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App-V 5 SP2 Hotfix 4 and 5

Hotfix 4

Hotfix 4 is actually more than just a hotfix. It is quite a major update. Most importantly it fixes the following:

  • Hotfix 4 finally solved the issue with having to grant the local system access to a network share from which you wanted to launch an executable inside an App-V 5 environment. The workarounds described in my earlier post(s) are no longer required.
  • It also finally allows us to write inside the Virtual Environment again, although with some limitations tot the types of files that can be written.
  • We can now again save packages as new packages, like we were used to in App-V 4.6. This makes it much easier to create a (slight) variation of the same package.
  • Performance issues have been addressed.

More Information and the rest of the fixes in HF4 can be found here.

Hotfix 5

Hotfix 5 adds the ability to create user based connection groups that contain both user published applications as well as globally published applications. This allows you to for instance publish Office globally and Office Add-ins on a per user basis.
This feature is however not supported in a full infrastructure scenario as there is no fix for the server available (yet) to enable this feature. But it should work with SCCM managed connection groups, although I haven’t been able to test it yet.

More Information and the rest of the fixes in HF5 can be found here.




Packaging Event 2013

Visited the Packaging Event 2013 yesterday and today. The event will be renamed to Appmangevent for next year to be more inline with the broadened scope of the event. As it is no longer solely focused on packaging, but also on the other aspects of application management, although application (re)packaging was still the main focus this year.
My highlights were the Key Notes by Chris Jackson (the app compat guy from Microsoft) about the future of application packaging and of course application compatibility and by Ruben Spruijt and Jeroen van de Kamp about their perspective on tomorrow’s workspace. Trends such as Enterprise Mobility and Consumerization of IT and the developments in Desktop Virtualization, Application Delivery and Mobility Management were adressed and placed to show their importance to IT workspace design on both short and long term.
Other interesting sessions I found were Darwin Sanoy’s ( about Powershell Tips voor packagers (got some handy tips from there) and about SCCM 2007 to 2012 migration. His sessions are always interesting allthough the pace is very high (due to his enthousiasm to give you as much info and tips as possible) so they take some effort to follow, especially for non-native English speakers.
Sessions will be available for download allthough I don’t know whether they will be publicly available. If so I will post a link on this blog.
Of course meeting other people from the industry and renewing some old contacts was anoher great benifit of this event.
Hope to see you at APPMANAGEVENT 2014.

Installshield 2013 released today!

Today Flexera Software released a new version of Installshield. As a package engineer I’m very delighted with this news. Let’s have a quick look at some new features of Installshield 2013:

  • Support for New Microsoft Technologies – Support for Windows® 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012. For Windows 8, sideloading of Windows Store Apps is possible!
  • Microsoft® System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Support enables application producers to provide required deployment metadata to their Enterprise customers, reducing the burden in managing their application
  • PowerShell Support offers application producers the ability to streamline installation scripting requirements and support best practices of their Enterprise customers
  • Create Pure 64-Bit Installations–Deploy 64-bit applications using 64-bit installations that support Windows Server configurations where WoW64 has been disabled
  • Create Microsoft App-V Installations – Build both physical and virtual application packages from the same build process. Includes new support for App-V 5!

For further details, please follow the link below. Happy Packaging!

App-V 5.0 Service Pack 1 released

Microsoft has just released App-V 5.0 SP1.

This service pack contains the following changes:

  • The App-V 5.0 sequencer and App-V 5.0 client now support twenty-four languages. You can download the additional language packs using the Volume Licensing Service Center.
  • The App-V 5.0 server now supports eleven languages. You can download the additional language packs using the Volume Licensing Service Center.
  • Support has been added for the App-V 5.0 Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Writer feature.

Also support for sequencing Microsoft Office 2010 has now been added. The Microsoft Office 2010 Sequencing Kit for Application Virtualization 5.0 and the Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V are required for this.

More information can be found here: