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The Official Microsoft App-V Team Blog
Your official source for all the latest news and tech tips for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).
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SoftGrid: Sequencing best practices and anti-virus software
Should I run anti-virus software when I sequence applications or should I not? That's a question we hear all the time. And no wonder, since we mention in our sequencing best practices that our recommendation is to disable all anti-virus and malware detection software on the sequencer workstation during...
15 Aug 2008
MS App Virtualization: New version of SFT-Check Available
Yesterday I posted about a new version of SFT Explorer being available and today I was tipped off about SFT-Check being updated as well. I've commented on SFT-Check before as well so if you're not familiar with that tool then you can read my previous post or get the skinny straight from the horses...
14 May 2008
Support for applications virtualized with a 3rd party sequencer in a Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) environment
Below is a clarification of our support statement regarding applications virtualized with a 3rd party sequencer used in conjunction with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V): Microsoft Application Virtualization allows for the usage of applications sequenced by 3rd party sequencing products in...
8 Apr 2010
Document Sequencing on Windows 7 with the Problem Steps Recorder
On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, there is a great troubleshooting tool called the Problem Steps Recorder (PSR). The PSR allows screenshots and details of actions to be automatically recorded and saved in a .MHT file that is automatically zipped. A user can send this file to Microsoft Support...
12 Apr 2010
App-V 4.6 and applications sequenced using earlier versions
With the release of Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 looming on the horizon, a question that seems to pop up over and over again is "Can I run all my apps that I sequenced using App-V 4.5 or 4.2 with the new App-V 4.6 client?" Another one is "Can I run my old 32-bit packages...
21 Jan 2010
Problem Notification and Automated Best Practices in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer (Part 1)
In previous versions of the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer, there was little to no built-in guidance from the Sequencer around potential problems or following best practices. With the new Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer, automated best practices and problem notification throughout...
25 Apr 2011
Sequencing Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 with App-V
Since Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 we have heard from numerous customers that they would like to deploy it using App-V. This is not feasible with the shipping products. Microsoft will be releasing updates to the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) products...
18 Oct 2010
Sequencing Microsoft Office 2010 and Dynamics CRM 2011 using App-V 4.6 SP1
Hi everyone, Alvin Morales here. Recently a customer wanted to sequence Microsoft Office 2010 with Dynamics CRM 2011 using the Offline mode with Outlook, and although we don't have an official support statement on this (meaning we haven’t fully tested it) we were able to get it working with a few...
12 Jan 2012
Potential issue upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer
Here’s another issue we came across during the 4.5 beta that I thought deserved a mention here since it’s something a few of you may end up trying yourself. What happens is that when opening or upgrading a package sequenced on SoftGrid 4.2 with the App-V 4.5 Sequencer you may receive a Windows...
3 Mar 2009
MS App Virtualization: SFT Explorer 1.4 Now Available
A few months back I posted a heads up about SFT Explorer version 1.1 being available and the next thing I know it's up to version 1.4. Guess I need to start paying a little more attention. Anyway, if you're not aware of what this tool is then check my previous post or just read the description...
13 May 2008
What are your most important apps?
The App-V team would like your help to better understand what your most important ISV applications are. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes and complete this survey. Please include contact information in case we have follow-up questions. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RDSWPSZ Thanks...
26 Oct 2010
SoftGrid: Sequencing Excel 2003
I had to put together an Excel 2003 package for another project so with all the questions we get about sequencing Office and the various applications it contains, I thought it might be a good idea to document this in case anyone else wanted to use it. While this is specific to Excel, the same basic concept...
7 Aug 2008
The SoftGrid-sequencer-setup.exe File Incorrectly Reports v4.1.1
If you happen to download the latest version of MDOP (SW_CD_Dsktp_Optimization_Pck_SA_2007_English_1_MLF_X13-63487.EXE) then you might notice that the softgrid-sequencer-setup.exe file reports being version 4.1.1 even though MDOP should include version 4.2. Never fear, you really do have version...
6 Nov 2007
Important Additional step when Sequencing the .NET 2.0 Framework in App-V 4.6 and above for Windows XP Clients
Here’s a great article I found over on the TechNet Wiki that was written by Microsoft’s own Steve Thomas. This one talks about an important additional step you need to take when virtualizing (sequencing) .NET 2.0 Framework in App-V 4.6 and above for Windows XP Clients: ===== For App-V Clients running...
28 Nov 2011
How to sequence the Dynamics AX 2012 client with App-V 4.6 SP1 on Windows 7/2008 R2
Hi everyone, Madelinde here. Since the release of the Dynamics AX 2012 client, we have received a couple of issues when customers try to virtualize this new client using Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 1. Earlier versions of the AX client did sequence properly. This post describes...
30 Nov 2011
Help, my package is too big!
If you sequence enough applications in either SoftGrid or MS App-V you'll eventually run into the issue where your sequenced package is too large to be saved. We're limited to a 4GB file size so if you have an application that is large enough, or if you package many applications together, chances...
8 Jan 2009
How to remove File Type Associations on the App-V Sequencer
When using Package Accelerators with the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 1 (App-V 4.6 SP1) Sequencer you end up with EXACT same package as the one used to create the Package Accelerator. In the case of Microsoft Office, you will end up with all the File Type Associations (FTA) for...
2 Feb 2012
Virtualized Outlook 2007 search feature may not work as designed on Windows Vista clients
Here's another great tip from Steve Thomas, this time concerning the search function in Outlook 2007 when streamed to Windows Vista clients: ======== Issue: When Microsoft Outlook 2007 is sequenced and streamed with Windows Vista, the search function in Outlook may not function as designed. Note: Outlook...
12 Dec 2008
New KB - Prescriptive guidance for sequencing the Beta version of the 2010 Office system in Microsoft App-V
Just a quick heads up that we recently published our prescriptive guidance (aka recipe) for sequencing the Microsoft Office 2010 beta using Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6. Please note that: This article describes one method that you can use to successfully sequence the Beta version...
3 Mar 2010
Fix: RSSOwl virtualized with Microsoft App-V fails to launch after the first attempt
After sequencing RSSOwl 2.x with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) you may be able to launch RSSOWL during the monitoring and the launch phase, however after the second launch (and subsequent launches) the application fails to start with an application-specific error: "There are no more...
9 Sep 2010
Error: HP Universal Printing | Invalid Address when using the Hewlett-Packard Universal Printer Drivers with Microsoft Application Virtualization
Here’s one more new KB article we published this morning. This one talks about how to allow App-V clients to print to HP UPD printers: ===== Symptoms When using the Hewlett-Packard Universal Printer Drivers (HP UPD) with the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) client and trying to configure...
13 Oct 2011
Sequencing the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Admin Console
This seems to be a relatively popular question so I thought I'd post a quick heads-up here in case you're thinking about trying this in the future. If you want to virtualize the ConfigMgr 2007 admin console then follow these steps: ======== 1. Install all prerequisites (e.g. MMC 3.0, etc.) and...
21 May 2008
AppVirt: The List of Applications That Can Be Virtualized
Last September the esteemed Michelle Foley posted about the List of Applications That Can Be Virtualized but we keep getting a lot of questions on this so I thought it might be time for another go-round. The information in that post is still valid today and if you're not familiar with it stop and...
23 May 2008
Solution: Licensing error when you run an Adobe Creative Suite 4 Application on a x64 App-V client platform
When you virtualize one or more applications from Adobe's Creative Suite 4 (CS), such as Acrobat Reader or Adobe Photoshop, you may receive the following error message: Licensing for this product has stopped working. You cannot use this product at this time. You must repair the problem by uninstalling...
2 Feb 2010
New KB: Microsoft App-V 4.6 error 2C-000036B1 when launching Access after applying KB2467174
Just a quick FYI on a new KB we published this morning: ===== Symptoms After applying Microsoft Security Update KB2647174 Microsoft Access virtualized with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) may fail to launch with an error similar to the following: Application Virtualization Error The Application...
16 Jun 2011
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