One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind..
VMware now have a tool that will finally correct Office licensing issues when virtual Office is deployed to some systems that have Office installed natively. Read all about it in the KB-article: Resolving licensing errors when deploying virtual Office to a system with Office installed natively, (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2107369).
While many are virtualizing Microsoft Office 2010 during a Proof Of Concept (POC) most companies decide to install Microsoft Office natively rather than virtualizing it. Both packaging method are valid but many times it’s easier and more efficient to have Office locally installed. That said, virtualizing Microsoft Visio and Project is a whole different ballgame. Virtualizing Visio/Project makes very much sense in many designs. There are quite a few KB articles and blog posts out there covering Office 2010 and it’s components. But so far I’ve yet to see a complete list of what is needed in order to build a Visio/Project package and have it coexist and to a certain degree integrate with native Office. So I started to collect all data I found on Internet. I ended up adding a couple thinks myself as well.
Best practices packaging with ThinApp includes verifying nothing is being left running, locking the Sandbox, when the end-user shuts down the application. A simple method to verify nothing is running in the background is to try to delete the package’s Sandbox. If it is locked and you cannot delete it, something is still running.
To find out what it is I always use Sysinternals Process Explorer. This video will show you how to use Process Monitor to find out what is keeping the Sandbox opened.
How to solve the issue depends on what process we’re talking about. It can for example be an auto update process that needs to be disabled or as in this example the all to common ctfmon.exe. To solve ctfmon.exe (advanced text services) simply disable it within the virtual environment by adding below to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER.txt file.
Value=Disable Thread Input Manager
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