Recent App-V Case Studies

Internally, I was recently asked if I had any examples of recent App-V Case Studies that other potential App-V customers could view. Many case studies have previously been mentioned on the legacy App-V team blog but those were for older versions of the product. Many of our customers are looking to find examples of App-V…


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…

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App-V 5: On the LocationProvider and the IgnoreLocationProvider Feature

In a previous blog entry, (http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/12/10/app-v-5-on-the-packagesourceroot.aspx) I discussed the PackageSourceRoot override and how it can be used to control source content locations for packages. There is another option for overriding source content locations for App-V packages: the LocationProvider registry value located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Client\Streaming. This registry value is not designed to be changed or adjusted manually….


Free Office 2013 App-V Deployment Training now Available on Microsoft Virtual Academy

This week, we have released more guidance on deploying Office 2013 with App-V 5.0 through MVA. In this 4 module course, I discuss licensing, planning, package Creation, deployment, and caveats when delivering Office 2013 through App-V 5. The full course content can be found here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/deploying-office-2013-with-app-v If you want to bypass the course and just…


App-V 5: On the PackageSourceRoot

One way App-V client administrators are able to centrally control and override content streaming locations has been through a client-based content-path override. In App-V 5, this is called the PackageSourceRoot configuration item. The PackageSourceRoot configuration item is used to override the Package URL of the individual package retrieved from the publishing server. Otherwise, the package…


MDOP 2014 R2 is now Available!

The latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack has been released! This release includes UE-V 2.1 plus App-V 5.0 SP3! For UE-V, this includes some significant addition of features including: Credential Roaming Support Improved Office 2013 integration (especially email signatures) Support for cloud-based storage paths!? For App-V 5.0 SP3, we have fixed several issues…


App-V 5: On Background Streaming

Several years ago, I wrote an article for the App-V team blog on the Autoload feature that was first introduced in App-V 4.5: http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/archive/2009/07/28/understanding-the-autoload-feature-of-microsoft-app-v-4-5.aspx. The combinations and scenarios (not to mention, the potential network storms that could occur from post-upgrade default settings) yielded a necessary detailed explanation. The Autoload feature continues in App-V 5 in…


WMI Explorer 2.0 is now on Codeplex!

When I worked in support, I troubleshot WMI quite bit using many tools. One tool I still keep my eye on with regards to ongoing development was – and still is – the WMI Explorer utility. I am happy to report a new version of an excellent troubleshooting tool for WMI is now available: WMI Explorer…


On Troubleshooting HTTP Streaming

In App-V stream-to-disk scenarios where HTTP will be used as the streaming protocol, having some architectural knowledge under your belt will help you in troubleshooting adjustments or failures when attempting to stream or launch applications. Performance and Priority There are three types of requests. Each stream will be assigned a priority based upon the type…


App-V 5: On Using BranchCache vs. Multi-Range with HTTP Streaming

Like with 4.6, App-V 5 uses HTTP Streaming – however – the functionality varies depending on client configuration. Two important items to be made aware of: App-V hooks into WinHTTP and shares the Internet Settings (i.e. what Internet Explorer uses.) This makes the App-V client adhere to the underlying settings with some minor exceptions. App-V…