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App-V Client configuration with ADMX Template | April 13, 2011


Microsoft’s Application Virtualization Client 4.5 and 4.6 settings essentially are controlled by Registry values. A while back, Microsoft published an ADM Template to control some of these settings. Login Consultants then published an add-on ADM Template that controls the seetings that Microsoft did not implement.

Now, Login Consultants offers an new, full ADMX Template that uses the more current XML based way of manipulating software settings by Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Furthermore, the new ADMX contains all relevant settings to control App-V Clients, so admins don’t have to deal with two different templates any longer. However, there are som considerations…

What Template(s) to choose?

It is useful to know, that both ways of managing “tattoo” the client’s registry: If the policy is removed from the client, the values defined by the policy will remain active on the client. Also, “old” settings (that for instance have been set during installation”) will not be reverted.

All settings are Computer Settings (i.e. machine based) and will affect all users. Some settings will require a reboot to be active, some settings get active after the App-V Client service has been restarted. There are also some settings that take immediate effect.

Because both ways (ADM and ADMX) lead to the same result on the client, there is likely no “hard” fact that would warrant one or the other solution. Some things to consider:

  • ADMs are only visible in the GPOs they are used in. “Other” GPOs don’t list the specific settings.
  • ADMs can be used in Windwos 2003 Active Directories.
  • For App-V, you likely need two (MS + LIC) ADMs per platform (x86/x64) – but you only need one ADMX per platform.
  • ADMXes are visible within all GPOs (esp. if they are copied into the Domain’s central store).
  • If ADMXes are not centrally stored, they are only visible on (management) computers where they are installed.
  • ADMXes can be versioned
  • ADMXes can be localized

The tables below show a comparison of the current Admin Templates.

Please note that the value descriptions do not fully reflect the actual Registry value names. Also, table segmentation does not necessarily reflect Registry’s segmentation into keys and subkeys.

Virtual File System & Global Cache Settings

 

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

App-FS Location

Not usefull

Not usefull

Not usefull

Cache File Name & Location No

Yes

Yes

Allow to unload least recently used blocks No

Yes

Yes

Define Minimum Package Age No

Yes

Yes

Cache File State

Not usefull

Not usefull

Not usefull

Cache File Size

Not usefull

Not usefull

Not usefull

Virtual Drive Letter

Yes

No

Yes

Set Cache File to Read Only No

Yes

Yes

Relocate Cache File Log apart from App-FS location No Yes Yes

Configuration Settings

Logging & Troubleshooting

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

System (Windows) Event Log Level No

Yes

Yes

Text Log Level No

Yes

Yes

Text Log File name

Yes

No

Yes

Text Log Roolover count

Yes

No

Yes

Text Log Max File Size

Yes

No

Yes

Allow Crashes (Create Dumps) No

Yes

Yes

Dump Path No

Yes

Yes

Dump Path Size Limit No

Yes

Yes

Launch Record Mask No

Yes

Yes

Launch Record Log Path No

Yes

Yes

Launch Record Write Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Miscellaneous Configuration Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Application Source Root

Yes

No

Yes

OSD Source Root

Yes

No

Yes

Icon Source Root

Yes

No

Yes

Allow Independent File Streaming

Yes

No

Yes

Require Authorization if Cached

Yes

Yes

Yes

Specify User Data Location No

Yes

Yes

Auto Load Triggers (When to Auto Load)

Yes

No

Yes

Auto Load Targets (What to Auto Load)

Yes

No

Yes

Timing Configuration Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Script Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Publishing Server (DCC) Seamless Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Publishing Server (DCC) Initial Seamless Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Publishing Server (DCC) Init Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Default Suite Combine Time No

Yes

Yes

Serialized Suite Launch Timeout No

Yes

Yes

Tray Icon Custom Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Tray Visibility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tray Success Delay

Yes

No

Yes

Tray Error Delay No

Yes

Yes

Tray Icon: Show Refresh

Yes

No

Yes

Tray Icon: Show Load

Yes

No

Yes

Publishing Server (Desktop Configuration Server) Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Server ID No

Yes

Yes

Server Type No

Yes

Yes

Host Name No

Yes

Yes

Relative Path No

Yes

Yes

Server Port No

Yes

Yes

Refresh at Logn No

Yes

Yes

Refresh Period No

Yes

Yes

Network Settings

Disconnected Operations Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Allow Disconnected Operations

Yes

No

Yes

Limit Disconnected Operations duration

Yes

No

Yes

Disconnected Operations Timeout (Minutes)

Yes

No

Yes

Miscellaneous Network Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

Bandwidth No

Yes

Yes

Online / Offline state

Yes

No

Yes

Require Secure Connection No

Yes

Yes

Fast Connect Timeout

Yes

No

Yes

User Permissions

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

All User permissions

Yes

No

Yes

Additional Settings

Microsoft

ADM

LIC

ADM

LIC

ADMX

%SFT_SOFTRGDISERVER% System Variable No

Yes

Yes

It is recommended to use “ApplicationSourceRoot (ASR)” instead of %SFT_SOFTGRIDSERVER%  because it is more flexible.

Download information

All Administrative Template files are available for free. Every download includes a x86 amd x64 version.

Microsoft Application Virtualization Template for App-V 4.5/4.6:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67CDF9D2-7E8E-4D76-A552-FD82DBBFF9BC

Login Consultants ADM Add-on for App-V 4.5/4.6 (Registration required):

http://www.loginconsultants.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=70&Itemid=149

Login Consultants ADMX for App-V 4.5/4.6 (Registration required):

http://www.loginconsultants.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=96&Itemid=149

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