Diving in to App-V 5.0

I’ve been spending a lot of time with App-V 5.0 recently and just thought i’d write a quick post on some strange problems I came across …

1. I was referring to some online blogs that showed screenshots of the client GUI … however I couldnt for the life of me find it when installing from the latest version on the MDOP 2014 DVD. What’s also annoying is that if you upgrade from 5.0 to 5.0 SP2, it actually REMOVES the GUI during the installation process! I was convinced my installation was broken, or i’d done something wrong. After much reading online, it turned out that the client GUI was removed from the 5.0SP2 client installation package and you have to download it separately from http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=41186 … easy when you know how, right?

2. If you’re using roaming profiles, folder redirection and Windows 8.1 (this limitation might extend to other OS versions, I only tested 8.1) make sure you have App-V 5.0 SP2, when I initially deployed I was using App-V 5.0 with no updates, and applications failed to lauch with the error code 0x00001525-00000057. After upgrading the client to SP2 all is well!

Once you know the ins and outs though and what it can and can’t do it’s a fantastic product .. the way you can have an application executing locally but available almost instantaneously to the user blows me away!

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