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  • Blog Post: Part 1: The initial Setup - Building your App-V RC test lab (using 4.5.1305)

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization User Group - January 2009 Meeting (MS Victoria)

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  • Blog Post: Part 5 : Configuring the Windows Server 2008 Firewall for RC App-V 4.5.0.1305/8

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  • Blog Post: How Do I Develop V12N-Friendly Apps?

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  • Blog Post: Part 3 : Configuring Windows Server 2008 with Certificates for RC App-V 4.5.0.1305/8

    This post Continues from Part 2 . The topology for this is; Ok so this is a bit of a long bit. I want to use App-V for secure communication over my network. The reason for this is that I want to allow my infrastructure to have the potential for secure communication over an Internet Facing Scenario...
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  • Blog Post: Part 7 : Installing the RC App-V 4.5.0.1305/8 on the client

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  • Blog Post: October Technet Magazine – Virtualization

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  • Blog Post: Part 4 : Installing the First Management Server on RC App-V 4.5.0.1305/8

    This Continues from Part 3 . The Topology for this looks like; So now we have all our bits Installed on our Windows Server 2008 system. What I want to do is install the App-V management Server. To do this we need to get the source files from connect.microsoft.com . I have also gone into Active...
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    Understand how to view today’s market as an opportunity – make sure you attend the Architect Insight Conference. The fourth annual Microsoft Architect Insight Conference will be taking place on the 8th May 2009 at Microsoft, London. The format of the Architect Insight Conference in 2009 has changed to...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 : Installing IIS 7 for App-V RC 4.5.0.1305/8

    This post Continues from Part 1 The Topology for this is; So i know i am a little bit behind on my blogging so wanted to get this up to date! In this Part we need to get a few pre-reqs all sorted. So Lets get IIS Set up. Unlike the Beta Code we only need a few elements for IIS7. Actually we...
  • Blog Post: 20-Part Webcast Series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

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