Information Regarding the Latest Update for Windows 8.1

Update 4/16/2014: Please refer to the following updates posted in the blog posts below released on April 16th, 2014: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2014/04/16/windows-8-1-update-and-wsus-availability-and-adjusted-timeline.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/04/16/windows-server-2012-r2-update-availability-of-wsus-fix-and-revised-servicing-timing.aspx Also be advised there following KB articles have been updated: Windows Update Client does not scan against WSUS 3.0 SP2 if HTTPS is configured and TLS 1.2 is not enabledhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/2959977/EN-US Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and…


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…


App-V: On Registry Staging and how it can affect VDI Environments

UPDATE: PLEASE READ THIS AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE: http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/08/22/app-v-5-revisiting-registry-staging.aspx The App-V 5.0 Virtual Registry is isolated for each application (or virtual environment when using Connection Groups.) With this release, there is a better view into the Virtual Registry subsystem. In fact, the App-V 5 virtual registry is divided into two main parts: The Virtual Registry…


App-V: On Virtualizing Multiple Excel Add-ins

Yes, I’m still obsessed with the subject of add-in virtualization. I felt it also necessary to ensure that there was a discussion of add-in types and multiple Office add-ins (particularly Excel) before I finally leave this topic of discussion. Have you ever noticed that when you are managing\loading add-ins in Excel that you have multiple…


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…


App-V: On COM Isolation and Interaction

  Through the history of Windows, the COM (Component Object Model) has been integral to application development the as an interprocess communication mechanism. The roadmap from DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange,) to OLE (Object Linking and Embedding,) to OCX (OLE Custom Controls,) to ActiveX – and so on – allowed and continues to allow multiple languages…


App-V: On Application Compatibility and Shims with Regards to Applications Virtualized with App-V 4.x and 5.x

While the origins of Softgrid may have revolved around addressing some application compatibility issues, the primary tenets of using Softgrid then (and App-V now) still are to provide on-demand application delivery, “installation-footprint-free” assets, as well as application-to-application isolation. This does not include being a solution for application compatibility. The old notion of “If you can’t…


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: On Operational Troubleshooting of the V5 Client

 Update 12/6/2014: The App-V 5 logs have been consolidated and are organized differently as of App-V 5 SP3 – but the event and event formats are still the same. Please read more about it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn858700.aspx#BKMK_event_logs_moved Whenever I am doing customer engagements, I find it always valuable to ensure that the customer has a plan…


The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 is now available!

The latest version of the VMST has been released! The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 coincides with System Center 2012 –Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2. VMST 2012 is designed to help you reduce IT costs by providing a means to service your…