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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Why we use Microsoft App-V

Posted by Tim Mangan on May 10, 2018 12:01:24 PM

It seems strange that I’ve never written this article before.  I haven’t needed to.  But we need to be reminded now and then.

Those of us using App-V, which includes most of the largest, and best run, enterprises around the world, do so because it is the easiest way to customize, prepare, and deliver applications to internal users. That’s pretty much it.  Oh, there are a bunch of things we can talk about that go into that, but it really comes down to that statement.

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Topics: App-V

The case of the missing App-V files

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 24, 2018 12:21:57 PM

File this one under “Things to consider when your app doesn’t work”.

What the customer wanted:

I was working with a large customer that is in the Health Care business.  They had an application, well maybe we should call it an integrated suite of applications, that is used to tune hearing aids.  One major app and a ton of independently built side apps for each and every model of hearing aids under the sun.  These devices generally connect via USB, and a few use a device driver (probably Twain) as part of the install. The side apps seem to generally be built by hardware people that understand just enough software development to talk to their hardware. Installer technology is not their expertise.

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Topics: AppV, App-V Package, Sql CE

Say goodbye to CReg?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Feb 20, 2018 10:53:16 AM

Two  days ago about I wrote about CReg/Vreg because I anticipated the fix coming in March’s OS rollup.  So surprise!  The following day we get fixes a month early.

The totality of information coming from Microsoft about the changes are included in the KB article for the February rollup for Windows 10 1709: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4074588/windows-10-update-kb4074588. These fixes are distributed as part of the general OS non-security patches for the OS.

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Topics: App-V, Windows 10

Announcing PassiveInstall

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jan 3, 2018 11:42:34 AM

A PowerShell Automation Framework for Application Packaging with Passive/Silent Installations.

Today I am releasing another free tool for the community, called PassiveInstall, plus a free online training course for it (see bottom of this article for a link to the training).  A PowerShell module intended for use by anyone wanting to create customized automated installations of vendor applications without MSI repackaging, it will be especially useful to those doing Microsoft App-V Sequencing due to the automation support in my AppV_Manage tool that generates PowerShell scripts utilizing the PassiveInstall modules.

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Topics: App-V, Powershell, PassiveInstall, SilentInstall

The case of 100% Delivery via App-V

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jan 3, 2018 11:34:52 AM

While I will admit that I thought about this possibility, I never would have written about it unless I found a customer actually doing this.

I met them in a recent training class, and here is their story.

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Topics: Citrix, App-V, Microsoft, Application Layering

Sequencing AutoCad 2016/2017

Posted by Tim Mangan on Nov 21, 2017 11:32:45 AM

My general recipe for sequencing AutoCAD 2015 is found in this post from a couple of years ago: http://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=2268

Today, Patrick Mangan reminded me that he had to modify that recipe to handle AutoCAD 2016 and 2017.

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Topics: App-V, Sequencing, AutoCad

App-V 1703 Virtual Registry and Containers?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Sep 25, 2017 12:01:44 PM

One of the things I talked about when App-V was going into the core of the OS was how it was going to provide new opportunities to improve App-V.  And the prime example I gave was how the virtual registry worked.  Well I was eventually proved right, although the transition is proving to be a bit bumpy for some folks (more on that later).

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Topics: App-V, Windows 10 1703

Life with the App-V AutoSequencer

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 29, 2017 11:06:34 AM

It’s summer.  Who should work all that hard anyway? I’m letting the AutoSequencer do the work for me.

 

With the March 2017 release of Microsoft Windows also came the 1703 version of the Windows ADK. The ADK contains a number of tools used by both developers and IT Pros and is generally updated with each OS release. When you go to get the ADK you almost always want to get the latest version – it supports features in that release but most of the time also supports prior OS releases as well.

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Topics: App-V, App-V Sequencing

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

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