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  • Blog Post: AppV 5: Important Considerations and Ramifications for Package Upgrade and VFS Write Mode

    If you are running any version of the App-V 5 client or Sequencer prior to App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 Hotfix 4 – stop reading. This does not apply to your environment. If you are running HF4 or sooner, you need to have a good understanding of the net effects of toggling VFS Mode on and/or off during...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the (now sometimes) Immutable Package Cache Location

    When you add/configure and publish a package in App-V, the primary file assets and source registry hives are stored in the package cache location. It defaults to %PROGRAMDATA%\App-V. The package cache will store packages in a <PACKAGE_GUID>\<VERSION_GUID> directory structure for each package...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: Installing to the PVAD: Don’t do it . . . Yes . . . I said it.

    Update 12/5/2014: The PVAD feature is now optional as of App-V 5.0 SP3. Also SP3 allows for merged roots with Connection Groups. Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_pvad_hidden If you have ever dealt with me directly as a customer, attended one of my presentations...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Sequencing Using Tokenized Paths, PVAD’s, VFS, and VFS Write Mode

    Update 12/5/2014: The PVAD is now considered optional due to changes in App-V 5Service Pack 3. Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_pvad_hidden When sequencing applications, you often never know how the application was written with regards to what paths...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: More on Connection Groups

    Update 12/5/2014: There have been significant improvements to the behavior of Connection Groups including mixed targeting, optional membership, and version relaxation. Please refer to this document: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_cg_improvements after reading this article...
  • Blog Post: Connection Group Case Study #2: Paint.NET

    To continue my current obsession with App-V connection groups, I want to use another case study to go examine how to implement connection groups for applications that use plug-ins or add-ins. Sometimes you may encounter applications which have no actual registration of configuration storage of plug-ins...
  • Blog Post: Connection Group Case Study: Notepad++

    Notepad++ uses plug-ins that register through a configuration file. This is one of the most common methods used by applications. Too often people run into problems because they order the primary application too high in the packages list inside the connection group. As a result, the configurations conflict...
  • Blog Post: On the Design of (and Sequencing for) Connection Groups

    Update 12/5/2014: There have been significant improvements to the behavior of Connection Groups including mixed targeting, optional membership, and version relaxation. Please refer to this document: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_cg_improvements after reading this article...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5 SP2 Application Publishing and Client Interaction - Now Available!

    A much desired, long-awaited, and highly anticipated white paper was released last week. If you are looking to understand how virtual applications are added, published, and delivered from publishing servers (especially the differences from previous versions) look no further. The document is available...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On that issue with Firefox where you cannot save preferences

    If you have had a chance to sequence Firefox within App-V 5, you probably have encountered an issue where none of your preferences seem to be retained after exiting Firefox. Anything from loaded plug-ins, to tab preferences, to even the home page seem to always revert back to the default. This scenario...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Explaining this New VFS to Softgrid Users

    There is an expression that is based upon a well-known book – “Who moved my cheese?” Ah, change – it can be hard. I will confess, there was a lot of "cheese moving" in the redevelopment of App-V 5 from my perception. I’ve spoken about some areas where changes have been significant...