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Remote Database Creation for App-V 5 SP3

April 11, 2015
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AppVDBThe new version of my PrepSQL tool now supports the changes that have been introduced with ServicePack 3 for App-V 5. You can silently create the App-V Management Database and Reporting Database on remote SQL servers, on SQL server clusters or in scenarios, where you can’t run App-V’s setup wizard on the SQL server machine. This new version also allows to upgrade the databases from a pre-SP3 version. It already includes the fix for a known error with Microsoft’s original scripts.

With PrepSQL for App-V 5 SP3 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 for 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
  • Update older App-V databases to the SP3 format
  • Skip the manual correction that causes MS’ scripts to fail

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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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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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How to share ports of App-V 5 services

February 4, 2013
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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?

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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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Use App-V 5 Beta Publishing and Management Server with a Remote Database

April 18, 2012
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App-V 5 Beta allows to connect to a Database that is installed on a remote machine. However, it has shown that using a remote SQL Database is not that trivial. This article will highlight how to prepare the remote SQL Database to be used by App-V 5.

Reading through the documentation there is no hint that connecting an App-V 5 Publishing Server to an SQL database that is running on a different machine might be sort of ‘special’. Instead, it states something like “just enter the name of your Database Server’ and that’s it. Well, if you read some forum articles, posts and tweets it appears that this implementation does not exactly provide an ‘out-of-the-box’ experience. Let’s see…

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