App-V and UE-V to be included with Windows

July 5, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck [MSFT] · Comments Off
Filed under: Announcement, App-V, App-V 5.x, Update Rollup 

Software Assurance provides organizations with additional capabilities to enhance security, manageability, and flexibility.  Two key benefits of SA include access to Windows Enterprise, which provides capabilities including Device Guard and Credential Guard, as well as the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

With the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’re reducing the effort of deploying two of the most popular components of MDOP – Application Virtualization (App-V) and User Environment Virtualization (UE-V) — by including them in the Windows Enterprise and Education editions instead of requiring a separate download and deployment.  They will also be included in-box in Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter.  If your organization is currently running App-V or UE-V on Windows 10 Professional or earlier and plan to upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary release, you will need to deploy the Enterprise edition to use App-V and UE-V on those devices. 

By including these components in the operating system itself, you will not have to take additional steps to deploy and maintain them outside the general Windows deployment and update process.   Future updates to App-V and UE-V will be delivered as part of general Windows updates and will not require any separate administrative steps.

What does this mean for you?

If you are using App-V or UE-V, you already have access to Windows Enterprise or Education.  Both Windows Enterprise and MDOP, which includes App-V and UE-V, are benefits you have through Software Assurance.  Most organizations who have Software Assurance are already using Windows Enterprise, so there are no extra steps or costs required.

If you are using Windows Professional, when you upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and your organization uses App-V and UE-V for management functionality, you will need to upgrade to the Enterprise or Education edition.  Direct upgrades to the Pro SKU will result in App-V and UE-V binaries to be removed during the OS migration process.

Deployment and configuration tools are consolidated into a single location.  The UE-V Template Generator and App-V Sequencer will be available as part of Windows 10 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

The functionality of App-V and UE-V shipping inside Windows 10 Anniversary Update are the same as the current “out-of-box” versions supporting earlier version of Windows, which shipped in MDOP 2015 – App-V 5.1 and UE-V 2.1 Service Pack 1.  All other components of MDOP remain available for Windows 10 Anniversary Update from the MDOP 2015 installation media, and their supportability on each version SKU does not change; however, future enhancements to App-V and UE-V will only be available for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later.

The current App-V Management Server, available on the MDOP 2015 installation media, will support the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  It does NOT ship within Windows 10 Anniversary Update nor Windows Server 2016.

We’re excited about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and the inclusion of App-V and UE-V into Windows Enterprise and Education editions will help make it easier to get more value of your Software Assurance investment.

The June 2016 servicing release for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack is now available

June 27, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck [MSFT] · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, App-V 5.x, Hotfix, MDOP, Update Rollup 

 

The June 2016 servicing release for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack is now available. This servicing release fixes the following issues:

  • After you publish a new version of an application in a Connection Group, the application version is now displayed correctly on the App-V Server User Interface (UI).
  • Fixes an issue that prevents some Java-based applications from starting.
  • Adds support for Slovakian and Slovenian versions of the Supplemental Notice. The notice is displayed during the client/RDS servicing release installation.
  • Removes the dependency on Visual C++ 2005 for installation.
  • Fixes a Windows Explorer crash on a remote App-V 5.1 client when you are connected by using Remote Desktop Services. This issue occurs when you right-click File or Computer on the Start menu.
  • Fixes the App-V server UI to link to the updated Microsoft Privacy Policy.

For complete details please see the following:

3155806June 2016 servicing release for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3155806)

 

J.C. Hornbeck, Solution Asset PM
Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Group

Support Tip: Mandatory user profiles and App-V integration with Configuration Manager

May 16, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck [MSFT] · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, ConfigMgr, Support Tip, User Profiles 

Hi everyone, Luke Ramsdale here with a tip for you on using mandatory user profiles in an integrated App-V/ConfigMgr environment.

There are a number of scenarios where an organization may require that the user profiles on their workstations not be stored locally. For example, maybe mandatory profiles are configured or the profiles are deleted after the user logs off, or VDI machines are in use and are not persistent. When an organization uses Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) integrated with Configuration Manager, this scenario can lead to problems when deploying virtual applications to collections of users. This is because when the user profile is returned to its mandatory state, or it is deleted after logging off, the App-V files stored in the user profile are also deleted. This proves problematic when the users eventually log back on to the machines because the shortcuts and part of the virtual applications are not available until the application deployment evaluation cycle runs, which is by default every 7 days.

There are a couple of ways to work around this issue which will allow a user to access these applications automatically when logging on for a second time or any subsequent attempts:

The first option is to run the application deployment evaluation cycle programmatically via a script every time a user logs in to a machine. Note that this needs to be evaluated carefully because there are network and client performance implications of performing this action at scale.

An example of the command line you would need to run would be:

WMIC.exe /namespace:\\root\ccm path sms_client CALL TriggerSchedule “{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000121}” /NOINTERACTIVE

The second option is to run this PowerShell script via a traditional package and program using the following method:

1. Create a new package and configure the PowerShell script as the source.

2. Create a standard program with the following command line:

%WinDir%\Sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File .\Republish_App-V_5_package_script.ps1

3. Configure the program to run “hidden”.

4. Configure it to run with administrative rights and to “only run when a user is logged on”:

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5. When the package has been configured and deployed to the distribution point, deploy the package program as required with a date-time and a “Log on” assignment schedule, and ensure the rerun behavior is configured to “Always rerun program”:

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All other deployment settings can be left at the default values.

That’s it! Once this is deployed, App-V shortcuts and the associated files should be available every time the user logs on.

Note that this applies to Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 R2) but should also apply newer versions as well (current branch).

Luke Ramsdale, Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Group

Now available: April 2016 hotfix rollup for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

May 2, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck [MSFT] · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, Uncategorized 

The April 2016 hotfix rollup for MDOP is now available. The article linked below describes the hotfixes in the rollup as well as download and installation instructions.

For Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 SP1, this hotfix package fixes an issue where changing the desktop wallpaper generates a COM error causing wallpaper synchronization to fail.

For Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.1 RTM, this hotfix package fixes the following issues:

  • Issue 1: App-V crashes on Remote Desktop Services (RDS) when dynamic configuration causes a policy update.
  • Issue 2: Custom configurations for existing entitlements are overwritten.
  • Issue 3: Added ETW log to detect when file has incorrect “FILE_EXECUTE” permissions.
  • Issue 4: App-V template for UE-V is missing registry keys. See Microsoft Authored UE-V Settings Location Template for App-V 5.0 Client for the template fix.

For additional details please see the following:

3144445April 2016 hotfix rollup for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3144445)

J.C. Hornbeck, Solution Asset PM
Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Group

Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft App-V 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft App-V 5.0 SP3 now available

February 22, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V 

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V) 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) are now available.

For Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 RTM, this hotfix package fixes the following issues:

  • Issue 1: The lock on the VFS folder was not getting released when the user logs off from the client service
  • Issue 2: Microsoft Office Click-to-Run apps can't be opened from SharePoint in Internet Explorer. Embedded Office Click-to-Run apps may crash
  • Issue 3: Press and hold (or right-click) app on taskbar, the app icon becomes blank.
  • Issue 4: Provide mitigation for apps which don't handle long paths correctly.
  • Issue 5: Enable users to create multiple instances of Office 2016 Click-to-Run apps.
  • Issue 6: Re-enable APP-V 5.1 Management server address "http://localhost:<port>/packages" and "http://localhost:<port>/packagesummary"
  • Issue 7: The Confirmparameter is ignored when the Groupsparameter is null for Grant-AppvServerPackage command. Use the newly added Forceparameter to avoid the "Confirm Action" dialog.

For Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP3, this hotfix package fixes the following issue:

  • Issue 1: Microsoft Office Click-to-Run apps can't be opened from SharePoint in Internet Explorer. Embedded Office Click-to-Run apps may crash.

For complete details as well as a download link, please see the following:

3139245 - Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP3 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3139245)

J.C. Hornbeck, Senior Solution Asset PM
Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Group

Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft App-V 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft App-V 5.0 SP3 now available

February 22, 2016 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, Uncategorized 

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V) 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) are now available.

For Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 RTM, this hotfix package fixes the following issues:

  • Issue 1: The lock on the VFS folder was not getting released when the user logs off from the client service
  • Issue 2: Microsoft Office Click-to-Run apps can't be opened from SharePoint in Internet Explorer. Embedded Office Click-to-Run apps may crash
  • Issue 3: Press and hold (or right-click) app on taskbar, the app icon becomes blank.
  • Issue 4: Provide mitigation for apps which don't handle long paths correctly.
  • Issue 5: Enable users to create multiple instances of Office 2016 Click-to-Run apps.
  • Issue 6: Re-enable APP-V 5.1 Management server address "http://localhost:<port>/packages" and "http://localhost:<port>/packagesummary"
  • Issue 7: The Confirmparameter is ignored when the Groupsparameter is null for Grant-AppvServerPackage command. Use the newly added Forceparameter to avoid the "Confirm Action" dialog.

For Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP3, this hotfix package fixes the following issue:

  • Issue 1: Microsoft Office Click-to-Run apps can't be opened from SharePoint in Internet Explorer. Embedded Office Click-to-Run apps may crash.

For complete details as well as a download link, please see the following:

3139245Hotfix Package 2 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 and Hotfix Package 3 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 SP3 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3139245)

J.C. Hornbeck, Senior Solution Asset PM
Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Group

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 is now available

December 1, 2015 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V 

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 has been released and is now available for download. The Knowledge Base article below describes Hotfix Package 1 and the fixes that are included.

For complete details as well as installation instructions and a download link, please see the following:

KB3115833 - Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3115833)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Orchestrator Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Microsoft Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/
App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

Forefront Endpoint Protection blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
Forefront Identity Manager blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/
Application Proxy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 is now available

December 1, 2015 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, Uncategorized 

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 has been released and is now available for download. The Knowledge Base article below describes Hotfix Package 1 and the fixes that are included.

For complete details as well as installation instructions and a download link, please see the following:

KB3115833Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.1 Service Pack 1 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3115833)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
Orchestrator Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Microsoft Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/
App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

Forefront Endpoint Protection blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
Forefront Identity Manager blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/
Application Proxy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 is now available

November 30, 2015 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V 

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NOTE The name of the download file referenced in the hotfix package below is 488613_intl_i386_zip.exe. This may lead some people to assume that this package only contains 32-bit files, however the included updates are for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

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Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 (App-V 5.1) has been released and is now available for download. The Knowledge Base article below describes Hotfix Package 1 and the fixes that are included. For complete details as well as installation instructions and a download link, please see the following:

KB3115834 - Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3115834)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
Orchestrator Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Microsoft Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/
App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

Forefront Endpoint Protection blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
Forefront Identity Manager blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/
Application Proxy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/
The Surface Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/surface/

ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 is now available

November 30, 2015 by J.C. Hornbeck · Comments Off
Filed under: App-V, Uncategorized 

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NOTE The name of the download file referenced in the hotfix package below is 488613_intl_i386_zip.exe. This may lead some people to assume that this package only contains 32-bit files, however the included updates are for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

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Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 (App-V 5.1) has been released and is now available for download. The Knowledge Base article below describes Hotfix Package 1 and the fixes that are included. For complete details as well as installation instructions and a download link, please see the following:

KB3115834Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.1 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3115834)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
Orchestrator Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Microsoft Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/
App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

Forefront Endpoint Protection blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
Forefront Identity Manager blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/
Application Proxy blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/
The Surface Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/surface/

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