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Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

By : Augusto Alvarez
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Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

By: Augusto Alvarez

Overview of this book

Microsoft's Application Virtualization technology has been emerging as one of the main platforms in application virtualization. This is mainly because more and more organizations are thinking about application virtualization as a valid implementation; also because App-V represents probably the most attractive solution. App-V introduces a new and efficient way to improve operating systems and application life cycles in organizations. However, if we want to maximize our investment we must learn that every scenario and application differs from another, as does complexity.With Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide administrators will find detailed topics for understanding App-V components, architecture and implementation models; as well as step-by-step guidance to master App-V processes. There is also guidance on integrating App-V with other robust platforms like VDI, SCCM 2012 and even virtualizing server applications. Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide will start by giving readers the means to discover unfamiliar topics in App-V, as well as understanding App-V's architecture. By doing so, it will provide the baseline needed before shifting to advanced topics in App-V, like complex scenarios for sequencing and deploying applications. The book details scripting within App-V, as well as handling the platform using the command line; there is a complete review of troubleshooting installations, sequencing and deploying applications. Integration is another key component we will cover by introducing App-V in VDI and SCCM 2012. Server applications are not forgotten with Server App-V, using this book the reader will have a detailed understanding, with how-to steps to virtualize server applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide
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Appendix A. Reviewing App-V Microsoft and Third-party Tools

One of the most important aspects in any given platform is represented by the acceptance it has among users, administrators, and decision-makers in every organization. App-V is definitely one of them, since it represents the application virtualization technology with the highest number of clients deployed worldwide.

Contributions and knowledge-based communities are other aspects of the platform. These contributions include blog articles, technology forums, and additional tools and add-ons that we can implement to optimize our platform management, usability, and processes.

Microsoft has developed several tools and add-ons that we can use to get more functionality out of the platform. One quick example is the DSC (Dynamic Suite Composition) configuration tool (covered in Chapter 2, Sequencing in Complex Environments), from which we can automate the dependency configuration between packages.

Microsoft also offers some key tools we need to use to scale up our platform, for example, the App-V administrative template, from which we can deploy consistent configurations among clients in our Active Directory domain. Those are two of the only few offered by Microsoft.

We will also look at community contributions to App-V tools and add-ons. There are several applications, free as well as paid, that offer administrators important features for managing the App-V platform but also increasing functionalities, troubleshooting, and so on.

In this appendix, we'll be focusing on:

  • Microsoft tools for App-V: General characteristics, requirements, and download links

  • Third-party tools for App-V: General characteristics, requirements, and download links