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: 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….

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Windows XP: April 8th - Almost Here!

For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been advising customers of the planned end of extended support date for Windows XP. We’ve even been using a countdown clock on the Windows XP page (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx ) In fact, you’ve probably also been made aware of or have seen first-hand the end of notifications that are…

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The Case of the Mysterious Open SFT Handle

Here is another interesting one-off issue that was happening on a few machines in one of my customer’s environments. They were using App-V 4.6 with Configuration Manager 2012 managing the packages. The virtual applications were distributed fully cached to the clients (download and execute.) The problem was that the download to the cache would never…

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A special note for those downloading Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (KB2734608)

Official information about this update is available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2734608 This update to WSUS 3.0 SP2 is very significant in that it adds operating system patching support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 WSUS clients. In addition, it also fixes minor issues with KB2720211 (which is included in this update). For stand-alone WSUS environments this…

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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….

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Software Update to block RSA keylengths <1024 has been Released to the Download Center

Today (August 14th) an update was released that, once applied, will block RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits. The software update was released to the Download Center. The security advisory is located at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2661254.The KB article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254. The update is available now to allow organizations to assess the impact of this update and…

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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…


App-V: Error when you attempt to launch an application: xxxxxx-xxxxxx0a-00000124

Scenario: Users receive the following error message when attempting to launch an application virtualized by App-V: The Application Virtualization Client could not launch APPLICATION_NAME” This action cannot continue because the package must be upgraded. Shutdown all the application that are part of this package and try again.   Error code: xxxxxx-xxxxxx0a-00000124 This error can occur…

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Error when you Attempt to Delete a Package using the XenApp Connector for Configuration Manager 2007 R2

The following issue may occur when you are using the XenApp Connector for Configuration Manager 2007. When you click to delete a package under the System Center Configuration Manager node – Site Database – Computer Management – Software Distribution – XenApp Publications, you get the following error: ConfigMgr cannot delete the specified object. Please verify…

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