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    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: App-V 5: The Case of the RunVirtual Collision

    I've discussed running native applications within virtual environments and the many ways we can bring applications like Internet Explorer into the bubble. One of the many reasons we would need to bring IE into the virtual environment is for web applications that use different versions of Java. When...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Run Virtual, RDS Run Virtual, Virtualizable Extensions, and Dynamic Virtualization

    Update 12/6/2014: With the release of App-V 5 Service Pack 3, there is a change that allows the RunVirtual key to be added to the user's profile (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) to affect user-targeted applications. More information on this improvement can be found here:
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: To Virtualize or not to Virtualize! How App-V 5 Answers that Question when you Launch a Shortcut

    Wow, that blog post title sounds like every formulaic business book title from the last twenty years. I should probably change it. I'll worry about that later. For a change of pace, I am not going to write much on this subject because this is one subject that needs to be explained visually. So for the...
  • Blog Post: App-V: Still More on Those Office Add-ins

    As you can tell, I have been obsessed with Office Add-ins lately. Shifting gears from troubleshooting, I would like to address the different approaches to virtualizing add-ins with App-V. While the last two articles on the subject could easily be applied to both App-V 4.x and 5.x, my focus today will...