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

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

Today We Learn About Elevation, Integrity Levels, and UIAccess

Posted by Tim Mangan on Nov 2, 2015 10:57:58 PM

With the App-V MVPs busy at the MVP Summit this week, I’ll offer up this rather long post about elevation, starting with some fairly well known basics and advancing into the absurd detail.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5, Elevation, Integrity Levels

Putting your App-V Scripts directly into the .AppV 5.1 file

Posted by Tim Mangan on Oct 10, 2015 10:28:00 PM

Using Scripts to aid the deployment of App-V packages makes the virtual applications more flexible and deployable in production.  Prior to the App-V 5.1 release, this was done by manually editing the external Deployment and/or User Configuration.xml files.  Not only was the editing originally a clunky process (leading to the development of a free editor toolACE to edit those files), but we found that dealing with these external files was cumbersome.  If you used the App-V Management Server or Stand-alone models to deploy your packages, you could easily forget to use the external files. And if you used Config Manager instead to deploy the files were automatically applied, but, it was possible to forget that only editing the Deployment config meant that the UserConfig file might override the change.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5, AppV Sequencing

The case of the misnamed object

Posted by Tim Mangan on Sep 30, 2015 10:27:31 PM

I suddenly seem to be getting asked by a number of software vendors to help them support customers that are using App-V.  This is fantastic!  Vendors that want to support App-V?  We have dreamed of this for 15 years now.  I am thinking that four is perhaps more than just a blip, maybe it is a trend.  I certainly hope so.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5

AppVManifestEditor (AVME)

Posted by Tim Mangan on Aug 18, 2015 11:45:00 PM

AppVManifestEditor is a new free GUI based tool for editing the AppXManifest file that Microsoft is exposing in the sequencer for editing in the new 5.1 release of App-V.

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

TheGlobalizer: Automatically making user targeted AppV work as Global

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jul 6, 2015 2:01:31 PM

A treat for you today. You see, today is my day to find out if I am re-awarded as a Microsoft MVP. You get a little nervous waiting for Redmond to wake up and send the email each time. So with a surprise today I find that I am no longer an App-V MVP. Now I’m a “Windows IT Pro” MVP, a category combining move. Whatever; it is my third MVP category over the years (RDS was the other). So in honor of my new recognition, today I have a new technique that IT Pros can use with App-V.

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Topics: AppV5, AppV Tools

Virtual App Runtime Debugging with Updated AppV_Manage 5

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jun 22, 2015 7:17:31 PM

I am pleased to announce version 5 of the free AppV_Manage tool, and in particular the new run-time debugging capabilities.  You can find the tool downloader  at this link here.

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Topics: App-V, AppV5, App-V Manage, Application Virtualization, AppV Tools, AppV Sequencing

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

My Sequencer Build Script

Posted by Tim Mangan on May 1, 2015 10:03:03 AM

I build a LOT of App-V Sequencer and Client VMs over the course of a year. Not only do I test each release, but hotfixes and a bunch of private builds that I get, and then I also need to handle changes to my own tools (which need testing before release). Plus I want to reuse the technique to build VMs for all of those training classes. So it should be no surprise that I automate that process as much as I can.

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Topics: AppV5, AppV Tools, AppV Sequencing

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