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,…


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,…


On the Bloggers, Analysts, and the Shareholders.

Over the past 20 years, I have had many different roles in IT. I’ve been a helpdesk jockey, professor/instructor, sysadmin, developer, support engineer, escalation engineer, and now consultant. I’ve worked with a variety of industries as well. I’ve been both a customer and an employee of a Fortune 100 software company. As I have moved…


App-V 5 and Citrix Integration Resources

Whether it is integration with XenApp, XenDesktop, PVS, or UPM, App-V 5 is the recommended application virtualization and streaming model for Citrix Session and VDI environments. I work with a lot of customers who leverage App-V in this capacity and they have been asking me to maintain a “living post” that contains links and references…


App-V 5: Revisiting Registry Staging

Last year, I wrote a blog post on registry staging in App-V and how it can affect initial publishing times – particularly on VDI (http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2013/09/25/app-v-on-registry-staging-and-how-it-can-affect-vdi-environments.aspx) and many people wrote me to tell me it was very helpful in reducing publishing times. This was especially important especially for those non-persistent VDI and RDS/XenApp environments. A colleague…


Chatting All Things Dash V with Richard C on RunAs Radio!

Last week, Chris Jackson appeared on RunAs Radio talking about about the benefits of Windows XP Migration (Yes, we still have customers who have not made the jump to a modern OS.) You can view the recording here: (http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=374) It is an honor to be following my mentor and idol in this week's show where…


MDOP 2014 Released – along with App-V 5 SP2 Hotfix 4 – plus New Performance Guidelines!

MDOP 2014 is now available:   http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2014/05/01/improving-your-organization-s-security-and-performance-with-the-microsoft-desktop-optimization-pack.aspx In addition, Hotfix 4 for the App-V Client (no new server patches in this hotfix) is also available:   "Hotfix Package 4 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2956985/en-us With this hotfix, we also recommend that you leverage new performance guidelines that was recently published on Technet: "Performance…


TechEd North America 2014: Come See Me Talk About App-V 5 Sizing and Capacity Planning

Yes, it is time for another shameless plug. If you plan on attending TechEd North America this year (in warm Houston, Texas May 12-16) please make sure to clear your schedule on Thursday afternoon so you can see my presentation on App-V 5 Sizing: Planning and Designing a Highly Available, Scalable, and Resilient Management and…


App-V 5 and Citrix Integration: New Whitepaper

Ever since the summer (TechEd) I have been promising customers we would have a white paper coming on this. Well, we have just published a new App-V 5.0 and Citrixintegration overview white paper. Whitepaper Title:  App-V 5.0 and Citrix Integration overview   Abstract: This whitepaper is designed to provide administrators with guidance for combining Microsoft’s…


Holy Massive Cloud Software/Resource Release Batman!!

So, Microsoft had a bunch of new releases this week! Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, a Bing Facelift. With all that has been going on in the past couple of weeks, it easy to miss something. For those of us who live in the world of virtualization and cloud, some additional (very handy) software…