App-V 5: MSI Wrapper Caveats (Oh, and App-V WMI classes are different in 5.0)

For those enterprises using 3rd-party ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) products to deploy and manage software, use of the MSI-wrapper makes it easy to incorporate these types of applications into their environments. In App-V, when you “install” a virtual application using the MSI wrapper, all that is being done are custom actions that add and publish…


App-V 5 Scripting: Change

It is almost easier to pretend you know nothing about App-V 4.x scripting when looking at scripting in 5.0. That is often my first response to many rumblings about difficulty getting scripting set up in 5.0. These rumblings come mostly from users of App-V 4.x. Change is hard, I know, but we have a better…


On the Art of Troubleshooting App-V Applications

Lately I have been dealing with the big challenge of teaching something that I have become to know as more of an art than a science. That is, the troubleshooting of virtual applications not functioning correctly in App-V. I have seen many articles that walk through how someone was able to figure out why one…


MDOP 2013 embeds APP-V MSI’s inside of EXE files

If you are looking for the MSI installer files for APP-V 5 SP1, you will need to manually extract them from the EXE files. The App-V 5.0 SP1 (Client/Server) MSI’s can be extracted using this command: appv_xxx_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”<path>”   i.e. c:\temp>appv_client_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”c:\temp”)   The language pack MSI will be laid out with the client…


App-V 5.0: Launching Native/Local Processes Within the Virtual Environment

Update 12/6/2014: With the release of App-V 5.0 SP3, there is an additional option now available. You can now use the RunVirtual registry for user-targeted applications. You might prefer this to the /appvve switch. Please read more about it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_runvirtual_reg_key Back in 4.x, we pretty much had one of two ways to launch an…


Must have (User Experience Virtualization) Deployment and Management Resources!

It was no coincidence that the inaugural release of Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) directly coincided with the release of APP-V 5.0 For most modern enterprise user scenarios (BYOD, flexible workspace, mobile computing, etc.) the need to have portable applications that roam user settings across application delivery formats is an essential ask from customers. UE-V also allows more…


Running a MED-V application that depends on presence may not properly show presence when hovering over it in the System Tray

Let’s review some basic information about how MED-V: The way MED-V V2 works is the Windows 7 host machine connects to the Guest Virtual PC through an RDP-style connection. This basically turns the Windows XP Virtual PC into a mini-RDP server. This must always be in the back of your mind while you test your…


Office 2013: Deployment and Migration Resources

Now that Office 2013 is generally available, it is time for many organizations who are currently using a virtualized instance of Office to start considering a move to Office 2013. As you may have read in the following Microsoft KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2772509 (Supported scenarios for deploying Microsoft Office as a sequenced App-V Package) Office 365…


Must Have App-V 5.0 Migration Resources!

Yes, there is a learning curve with the new release of App-V. This is why it is extremely important that – Before you embark on and App-V 5.0 deployment or migration, that you look to the following resources for assistance in migrating to App-V 5.0. App-V 5.0 Published Whitepapers: App-V 5.0 Trial Guide: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/7/8/F784A197-73BE-48FF-83DA-4102C05A6D44/App-V%20%205.0%20Trial%20Guide.docx App-V…


You may need to re-download Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012 SP1 Binaries!

The binaries for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 have been updated to correct some minor issues. The binaries have been updated at the Download Center, and also on the Technet and MSDN download sites. For Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, the updated download release of SP1 includes the following hotfix:…