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  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – How to find a deployed package PVAD directory easily

    Hi all, I’ve been onsite with some customers recently doing some troubleshooting of App-V packages and this “little gem” of a question was asked…. “How do I find the Primary Virtual Application Directory (PVAD) of the package on the App-V Client easily?” ...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – ETW Tracing Automation

    Hi all, I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time now and finally I’ve had some time to actually sit down and write it. The question that I always get asked onsite with customers is “how do we troubleshoot App-V 5.0?” Some of the common errors we see look like this...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Virtual Application Extensions in App-V 5.0

    Hi Everyone! So you may have heard rumours about App-V 5.0 applications being able to have less isolation and more entry points to the base OS. Well, that’s true, it’s all because of a new feature called Virtual Application Extensions. This new feature allows you to be very intentional...
  • Blog Post: How to run Process Monitor (ProcMon) inside the App-V virtual environment

    Hi everyone, Mark Stanfill here. Running Process Monitor (ProcMon) to troubleshoot Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) client issues such as missing files, access denied errors or other file and registry-based issues is sometimes necessary to more
  • Blog Post: MDOP Engineering Team at MMS 2012

    The MDOP Engineering Team is in Las Vegas this week for MMS 2012 . Angie, Aseem, Briton, Dan, Derrick, Dilip, Karan, Tim and myself are hanging out with customers and partners at the Venetian Resort.  Brad Anderson kicked things off this morning more
  • Blog Post: Announcing User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) and App-V 5.0

    Microsoft’s own Karri Alexion-Tiernan just announced two new virtualization betas you’ll want to check out. The first is a new product to Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization family – User Experience Virtualization (UE-V). The second is an update to our more
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 RTM now released!

    BIG NEWS! App-V 5.0 has just been made publicly available as part of MDOP 2012 which also includes the release of UE-V! After much speculation about the App-V 5.0 release date its great to have it finally here... Here's the official announcement Here's where you can get it Also here are some...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 – App-V 5.0 and Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Powershell Integration Basics

    Hi all, Recently I’ve been working a lot with App-V 5.0 and Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 integration and it’s time to share how you can use the Powershell cmdlets to automate package imports and deployments. Before we go into the cool scripts we need to understand how we can use the Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: App-V “Application is not working as expected” Troubleshooting Check List

    Hello everyone, John Behneman here again. The purpose of the article is to highlight some very simple OSD file edits/tweaks that can potentially fix a large number of most common issues we see here in product support. Chances are you can save yourself more
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – Error: Virtual Fonts subsystem failure on first launch

    Hi all, I’ve been seeing the following error a few times with my own packages so I thought it was time to figure out what the issue is. If you check the event log a more descriptive error is available, and it states the following: Process 18672 failed to start due to Virtual Fonts subsystem...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing for Connection Groups

    written by – Naveed Ahmad, Senior SDE 1 Introduction Connection Group is comprised of two or more individual packages. Which means those packages are Sequenced individually, they are edited individually, and they are upgraded individually more
  • Blog Post: Debugging App-V 5.0 Error Code - 0x45500D27-0x80190191

    Hi all, We’ve seen this error a few times in App-V 5.0 deployments and thought it was time to show you why this error can occur. Problem This error code occurs when completing a global refresh on the client, but interestingly a user sync works correctly. Debug Looking into why...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 Sequencer - Package Streaming Optimisation

    With the App-V 5.0 Sequencer we have three options for optimising how our packages stream to our clients: Click Next In previous versions of App-V this would lump everything into one feature block so the whole package had to be download before launch. Now this does something completely different...
  • Blog Post: Where does custom user deployment information get stored and how does it work in App-V 5.0?

    The blog by Ryan Cobb found here around publishing the same package but with different applications to different groups really got me thinking about where these changes got stored and how they were applied. My suspicions were correct, it's all in the database: Click here to read more about how...
  • Blog Post: Scripting and Embedded Scripting for AppV 5.0 (Dynamic Deployment and User Configuration Scripting)

    written by Josh Davis, SDET 2 One of my early surprises at Microsoft was when I was working on a test machine doing some typical investigations. In Microsoft, it is fairly common to have a test machine provisioning solution that is custom tailored more
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – Legacy Package Conversion Report Creation

    Hi all, Imagine the scenario, you have 200 packages created with 4.5+ and you want to test that they will work with App-V 5.0, how do we accomplish this? As part of the App-V 5.0 beta 2 release it offers the ability to automatically test legacy packages to see if they are compatible for package conversion...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package

    As some of you already know, we shipped the Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package with our App-V 5.0 Beta 2 release in July 2012. We believe that this is a HUGE win for our customers. Over the years, we have received tremendous feedback from our more
  • Blog Post: How to Prepare for a Migration to App-V 5.0

    This is the first post in a series of posts around migration of App-V from 4.x to 5.0. Introduction Since App-V 5.0 was announced in November last year , it has garnered lots of excitement from customers. In order to provide those benefits, App more
  • Blog Post: App Paths – A Virtual Application Extension in App-V 5.0

    Hello App-V heads! I recently published an Introduction to Virtual Application Extensions in App-V 5.0 blog post in which I talked about how virtual applications in App-V 5.0 have a much tighter synergy with the base platform and in some ways are less virtual then in previous versions. Virtual Application...
  • Blog Post: How to Automate the Creation of App-V 5.0 Debug Command Prompts

    Hi all, I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now and finally have found some time to write it. Steve Thomas has written a great blog post that describes the new debug mode with the /appvve command shell switch but as described its not a easy process to create those commands. http...
  • Blog Post: Installing the App-V 5.0 Client and configuring with Publishing Server

    Hi everyone, just a quick reference on how to setup the App-V client and quickly configure it to talk to a Publishing Server, click here to read more...
  • Blog Post: Walking through the App-V 5.0 Beta Server Setup (Part 1)

    The App-V 5.0 Beta Server is made up 3 components – Management Server, Publishing Server and the Management Database. The components are dependent but have varying requirements and actions to have them successfully deployed. The goal of this series more
  • Blog Post: Part 2 – App-V 5.0 and Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – User Collection Creation

    Hi all, In part 1 we introduced how you can leverage and use the Configuration Manager Powershell cmdlets but now it’s time to automatically deploy App-V 5.0 applications. What we’re going to do is the following: · Automate the creation of the User Collection · Automate...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – Convert Legacy Packages to the new file format

    Hi all, In a previous post we showed how easy it is to test App-V legacy packages, now we’re going to convert automatically these packages to the new App-V 5.0 format. To complete this...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5.0 – Management Server Automation – SMB Streaming

    Hi all, As part of the 4.5 Management server we had no way of automatically adding packages to the management server and publishing them to client. One of the key improvements in the App-V 5.0 Management Server is the ability to automatically add and publish packages. As part of the App-V 5.0 beta...