App-V 5.x Client Publishing Server Address


Hi all,

I've had the pleasure of working with the Gladiator for the past 5 years and now I have the opportunity to provide some great information about App-V 5.x to the world.

What we have been seeing out in the field is that there seems to be some confusion on how to view the App-V 5.x Publishing Server XML correctly, so this should walk you through how to view the metadata from a users perspective.

Firstly if you query the Publishing Server using “Get-AppvPublishingServer” the following will be returned.

You can then take the URL and paste it in a browser to see which packages and connection groups are entitled to you.

The misconception here is that your meant to see the connection group as your in the AD Group but it can’t be seen?

The App-V 5.x client is actually passing parameters to the string so that it can see the correct data, you can review what is passed here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_pub_metadata_clientversion.

Reviewing the article there are two parameters ClientVersion and ClientOS which will show a true representation of user entitlement which is what you should be using to query the publishing server.

Note: The ClientOS is used so that we can show or hide the OS restrictions set within the App-V Package.

Hopefully to make your life easier run the following Powershell script on the App-V Client which will build the Client URL for you.

Import-module AppvClient

write-host

$AppVPS = Get-AppvPublishingServer | select URL
$url = $AppVPS.URL

$AppV_Version = (Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\AppV\Client -Name Version).Version

$Ver = (Get-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion' -Name CurrentVersion).CurrentVersion

$Model_Check = (Get-WmiObject -class Win32_OperatingSystem).Caption

if($Model_Check.Contains("Server")){ $Model = "Server" } else { $Model = "Client" }

if ((Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_OperatingSystem).OSArchitecture -eq '64-bit'){ $architecture = "x64"} else { $architecture = "x86" }

$ClientURL = $url + "?ClientVersion=" + $AppV_Version + "&ClientOS=Windows" + $Model + "_" + $Ver + "_" + $architecture

$ClientURL

 Then copy the $ClientURL returned value and paste it into your browser, you should see a different result including the connection group which you couldn’t see before.

Disclaimer
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Hope this helps in understanding what a user is actually entitled to.

David Falkus | Premier Field Engineer | Application Virtualization

Comments (2)

  1. Roy Essers says:

    Great explanation. For Win10 some things have changed…. so I use the following script now:

    Import-module AppvClient

    $arch = “x$((Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Processor).AddressWidth)”
    $aVersion = (((Get-CimInstance Win32_OperatingSystem).version).split(‘.’))
    if ($aVersion[0] -eq 10)
    {
    $model = ‘Client’
    $ClientVersion = (Get-CimInstance Win32_OperatingSystem).version
    $OSVersion = $aVersion[0]+’.’+$aVersion[1]
    }
    else
    {
    if (((Get-WmiObject -class Win32_OperatingSystem).Caption).Contains(‘Server’)){$model = ‘Server’} else {$model = ‘Client’}
    $ClientVersion = (Get-ItemProperty ‘HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\AppV\Client’ -Name Version).Version
    $OSVersion = (Get-ItemProperty ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion’ -Name CurrentVersion).CurrentVersion
    }

    start “$(((Get-AppvPublishingServer | select url).url) + “?ClientVersion=” + $ClientVersion + “&ClientOS=Windows” + $model + “_” + $OSVersion + “_” + $arch)”

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