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  • Blog Post: AppV 5: Important Considerations and Ramifications for Package Upgrade and VFS Write Mode

    If you are running any version of the App-V 5 client or Sequencer prior to App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 Hotfix 4 – stop reading. This does not apply to your environment. If you are running HF4 or sooner, you need to have a good understanding of the net effects of toggling VFS Mode on and/or off during...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On the (now sometimes) Immutable Package Cache Location

    When you add/configure and publish a package in App-V, the primary file assets and source registry hives are stored in the package cache location. It defaults to %PROGRAMDATA%\App-V. The package cache will store packages in a <PACKAGE_GUID>\<VERSION_GUID> directory structure for each package...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: Installing to the PVAD: Don’t do it . . . Yes . . . I said it.

    If you have ever dealt with me directly as a customer, attended one of my presentations, or even simply stomached one of my diatribes in a casual, technical conversation, you have no doubt heard about one of my pet peeves (no, not “Tips –n- Tricks” – we’ll visit that another...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: On Sequencing Using Tokenized Paths, PVAD’s, VFS, and VFS Write Mode

    When sequencing applications, you often never know how the application was written with regards to what paths are actually referenced via hard-coded paths or through tokenized, or well-known paths or KNOWNFOLDERIDS. In previous versions of App-V and Softgrid, these paths were referenced using %CSIDL...
  • Blog Post: App-V 5: More on Connection Groups

    To continue my obsession with Connection Groups, I wanted to talk about some technical specifics that apply to Connection Groups and will help you determine your Connection Group deployment strategy. Connection Group Priority The concept of priority with regards to Connection Groups relate to what...
  • Blog Post: Connection Group Case Study #2: Paint.NET

    To continue my current obsession with App-V connection groups, I want to use another case study to go examine how to implement connection groups for applications that use plug-ins or add-ins. Sometimes you may encounter applications which have no actual registration of configuration storage of plug-ins...
  • Blog Post: Connection Group Case Study: Notepad++

    Notepad++ uses plug-ins that register through a configuration file. This is one of the most common methods used by applications. Too often people run into problems because they order the primary application too high in the packages list inside the connection group. As a result, the configurations conflict...
  • Blog Post: On the Design of (and Sequencing for) Connection Groups

    I constantly stress to my customers that significant assessment and planning revolving around the design and implementation of connection groups is essential to a successful lifecycle for virtual environments. One of the primary challenges with connection groups is that while understanding the mechanics...
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