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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.




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: