Better Dynamic Application Delivery through UE-V & App-V:
Aaron Ruckman and myself will be discussing recent and forthcoming innovations with App-V and UE-V as well as some general recommendations including some you may have never heard of before.
App-V 5.0 SP3: Advanced Connection Groups:
Briton Zircher and the Virtual Vibe Guy Thamim Karim will be discussing how to implement advanced Connection Groups and the recent development involving creating complex virtual environments.
Fundamentals of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp Management and Administration:
You should turn out for this one as it is jammed pack full of information relating to Azure RemoteApp including some information on App-V possibilities.
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus: Have It Your Way!
Office365 offers many flexible options for deployment of the Office Client. This presentation will cover these options.
Deploying Office 365 ProPlus Using System Center Configuration Manager:
This presentation outlines the pros/cons of the new Application-model versus Package-model deployment types and introduce a hybrid Application-model deployment using a Cloud DP.
The latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack has been released! This release includes UE-V 2.1 plus App-V 5.0 SP3!
For UE-V, this includes some significant addition of features including:
- Credential Roaming Support
- Improved Office 2013 integration (especially email signatures)
- Support for cloud-based storage paths!?
For App-V 5.0 SP3, we have fixed several issues and added some key features such as:
- Mixed Targeted Connection Groups integrated into the Management/Publishing System
- User-Targeted RunVirtual
- Consolidated Event Logging
- Improved Connection Group Performance
See the official Windows for your Business Blog for more details:
If you have not already heard, today MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) 2013 R2 became generally available for download to our MDOP customers. More information can be found here:
This latest incarnation of MDOP includes the release of:
- Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2 and the virtualization of Office 2013
- Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 SP3
- User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0
- Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 SP1, which also offers multi-language support.
- Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.1
- Advanced Policy Group Management (APGM) 4.0 SP2
Primary release pillars for MDOP 2013 R2 revolve around support for Windows 8.1.
If you are still using App-V 4.6 on Windows 7 (either 4.6 SP1 or SP2) or Windows 8 (4.6 SP2) you may also be aware that the installation of Windows 8.1 will be blocked if it detects the presence of any version of App-V 4.x. This will also include 4.6 SP3 if you decide to go ahead and pre-install SP3 prior to the upgrade to 8.1. This relates to the
operating-specific drivers that are used by App-V 4.6. If you are planning to use Windows 8.1 with App-V 4.6 SP3, you will need to first remove any installations of App-V 4.6. Then you can upgrade/install Windows 8.1. Once Windows 8.1 is installed, you can install App-V 4.6 SP3. Please note this approach only applies to App-V 4.6 and not App-V 5.0.
While the App-V Client settings and user application settings will be retained with the uninstallation/reinstallation approach, the App-V 4.6 cache will be reset so applications will have to be re-delivered (re-streamed, pre-cached, re-advertised, etc.) Normally to avoid having to do this in the past, administrators would simply do in-place upgrades. This one-time exception does not allow for this and will require likely adjustments if you have users currently using virtual applications with 4.6 and will be upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.
TechEd 2013 North America is 6/2 through 6/6 in New Orleans!
I’ll be there and I hope to see you there too! Alfred Ojukwu, Henry Schulman, and myself will be there from MCS presenting two sessions on App-V 5.0:
Sequencing Applications Using the New Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Sequencer
June 5, 2013 from 3:15PM to 4:30PM
Integrating the New Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 with other Virtualization Solutions
June 6, 2013 from 8:30AM to 9:45AM
In addition, I’ll be manning the MDOP and Desktop Virtualization booths periodically through the week so feel free to stop by!
It was no coincidence that the inaugural release of Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) directly coincided with the release of APP-V 5.0 For most modern enterprise user scenarios (BYOD, flexible workspace, mobile computing, etc.) the need to have portable applications that roam user settings across application delivery formats is an essential ask from customers. UE-V also allows more granularity to users and administrators allowing key applications to roam settings without the bloat and overhead of roaming user profiles (yes, I said it.)
As I have been doing with APP-V 5.0 and Office 2013, I am continuing on my theme of aggregating essential content for deploying key elements of newest Windows client solutions. I have compiled this list of essential UE-V resources and like the others, I will update this as additional key content becomes available.
UE-V deployment Guide:
UE-V Cmdlet Resources
Technet Online Administrative Guidance:
UE-V Technet Main Page:
UE-V Technet Forum:
Technet Lab: UE-V Deployment
UE-V Template Resources:
UE-V TechNet Wiki Articles:
UE-V and SkyDrive Integration Not Supported
How to repair an unsuccessful UE-V Uninstall
UE-V and High Availability
How to Verify a Successful UE-V Installation
UE-V Deployment and Setup:
Group Policy Management of UE-V:
Deploying the UE-V Agent with Config Manager
Deploying the UE-V Agent with MDT
UE-V Template Verification Steps and Best Practices
UE-V Registry Settings
How to repair a corrupted UE-V install
Microsoft Office Support in Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
How to troubleshoot UE-V replication issues
UE-V settings replicated by Internet Explorer
UE-V Registry Settings
UE-V Template Verification Steps and Best Practices
UE-V Agent installation fails with error: The Offline Files service is not running
UE-V does not update the theme on RDS or VDI sessions
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Administrative Templates
System Center 2012 Configuration Pack for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.0
For once, I will switch gears and talk a little bit about myself personally. For the past several weeks, I have been contacted by several people wanted to know what happened and why there haven’t been any blog posts lately. Many also wanted to know if I would be continuing this blog.
The short answers are as follows:
1) Yes, I have been off the blog for a while.
2) Yes, the blog will continue and it will happen shortly.
Truth be told, I changed jobs at Microsoft. I switched from a primarily reactive support role over into a more proactive solutions-based role as a consultant with MCS (Microsoft Consulting Services.) I am very proud to be part of the Services organization at Microsoft and for the past two months I have been ramping in my role while working with customers in a new capacity. This has taken up a lot of my time but rest assured, I have been working in the background on new content and I will continue to work with and give as much insight as a can to the MDOP and Virtualization communities – that part will never change. It is this new opportunity, helping industry customers get in front of their various virtualization and application strategies, which will be both a new challenge and a way for me to continue to develop by taking myself out of my comfort zone. In order for us to grow, we must be willing to avoid resting on our laurels. We have to take ourselves out of our comfort zone in order for us to continue to develop and grow.
So keep checking in and stay tuned for more articles on not just Application, Desktop, and Server Virtualization (App-V, MED-V, Hyper-V, and VMM) but also look for more content to come on Server AppV, Application Management, User State Virtualization, and Automation.
I really need to do something about my tardiness when it comes to these announcements. Once again, I am late on the subject of a key announcement regarding App-V and MED-V.
First off: On May 25th, the MDOP team announced the release of App-V 4.5 Service Pack 2. This is a comprehensive service pack for all components (Client, Server, Sequencer)
Here is the App-V team’s posting:
The Documentation update information is also available. The “About SP2” topic is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff699129.aspx and the SP2 release notes topic is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff699130.aspx.
Another interesting item – This will be the first release of App-V to be available through Windows Update/Microsoft Update/WSUS. To quote the product team:
"We will be adding a new product family to your WSUS server – Microsoft Application Virtualization. The Microsoft Application Virtualization product family will include updates for all Microsoft Application Virtualization products. It will include a variety of update types, e.g. service packs, optional updates, critical updates and security updates. Additionally, Microsoft Application Virtualization updates will be available through Microsoft Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog http://catalog.update.microsoft.com. "
To read all the details see New Category and Product Family for Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 on the WSUS product team blog:
MED-V v2 development is well underway and a TAP program followed by an open beat is soon to follow. According to the MED-V product team, the positioning of MED-V v2 will revolve around Windows 7 migration and application compatibility.
MED-V v2 Beta will enable customers to pre-configure MED-V workspaces that can be delivered to user desktops via System Center Configuration Manager or any electronic software distribution (ESD) tools, and will also provide users with all the functionality of Windows XP Mode including seamless applications, USB support and printer capabilities.
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) v2 Beta will be available in CYQ4, Customers wishing to participate in the TAP program that begins Mid-June can email email@example.com.
The MED-V v2 TAP program benefits you with:
•Designated point of contact on the product team
•Regular communications with the product team
•Opportunity to provide feedback for the MED-V v2 release
•Access to pre-release versions of the product and the ability to deploy into production before the product ships
•Priority 24×7 product support up until the shipping of the product, plus 30 days