App-V Decision Matrix v7

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Oct 9, 2017 1:42:05 PM

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I re-thought the matrix to get it outside of the scope of just App-V but it’s still called the App-V Decision Matrix for a few reasons. I still love App-V and now App-V is now in box in Windows 10 Enterprise and Server 2016. More organizations have access to App-V than ever before. The App-V Sequencer is available as part of the Windows 10 ADK. It is for these reasons, I decided to keep this as the App-V Decision Matrix. I am using App-V as my baseline i.e. My app is X type of app and contains y can I deliver it with App-V? If not, what is a suitable alternative?

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Topics: App-V, XenApp, RDSH

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

XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Aug 15, 2017 11:59:46 AM

Whilst more and more organizations have made the jump from XenApp 6.5 to 7.x, it seems many more are still hanging around on 6.5 or even earlier versions. While I don’t agree with doing that, I can understand it. With all of the work and revs that went into 6.5, it was a very stable and reliable product. It seems to me that most middle to large sized companies used XenApp and I would hazard a guess that most used 6.5 at one point or another. Defacto, many IT professionals have experience with XenApp 6.5, they like it and they are comfortable with it.

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Topics: Citrix, App-V, Rorymon, Citrix XenApp, StoreFront, LTSR

Citrix Issues: App-V Apps Using Local IE, Apps in StoreFront

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 26, 2017 11:37:55 AM

As we all know, sequencing Internet Explorer is not supported but you can sequence IE plugins and other settings required by web apps and simply create a shortcut pointing to the locally installed Internet Explorer.

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Topics: Citrix, App-V, StoreFront, IE, Citrix Issues

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

Opinion: The Changing Landscape of Enterprise Application Management

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Feb 7, 2017 9:54:46 AM

I'm usually not one for posting blogs on [rorymon.com] in reaction to public announcements BUT I’ll make an exception for a couple that occurred in the first two weeks of this year. First, on the 2nd of January, Symantec put out a release to state that their Workspace Virtualization product is now End Of Life. Second is the announcement out of Citrix Summit that Citrix acquired Unidesk. These announcements warrant a post in my opinion because to me it highlights a major shift in the application virtualization and application delivery space.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, App-V, Application Virtualization, Application Layering, Unidesk

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