Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC), is a new feature in App-V 4.5, provides the flexibility to control virtual application interaction. Administrators wanting to consolidate virtual environments, and enable faster, easier administration, can use the product’s Dynamic Suite Composition, which sequences and manages packages for middleware applications separately from the main application. It shrinks potential package size by eliminating redundant packaging of middleware, allowing, for instance, multiple Web applications to communicate with the same instance of a virtualized Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

This “many-to-one” capability greatly reduces the cost and effort of updating the common virtual middleware component. It also makes it easier to deploy and manage applications with multiple plug-ins and add-ins, and improves management of plug-in distribution to different user groups. If there is an installer associated with a virtual application package, the installers will be automatically updated.

This tool is a GUI application, where you can specify dependencies between primary and secondary packages. Also, it supports mandatory and non-mandatory packages.

Download the Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool here (exe file)

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Summing up, Dynamic suite composition is a feature that enables applications to be sequenced separately from the plug-ins and middleware applications they rely on, while still being able to utilize the virtual resources such as file system and registry settings, in the virtual environment. The packages will run and interact with one another as if they were all installed locally on a computer. The primary package will also assume the secondary packages entire virtual environment, including the virtual file system.

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Join the Beta Program of the Application Virtualization (App-V) Dashboard

The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Dashboard helps you monitor virtualized software applications across your organization. The dashboard’s built-in charts, gauges, and tables let you track any App-V dataset in near-real time, so you can easily stay on top of the usage, health, and compliance of all your virtualized applications.

The App-V Dashboard is designed and built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as the application platform by using Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5/4.6.  

Benefits of the Application Virtualization (App-V) Dashboard:

  • Actionable information out of the box. The dashboard comes with a wide range of valuable, built-in reports like top 5 applications used, top 5 users, applications never used, application usage for a specific user, system utilization, and many more.
  • Near-real-time access to key information. The graphical dashboard lets customers view any App-V dataset in near-real time.
  • Easy to build and configure. The dashboard’s wizard-based tools let customers easily create new dashboards in minutes. 
  • Easy to customize. The dashboard can easily be customized to meet the needs of different departments and other groups. Any data set in the Microsoft Application Virtualization database can be presented on the dashboard, in chart, gauge, and table formats.  
  • Flexible & interactive. Users can easily filter data and create ad hoc, custom views. Filters allow users to quickly drill down from high-level to more specific data.

Join the Beta Program for the Dashboard

The App-V dashboard is now in beta release. Want to get an advance look at the dashboard, and a chance to provide feedback so it best meets your needs? Join the beta program!

To join the beta program, click here. You can also send your enquires about this Solution Accelerator to

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Best Practices to run Linux on Hyper-V : White Paper

If your data center uses both Linux and Windows operating systems, you can use Hyper-V to host Linux in virtual machines; this lets you take advantage of the benefits of virtualization, including reducing the number of physical systems and decreasing your management and administration costs. You can also use the tools built into Windows to simplify backups and recovery plans for Linux, or easily monitor uptime and services across your data center.

This white paper from Microsoft discusses the benefits of virtualizing Linux on Hyper-V, and it offers best practices for enhancing the performance of Linux as a guest operating system on a Hyper-V host. The paper also provides links for further information on the topics covered.

Download the Best Practices for Running Linux on Hyper-V Paper here [.docx format]

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Download Application Listing Tool for your Application Virtualization (App-V) Setup

The App-V Application Listing Tool (ListVApps) is a tool which lists all the virtual processes that are running at a specific time on a specific computer. You can use the tool to get information about the priority and owner of each process, the size of its virtual memory, its session identifier and processing time.

User with administrator privileges will see all running virtual applications.

This application is not supported through the official Microsoft Support channels. Please use the Microsoft Application Virtualization TechNet forums to provide feedback or report any problems.

Download the Application Virtualization Application Listing Tool here (exe file)

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Download the Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V presents a cost-effective and easily-implemented virtualization solution. When coupled with a strong iSCSI storage architecture, the combination provides the highest levels of redundancy, availability, and performance.

Implementing Hyper-V with iSCSI StorageIn The Shortcut Guide to Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V, author and IT expert Greg Shields outlines how iSCSI is a perfect fit for the dynamic nature of virtualization. This book digs deep into the decisions that environments large and small must consider. It looks at best practices for Hyper-V storage topologies and technologies, as well as cost and manageability implications for the solutions available on the market today.

Chapters in this Realtime book include:

  • Chapter 1: The Power of iSCSI in Microsoft Virtualization
  • Chapter 2: Creating Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3: Critical Storage Capabilities for Highly-Available Hyper-V
  • Chapter 4: The Role of Storage in Hyper-V Disaster Recovery

Download the Architecting iSCSI Storage for Microsoft Hyper-V ebook here

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Download Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6

In Remote Desktop Services deployments, application conflicts can lead to silos of remote desktop session host servers. To avoid application conflicts, applications typically must undergo significant testing to determine which applications will collide and, therefore, must be separated and run on different session host silos—a time-consuming and costly process. Separating out multiple remote desktop session hosts to accommodate specific applications routinely results in servers being underutilized because each one is locked into a specific configuration, capable of serving only a limited set of non-conflicting applications. Often, 20 servers are required to support 1,000 users.

Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6 helps consolidate remote desktop session host servers by offering the following features and benefits:

  • Reduce app-to-app and multi-user application conflicts and hence the need for regression testing
  • Accelerate application deployment by reducing the deployment risk
  • Simplify profile management
  • App-V for RDS 4.6 now supports 64-bit operating systems.

Download the Microsoft Application Virtualization for Remote Desktop Services 4.6 here

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Download Video and Ebook – Overview of Cloud Computing

Check out this video “What is Windows Azure and why should I use it?“, where Mark Kottke, Principal Consultant at Microsoft, and Chris Henley, Senior IT Professional Evangelist with Microsoft, discuss early adopter customer experiences with Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Microsoft Cloud Services.

CloudAlso, Joey and Brian describe what SaaS (Software as a Service) is,  Software plus Services and cloud computing are, and point out types of applications which are best-suited for the cloud. Brian is happy to reveal how IT professionals move up the value food chain and do more of what they aspire to as they begin to leverage cloud computing. The discussion rounds out with a white board chat about the spectrum of applications that might run on-premises, hosted, or in the cloud for an enterprise. View/ Download the Video here

One of the Cloud Computing Strategist Janakiram has authored an eBook on Demystifying the Cloud. ‘Demystifying The Cloud’ has 6 chapters. The first three chapters focus on the core concepts and terminologies while the rest of the chapters introduce the popular Cloud Computing stacks including Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure. This book is meant for developers who want to understand the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. – Download this ebook here (PDF document)

In this cloud computing video, Brian gives the white board a workout as he describes the Windows Azure architecture and answers questions about the IT Pro’s role. With Windows Azure, IT Pros have to deploy applications and manage their health, predict and manage demand for applications, and make sure data is backed up and secure. Brian describes the Windows Azure Platform Application Fabric and touches on SQL Azure, storage elements, blobs, queues and tables. –View/Download this video here

If you’re interested in learning more about cloud computing terminology and architecture, read Darryl Chantry’s article here

How Secure is Cloud Computing?

As with other major technological transitions, the evolution of cloud computing has drawn widespread attention and scrutiny in the news media. It has also raised policy questions concerning how people, organizations, and governments handle information and interactions in this environment. However, with regard to most security and data privacy questions, cloud computing reflects the evolution of the Internet computing experiences we have long enjoyed, rather than a revolution.

This paper examines, at a high level, the changes that this evolution will likely bring to computer security and includes benefits as well as challenges.

Download this paper here [.pdf format]

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Download – Application Virtualization Client Log Parser Utility

This tool can be used to Parse the Log files in the App-V Environment. This log parser simplifies the task of looking through log files, being able to filter by log level, build report, launch failures, mini-dumps, minimum disconnected operation mode entries and more. Later, the appropriate party can import the data for analysis and/or utilization. 

You can use the fields and values contained in the output file to filter information obtained from the log files. The output file generated by the application log parser utility contains the following fields: System, OS, Build, Date, Time, Module, Log Level, hApp, App, User, Thread, and Message.

The information contained in the output file can also be imported into Microsoft Excel for subsequent evaluation. This Tool Filters client logs on log level, types of failure, upload time, launch times, etc.

 To use the Application Virtualization Log Parser utility, you can use the following syntax:

AppVClientLogParser.exe [filename [filename]…] [/P:path] [/O:file] [/N:days] [/D:delimiter] [TRD:threads] [/R] [/M:LogLevel] [/L:LogLevel] [/BLD] [/LF] [/DMP] [/MDO] [/S] [/LT] [/W] [/UT]

You can also check the Readme.html (which gets extracted along with the exe) to know more on the Command Line arguments for this executable!

Download this Application Virtualization Client Log Parser Utility here (exe format)

To provide feedback on this tool or report any problem, Raise your thought here – Microsoft App-V TechNet forums

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Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – Video Demonstrations and Tutorials

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5Learn how to create, configure, publish, and maintain virtual applications with Microsoft Application Virtualization with these eight new short videos from the Springboard Series.

Create a Virtual Application Using the App-V Sequencer

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that enables IT professionals to create a new virtual application. This video will walk you through the different files that make up a virtual application package and teach you how to:

  • Run the App-V 4.6 Sequencer to sequence an application.
  • Create file type associations and shortcuts.
  • Configure a custom application package.

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Launch a Virtual Application and Review Client Configuration

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Client provides the IT administrator with many flexible configuration options depending on their enterprise business requirements. This video will outline the user experience when launching an application and demonstrate:

  • How to apply configuration at package time, such as Send To and File Type Associations (FTAs).
  • How to remove the App-V notification when an application launches, and other client configurations.
  • How App-V provides a seamless user experience while leveraging the power of virtualization to avoid application conflicts and installation.

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Publish a Virtual Application Using Full Infrastructure Mode

The Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Console enables you to publish virtual applications to your end users as well as create license metering rules and run reports about your applications. In this screencast, you’ll learn how to:

  • Import a virtual application for publishing.
  • Create File Type Associations (FTAs) if you chose not to do them at sequence time.
  • Assign applications to the appropriate users via Active Directory security distribution groups.

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Update a Virtual Application Using App-V

All Application Virtualization (App-V) application updates occur when the user launches the application. Updating virtual applications using App-V is a simple process that does not impact user productivity because it does not require the user to install an application, or reboot. Familiarize yourself with the upgrade experience from a user perspective then learn how to update a virtual application using App-V.

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Deprovision a Virtual Application

One of the great capabilities provided by Application Virtualization (App-V) is its ability to seamlessly deprovision the application without impacting user productivity, requiring user or application downtime, or requiring the need to uninstall or reboot. This screencast will show you how to quickly and easily deprovision a virtual application using App-V.

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Run Microsoft Office in an App-V Virtualized Environment

 Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver virtual applications to users on demand out of the box. With App-V, you can run multiple versions of applications on the same computers where small groups of users will not be adversely impacted by fast deployment and speedy migration, or incompatibilities in file formats between versions of the same applications. In this video, we’ll demonstrate how two different versions of Microsoft Office Word can run side-by-side, and how data can be shared between the different versions.

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Use App-V Metering to Manage Application Licenses

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver, meter, and manage virtual applications on demand out of the box without requiring any additional software or tools. This screencast will demonstrate:

  • How to create, apply, and report on a metering rule.
  • The user experience when a rule is enforced.
  • The importance of metering in assisting IT to controlling access and in purchasing the appropriate number of application licenses.

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Use Dynamic Suiting to Create a Plug-in Dependency for Virtual Applications

Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) provides the ability to link applications together to create a small footprint for each application by sharing common, non-conflicting dependencies such as add-ins and middleware components. DSC also helps simplify permissions so that, once permissions are granted to the user, the user will automatically receive the plug-in the next time the application is launched without waiting for installation or having to perform an additional activity. This video will walk you through the simple process of using the DSC tool, and show you how to create a plug-in dependency in Microsoft Office Word using DSC.

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Access additional resources including a Getting Started Guide, planning and design guidance, and security best practices on the MDOP page. Also read – 64-bit version of App-V 4.6 Download and MDOP 2010 Launches!

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64-bit version of App-V 4.6 and MDOP 2010 Launches!

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5Earlier today, the Microsoft Team announced important updates for IT pros considering Windows 7 deployment. Specifically, we released Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010, which includes App-V 4.6, supporting Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 for RDS and Office 2010. The App-V support for Office 2010 means you can do a one-touch deployment and don’t have to wait for Office 2010 to deploy Windows 7.

Additionally the MED-V 1.0 SP1 Release Candidate was also released, which creates managed virtual machines running previous versions of Windows and Internet Explorer so users can upgrade to Windows 7. The RTM version of MED-V 1.0 service pack 1 will be available in April, but you can start today by downloading the release candidate.

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 is now available!

App-V 4.6 with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Office 2010 delivers a seamless user experience, streamlined application deployment, and simplified application management.

  • App-V now supports 32-bit and 64-bit apps on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
  • Office 2010 virtualized with App-V 4.6 delivers key productivity enhancements, a seamless user experience with SharePoint, Outlook, and more.
  • Optimizes Server Disk Storage when using App-V in VDI with a shared cache reduces storage requirements on SANs.
  • App-V integrates seamlessly with AppLocker, BranchCache, AppLocker, and BitLockerToGo, Hence providing, increased IT control, user productivity, and security.

App-V 4.6 can be deployed immediately to production environments and is available as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services, and via MSDN.

You to check out the new App-V Videos and App-V Online Labs!

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Courtesy: From the Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog