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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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If App-V 5 MSIs aren’t working

May 24, 2013

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 


(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)

(Fast publish article)

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How to share ports of App-V 5 services

February 4, 2013

IconWhile previous versions of App-V targeted a single instance implementation, the new infrastructure servers for an App-V 5 native deployment are designed to be scaled out and to be diverged across separate machines. The services for Management, Publishing and Reporting are based on IIS, also Streaming can be done from a web site. App-V’s Services uses different ports for all these services – but what if you only want to use a single port, like 80?


New App-V 5 Visio Stencil

December 17, 2012

Icon_smallThe App-V Visio Stencil has been updated to reflect the new components that were introduced with App-V 5.

It contains dedicated symbols for the Publishing, Management, Reporting and Streaming Service as well as symbols for Clients running in shared-content mode. Symbols are genric enough to be used with App-V 4.x as well.




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 (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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Microsoft Application Virtualization 5 Book Announcement

November 1, 2012
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Hi there,

“Hi there” ? This – for me – quite exuberant blog introduction may indicate to you that I am really excited about the book announcement that Nicke, Kalle, Ment and I published just yesterday


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Remote Database Preparation for App-V 5

November 1, 2012

A while ago I wrote an article about what to do if you want to implement a Full App-V 5 Infrastructure – and you’re not the SQL Admin. Now, with App-V 5 going RTM, there are some updates – including additions for the Reporting Database and a little Powershell helper for you.


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

July 3, 2012

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

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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