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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 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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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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If App-V 5 MSIs aren’t working

May 24, 2013
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Do your App-V 5 Publishing MSIs just roll back, so that you can’t deploy applications to your stand-alone or test machines?

Sebastian Gernert tells you why on his blog (in German)

Apparently the App-V 5 SP1 x 64 Sequencer creates MSIs that just roll back.

Sebastian’s recommendation (and due to his job this is almost an official MS recommendation) you should apply a work around and set the following Registry keys (note that it ain’t values):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\StrongName\Verification\*,31bf3856ad364e35]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\StrongName\Verification\*,31bf3856ad364e35] 

 

(simply copy/paste into a .reg file and apply it)

Another option of course would be to use the add/publish/mount Powershell cmdlets (as we did in the training I was conducting this week in Austria)

(This is a fast publish article)


Citrix R02 for XenApp 6.0 may cause App-V error 04-00000A09

February 12, 2013
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RollupPack for Citrix XenApp 6.0 may ‘break’ your App-V deployment.

It converts the command line for a published application into all lowercase characters – and if you use the SFTTRAY command and specify the App-V application’s name here, SFTTRAY  requires case sensitive spelling of the vApp name.
In that case, App-V throws an error 04-00000A09

Luckywise there’s a Hotfix by Citrix at CTX136159.

This issue does not occur if you only use published desktops. It also does not occur if your XenApp publication ‘command line’ points to OSD files instead of SFTMIME

Recommendation: Apply HF03 for XA60R02 right away (… or migrate to XenApp 6.5)

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SP2 for App-V 4.6 to be deployed via MS Update at End of November

November 6, 2012
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WindowsUpdate_100According to http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sgern/archive/2012/10/12/10359028.aspx (a very trustworthy source), Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 will be deployed via Microsoft Update “at the end of this month” (which is November). A thing to consider…

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How to launch an external Program inside an App-V 5 Environment

July 3, 2012
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Do you want to launch ‘cmd.exe’ within an App-V 5 (Beta) Virtual Environment? ‘OSD Scripting’ can’t help you here… OSDs are gone. Read about a quite neat method that was discussed during the German User Group – and that was streamlined by Volker Kleiner (@vkleinerde)…

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App-V 5 Beta Basic Troubleshooting

May 11, 2012
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All right, you do have your new App-V Beta system installed according to the Beta Documentation – but your Apps just don’t appear on the Client Desktop! Where do you start? Let’s try to figure out some basic steps that can be the foundation of a troubleshooting guideline

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App-V 5 Beta Component Communication Overview

April 27, 2012
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“Alles bleibt anders” (Everything remains different) might be a good short description for App-V 5 (Beta). While most of the components keep their names and follow existing general concepts, quite a lot changed under the hood. This post gives you a short overview about Aoo-V 5’s main components and the communication flow between them.

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