What's new in Cloudhouse release 1808

16/01/2019 Cliff Hobbs

Overview

Release 1808 is now available from Cloudhouse.

New features and fixes for the Auto Packager, and the Containers created by the Auto Packager. All changes detailed have been released throughout August 2018 will have the build number of 4.5.1808.nnnn

New Features In Containers

  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - Enable class ids (CLSIDs) to be excluded from COM virtualization in AppAccelerator.clc; See How to exclude CLSIDs from COM Virtualization for details.‍ 
  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - <Feature>COMVirtualization</Feature> supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.
  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - Creates COM keys even when Wow6432Node\Clsid does not exist.
  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - <Program> elements in Program.xml extended to include a WaitCondition, specified in seconds e.g. <WaitCondition TimeoutInSeconds="2">Always</WaitCondition>; See How to wait after starting a program before starting the next program‍ for details.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1808.22824) -  Write COM error messages in log instead of error code.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1808.22824) -  VirtualCOM feature generates a container specific virtual id so that multiple Containers can run simultaneously on the same desktop or server.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1808.22824) -  Unable to virtualize Office 2016 x64, WinWord.exe gets stuck in a loop reading registry keys.
  • BrowserCompatiblity (4.5.249.138) - Provides a debug and troubleshooting mode for the MimeFilter, used in IE Containers to scan an incompatible web site, and log the javascript resources it uses to MimeLogs/JavaScript directory; supports urls with, and without the port number; See Debugging and Troubleshooting Websites that are incompatible with IE 11‍ for details.

Fixes in Containers

  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - Unable to launch virtualized Office 2016 Word. 64-bit WinWord.exe gets stuck in a loop reading four registry keys.
  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - Use the bitness of AppAcceleratorV.exe to determine whether or not AAVLauncher32.exe is required; the 4.5.1807 release used the bitness of the machine to decide whether it was required. For example, if AppAcceleratorV is 64-bit, the application is 32-bit, and the COM target is 32-bit, then use AAVLauncher32.exe
  • AppAcceleratorV (4.5.1808.22814) - COM objects are not created when running in Admin mode.
  • Cloudhouse.Container.Deploy.exe (4.5.1808.562) - Container deploy should fail and report an error when the path provided to /usagelocation does not exist.
  • Cloudhouse.Container.Run.exe (4.5.1808.562) - Application fails to launch from the Container with "ERROR Cloudhouse.Container.Run.App fails with Exiting with code: -1" full details of the stack trace are
Error running package: Cloudhouse.Container.Core.Registry.WriteException: Write failed for registry key Path: 'CurrentUser\Software\Cloudhouse\AppAccelerator\Word_2895\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\REGISTRY\MACHINE\Software\Classes\.htm\OpenWithList\Excel.exe' and value Value. value='System.Byte[]'. type='262144'. ---> System.ArgumentException: The specified RegistryValueKind is an invalid value.
  • BrowserCompatiblity (4.5.1808.138 ) - Component uses the 4.5.YYMM.nnn format.

Fixes in Auto Packager

  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - After the Auto Packager has been updated to use a new version of AppAcceleratorV, runtime analysis fails to load because it is trying to use an old version of AppAcceleratorV.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - Auto Packager crashed when packaging an app with the Container folder open in Explorer.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - Auto Packager crashed when packaging an app with an & or special characters ",',<,> in the filename.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - Auto Packager crashed when encountering a reg value Qword type that has a byte array as its object, it will now log "Could not parse registry value “RegValue” under path\to\value”, and carry on processing the rest of the registry.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - Updated the commented out feature list inside AppAcceleratorV.clc to include <Feature>COMVirtualization</Feature>.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23277) - Asks the user to provide the friendlier and more meaningful "AppID" instead of term "GUID".
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23296) - Auto Packager crashes if a second shortcut is selected in "Run Installed Applications" while the first program is still open.
  • Auto Packager (4.5.1808.23296) - The working directory is not written to the shortcut included in the snapshot, so the application fails to run.
  • Container.Editor (4.5.1808.840) - When the package id is changed, the Redirections.xml file should be updated.
  • Container.Editor (4.5.1808.852) - Redirections.xml should not be a required file. The Container Editor will now start up without it.

Advisory

Cloudhouse recommends using the Auto Packager on x86 operating systems only, re-directions will not be created correctly for applications that contain a mix of x64 and x86 components. Containers will be created successfully for applications that contain only x64 components, but successful packaging on this platform requires detailed knowledge of the application prior to packaging.

Features in Upcoming Releases

See the Features in Upcoming Releases page for details of the features we have planned for feature releases of our products.

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