MS App-V 4.6 All Languages Hotfix Package 2 released

Microsoft Application VirtualizationMicrosoft released Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 All Languages. This hotfix is for the All Languages version: build 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.

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15 great information resources for Microsoft Application Virtualization

–Updated– In the mean time more information sources are added. Thanks to The list with App-V links has been updated and categorized and can be found here.

–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.

Microsoft Application Virtualization

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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):
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The rise of the client hypervisor

Last month the client hypervisor gets more and more in the spotlight. This is good news, because it is time for some innovation. What options do we have today when talking about client hypervisors?

Most of us are already familiar with the type 2 client hypervisor, running an additional (virtual) client on top of your operating system. Think about VMware Player or Microsoft Virtual PC. While this is a good solution for IT Pros, it has some management challenges. Microsoft pushes its type 2 client hypervisor via MED-V for application compatibility issues when migrating to Windows 7. For now this might be a good solution, assuming you are using it on a small scale base and with the intention to use it temporary, but on the long term the type 2 client hypervisor will not bring us the ultimate IT experience. What I mean is that the ultimate IT experience needs to deliver the whole package, it’s said before but there are no one-size-fits-all products. We need different flavors to fill in the different use cases. The gap between a traditional PC and the type 2 client hypervisor at the moment is about offline and manageability.
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Monthly Highlights – May 2010

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 May 2010:

May is traditionally a month with several holidays. So, last month I took some time to have a few days off to have a holiday in France with my family. Had a wonderful time, throwing rocks in the water with my 6-year old son, can life be more beautiful?

Back to the real world, what happened at Citrix Synergy?
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Microsoft App-V 4.5 SP2 available for download

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.

Feature Summary:
• 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

Is Internet Explorer 6 the reason why you’re still running Windows XP?

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?
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Monthly highlights – April 2010

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 April 2010:

April was quite a busy month, working on several projects from working on a SharePoint (for Document Management) infrastructure till extending a Citrix XenApp based infrastructure. This last one is an interesting one, because we will combine Citrix XenApp, VMware vSphere, Microsoft App-V and RES PowerFuse to deliver a real state-of-the-art user experience.

Because of the busy month, I’m still catching up on some articles, so this time a short wrap up.

The Microsoft Management Summit 2010 was held in Las Vegas, this is where the System Center products are put in the spotlight. There’s a lot to talk about, new releases, product announcements, to have a closer look; view the keynotes, keynote 1 and keynote 2.
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First impression: InstallFree Bridge

My main experience with Application Virtualization is based on App-V (formerly known as Softgrid) and a bit of VMware ThinApp and Citrix Streaming Applications. With the release of InstallFree Bridge 2.0 it’s time to spend some time on this product too. So, how to get a quick hands-on experience? Well, I just signed up for an online hands-on lab. After contact with an InstallFree representative I’ve had access to a 7-day lab environment including some exercises. Which was a great way to get some hands-on experience with the product. Thank you, InstallFree.

My first impressions on InstallFree Bridge are based on this hands-on lab. Next to that I’ve also read some available documents. Because I’ve not installed the product I will not have an impression on the installation phase.
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Monthly highlights – March 2010

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 March 2010:

Ongoing discussions about VDI; Desktop Virtualization is hot, 2010 will be the year of desktop virtualization. Last month a lot discussion about the display protocols, ICA (HDX) vs PC-over-IP. The discussions are a nice read. There will be use cases for both products. User Experience will be an important part in terms of user adoption. That’s why the display protocols are important.
Citrix developed HDX for ICA and are a step ahead of VMware, just because VMware doesn’t own PC-over-IP. What if Teradici will be acquired by another company? As a VMware View customer, should you switch back to RDP?
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