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New Developments in Application Virtualization with Microsoft App-V 5.1

Application virtualization is now mainstream.  Driven by the need to simplify application management and to run applications across different devices, IT organizations are turning to solutions like Microsoft App-V, VMware® Thin App™, and Symantec Workspace Virtualization.  In turn those vendors are adding more capabilities and embedding their technologies.

Recently Flexera Software hosted a webinar Best Practices for Application Virtualization, with App-V expert, Steven Thomas, also known as the @Madvirtualizer, a long time Microsoft employee and author of the GLADIATOR@MSFT bog.  Steven provide some great background on the changes included with the App-V 5 SP3 and went into detail on the changes that App-V 5.1 brings to the table.

In the latest release of App-V, he covered three main areas:

  • Sequencing Improvements
  • Scripting Developments
  • Conversion Enhancements

The sequencing improvements included changes to the virtual file system (VFS) to enable importing and exporting of the package manifest.  The import/export feature enables you to make changes to the package manifest and import it without having to delete and re-add VFS files.  The virtual registry can also export or import .reg files as well as a find and replace dialog that enable you to make changes faster.  If you are using App-V to virtualize web applications, like Java, the Captured Browser Helper Objects (BHO) can now be enabled or disabled for Internet Explorer 11 web applications.  The latest release also trimmed the internal Copy-On-Write Filter (COW) exclusion extension list from 58 extensions down to just COM, DLL, EXE, and OCX.

In the area of scripting developments, support for multiple scripts was added and the scriptrunner.exe is now part of the App-V client.  The scriprunner.exe can be used for both MachineScripts and UserScripts, as well as DeploymentConfig.xml and UserConfig.xml, and eight additional package events.

Finally the conversion enhancements for App-V 4.6 to 5.1, included the resolution of issues related to hard coded paths and have helped to improve the success rate of package conversion.

You can watch the on demand recorded version of this webinar here: Best Practices for Application Virtualization, Featuring Microsoft Consultant Steven Thomas

There are two large hurdles for any application virtualization implementation — 1. Determining which applications are suitable candidates for virtualization and 2. The tedious process of recapturing and rebuilding applications already prepared for the traditional environment.  Both can be greatly streamlined by using AdminStudio to convert existing applications and MSI to a virtual format that can be deployed via App-V.  Try out AdminStudio download the free trial.

Timothy Davis is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Flexera Software, and has worked in global marketing at high-tech firms such as BMC Software, VeriSign, McAfee, and Lotus. With over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, he has gained a deep understanding of the business challenges faced by IT organizations in enterprises of all sizes. Specializing in IT Service Management and Operations, Tim develops content that translates product features into real business benefits that help IT leaders learn about new and developing technologies that drive IT efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.

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