[THIN] Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6 now...on Windows 2000/XP using Altiris SVS

  • From: "Jim Kenzig http://ThinHelp.com" <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 10:43:33 -0700 (PDT)

  Hi Everyone,
  While reading an article on virtualizing Netscape someone in the comments 
said hey you can do this with Altiris SVS..so I checked into it. 
  Altiris software recently released a product called Software Virtualization 
Solution. This little gem of a program is Free for personal use and under $4 a 
user for educational use.
  The program basically allows you to take any program you want to lock down or 
force settings to and put it in its own "virtual environment" So for example 
instead of waiting for the IE7 windows vista version where Internet explorer 
plays in its own memory space and cannot interact at all with the Windows 
Operating system, you can now do that on your current Windows 2000 and XP 
  I figured out how to do this in about 4 seconds after playing with the 
product and realized what a GREAT THING this could be for a 
library/school/hospital  system or any business for that matter. No longer will 
you need to be clearing out or rebooting systems in order to clear the browser, 
just close it. All Users previous browsing is gone! The site 
http://www.svsdownloads.com/download.php has some great other programs that you 
can virtualize.
  1 Download the Altiris SVS program from 
  2. Download the Internet Explorer Reset on Close Virtual App on close and 
Save it to the root of your C: drive from 
  (note the above line is the full link you may have to copy and paste it or 
just get it from the svsdownloads site)
  3. Use Explorer and navigate to and rename the Internet Explorer Reset On 
Close.vsa you just downloaded to just Iexplorer.vsa. 
  4 Install the Altiris SVS client click on the Get Key from Altiris link in 
the installation and insert the Key from the download.
  4. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Altiris\Software Virtualization Agent and 
right click on the SVSCmd.exe and create a shortcut to it. 
  5. Copy the shortcut you just created to your Desktop. 
  6. Right click on the shortcut you just created and choose properties and 
click in the target line field and add the following to the end of the line:
  Iexplorer A
  7. You can now right click and rename the shortcut to Explorer or anything 
else you want to call. 
  8. Clicking on the Shortcut opens up a sandboxed Internet Explorer browser 
that when it is closed clears out every site, cookie and everything else that 
was done in the browser session. 
  Now buy the product and follow the same steps on your patron workstations and 
put the shortcut in the Startup folder of their Start menu and change out the 
Internet Explorer shortcut with the SVS one. 
  IT IS THAT EASY! Takes about 5 minutes to set up. (The downloads take longer 
than the setup)
  You can then also pick up the free Autorestart utility from 
  Put autorestart in your startup folder and then add the SVS shortcut location 
into autorestart and you will always have an open browser.
  Peruse the SVSdownloads site as there are a lot of applications you could do 
this with. If you use OpenOffice this would be ideal way to run it also. If you 
download the admin kit for this product from Altiris you can create your own 
vsa files and virtualize and sandbox any application you want! 
  Now think about the possibilities of doing this through Terminal Services!
  Pretty exciting stuff!

Jim Kenzig 
    Microsoft MVP - Terminal Services
  Provision Networks VIP
CEO The Kenzig Group
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

    Terminal Services Downloads: http://www.thinhelp.com


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