The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization is a new solution accelerator planned for Q4 CY2007 that expands SoftGrid’s interoperability with SMS 2003 and SCCM 2007. In particular it enables the distribution of virtual applications via SMS/SCCM in a way that is product version agnostic -- i.e. it supports migration to SCCM 2007 or SoftGrid 4.5 independent of each other. In addition it enables the distribution of virtual applications with or without a software distribution solution. The FAQ below explains what the new extension is, the customer benefits and the technical implementation.
What is the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization?
The MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization enables the distribution of virtual applications without streaming. Instead, it is using Windows Installer (previously known as Microsoft Installer) -- a standard format and a service for deployment, configuration and component management on Microsoft Windows systems -- to load and configure virtual applications.
The solution extends the deployment capabilities of SoftGrid Application Virtualization by providing a distribution method interoperable with a broad range of software distribution systems, such as Microsoft SMS or System Center Configuration Manager for enterprise wide deployments, or a network share or CD for simpler deployment scenarios. Virtual applications distributed via the MSI Utility are configured using the Windows Installer service and fully loaded into the SoftGrid cache for use in a stand-alone mode, without connectivity to System Center SoftGrid Virtual Application Server.
The new extension is a successor to and a substitute for the SMS Connector. It extends the utility of the SMS Connector in several dimensions and provides interoperability between SCCM and SoftGrid 4.1/4.2.