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

Microsoft Application Virtualization

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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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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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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Microsoft APP-V and Citrix XenDesktop – Better Together?

When you think about Desktop Virtualization you will also think about Application Virtualization. This blog post will analyze whether if Microsoft App-V is a good partner for Citrix XenDesktop.
App-V and XenDesktop - better together?
Why this product combination? Well, I think, at the moment these products are both top products in their category. What if we combine these products, keeping in mind the latest release of App-V (4.6) and the upcoming release for XenApp (6)? Will this combination contribute to a better solution?

First I will give a short overview of each product and after that I will describe the combination of both products.
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App-V is now more ready to step into desktop virtualization

Microsoft released App-V 4.6 earlier this week. With this release Microsoft Application Virtualization will be brought to the next level: support for 64-bit applications. This release will contribute to a broader adoption of application virtualization in combination with desktop virtualization. Think about Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS which is 64-bit only or VDI scenario’s where storage usage is an issue.

With App-V 4.6 it is now possible to design well scalable desktop virtualization solutions based on Microsoft Virtualization products (and of course products of other vendors).

While you may think it’s a minor release from 4.5 SP1 to 4.6, the new features are great:
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Best practices for setting up your APP-V sequence machine

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.
appv sequencer
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:
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The year of…..2010!

With all the prediction storms going on, I will also give my 2 cents on 2010. But I would call them expectations instead of predictions. 2010 expectations My expectations are based on the vendor roadmaps and some experience from the field. 2010 will also be a Virtualization year, most companies are using it for their servers now, but it will take a deep dive in the IT infrastructure with also desktop and application virtualization. This will change the world of IT services and operations.
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