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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Within this appendix, we had quite a complete reference about the set of tools and add-ons we can find in App-V, including Microsoft and third-party downloads available. We analyzed common features, characteristics, requirements, and download links available for each of the tools and add-ons.

Regarding Microsoft tools, a great thing to note is that all of them are free and available in Download Center. There are some important tools available, such as the Application Virtualization Dashboard, which is the recommended tool available to obtain reports and statistics.

There are also advanced tools, such as SFT Parser tool, from which we can retrieve detailed information about SFT files. It is recommended for advanced professionals and inexperienced administrators to avoid using these tools, since any change executed could result in damaging an App-V package.

Among the third-party tools available, we find a large number and variety. We also find that several of those execute similar tasks but using different interfaces; this, of course, depends on each administrator and their preferences.

Not all of the third party tools are actually freeware; there are several that are paid. But of course, we can find several alternatives that we can implement in order to save a lot of time and effort in various App-V processes.