Application Virtualization best practices V4.6Sp1 Sequencing Flash & Adobe Reader

Posted: 08/07/2011 in APPV
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Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) transforms applications into centrally managed services that are never installed and don’t conflict with other applications.

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Improvements

App-V 4.6 SP1 contains the following improvements:
Improved sequencing experience
The App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer is updated to help improve the sequencing process and to create a more predictable packaging experience. The following improvements are implemented in this update:

  • App-V Package Accelerators can be used to automatically sequence large and complex applications.
  • Improved support when you use App-V project templates.
  • Step-by-step instructions in sequencing.
  • Improved reporting to identify sequencing issues.

Support for read-only cache on RDS
App-V 4.6 SP1 now supports a shared cache that is read-only in both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments.
Support for the sequencing of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
App-V 4.6 SP1 now supports the sequencing of the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.

 

 

installing APPV 4.6 sp1 sequencer

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select the installation location

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the Vdrive

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And doing some of the best practices

Create a dummy printer

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Next thing creating a dummy ODBC (this on the sequencer installation took care of it but make sure its there )

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Turn off some service (change it to manual )

Superfetch

Security center

Windows defender

Windows search

Windows update

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I allows like to allow application to interact with the OS

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I always like to remove the following exclusions

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Let us start sequencing

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create a new package

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the wizard gives us a warring because the defender is on

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also it gives you some additional information about it

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ready to  begin

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select standard most of the time

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select adobe source

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give it a name as you see you don’t have to use 8.3 naming anymore

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a nice notification to remind you

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This is not the first block it’s the first use  AKA you still capturing the system )

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things that APPV did not capture it

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I like to customize

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I don’t like to have adobe.com shortcut so I remove it from edit shortcuts step

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This is the first block Smile

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note please that the application is only supported on the platform it sequenced on in other words if you used win7sp1x86 as your sequencer you will need your clients to be the same . but so far I did not find any issue delivering applications to other platforms

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don’t forget to give it the server name and the path

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And we save the package as normal

 

 

next we sequence adobe flash

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this time we will use plugin

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select the parent application

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now select the plugin

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now the issue that to make this plugin works users must lunch IE from this shortcuts so it can call the APPV application

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Next we test it with a flash web site (http://www.gettheglass.com/)

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Next step we install the client

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I like to create application groups to make my server organized

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The App-V Package Accelerator Gallery

APPV Home ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appvirtualization/bb508934 )

APPV labs ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/ee862412.aspx )

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