A Geeks Look at How Application Virtualizaton Works Under the Hood, a video from BriForum 2009

Most application virtualization or application isolation products work the same way. They install some sort of driver or wrap an executable in a "shim" and then redirect file system reads and writes to a special area or package.

Presented by Randy Cook, Chief Architect, Symantec Endpoint Virtualization

Most application virtualization or application isolation products work the same way. They install some sort of driver or wrap an executable in a “shim” and then redirect file system reads and writes to a special area or package. It all seems well and good. But have you ever wondered how it actually works? I mean how it REALLY works? How can a driver redirect all writes from one folder to another? How can a shim virtualize a registry key? This session will be led by Randy Cook, creator of the product that ultimately became Symantec’s application virtualization solution. In this session, Randy is NOT going to tell you about Symantec or why one product is better than the other. Instead, he’ll explain the voo-doo and tricks that these things all use behind the scenes to do what they do. While this session may not be too high on the “practicality” list, it sure will teach you some neat things you can use to impress your geek friends!

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