To Manage or not to Manage?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 24, 2016 11:25:53 AM

NOTE: This post is part of a series. You might want to start at the beginning:

  1. “I’m new to App-V so how do I get started?”
  2. What is App-V and how does it work?
  3. How do I get App-V?
  4. Getting Started with Sequencing
  5. To Manage or not to Manage

To distribute App-V packages, you have a variety of options. I have saved this for last because people tend to make this decision too early in their learning process.

For most customers, a single option from below will meet all of there needs. Some may choose multiple options for the different client scenarios present. A flow chart to walk you through options is included in the What Would Tim Do tool. The information below is just an introduction to your options. You will likely need to perform a Proof Of Concept to evaluate and learn all of the specific dirty little secrets required for a successful deployment.

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Topics: App-V

Getting Started with Sequencing

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 23, 2016 8:53:42 AM

NOTE: This post is part of a series. You might want to start at the beginning:

  1. “I’m new to App-V so how do I get started?”
  2. What is App-V and how does it work?
  3. How do I get App-V?
  4. Getting Started with Sequencing (This post)
  5. To Manage or not to Manage

What to Sequencing On

The App-V Sequencer is used on very clean OS images. The less that is on the image the better. I prefer just the OS and Service packs. Hotfixes are usually OK, but don’t usually matter given how you use this OS. We usually sequence on a virtual machine that we can create a snapshot/checkpoint, allowing us to revert back to a known state before sequencing an app. Here is a blog post I previously wrote documenting my lab sequencer build.

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Topics: App-V, AppV Sequencing

How do I get App-V?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 22, 2016 1:24:52 PM

NOTE: This post is part of a series. You might want to start at the beginning:

  1. “I’m new to App-V so how do I get started?”
  2. What is App-V and how does it work?
  3. How do I get App-V?  (This post)
  4. Getting Started with Sequencing
  5. To Manage or not to Manage

 

App-V used to require a special subscription, but moving forward it might be included with your operating system. I will try to summarize the licensing situation along with where to get it here, however as always, your rights are only whatever your license agreement with Microsoft says.

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Topics: App-V

Not set in concrete - tailoring IoT to the business

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Aug 22, 2016 9:20:33 AM

Tailored services and personalised advertising is great isn’t it? People and organisations are no longer bombarded by things they are not interested in or can not respond to, only those things that are relevant.

In theory that’s what all the cookies, search histories and other smart stuff on the internet delivers, especially with all the recent attention on the Internet of Things (IoT). The reality is somewhat more patchy. Getting the right data to tune, tailor or personalise effectively is not that straightforward, as many online advertising attempts and email blasts seem to indicate.

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Topics: IoT, Data Analytics, Big Data

My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Aug 19, 2016 9:46:54 AM

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that they are planning to retire Azure RemoteApp (ARA). According to the article, Microsoft and Citrix are jointly developing a new cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. This Azure RemoteApp 2.0 service was referred to as XenApp “express”. Only minutes after the Microsoft announcement, Citrix posted a related article on their blog. Now, after the dust has slowly settled, I wanted to share my thoughts on the announcement.

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, Azure RemoteApp

Windows as a Service: Here now whether you like it or not!

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 19, 2016 9:33:33 AM

I’ll keep this simple.  If you are an IT Pro dealing with Windows and it’s updates, you need to change your attitude toward updates.

It is time to stop worrying about the details.  You no longer need to analyze every patch that comes out of Microsoft, test, and deploy.  It is time to just let Microsoft deal with it.

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Topics: Windows as a Service

What is App-V and how does it work?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 18, 2016 12:24:31 PM

NOTE: This post is part of a series. You might want to start at the beginning:

  1. “I’m new to App-V so how do I get started?”
  2. What is App-V and how does it work?  (This Article)
  3. How do I get App-V?
  4. Getting Started with Sequencing
  5. To Manage or not to Manage

Microsoft App-V, the App-V being shorthand for “Application Virtualization,” is a component of the desktop and server operating systems that provides separation and isolation capabilities for applications running on the operating system. App-V also serves as a centralized delivery system for these virtualized applications that utilizes streaming technology to optimize delivery speed.

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Topics: App-V, Application Virtualization

I’m new to App-V, how do I get started?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 16, 2016 11:14:56 AM

With Microsoft now including App-V directly inside the operating system for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education SKU desktop customers, we need a way to help people get started with App-V today.  While there is a wealth of detail information available online from the community some of it is outdated and most is too detailed for someone starting out. This five part blog covers the basics on how to get started and gives you links for more resources when you are ready to dig in.

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Topics: AppV, Windows 10

Office 365 - How Difficult it is to Make it Look This Easy

Posted by Kevin Goodman on Aug 16, 2016 9:51:27 AM

“You don’t know how difficult it is to make it look this easy.”

We’ve been very pleased with the response to our Office 365 containers. Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing product ever. Office 365 is on a $4.4B run-rate and 70% of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365 in the last 12 months (source:Microsoft).

But, did you know that without FSLogix the Office 365 suite doesn’t roam correctly in XenApp and XenDesktop non-persistent? You read that right: By default, Outlook and OneDrive for Business do not roam correctly. OneDrive for Business is not supported in RDSH / XenApp environments and Outlook if it is in Cached Exchange Mode has issues in both RDSH / XenApp and non-persistent XenDesktop.

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, Office 365, Outlook, Cached Exchance Mode

There’s more to a container than, well, a container.

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jul 26, 2016 10:15:36 AM

It seems that virtual machines (VMs) are so last year. A new ship has sailed in and docked – it’s a container ship and it is full of Dockers (as well as Rkts and Mesos). The idea of containerisation is taking hold – the promise of a lighter means of dealing with applications enabling much higher workload densities and lower storage costs seems to attract developers, sysadmins and line of business people like moths to a flame.

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Topics: containers, Virtual Machines, System Containers

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