Microsoft released Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 All Languages. This hotfix is for the All Languages version: build 188.8.131.5200. Yes, there are two App-V 4.6 client versions; the “English Only” and the “All Languages”. Both with a separate hotfix path. Where the English Only version is already at hotfix package 5, the All Languages version is now at hotfix package 2. But the issues addressed in both versions should now be the same, so hotfix package 5 Englisch Only = hotfix package 2 All Languages.
–Original article 12-jan-2010–
Let’s start sharing my favorites on Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V). Below is an overview of all kind of information, found on the internet, on APP-V.
Whether you are new to APP-V or an all-round engineer, you will find some useful information. The links are ordered from 1 (if you want to start with APP-V) till 15 (troubleshooting APP-V sequencing):
About half a year ago I was looking for some information about MS System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) Software Updates. I wanted to use this information to provide a quick start on Software Updates for a SCCM Administrator. That’s when I first ran into the Microsoft Superflow.
Where the client part of App-V is already on 4.6. The server parts are still on App-V 4.5, today Microsoft released SP2. SP2 doesn’t only cover the hotfixes, also a feature is added. App-V 4.5 SP2 now also supports SQL mirroring, which could be an option if you are designing for high availability.
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Service Pack 2 (App-V 4.5 SP2) updates App-V 4.5 with the latest security and stability enhancements to help keep computers running App-V up-to-date, reliable, and more secure. The goal of this service pack is to increase the overall quality of the existing product features while maintaining a high level of compatibility with previous releases.
• Support for Office 2010 – App-V 4.5 SP2 now supports the virtualization of Microsoft Office 2010.
• Support for SQL Mirroring – App-V 4.5 SP2 now supports Microsoft SQL Mirroring.
• Customer Feedback and Hotfix Rollup – App-V 4.5 SP2 also includes a rollup up of fixes to address issues found since the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 SP1 release.
The new Service Pack can be downloaded here
So, you’ve started your proof of concept for your new desktop environment, because your organization is demanding for improvement. You are testing the different flavors; VDI, RDS, fat client… (assuming it is based on Window 7 or Windows Server 2008 RDS). You get very excited on all the new features and you’ll see a lot of advantages for your management and deployment of the systems. Next to that you’ll see the advantages for your organization; rich media experience, application availability and remote access. But then…testing your mission critical applications point out a dependency with Internet Explorer 6. Now what? IE6 can’t be installed on the latest operating systems, are you stuck with Windows XP?
Every month I will try to wrap up some highlights about virtualization news, personal experience or other IT related items which had my attention, this time January 2010:
When virtualizing applications with Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V), one of the steps is application sequencing. With application sequencing the application will be installed in its virtual environment and prepared for streaming delivery. For application sequencing the APP-V sequencer will be used.
Designing and building an APP-V infrastructure is normally just a small piece of your whole application virtualization project. Most of the time will be spent on the sequencing part. To be successful in this step it is important to have your APP-V sequencer configured properly.
The following steps describe how to setup your APP-V sequence machine: