Here is my explanation: Someone at Microsoft has been taking lessons on how to name product releases from Citrix. There really can be no other explanation for App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 Hotfix 4. It is full of features. I mean, why not call it release 5.1 (or 5.3)? Or maybe Service pack 3? Surely they know how to build a full installer at Microsoft, right? You mean I have to install the client, then the hotfix, and then reboot? Really???? Sorry user, we’ll have to reboot you now. Sure, existing users would have to reboot if it were a service pack, but new users require too many reboots between the pre-requisites, the client, and hotfix. I can hear the screams of my pal Nicke from here without the phone, and he’s in Sweden and I’m in Boston.
Because there is so much in this release, you should probably fully test before deploying. But at least there is a lot of good stuff in the hotfix which you request via web (KB 2956585). Since MDOP 2014 just came out yesterday without the changes, perhaps the dev team just missed the window to get it into the MDOP release. Anyway, when you receive the zip file, ignore the x64 in the name and unpack it from any machine, you will find an update exe for each of the clients (RDS and WD), and a full installer for the sequencer.
- Virtual Application Deployment Speedups. With all of the good things that the version 5 rewrite brought us with openness, it turned out a lot of that openness lead to slower deployment speeds. A few of the bigger problems were addressed in SP2, but at the time Microsoft indicated that the performance of deploying virtual apps needed more work. This is especially true in semi-persistent scenarios like VDI and RDS, where apps must be deployed and streamed possibly every time the user logs in. The dev team has worked hard on this, making improvements here and there, but especially in Shared Content Store Mode.