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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VMM: Options for Offline Servicing, P2V, and Building Virtual Networks

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 I work with SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) frequently in many different contexts. I even do the occasional private cloud engagement specifically on VMM and Hyper-V. Most of the time however, I am using VMM in a peripheral context – be…

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App-V 5: On Asset Intelligence

Asset Intelligence has been used for years to enhance the inventory capabilities of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) by extending hardware inventory and adding license management functionality. The Asset Intelligence features of SCCM (2012, 2012 SP1, and 2012 R2) can report application data such as digital PID, MSI product codes, and publisher names for…

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App-V @ #msTechEd 2014 – View the recordings in case you missed it!

We had quite a few breakout sessions on App-V at TechEd North America this year! If you were there and were not able to attend all of them or missed TechEd altogether, you can view the recorded sessions here on Channel 9: My Presentation 🙂 Sizing App-V 5.0: Planning and Designing a Highly Available, Scalable,…


Why is it important to Become Familiar with WMI Troubleshooting? Pt. 1

Often in Virtualization and Management Products like SCVMM, MED-V, Config Manager, UE-V, and App-V the symptom of an issue appears in the respective System Center or MDOP product but the root cause is often caused by an anomaly in an underlying operating system component. Often that component is WMI. For this reason, it is invaluable have…

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App-V and CM 2012: GRRRRRRRR! Where did “Remove this virtual application when it is no longer advertised” go!?!?!?

With Configuration Manager 2007 Integration in App-V 4.6, there was a very popular feature that allowed for what we refer to as “implicit uninstall.” This means that when a user is no longer part of collection, the virtual applications advertised to them would then be removed. This was very easy to configure by selecting “Remove…


Must Have App-V 5.0 Migration Resources!

Yes, there is a learning curve with the new release of App-V. This is why it is extremely important that – Before you embark on and App-V 5.0 deployment or migration, that you look to the following resources for assistance in migrating to App-V 5.0. App-V 5.0 Published Whitepapers: App-V 5.0 Trial Guide: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/7/8/F784A197-73BE-48FF-83DA-4102C05A6D44/App-V%20%205.0%20Trial%20Guide.docx App-V…

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You may need to re-download Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012 SP1 Binaries!

The binaries for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 have been updated to correct some minor issues. The binaries have been updated at the Download Center, and also on the Technet and MSDN download sites. For Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, the updated download release of SP1 includes the following hotfix:…

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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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