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  • Blog Post: App-V: On App-V Applications Hosted in Azure RemoteApp

    With the release of Azure RemoteApp, Enterprise customers can now move their non-persistent RDS session-hosted applications from the on-premises data centers into a hosted cloud – with the Azure platform providing all of the necessary image provisioning and updating services. With Azure RemoteApp...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Java Virtualization Strategies

    Throughout the past 15 years, from its origins in Softricity, one of App-V’s primary use cases has been addressing complex version-dependent Java run-time ecosystems. The “Application-to-Application Isolation model” of App-V – particularly using JRE runtimes as a test case - proved...
  • Blog Post: On App-V with Azure: Streaming Applications from the Cloud

    In App-V in general, the Content Store (also referred to as the package source or streaming source) is the most critical in both traditional streaming (stream-to-disk) scenarios and Shared Content Store mode clients (stream-to-memory.) Traditionally, Microsoft recommends placing Content Stores as close...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the App-V 5 Virtual Registry

    I have been meaning to follow-up my previous discussions of the App-V registry staging subsystem with an article on the virtual registry in App-V 5. I will admit I am a little late to the follow up, however, as they say “better late than never.” In previous article I discussed registry staging...
  • Blog Post: Recommendations for Ignite 2015

    Better Dynamic Application Delivery through UE-V & App-V: Aaron Ruckman and myself will be discussing recent and forthcoming innovations with App-V and UE-V as well as some general recommendations including some you may have never heard of before. http://meme.ms/d5cdr3p App-V 5.0 SP3: Advanced...
  • Blog Post: On Office with App-V: Planning for a Virtual Office Deployment

    Microsoft Office: A flagship product suite ubiquitous within the enterprise. The average enterprise IT environment runs multiple versions of Office not only as a suite of applications for the average information worker, but also as a platform for custom and mission critical LOB applications and workflows...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: Do you Still have to Run Process Monitor within the App-V Bubble when Troubleshooting Applications?

    If - by that question you want to know if you must start an instance of Process Monitor within the virtual application like you did in 4.x – no. You could run process Monitor inside the virtual bubble, but it will not yield you much more results. The reason behind this is simple: unlike previous...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: Further into COM and Dynamic Virtualization

    It has been addressed to me by the MVP community that more clarification is needed with regards to the architecture of how App-V 5 implements COM and how that may now differ as a result of the changes in Service Pack 2. The differences are simplified to the difference between the standard COM virtualization...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the LocationProvider and the IgnoreLocationProvider Feature

    In a previous blog entry, ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/12/10/app-v-5-on-the-packagesourceroot.aspx ) I discussed the PackageSourceRoot override and how it can be used to control source content locations for packages. There is another option for overriding source content locations...
  • Blog Post: Free Office 2013 App-V Deployment Training now Available on Microsoft Virtual Academy

    This week, we have released more guidance on deploying Office 2013 with App-V 5.0 through MVA. In this 4 module course, I discuss licensing, planning, package Creation, deployment, and caveats when delivering Office 2013 through App-V 5. The full course content can be found here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the PackageSourceRoot

    One way App-V client administrators are able to centrally control and override content streaming locations has been through a client-based content-path override. In App-V 5, this is called the PackageSourceRoot configuration item. The PackageSourceRoot configuration item is used to override the Package...
  • Blog Post: MDOP 2014 R2 is now Available!

    The latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack has been released! This release includes UE-V 2.1 plus App-V 5.0 SP3! For UE-V, this includes some significant addition of features including: Credential Roaming Support Improved Office 2013 integration (especially email signatures...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Background Streaming

    Several years ago, I wrote an article for the App-V team blog on the Autoload feature that was first introduced in App-V 4.5: http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/archive/2009/07/28/understanding-the-autoload-feature-of-microsoft-app-v-4-5.aspx . The combinations and scenarios (not to mention, the potential...
  • Blog Post: On Troubleshooting HTTP Streaming

    In App-V stream-to-disk scenarios where HTTP will be used as the streaming protocol, having some architectural knowledge under your belt will help you in troubleshooting adjustments or failures when attempting to stream or launch applications. Performance and Priority There are three types of requests...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Using BranchCache vs. Multi-Range with HTTP Streaming

    Like with 4.6, App-V 5 uses HTTP Streaming – however – the functionality varies depending on client configuration. Two important items to be made aware of: App-V hooks into WinHTTP and shares the Internet Settings (i.e. what Internet Explorer uses.) This makes the App-V client adhere...
  • Blog Post: App-V: How the Sequencer Detects an Existing Package was Created

    One of the most consistent recommended practices throughout the history of App-V sequencing is to always sequence on a clean sequencer. Starting with App-V 4.6 SP1, a detector was put in to warn users if they were about to sequence on a machine where a previous package was sequenced. When the...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Environment Variables

    Environment variables are managed on a per-package basis in App-V 5 just as they have with previous versions. During sequencing, the Environment Variable Virtualization Subsystem (say that 10 ten times fast) will capture snapshots of the user and system variable list before and after the monitoring process...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the Catalog and Catalog Caching

    The App-V 5 catalog is the client collection of package information and package group (Connection Groups) information organized by GUID containing downloaded package manifests and dynamic configuration. The metadata stored in the catalog governs the overall behavior of the application with regards to...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: The Case of the Rogue App Path

    I have been working issues where it was difficult to determine why a specific application in a virtual application would not launch or trigger under certain circumstances. In particular, when another application called the application directly in order to pass data to that virtual application. Normally...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On why the App-V 5 Sequencer *Really* Reboots

    Prior to version 5 of App-V, when you sequenced an application that required a reboot, the reboot was simulated in that the sequencer would process the reboot action including the Pending File Operations and the RunOnce registry keys (RunOnce, RunOnceEx, GuiRunOnce, etc.) when monitoring ceased. In most...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Package Entitlement and Publishing

    Before you ever want to begin testing client publishing, you want to ensure that your entitlements (assignments of packages and package configurations to groups) are properly set and the publishing metadata document is properly updated with the package, configuration, and entitled groups. You could otherwise...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On App-V Package Modernization with the OPC (Open Package Container) or: One Package Container to rule them all!

    Much of the changes in App-V 5 revolved around moving to more integrated components (NTFS, a “real” registry, native API’s on the client, representational state transfer on the server side, etc.) – but one of the most major key developments was the modernization of the AppV Package...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5 and Citrix Integration Resources

    Whether it is integration with XenApp, XenDesktop, PVS, or UPM, App-V 5 is the recommended application virtualization and streaming model for Citrix Session and VDI environments. I work with a lot of customers who leverage App-V in this capacity and they have been asking me to maintain a “living...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Application Launch

    In previous blog posts, I discussed what happens when a package is added/configured, published, and when streamed. But what happens when an application is double-clicked? App-V needs to determine if the application needs to be virtualized, and if so, which virtual environment. The Shortcut is launched...
  • Blog Post: App-V: On Virtual Registry Nomenclature

    In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed items related to App-V’s virtual registry, including the VREG subsystem itself and the new Registry Staging System introduced with App-V 5. I have also been explaining concepts and App-V nomenclature as well so I thought it was very timely to discuss...