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…


Resolving the App-V 4 – SQL Server 2008 R2 Supportability Conundrum

Over the past 6 months, I’ve had quite few customers coming to me with concerns regarding what they see as a potential supportability gap for legacy App-V 4 infrastructures. Their main concern lies with the fact that App-V 4.6 SP3 remains in support through July 2020 while SQL Server 2008 R2 (the latest version it…

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On Debugging Virtual Applications Part 4: The Case of the Missing Dump

I’ve been blogging lately (well . . . not exactly lately) about debugging virtual applications that misbehave – whether by hanging, crashing, or spewing some strange error message. In discussing the use of tools, one question I often get is the relationship of attaching the debuggers to the virtual application inside or outside the virtual…

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On Debugging Virtual Applications: Part 3 – Situations where a Debugger is most needed for Virtual Applications

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I’ve covered some of the basic fundamentals of the concept of debugging compiled software code which, for the most part, has been a black box for many working with virtual applications. In part 3, I would like to now move the discussion towards those situations that warrant…

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App-V: On Current Recommended Practices and how they Evolve . . . (a.k.a. – about that PVAD)

This morning, I was on a joint webinar with Flexera (http://learn.flexerasoftware.com/AR-WBNR-Microsoft-AppV-Best-Practices) on App-V best practices and I reminded many on the call why I always prefer to use the term "current recommended practices" as opposed to "best practices." Today I explained that I know longer insist on avoiding the use of the PVAD (Primary Virtual…

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App-V: Current Recommended Practices for using App-V with Azure RemoteApp

In recent blogs posts, I’ve been discussing the topics of how to leverage App-V for software delivery and management to custom Azure RemoteApp images joined to a hybrid collection. I’ve discussed what is supported and demonstrated a few walk-throughs regarding image setup and targeting. While there are many particular variances for each facet of configuration,…

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App-V: On Targeting Azure RemoteApp Images with the App-V Management & Publishing Server

There are two types of Collections with Azure RemoteApp: A Cloud Collection and a Hybrid Collection. App-V requires that the client must exist on domain-joined machines in order to be supported. Azure RemoteApp Custom Images can be part of a Hybrid RemoteApp collection where the images are joined to the local domain. This now entails…

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App-V: More on App-V with Azure RemoteApp

Last April, we gave a little bit of information on the limited use of App-V applications with Azure RemoteApp (http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2015/04/29/app-v-on-app-v-applications-hosted-in-azure-remoteapp.aspx.) This piqued the curiosity of many and over the past several months, we have been validating several scenarios involving the integration of App-V with Azure RemoteApp images within hybrid collections.  As you might have heard,…

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Anatomy of an Outlier Bug: The Issue of the Failed App-V Report Upload

When software malfunctions, product support teams attempt to narrow the issue down to user error, configuration, or code. If the software attempts to perform a function where a specific result is expected and the actual results are different, we classify that as a bug. Of course, there is great debate on what is perceived as…

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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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