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

I’m new to App-V, how do I get started?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 16, 2016 11:14:56 AM

With Microsoft now including App-V directly inside the operating system for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education SKU desktop customers, we need a way to help people get started with App-V today.  While there is a wealth of detail information available online from the community some of it is outdated and most is too detailed for someone starting out. This five part blog covers the basics on how to get started and gives you links for more resources when you are ready to dig in.

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Topics: AppV, Windows 10

The Challenges for Software Developers with Modern App Delivery

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 25, 2016 9:28:58 AM

This White Paper is available to help a Software Vendor understand how their business customers implement the software packages that they buy, why they are so frustrated, and what you can do about it.

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Topics: App-V, Application Virtualization, layering, AppV, Centennial

Working with Centennial Preview App Converter

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 11, 2016 12:46:10 PM

This week Microsoft made available a preview of the first publicly available code involving Project Centennial, so I played with it a bit and if you are thinking of doing the same this post might help.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5, AppV, Centennial

TOOL: FxR from App-V

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Mar 18, 2016 2:45:22 PM


If you have read the previous articles on creating a minimal infrastructure App-V environment (Here) then you will have seen that you can use FsLogix Apps to manage the availability of globally published App-V applications. The only slightly sticky point is creating the FsLogix .fxr rules for each App-V package. Whilst the steps aren't overly time consuming (see here for an overview) they do require a manual set of steps to create a rule for each application. If you have 50 App-V applications this might take the better part of a day importing the app into the cache, creating a new rule, browsing for the App-V Package Root Path etc. If the app needs to be run through the sequencer again then the PackageID and VersionID are going to change meaning recreating the .fxr. The goal of this tools is to reduce the time, effort and increase the accuracy when creating rules for FsLogix. (At least until the FsLogix guys implement a CLI/API to play with ;-) ;-) ).

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Topics: App-V, AppV, automation

App-V to be added to Windows 10

Posted by Tim Mangan on Feb 21, 2016 11:40:56 AM

This week, Microsoft finally announced their plans for App-V. They will move App-V  into the core of the operating system. Microsoft’s Steve Thomas, speaking in a webinar with Flexera, made the announcement (near the end of the webinar).  This is HUUUUUUUUUGE!

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Topics: App-V, AppV, Windows 10

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!


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

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