Tag Archive | virtual environment

RunVirtual vs. AppVVE in SP3. Who wins?

With the introduction of RunVirtual as an official feature in App-V 5 SP3, the ability to use it for user targeted packages, and the ability of SP3 to set connection group members as optional, I started wondering whether it would be possible to create a connection group for all your IE (or Office) plugins and automatically launch IE (or any Office Application) inside the connectiongroup by using the RunVirtual Registry key, and still start IE (or any Office application) in a specific Virtual Environment by using the /AppVVE: command line hook switch. What I’m thinking of is a default connection group to start IE in for all standard (non conflicting) IE-plugins and separate packages for a specific Java versions. Similar with Office, one connection group for all standard (non conflicting) Office-plugins and separate packages for special plugins (plugins with conflicting versions, conflicting settings, etc.).
Will this work? What happens when an application is started and set to launch in two different Virtual Environments by a conflict between RunVirtual and the AppVVE parameter? Read More…

Managing App-V 5 Connection Groups using SCCM 2012 SP1 (Updated 5-sept-2013)

In this article I will try to explain how SCCM 2012 can be used to manage App-V 5 Connection Groups, and what the differences are between managing them with SCCM and managing them from a App-V 5 Full Infrastructure management server.
App-V 5 Connection Groups are managed from SCCM through what are called Virtual Environments. Virtual Environments define how the Connection Groups are created on the clients. Read More…

Powershell script to run external exe in virtual environment (Updated 5-sept-2013)

I’ve been using vbScript for a long time to write (simple) tools to make life a little easier. Because I’m so at home with vbScript I’ve put off using Powershell for al long time, but since App-V 5.0 uses Powershell extensively there’s no escaping it any more. I have to learn Powershell.

Lately I’ve been busy with running external executables inside an App-V 5 virtual environment (see my previous posts). Doing this requires you to find the packageID en VersionID of an App-V package and type a very long command line. So to set myself al least a bit of a challenge I decided to create my first Powershell script tool to make this a little easier. Read More…

Launching a network executable inside an App-V 5 virtual environment

Consider these scenario’s

1. You have an application that has its main executable located on a network share but it also requires files installed on the local computer. You want to use App-V 5 to create a virtual package/sequence of the locally installed files and launch the network executable while making use of the created sequence.

2. You already have an App-V 5 sequence of an application and want to run another executable located on a network share while making use of this sequence.

This post has been revised. Please See Launching a network executable inside an App-V 5 virtual environment (Revised)
Read More…