After spending 6 years at VMware as one of the initial Desktop Sales Engineers, it became clear that traditional application virtualization (AppV and ThinApp) were still not meeting the expectations of the users, admins, and the industry. Many people were seeking the utopia of single image management, with layered or virtualized applications, however this was very difficult to achieve, due to the complications of app-virt and the inherent complications of app isolation from the OS, and isolating apps that were designed to work together. VDI and application virtualization had promised to simplify the enterprise workspace, but the products coming to market seemed to be just as complicated as distributed physical desktops, but now with the added problem of some tools working in one environment, some working in another, and none working together.
As you may know from previous articles, SenseConnector is a remote connection manager I’m using in my test lab and when demoing during public presentations. This tool has a uniquely designed user interface und it was custom-developed by Jozsef Gorzas from Sense GmbH according to my personal needs – and you may also find it useful when building proof-of-concept environments or demoing in front of an audience. Design goals were a simple user interface, PowerShell scripting capabilities, easy management of multi-node environments and support of Hyper-V, Azure and ESX/vSphere. Now I have recorded two short videos that demonstrate how to install SenseConnector and how to use it with Hyper-V.
In the following DABCC TV episode, we are happy to have Kevin Goodman, Co-Founder and CEO at FSLogix with us to show off the FSLogix Apps solution! Kevin walks us through what’s new with FSLogix Apps, along and giving us a deep dive in to how easy and powerful it truly is!
I was reading James Rankin's article (See Here) the other day on the train and what struck me was the effort that was needed to get "User-File-Types" deployed. It just seemed like a whole lot of effort, and James' summary is fully justified. In the modern world this sort of thing should just be easy. Having used App-V for so long I've got used to applications delivering FTA's based on the user allocations and hadn't really thought about it something that needs to be managed bt a separate path (i.e. by GPO). James then goes on to write the following FSLogix article (Here - Good job by the way) and I thought to myself. Can we achieve the same FTA allocations just using FsLogix Rules and little bit of Masking. This would remove the need to have the application configuration managed by both FsLogix and by the GPOs. Having the application management all done by one thing should make life easier from and Ops and Support perspective.
FSLogix added a new feature in version 2.0 which dramatically simplifies the administration and the management of user profiles on Windows machines. Instead of configuring local or roaming profiles the old way and managing them through various more or less complex tools, FSLogix is moving the entire user profile to a virtual hard disk (VHD or VHDX) which will be saved on a network share. In the following blog post I try to show how to configure this feature.
|Just where the heck isStealthPuppy when you need him? Somebody has to talk about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and App-V. At times it has been hard to sequence Adobe Reader, but these days you can almost do it while sleeping. OK, so I’ll take a shot at writing about it because old posts make it sound so hard.||
Photo by Michelle MeikleJohn.
First off, let’s be clear that I am talking about the free product, not the Pro version. And my buddy Nicke Kallen wrote about the full Adobe Acrobat XI version recently here, so maybe he’ll tackle the DC Pro version next.
AppVManifestEditor is a new free GUI based tool for editing the AppXManifest file that Microsoft is exposing in the sequencer for editing in the new 5.1 release of App-V.
The PowerShell Framework "BIS-F" prepares your golden image in your environment for Citrix PVS, MCS, XenApp or XenDesktop. If an image will be installed from scratch or updated for the lifecycle process, some preparation must be taken to complete these steps, GUID’s from Software (like antivirus, SCCM, SCOM, App-V or other) must be deleted to prevent ghost entries in the Management consoles.