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-V was designed from ground up to provide the foundation upon which we could…

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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 to your team’s needs and configures things in such a way that…


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 customers regarding better and deeper integration with Microsoft Office….


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 of blog posts is to walk you through the process of deploying the App-V 5.0 Beta…


Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services white paper available for download

We are proud to announce the availability of the white paper “Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services.”  This white paper discusses the benefits, configurations, and considerations when planning a Terminal Services (TS) solution with Microsoft Application Virtualization for TS (App-V for TS).  Many customers want to find out the best way to configure and/or deploy…

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A C++ program compiled using a virtualized version of Visual Studio 2008 may not run if debugging is enabled

If using a virtualized instance of Visual Studio (sequenced according to the instructions at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appvirtualization/dd334515.aspx), when users build a C++ project in Visual Studio 2008 with debugging enabled the compiled program may not run and produce an error in the console window and/or the interface: ERROR in Visual Studio Interface: "Unable to start program ‘path_to_program\program_name.exe’."…

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Effective Sequencing starts before you launch the Sequencer

I had a long discussion with one of my customers this morning about Sequencing Best Practices. As part of our conversation, I referred to the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Sequencing Guide as a great reference and the Sequencing Best Practices KB article, but then we went further. In particular, we talked about the Installation (monitoring)…

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How App-V Uses Your System Drive!

Today, our topic will be files and folders. As you probably already noticed, there is another drive (often named as Q), which is not accessible from user environment, in client machines Today we will cover the files and folders which are available by end users. Although clients stream the application code from App-V servers, launching…

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A Story of a Publishing Refresh Request

Publishing Refresh Request is one of the main reasons why we have an App-V Management Server.  Since clients send these requests many times (especially on Monday mornings 🙂 ), you may interested in learning what is going on at the server side during Publishing Refresh Request! In this post, we are going to see the…

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Group Policy Object (GPO) upgrade of SoftGrid may fail with Installer errors 1642, 1606 or 1603

I was going over some of the issues our SoftGrid/App-V support folks have been getting recently and I came across this client install issue that I thought some of you might be interested in hearing about.  This one involves getting 1642, 1606 and/or 1603 installer errors when upgrading an existing SoftGrid client to SoftGrid 4.2…

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