Microsoft Teams machine based VDI installer

Teams is actually a really good enterprise messaging and collaboration tool and as its in many O365 subscriptions etc then it’s a no-brainer to use it. However teams also has an unpleasant after taste for SBC/VDI admins (its not the only app that does mind you) in the way that it is installed. By default, running the installer for Microsoft Teams doesn’t actually install the application but it extracts a package and a json file into the c:\program files directory. When a user then logs into a their VDI instance the package is extracted and installed directly into the users profile (around 500mb natively). For physical devices this doesn’t cause too much of a hassle but for VDI implementations this causes a massive headache. If you consider a typical non-persistent VDRead More…

Lakeside Systrack – excluding applications from being captured

Lakeside systrack gathers a lot of data around application metrics and a ton of other cool stuff. However on occasion you may find yourself wanting to exclude the systrack agent from collecting data. This might be for instance if you are having an issue with a application  and suspect this may be down to the Lakeside Systrack agent hooking into your applications executables. Lakeside Systrack uses a couple of DLL’s for hooking into and collecting metrics for all applications by default. This DLL is LSIHok.32.dll and the 64bit DLL is Lsihok64.dll. You you use process explorer https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer and view the DLL’s associated with the processes you will see that the Lakeside DLL’s hook into pretty much everything. Now there aRead More…