Windows Store for Business and Line-of-Business Applications

A lot of companies have applications that are considered “Line-of-Business” (LOB), whether these are internal applications or apps specific to your company’s industry. The Windows Store for Business will let an enterprise include these applications in their private store.  This process is already documented here https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/manage/working-with-line-of-business-apps, but I wanted to illustrate the steps with screenshots to…

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Windows Store For Business "Something happened on our end" message

When testing your Windows Store for Business you may encounter an error when trying to download an application from your Private Store.  The error seems like it may just be a temporary issue: "Try the download again. Something happened on our end". In reality, this is expected behavior if you are using a version of…

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App-V 5.1 Hotfix 2 and 5.0 SP3 Hotfix 3 Now Available

App-V 5.1 Hotfix 2 and 5.0 SP3 Hotfix 3 are available now and referenced in the same KB article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3139245 Full details, download and testing recommendations are available at the link above. For Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 RTM, this hotfix package fixes the following issues: Issue 1The lock on the VFS folder was not getting…

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App-V 5.1 ScriptRunner

One of the major improvements included in App-V 5.1 is the improved handling of scripts used with App-V Packages. The change from 4.6 to 5.0 scripting was a difficult transition for many. Microsoft Consultant, Steve Thomas, pointed out in his article on scripting, "It is almost easier to pretend you know nothing about App-V 4.x…

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Moving to App-V 5 as App-V 4.6 Mainstream Support Ends

First, don't panic.  Mainstream Support ending doesn't mean that if you are using App-V 4.6 you are suddenly going to be unsupported.  What it does mean, however, is that after July 14, 2015 there won't be anymore hotfixes or service packs. App-V 4.6 won't be unsupported until July 14, 2020, so you can keep using it for…

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New(b) series of articles coming soon.

I am going to finally get some new articles up here with a majority of them around being a Noob (that's "newbie") with some of our products. I'll cover how to get going on products, or help avoid common mistakes that can snowball into a failed configuration.  Additionally, I'll address specific areas of expertise within our…

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System Center Assemble! Create your team of heroes with System Center 2012 SP1

When System Center 2012 released, it was done so for the first time as one product.  Everything that had been a separate product before was now a component of System Center 2012. No more separate purchases, you got everything together! In my experience as a Senior Support Escalation Engineer I have seen that IT groups…

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App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer – Where is the “Begin Monitoring” button?

The App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer introduced a new workflow to the App-V Sequencer.  The intent of the new workflow is to make the process of Sequencing easier.  For users new to Sequencing, the workflow is one of the many changes introduced that makes Sequencing an application faster, more predictable, and easier to do.  For experienced…

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App-V: Application Usage Reporting is Inaccurate

One of the features of the App-V Management Server is the ability to report usage data.  This is a great feature if you want to track application usage.  Sometimes, however, you may run a report on an application and know that there is no way the information could be accurate.  The reporting is accurate for…

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