Tim Mangan

Tim Mangan is the Founder of TMurgent Technologies. Prior to launching TMurgent, Tim was with many software and/or hardware companies including Softricity, Sync Research, Tylink, Avanti Communications, Memotec, Teleglobe, Infinet, and ComputerVision. Somewhere in between he also did consulting work for the WAN side of a major US bank. At one point he was also the President of the Frame Relay Forum, an international consortium of Communication Carriers, Vendors, and Users. Tim speaks at many conferences and has been awarded by Microsoft as a "Most Valuable Professional for Application Virtualization" and by Citrix as a "Citrix Technology Professional". He currently serves on the technical advisory team for FSLogix.
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Introducing The Learning Site @ TMurgent

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 25, 2017 1:22:19 PM

Introducing a new experiment in learning from TMurgent.

There really is no substitute for a full instructor led course from us to prepare yourself for successful packaging of applications using Microsoft App-V. And if you haven’t taken one of our classes I’d recommend asking any of the hundreds of people who have taken one just how valuable the class was to them. But not everything needs a full-blown instructor led course, and web pages and blogs don’t necessarily give you a comfort that you know everything that you need to know about a subject. So today we are releasing the first of our online courses to help fill in the middle gap.

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Topics: App-V

1703 App-V Sequencer and Templates

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 25, 2017 10:43:13 AM

One of the new features of the 1703 Sequencer mentioned in TechNet “What’s New” page involves templates.

No, Microsoft didn’t do what we asked to make it easy to always load the sequencer with a Template using a registry setting like we did in 4.x. But they did solve an issue that traps everyone when updating packages. The issue is that when you open up a package for update or editing, you must use the same settings that were used when creating the original package. This includes any changes in the tools/settings (this includes changes to the exclusion list), as well as checkboxes on the advanced tab of the sequencer editor. These are all things that are captured in a template file. When I train people in App-V Sequencing, I encourage them to save off a template file of any package that they make changes to these settings. This aids in updating packages and connection groups. I find this information is rarely properly documented by the packager.

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Topics: App-V, App Packaging, App-V Updating

The new App-V AutoSequencer

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 10, 2017 12:45:43 PM

Microsoft this week announced some changes in App-V 5 associated with the release of Windows 1703 “Creators Update”. While there is a minor client change to support cleaning up unpublished packages documented here, the real news comes when we see the updated Sequencer, which is the subject of this post.

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Topics: App-V, Powershell, Windows 10

App-V 5.1 Lifecycle

Posted by Tim Mangan on Mar 27, 2017 12:06:49 PM

Sebasitan, the German Microsoft Escalation Engineer we often get new news from about App-V, recently blogged about the dates for the lifecycles for App-V 5.1.  Before people get upset, let’s make sure you understand what this means.

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Topics: App-V, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, App-V 5.2

How I sequence Java in App-V

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jan 17, 2017 9:37:41 AM

 

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Topics: App-V, java

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Posted by Tim Mangan on Dec 16, 2016 12:13:19 PM

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone this about App-V.  Just because you didn’t hear any sound does not mean that there wasn’t a lot a noise involved.  In the last year, Microsoft has made two incredibly big moves with its App-V product, and you probably didn’t hear much about it. What happened? First, Microsoft has effectively stopped charging you for App-V.  Second, they are now bundling it into the appropriate operating systems directly.

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Topics: RDS, App-V, Windows 10, Server 2016

The Future of Computing, 2016 Edition

Posted by Tim Mangan on Sep 12, 2016 2:29:14 PM

 

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This summer we held the final (we think) BriForum here in Boston.  These 20 conferences have been both fun and very educational and I’m sorry to see them end.  So at the conference I pulled together a panel of some of the top minds in the desktop and virtualization space and had an excellent informative and fun session called “The Future of Computing”.

Joining me for the session were:

  • Shawn Bass (CTO of EUC at VMWare)
  • Ruben Spruijt (CTO at Atlantis Computing)
  • Dr. Benny Tritsch
  • Rick Dellinger
  • An awesome audience

In the session we started by asking the audience to answer a survey with couple of questions, which we then used as topics to discuss. I promised to post the full list after the conference.

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Topics: BYOD, cloud, Big Data, Future of Computing

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

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