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.com/training-courses/deploying-office-2013-with-app-v If you want to bypass the course and just…

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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 URL of the individual package retrieved from the publishing server. Otherwise, the package…

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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) Support for cloud-based storage paths!◦ For App-V 5.0 SP3, we have fixed several issues…

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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 network storms that could occur from post-upgrade default settings) yielded a necessary detailed explanation. The Autoload feature continues in App-V 5 in…

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WMI Explorer 2.0 is now on Codeplex!

When I worked in support, I troubleshot WMI quite bit using many tools. One tool I still keep my eye on with regards to ongoing development was – and still is – the WMI Explorer utility. I am happy to report a new version of an excellent troubleshooting…(read more)

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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. Each stream will be assigned a priority based upon the type…

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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 to the underlying settings with some minor exceptions. App-V…

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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 App-V sequencer is…

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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. Then lists are compared and any differences are…

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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 virtual operations and operating system integration. The catalogs are divided up by…

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