How to create virtual package, install and configure Application Virtual 4.6 client for Windows 7 :-) with Management Server 4.5 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

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I explain in this post what’s Appv 4.6 and how to create virtual package, install and configure appv 4.6 client for Windows 7.

For information, Application Virtual 4.6 is include in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010.

Microsoft Application Virtualization Technical Overview

Realize greater efficiency and responsiveness for software deployments and updates.

Application virtualization is at the heart of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V). It decouples applications from the operating system and enables them to run as network services. Application virtualization can be layered on top of other virtualization technologies—network, storage, machine—to create a fully virtual IT environment where computing resources can be dynamically allocated in real-time based on real-time needs. App-V’s patented application virtualization, dynamic streaming delivery, and centralized management technologies make everything from deployments and upgrades to migrations and business continuity initiatives easier and faster with better agility:

Application virtualization: Enable applications to run without the need to visit a desktop, laptop, or terminal server. Applications are no longer installed on the client—and there is minimal impact on the host operating system or other applications. The most extensive virtualization technology on the market, App-V virtualizes per user, per application instance, as well as key application components. As a result, application conflicts and the need for regression testing are dramatically reduced.

Dynamic streaming delivery: Applications are rapidly delivered, when needed, to laptops, desktops, and terminal servers. In most cases only a small percentage of the application is needed to launch the application. Additional components are delivered when transparently requested by the application. This results in faster delivery of the application when needed.

Centralized, policy-based management: Virtual Application deployments, patches, updates, and terminations are more easily managed via policies, and administered through the App-V console or via your ESD system. Use Microsoft App-V Application Virtualization to help reduce the complexities inherent in enterprise application management. With App-V you can reduce challenges and transform your computing environment into a dynamic, services-oriented infrastructure.

Standard Operating System Environment Standard Operating System Environment: In standard OS environments, applications install their settings onto the host operating system, hard-coding the entire system to fit that application’s needs. Other applications’ settings can be overwritten, possibly causing them to malfunction or break.
The Virtual Application Environment The Virtual Application Environment: With application virtualization, each application brings down its own set of configurations on-demand, and executes in a way so that only it sees its own settings.
The Virtual Application Environment Side-by-Side Virtualization: Each App-V enabled application brings down its own set of configurations and can run side by side without the settings conflicting with each other—or the host operating system. Despite this separation, inter-application communication with other App-V applications and those installed locally is preserved, allowing for cut and paste, OLE, and all other standard operations.

For download all appv 4.5 and 4.6 sources, you must subscribe to the software assurance at Microsoft company HERE and for APPV 4.6 download on Connect Website

WHAT’S Benefit of Microsoft Software Assurance

Software Assurance is more than just an upgrade. You get a broad range of value-added benefits to help you manage costs, get the most out of new technologies, and improve employee productivity.

Software Assurance offers a broad range of benefits in one program, combining the latest software with tools and resources to help you deploy, manage, and migrate software. Benefits include:

  • Consulting services
  • Training
  • Around-the-clock web support
  • Technical resources

These benefits help increase the return on your technology investment by supporting budget predictability, lowering operating expenses, improved productivity, and minimized downtime.

You can choose Software Assurance at the time of purchase and begin using your benefits immediately for the term of your license agreement.

Note: Software Assurance benefits eligibility varies by Volume Licensing program.

Software Lifecycle: Plan - Deploy - Use - Maintain - Transition - Repeat

Explore the benefits related to your Volume Licensing program, and how they can help you throughout the software management lifecycle.

Please note that benefit requirements and eligibility may vary depending on the products you own and the number of licenses you have.

benefit requirements



Software Lifecycle

24×7 Problem Resolution Support Enhances existing Premier Support agreements by providing around-the-clock incident support Deploy, Maintain
« Cold » Backups for Disaster Recovery Helps maintain IT operating efficiency and protect mission-critical solutions Maintain
E-Learning Offers self-paced interactive training designed for end-users and IT Professionals Deploy, Use
Employee Purchase Program Contributes to employee satisfaction by providing reduced rates on Microsoft products Deploy, Use
Enterprise Source Licensing Program Provides access to Microsoft Windows source code for internal development and support Deploy, Maintain
Extended Hotfix Support Reduces support costs and makes it easier for customers to get the support needed Maintain, Transition
Home Use Program Increases productivity by giving employees licensed copies of Microsoft Office programs for their home computer Deploy, Use
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) Increases desktop manageability, reduces total cost of ownership, and enables delivery of applications as services Deploy, Maintain
Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack Enables IT to deploy a single Office 2007 image with support for 37 languages Deploy, Use
New Version Rights Provides new software version releases so you can have access to the latest technology Plan, Deploy
Packaged Services Delivers structured engagements to assist with planning and deployment including Desktop, SharePoint, Exchange, and Business Value Planning Services Plan, Deploy
Spread Payments Helps reduce initial costs and forecast annual software budget requirements Plan
Step-Up License Availability Enables you to migrate your software from a lower-level software edition to a higher-level edition of certain products Plan, Deploy, Use
TechNet Benefits Through Software Assurance Gives IT staff easy access to experts and technical information Deploy, Maintain
Training Vouchers Provides in-depth technical classroom training for IT professionals and developers Deploy, Use, Maintain
Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs Reduces the costs of owning legacy PCs, while improving their management and security Deploy, Transition
Windows 7 Enterprise Helps organizations lower costs, reduce risks, and stay connected Deploy, Use, Maintain

For over detail clic HERE

Ok, Cool LET’S GO……

All prerequisites:

  • A Domain controller installed and configured
  • A appv server 4.5 installed and configured
  • A wokstation with Windows 7 (Insert in domain with the appv sequencer 4.6)
  • A wokstation with Windows 7 (Insert in domain with the appv client 4.6)

A – For start, i explain how to capture a appv application with the sequencer.

Prerequisites for the fist step:

  • Workstation with Windows 7 (any version)
  • Sequencer APPV 4.6 sources
  • One package lol (Calendrier in my example)
  • Create a logical disk partition for the cache Appv (Q: in my example)

1 – Install the sequencer on a worsktation with Windows 7 from scratch, start the sequencer and clic on create a package

2 – Insert the name of package, version etc.. and clic on Next

3 – Clic on Begin Monitoring

4 – Insert the name of folder, install execute you package example here calendrier and install ( select Q:\8.3 folder type)

5 – Clic on Stop after install your soft (in my example calendrier soft)

6 -Clic on Next

7 – Verify the information in clic right on a component, select edit and after you can continue in clic on Next

8 – Clic on Lanch All for verify the good execution of package

9 – Close the application and clic Next

10 – Clic on Next

11 – Clic on Finish

12 – After select the save icone for extract your new package with the sequencer and finish

Prerequisites for the second step:

  • Workstation with Windows 7 (any version)
  • Client APPV 4.6 sources

B – Installation of the Appv 4.6 Client on Windows 7

1-Clic on setup.exe an clic Next

2 -Accept the licence Agreement and clic Next

3 -Select Custom and clic Next

4 -Clic Next

5 -Clic Next

6 -Clic Next

7 -Clic Next

8 -Insert the display name of server, the appv server name, select Application Virtualization Server and clic Next

9 -Clic Install

10 -Clic On Finish

- 11 – Finish, the client is installed and operational :-)     ——————            (Logical disque Q:\ appear after you reboot the computer…)

C – Cool , you can now deploy a appv application with the management server… :-) OR ——————-      (for insert a appv package SCCM is under…)

I was preparing copies of your screen showing how a virtual application (i select ccleaner for my example) work on a windows 7 workstation, you will find the screenshots below:

1-I activate ccleaner on my appv server OK (Select Enable)

2 -I launch the application and cool the process start…in popup…

3 -Ok, now the application source (ccleaner) is download in the cash client and the programs start! :-)

4 – Demonstration Finish :-)

Prerequisites for the third step:

  • A Server SCCM 2007 R2 configured
  • Packages Appv 4.6 create by the sequencer (in my example : Mozilla Firefox)

D – How to Insert a package in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2…

1-Right clic on packages tab and select New >> Virtual Application Package

2 – Import your appv package (in my example: Firefox) and Clic Next

2-Select Remove and Clic Next

3 – Specify the data source of package files with browse tab and clic on Next

4 -Clic Next

6 – Clic on close

After inserting the appv package in sccm, he just have to deploy via a SCCM advertisement on your client …:-)

Finish All…

Bye Michaël Bertuit

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