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Corrupt applications when deploying Windows 8.1 with App-V 5.0 to Lenovo Yoga S1

shaun molnar on October 24th, 2014 with 0 Comments »

So we came across a real doozie of a problem that took a few weeks to solve. We thought we could save some grey hairs out there and share our solution.

The Scenario:
SCCM 2012 R2 CU1 deploying a WIM which contained Windows 8.1 with App-V 5.0 SP2 CU5. We cached approx. 50 AppV packages in the image. This process has been working great for the last 12 months on all hardware models (8) in the environment. In walks the Lenovo Yoga S1. Now don’t get me wrong, I think the Yoga S1 is an amazing device. One of the best on the market for the last 12 months. We added the drivers and utilities to SCCM and started deploying them. Over 300 in total. It wasn’t until weeks later we started getting minor complaints that applications were coming up as unregistered, or files were missing. This was only happening on the Lenovo Yoga S1.

We did a test deploy and found that straight after a deployment the AppV apps were indeed broken. Not all of them, just some. Seeminlgy random apps, but nonetheless they didn’t work, yet on a Dell XT3 sitting right next to it, everything worked perfectly.

The troubleshooting began, and we found that permissions on the App-V VFS folder differed between the Lenovo Yoga and the Dell XT3. Weird right? this is the same image just deployed to different models, and permissions were different.

We ran out of ideas and troubleshooting tests eventually and decided to log a call with Microsoft. Five support teams later and it wasn’t looking good. Was it AppV? Was it Windows 8.1? Was it a security patch? Was it a driver? Nobody knows.

Finally we had a good hard think about what is so different between the two devices. The ONLY thing that remained was that the Lenovo Yoga S1 was running UEFI, not Legacy BIOS. We switched the BIOS settings back to Legacy and that is all she wrote.

On top of that, moving back to the legacy BIOS has also resolved one of the biggest problems with the Yoga S1, which was the unstable and extremely dodgy external USB Ethernet dongle. The device as a whole is now solid as a rock. Deploying perfectly every time. All we can think of is that at some point early on in the Yoga lifetime, a BIOS update has broken UEFI which in turn is affecting App-V of all things. Now I say that because it was the most obvious problem, however the Yoga has had all sorts of random issues. But not anymore!

System Center 2012 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 with SQL 2012 Server

shaun molnar on September 28th, 2012 with 0 Comments »

The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. We have been testing the new Beta Service Pack 1 with the following configuration:

SCOM 2012 SP1:
Extra Pre-Reqs include .Net Framework 4.5 Features –> WCF Services –> HTTP Activation
Windows Process Activation Service –> Configuration API’s –> Process Model
ISAPI and CGI Restrictions in IIS are already enabled so the manual process to enable these is no longer required.

SCCM 2012 SP1

Running on Windows Server 2012, both System Center Products using SQL 2012 Server. Make sure you enable full text index searching, then restart SQL before starting the System Center SP1 Installation.

System Center SP1 looks to bring support for SQL Server 2012 which I know will make many people happy. We certainly are!

The Beta includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:

-Virtual Machine Manager ◦Improved Support for Network Virtualization
-Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
-Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
-Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image

-Configuration Manager ◦Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
-Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
-Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
-Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
-Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks

-Data Protection Manager ◦Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
-Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
-Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
-Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration

-App Controller ◦Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
-Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center

-Operations Manager ◦Support for IIS 8
-Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
-Azure SDK support
-Monitoring of SharePoint 2010 with APM (.NET application performance monitoring)
-Integration with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012
-Conversion of Application Performance Monitoring events to IntelliTrace format
-Support for monitoring of CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu Linux
-Improved Heartbeat monitoring for Unix/Linux
-ACS support for Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012
-Global Service Monitor – cloud based capability to monitor the health of your web applications from geo-distributed perspective
-Additional network devices models supported
-Visibility into virtual network switches in vicinity dashboard – thru integration with Virtual Machine Manager

-Orchestrator ◦Support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
-Manage VMM self-service User Roles
-Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
-Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds

-Service Manager ◦Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
-Create chargeback reports
-Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets

-Server App-V ◦Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
-Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server