App-V 4.6: Important Consideration for Streaming from DP when Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012

If you are currently using Configuration Manager 2007 to distribute your App-V applications through virtual application advertisements *and* you stream from the distribution points *and* you are about to migrate from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012 – you will need to be aware of a very important registry setting introduced last year: LaunchIfNotFound….


App-V 4.6: Configuration when Using Proxy Servers with HTTP Streaming

How App-V uses proxy settings will vary depending on configuration values. The values related to proxy configuration can be found under the HTTP subkey of the App-V networking configuration in the registry here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\ Client\Network\Http orHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\ Client\Network\Http Simply put, you can sum up the options into this simple table below: Value ForceProxyAutoDetect  SkipProxyDetection Use IE…


The Case of the Ever-Expanding, Dynamically-Expanding VHD

I recently had an issue where I encountered something quite bizarre. In an effort to reduce size on disk of dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) I found myself feeling like I needed to take medication. After sysprepping an operating system image on the disk, the current file consumption on the disk was approximately 12…


App-V 5: On Virtual Fonts

App-V has many virtualization subsystems that make up how App-V isolates itself from other applications. Often I, and others have discussed virtual COM, virtual kernel objects, virtual services, etc. when discussing App-V in depth. Until now, one virtual subsystem that has not been discussed much in the context of App-V 5 is the virtual fonts…


MED-V V1 Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery in MED-V v1 is a very straight-forward and seamless process. Offline access is available for those clients who have already cached their MED-V client authentications. One of the first steps in ensuring a good disaster recovery plan for this version of MED-V is to establish continuity through offline access. This will assume all…


Using Virtual PC with Windows 7: Be sure to use Integration Features when the Narrator Accessibility Feature is Enabled

There is an important item to be aware of if you are using Windows Virtual PC (VPC7) and you are also using the Windows Narrator Accessibility feature. The Narrator is an excellent aid for the visually impaired as it reads screen text and echoes verbally various actions. In addition, it will echo verbally what you…


App-V 4.6: Using Service and Process Inclusions

App-V has a feature that can often answer many questions. Is there a way to allow anti-virus applications access to scan files in the virtual drive? How does AppLocker work with the virtual drive?  Is there a way in general to allow certain processes and services to interact with the virtual drive? The answer is…


App-V: Error Message when trying to launch a Virtualized Instance of Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft App-V is the only application virtualization product capable of virtualizing Visual Studio 2010. However, you may receive the following error message when attempting to launch the primary development environment (DEVENV.EXE) within a Visual Studio 2010 package virtualized with Microsoft App-V: The ‘Environment Package Window Management’ package did not load correctly. The problem may have…