Installing the App-V Sequencer, Client and Streaming Server

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Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

Virtualize your application infrastructure efficiently using Microsoft App-V

  • Publish, deploy, and manage your virtual applications with App-V
  • Understand how Microsoft App-V can fit into your company.
  • Guidelines for planning and designing an App-V environment.
  • Step-by-step explanations to plan and implement the virtualization of your application infrastructure
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Installing the App-V Sequencer

After reviewing the requirements and recommendations you can see that the App-V Sequencer installation is pretty straightforward. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Once you run the installation file, you should get the notification for missing requirement, in this case Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86). Click on Install.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

  2. On the first wizard page, click on Next.
  3. Accept the License Terms and click on Next.
  4. Select the installation path for the App-V Sequencer binaries. Click on Next.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

  5. Click on Install and the installation process will start.
  6. After the installation completes, you can automatically launch the application where you can see the new and refreshing interface.
    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

Installing the App-V Client

The installation of the App-V Client component is also very simple and intuitive. The only consideration before starting the installation is that should already have the proper cache size defined.

  1. Once you start the installation, a few prerequisites will be installed.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

  2. On the first page of the wizard click on Next.
  3. Accept the License Terms and click on Next.
  4. Select Custom setup type and click on Next.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

  5. Accept or modify the installation path for the App-V Desktop Client.
  6. Verify that the data locations used by the App-V Desktop Client, including the drive letter that will be used, are the same as the ones selected for the App-V Sequencer. Click on Next.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

  7. Now you can select the cache size used by the client to store the loaded applications.

    The default is the maximum size of 6 GB (6144 MB) or you can use the Use free disk space threshold option, where you can set the value for minimum hard disk space available.

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    Click on Next.

  8. On this page you can set the behavior of the Runtime Package. The only recommended option to change from the default selection is marking the On Publishing Refresh on Automatically Load Application.

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    The Application Source Root option, here left blank (default), is used when you want to override the streaming location of the .sft files (this location is set in the .osd of the App-V package). If you set a path in the Application Source Root, the applications will look for the SFT in that location instead of the one they are receiving in the OSD. This option is another alternative when you are using slow links to avoid transmitting large amounts of data.

    Also take note that you can use the auto-load options. In this example Automatically load previously used applications has been selected.

  9. On the next page you can configure the server you are receiving the packages from and the communication method used. In this case, the server’s name is appv-server and the type of communication is Application Virtualization Server, using the RTSP 554 protocol. Click on Next.

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  10. On the last page, just click on Install.
  11. After the wizard completes, you can use the App-V Client Management Console to verify the Publishing Servers options.

    Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

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