Duncan Murdoch

Duncan Murdoch has been consulting in the virtualisation field for over 10 years has consulted on most "vProducts" in that time, but has always held a soft spot for application virtualisation and solutions that work "above the platform" to make the users life better. He is also the creator of the Amberreef.co.uk, a framework for automating app-v packaging and creating a repeatable process for managing the virtual application lifecycle. You can find his blog at amberreef.co.uk/site/blog and follow him on twitter @duncanmurdoch01
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TOOL: FxR from App-V

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Mar 18, 2016 2:45:22 PM

Introduction:

If you have read the previous articles on creating a minimal infrastructure App-V environment (Here) then you will have seen that you can use FsLogix Apps to manage the availability of globally published App-V applications. The only slightly sticky point is creating the FsLogix .fxr rules for each App-V package. Whilst the steps aren't overly time consuming (see here for an overview) they do require a manual set of steps to create a rule for each application. If you have 50 App-V applications this might take the better part of a day importing the app into the cache, creating a new rule, browsing for the App-V Package Root Path etc. If the app needs to be run through the sequencer again then the PackageID and VersionID are going to change meaning recreating the .fxr. The goal of this tools is to reduce the time, effort and increase the accuracy when creating rules for FsLogix. (At least until the FsLogix guys implement a CLI/API to play with ;-) ;-) ).

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Topics: App-V, AppV, automation

FSLogix Advanced Rule Examples

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Sep 9, 2015 4:03:18 PM

Configuring Notepad:

This might appear to be a relatively unnecessary rule, but the idea is to demonstrate the kinds of configurations that you can achieve with FsLogix.

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Topics: App-V, Application Packaging

Free Tool: Automate Creation of FSLogix Rules for Your AppV Packages

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Sep 8, 2015 6:15:02 PM

If you have read the previous articles on creating a minimal infrastructure App-V environment (Here) then you will have seen that you can use FsLogix Apps to manage the availability of globally published App-V applications. The only slightly sticky point is creating the FsLogix .fxr rules for each App-V package. Whilst the steps aren't overly time consuming (see here for an overview) they do require a manual set of steps to create a rule for each application. If you have 50 App-V applications this might take the better part of a day importing the app into the cache, creating a new rule, browsing for the App-V Package Root Path etc. If the app needs to be run through the sequencer again then the PackageID and VersionID are going to change meaning recreating the .fxr. The goal of this tools is to reduce the time, effort and increase the accuracy when creating rules for FsLogix. (At least until the FsLogix guys implement a CLI/API to play with ;-) ;-) ).

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Topics: App-V, AppV Tools

FSLogix and Per User File-Type Associations

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Aug 27, 2015 1:55:42 PM

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.

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Topics: Application Packaging, File Type Association

Better2Gether - Amberreef & App-V Scheduler

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Aug 20, 2015 3:47:00 PM

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Topics: App-V, AppV Scheduler

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