In this episode Alfred and Frank discuss what App-V is, how it works and can be used and also why you should be at least testing it already in your non-production environment. In the podcast I incorrectly said MDOP 2013 is part of your EA agreement, but in-fact the requirement is to have Software Assurance with Microsoft.
What is App-V
App-V is a component of the MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) that enables business to sequence applications and deliver them to corporate assets. Currently App-V 5.0 SP2 is available as part of the MDOP 2013 software. One of the major benefits to use this technology is the ability to run incompatible applications on the same computer, think two versions of the Java Runtime Environment on the same computer. To clear up your next question, no this does not make Windows XP applications work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 automatically. That would be operating system compatibility.
How does App-V Work
App-V requires an infrastructure to work, but it is not extensive to implement or manage. There are two methods of enterprise deployment which consist of stand alone and System Center Configuration Manager integrated.
If you decide to deploy a stand alone environment, in my opinion the only reason to do that is if you don’t have or plan to have Configuration Manager, the architecture contains the following:
- Management Server
- Publishing Server
- Reporting Server
- App-V client
Configuration Manager Integrated
Here’s just three reasons to integrate, Virtual Application Extensions, Virtual Application Connections and Dynamic Configurations files. What benefits come from integration you ask? Well there are loads, and if you want to see the list check out this link, but here is my favourite three.
- Single Management Infrastructure
- Targeting and Scheduling
- Internet Deployments via Configuration Manager IBCM
So what infrastructure do you need for this integrated mode? Nothing more than your Configuration Manager infrastructure, the Configuration Manager client and the App-V client.
How to get started
As you would expect Microsoft has lots of resources for getting started with App-V. If you have a TAM, contact them to setup some time with an expert for a chalk talk or other learning. If you want some self paced options here are a couple links.