Microsoft App-V: Dynamic Configurations or RES Workspace Manager?

Written by Ingmar Verheij on January 22nd, 2014. Posted in Microsoft App-V, Workpace Manager

When you’re using Microsoft App-V 5 to distribute your “virtual” applications it can be cumbersome to apply settings afterwards. With native installed applications you have to ability to update files, registry settings or apply permissions (since App-V 5 always applies default permissions).

Within a virtual application these settings needs to be applied within the virtual environment (often referred to as “the bubble”). Up to App-V 4.x you had the ability to add custom actions in the OSD file, starting App-V 5 this is replaced with Dynamic Configurations.

While Dynamic Configurations are more powerful and flexible then the static OSD files I couldn’t resist to show you how RES Workspace Manager can simplify this.

Citrix NetScaler: Cache Microsoft App-V sequences

Written by Ingmar Verheij on January 3rd, 2014. Posted in Microsoft App-V, Netscaler

Citrix NetScaler: Cache Microsoft App-V sequencesRecently I wrote about streaming App-V 5 packages via HTTP. Using caching in IIS performance can be enhanced while resource consumption on the SMB share are minimized. Since we’re using HTTP for streaming it’s not unlikely a load balancer is used to divide the traffic to multiple App-V streaming servers adding another hop.

When a Citrix NetScaler is used to load balancing App-V Streaming Servers you could use Integrated Caching to cache resources. When resources are cached on the load balancer less network traffic is generated. Integrated Caching is part of the Platinum or Enterprise edition with Caching option.

Microsoft App-V 5.0 – Streaming via HTTP

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 25th, 2013. Posted in Microsoft App-V

Microsoft App-V 5.0With Microsoft App-V 5.0 virtual application packages (or sequences) can be streamed to the client with two delivery methods: SMB or HTTP. With SMB being the easiest one (all you need is a file share), the HTTP delivery mechanism is IMO more scalable.

The ability to stream via HTTP is natively built-in in the App-V client, no configuration is required. All that is needed to publish the application via HTTP is to specify the URL instead of the UNC location at the Management Server. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t provide us with a description on how to built a Microsoft IIS Web Server to enable it to stream App-V packages.

Microsoft App-V 5.0 – Lost administrative access

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 17th, 2013. Posted in Microsoft App-V

2013-10-16 14_24_31-Application VirtualizationIn case you’re locked out of your Microsoft App-V 5.0 Management Server – because the account / group is removed , you’re not a member of the group or because you don’t know which account was specified during installation – you will receive an error message:  You do not have access to this information. Please check your credentials.

Fortunately, regaining access to the App-V management server is pretty easy.

App-V 5.0 Reporting Server, missing prerequisites

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 10th, 2013. Posted in Application Virtualization

Microsoft App-V 5.0During a Microsoft App-V 5.0 implementation I had to deploy an App-V Reporting server so the customer could track usage information. I found that the required information is not well documented at TechNet but can be found (it’s scattered around the internet). Also, the information provided by Microsoft is (at the moment of writing) not accurate. Prerequisites are missing.

Hence I figured it would be good to sum up the information I gathered along the way.