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App-V 5.0 Masters Class

Our courseware is designed to go over many real world scenarios so the student can get a better understanding of what considerations need to be accounted for when packaging and delivering isolated applications using App-V 5.0.
Beginning at the conceptual level, the course quickly dives into the architecture and the administration of App-V applications. The course covers dozens of topics with many real-world scenarios.
With every course update the sequencing guide is made up of over 360 pages of information and detailed labs to make you an expert sequencer by going over many of the common scenarios found while using App-V 5. We believe we have the deepest coverage when it comes to App-V sequencing with the large breadth of subjects we present.
I’ve taken both the App-V 4 and App-V 5 master classes offered by Big Hat Group and what attracted me to this training was the focus on real world scenarios and labs that go beyond the simple demonstration of the features of App-V. The GridmasterTraining.com material dives into the unique behaviours of the product and how to effectively deal with scenarios that are buried in message boards and blogs across the internet. I found these courses to be essential in expanding my skill set to be not only competent with App-V but have deeper insights into how the technology functions.

Roderick MacCormack

Senior Infrastructure Consultant


App-V 5 Masters Class

10 half day sessions.

Monday, 11 January 2016 at 8:00 AM Friday, 22 January 2016 at 1:00 PM (MST)

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App-V 5.1 Masters Class

5 full day sessions.
Monday, 22 February 2016 at 8:00 AM Friday, 26 February 2016 at 5:00 PM (MST)
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When Does Driver Injection Make Sense?

When Does Driver Injection Make Sense?

Over the years I’ve generally stayed with a specific piece of advice when performing driver injection when deploying Windows images using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager. You start with the expanded driver files and import them while removing drivers that are not relevant to the platform you are deploying. Then you deploy the operating system with driver injection to see which drivers successfully install then remediate the remaining by installing them manually and using a tool such as Driver Magician to export the drivers for import into Configuration Manager. Or you might need to make silent installations of the OEM driver installers that get installed as packages via the task sequence after the Windows operating system has been applied.All of these techniques generally works well with the exception of storage and network drivers because if Windows PE does not have network or more importantly storage drivers that work with your hardware you won’t be able to image the machine. If you look deeper you might realize that there is even more that needs to be considered when deploying drivers with your Windows operating system. For example the most obvious issue is the front end software a driver might have to perform tasks such as further configuring the behavior of the device to updating the device software on a regular basis. For example source... read more
Azure RemoteApp & App-V: Cloud Service vs Resource Manager

Azure RemoteApp & App-V: Cloud Service vs Resource Manager

I’ve been playing around with Azure RemoteApp and App-V in Azure to find a nice little limitation that I think is a huge design consideration. Lately I’ve been deploying my virtual machines with Azure Resource Manager because it is the future platform and it offers many features not available in the Azure Cloud Services model. The main attraction to me is network security groups where I can essentially configure a network level firewall for different systems in Azure. But more importantly is the Resource Manager Templates, these allow you to build environments in Azure that can be exported to templates so that they can be easily provisioned for development, test and production environments.The issue I wish to discuss is about a limitation many of you may not be aware of unless you try to deploy RemoteApp and require connectivity to servers in Azure Resource Manager. The first limitation is that the Azure RemoteApp servers must reside on a different virtual network than the servers provisioned using Azure Resource Manager. There can be no sharing of VNet address space between models. The most interesting part is that these virtual networks do not communicate to each other by default which creates the most challenging piece of the problem.In order to provide connectivity between virtual networks you will need to implement a VPN between virtual networks. This means source... read more
How do I Force an Intune Policy Sync on Windows 10

How do I Force an Intune Policy Sync on Windows 10

When testing or trying to resolve an issue the default sync settings with Intune can be lacking. If the device is enrolled the initial behavior is every 3 minutes for 30 minutes, and then every 24 hours. If a policy or application is sent to the device Intune will try to notify the device within five minutes, otherwise the device should check in every 24 hours. To force the policy sync on a device open the Start menu and select Settings.Select Accounts.Select Work access then the organization you are subscribed to. At this point there should be additional buttons that appear below. Click the sync button to do a policy synchronization with Intune.To get more information about the sync action you can click the Info button.You can see if the last sync was successful, when the last sync was successful and the last attempted sync. The URL of the management server being used is also displayed. source... read more

Azure AD Join Error: System policies prevent you from connecting to a work or school account.

I had some fun getting to the bottom of this error and I found some potential issues that can cause this error to pop up that might not be apparent. We had the Azure AD user account configured for Azure AD Join and the user was not over the limit of devices they could enroll (default 5). What we did run into is two items that were generating the error.Don’t perform Azure AD Join with the default administrator account.Make sure the user performing Azure AD Join on the device is a local administrator.FYI: Also make sure the machine is not domain joined.Hope this helps your experience go a little more smoothly. source... read more
Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Are More Than Experts

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Are More Than Experts

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Are More Than ExpertsThis year’s Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Summit in Redmond, Washington was an excellent event that showcased over 50 technical sessions and brought together many influential people from around the World.I’ve had the honor of being successfully nominated as a Microsoft MVP for seven years running, and I was eager to participate in this year’s event.I’m also excited to share some of the highlights from the event with you because I believe in the MVP program and what we’ve accomplished as professionals in such a dynamic and deep industry over the years, and I wanted to give aspiring MVPs and the community some insight into the program. So who are these Microsoft MVP’s anyway?Microsoft defines the Most Valuable Professional Award as:The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is an annual award given to outstanding members of Microsoft’s technical communities based on contributions made during the previous 12 months to offline and online Microsoft-related technical communities.The nomination process is open to everyone over the age of 18, and it is useful to look at the information that Microsoft collects on the MVP application form here (You will need to login to access the form). For the most part, the process to award MVP designation to applicants is not accessible to the public, however, I can share with you a few source... read more

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