Flex Profiles Self-Support tool

Immidio just released this new tool for download which adds yet even more functionality to Immidio Flex Profiles. This just shows we are continuing our efforts in creating the ultimate User State Virtualization solution based on the input we get from our customers which we work with very closely. 

From a support perspective it was already possible to reset or restore settings for specific applications that are managed by Immidio Flex Profiles. This, however, was manual work for a system administrator or support personnel. By providing Immidio Flex Profiles Self-Support to your users, they are capable to do this themselves without intervention of the IT department. 

Using the Immidio Flex Profiles Self-Support functionality within your organization decreases overhead for the IT department and makes users depend less on the support department. Immidio Flex Profiles Self-Support is a free component which can only be used in conjunction with Immidio Flex Profiles 7. The user interface is available in English, German and Dutch.

The Self-Support functionality also works for App-V enabled applications which you have integrated with Flex Profiles.

For more information and download, go to: 

SCCM 2007 R3 has been released

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3. A bit of topic, or not?

I don’t believe so. Since the integration of App-V into System Center, which was done in SCCM 2007 R2, a lot of App-V enthusiasts have been picking up SCCM and a lot of them are liking it. The same goes for me.

Also Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into getting these two technologies integrated as nicely as possible. With the release of SCCM 2007 R3 there is nothing new to report on the App-V integration.

The release of R3 is mainly focused on Centralized Power Management, Mobile Device Management and Enhanced Scalability and Performance.

For more details about the release goto the System Center Blog.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 update 1 available.

The news of this update being available might not be interesting, but MDT itself is. I just want to point out that if you are still using DVD’s or ISO’s to install Windows Operating Systems, it might be time to have a look at this free solution from Microsoft.

I have been using MDT since a couple of years now, especially in test environments to easily build up any Windows environment fully automated including applications from scratch. It is really worth the effort to check it out.

MDT download page.