I’m Converted: How I Convert Packages from App-V 4.x to 5.1

Posted by Tim Mangan on Nov 30, 2015 6:02:30 PM

 

This has to rank among the top posts that I never thought I would write in my entire life.  I mean, it is right up there with “Why I’ll never play golf again”.  If we had subtitles, the subtitle of this article would be “ The 5.1 Converter Doesn’t Suck “.  High praise indeed!

Abstract

This post details out how to organize an efficient conversion project to move packages from Microsoft App-V 4.x to 5.x.  The example project uses App-V 5.1 and the free AppV_Manage tool (5.1.3) to efficiently manage the process.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5, Sequencing, AppV Tools, AppV Sequencing, AppV

Embracing and Accepting Legacy Java Apps with Love and Happiness

Posted by Brad Rowland on Jun 15, 2015 8:31:49 PM

The AppSense Bigot recently posted part 1 of his “FSLogix first look” series, Managing Legacy or Multiple Java Versions, the EASY Way!

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Topics: AppV5, Sequencing, java, App Packaging, App Virtualization, java redirection

Coming Soon: Generate Package Documentation with AppV_Manage

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 23, 2015 11:35:45 AM

Coming Soon! In version 4.0 of AppV_Manage, we will have an optional (paid for) feature to generate package documentation in Microsoft Word format.  This work is an outgrowth of the package analyzer function.  In version 4 I have enhanced the analysis, going beyond reporting on extensions reported by App-V but also analyzing the package contents to see some of what the packager didn’t notice.

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Topics: AppV5, Sequencing, AppV Tools

Download Your Free Copy of the 451 Research Impact Report on FSLogix

Posted by Brad Rowland on Feb 13, 2015 5:16:41 PM

The tech gurus at 451 Research have published an Impact Report about FSLogix, "FSLogix's tool simplifies application virtualization, delivery by hiding apps from users."

John Abbott provides the 451 perspective.  "Two-year-old startup FSLogix is readying the release of Apps 1.5, an application visibility tool that could provide an alternative – and sometimes a complement – to application virtualization. It works by hiding applications by policy, and its core premise is to simplify image management by installing all applications natively into a single golden image and then at runtime making sure users get to see only the apps they need or have permissions for. Automated Java version control at application launch is becoming one of the most common use cases, and it's a focus of the new release."

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Topics: Citrix, Sequencing, App Packaging, Application Virtualization

App-V 5 SP2 HotFix 4 is more than a hotfix

Posted by Tim Mangan on May 17, 2014 9:54:00 AM

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.

  1. 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.
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Topics: App-V, MDOP, AppV5, Sequencing

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