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App-V 5 Reporting Resources

June 4, 2014
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Document_ReportingDuring the research for the App-V 5 Reporting articles I came across a variety of useful resources. I think they could be interesting for you as well.

 

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Can’t be without: App-V 5 and UEM

May 29, 2014
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With App-V 4, using a Profile Management or User Environment Management solution was recommended, but not highly required, as App-V managed user configurations quite OK for itself. With App-V 5 – especially in a ConfigManager scenario – this changed dramatically. Furthermore, UEM can help overcoming some of App-V 5’s most popular downsides.

Here is why I consider any UEM is a requirement for App-V 5.

 

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Server-free Reporting with App-V 5 (Part 3): Finally some Reports!

May 22, 2014
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Document_ReportingUse SQL Reporting Services is the common answer to the question of how to present all the application launch data that App-V’s SQL based reporting collected. In this article you’ll not only see how to use just Excel for creating graphical reports, but you also see that you can use the pure XML based information from the previous parts of this mini-series to feed that.

 

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Server-free Reporting with App-V 5 (Part 2)

May 21, 2014
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Document_ReportingIn the first part of this series we talked about how to collect App-V 5 Reporting data with just a simple file share. In this 2nd part we’ll focus on how to prepare the collected data, allowing further processing.

 

 

 

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Server-free Reporting with App-V 5 (Part 1)

May 18, 2014
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Document_ReportingWith App-V 5 Microsoft allows to collect client reporting data also in scenarios, where neither the Native Infrastructure nor the Config Manager integration is used. In this article we discuss how to collect App-V Client reporting data just on a file share – and why this isn’t as easy as it appears to be.

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PackageSourceRoot Configuration in App-V 5

March 3, 2014
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TwoArrowsChange generally happens, and so it may happen for the location of your .appv file store, too; esp. in a Native App-V deployment scenario or in a Shared Content Store mode scenario. With PackageSourceRoot you can tell the App-V Clients to get the data from a new location and to forget about the old one… particularly

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Remote Database Creation for App-V 5 Revised

December 30, 2013
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AppVDBAbout a year ago I published a Powershell script that helps preparing the App-V 5 Management and Reporting database for scenarios, where executing App-V’s setup wizard locally on the SQL server is not appropriate. The script has evolved, and a new version is available right now.

With PrepSQL for App-V 5, you can

  • Prepare the App-V Management database and the App-V Reporting database without running black-boxed executables on your SQL servers
  • Prepare the the App-V databases für using in clustered SQL server environments
  • Give your SQL Administrator the confidence to only make comprehensible changes to the SQL server
  • Fully automate the preparation and even execution of App-V’s .sql scripts
  • leverage log files to identify potential issues while preparing the .sql scripts
  • Allow to use a name for the Reporting database that is not limited to a length of 20 characters

Dowload PrepSQL v2 from kirx.org

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Deployment Models and Dynamic Configurations in App-V 5

September 9, 2013
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With App-V 5 Microsoft introduced the concept of Dynamic Configurations, allowing to manage and control the way how virtual applications integrate into the base OS or how the virtual packages behave on clients. One of the main benefits of Dynamic Configurations is the ability to apply different settings to different machines or users. However, these Dynamic Configurations are applied differently, depending on the distribution model. In this article we’ll show that the old principle of “A package’s virtual resources are equal regardless of the deployment model’ has changed in App-V 5.

In short: Just having or modifying the XMLs is not enough, in no scenario!

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A short Review on Gridmetric Application Virtualization Explorer for App-V 5

August 13, 2013
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It’s not a secret that I am a super-fan of Gridmetric’s Application Virtualization Explorer (AVE) since it was released and replaced the old SFTExplorer. Therefor I’m really happy that Kalle Saunamäki told me about the release of AVE 3.0, the first and only 3rd party editor for App-V 5 packages. Here is why you should get your hands on it, too.

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The right App-V 5 Sequencing Wizard

July 21, 2013
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The App-V 5 Sequencer offers – like the 4.6 SP1 Sequencer – a set of wizards. In this article the wizards will be compared and a guideline will be provided when to use which wizard.

Back in 2011 I published an article that described the differences between the App-V Sequencing Wizards that have been introduced with 4.6 SP1. On a first glance, the 5.0 / 5.0 SP1 Sequencer wizards look very much the same, but because App-V 5.0 is quite different at all, let’s see how Microsoft implemented wizards in here

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