App-V: On Current Recommended Practices and how they Evolve . . . (a.k.a. – about that PVAD)

This morning, I was on a joint webinar with Flexera (http://learn.flexerasoftware.com/AR-WBNR-Microsoft-AppV-Best-Practices) on App-V best practices and I reminded many on the call why I always prefer to use the term "current recommended practices" as opposed to "best practices." Today I explained that I know longer insist on avoiding the use of the PVAD (Primary Virtual…

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App-V 5: Installing to the PVAD: Don’t do it . . . Yes . . . I said it.

If you have ever dealt with me directly as a customer, attended one of my presentations, or even simply stomached one of my diatribes in a casual, technical conversation, you have no doubt heard about one of my pet peeves (no, not “Tips –n- Tricks” – we’ll visit that another time) but the term “best…

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App-V 5: On Sequencing Using Tokenized Paths, PVAD’s, VFS, and VFS Write Mode

When sequencing applications, you often never know how the application was written with regards to what paths are actually referenced via hard-coded paths or through tokenized, or well-known paths or KNOWNFOLDERIDS. In previous versions of App-V and Softgrid, these paths were referenced using %CSIDL% variables. These are well-documented on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb762494(v=vs.85).aspx). If the application was…

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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 with the one from the main package…

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On the Design of (and Sequencing for) Connection Groups

I constantly stress to my customers that significant assessment and planning revolving around the design and implementation of connection groups is essential to a successful lifecycle for virtual environments. One of the primary challenges with connection groups is that while understanding the mechanics of setting them up is quite easy; it is the sequencing thereof…

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