Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide

by Augusto Alvarez

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ISBN-13: 9781849684484
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2012
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.95(d)

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Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Boudville More than 1 year ago
Virtualisation is very popular in corporate computing environments as it promises to make computer usage more efficient. App-V is Microsoft's offering and this book is indeed an advanced guide. It assumes an existing and rather detailed acquaintance with the product. The best way to see this is in the first chapter. It really is opaque without that prior knowledge. The title of the book does not say this, but the text refers to App-V 4.6 SP1. That is, version 4.6 with Service Pack 1. The installation bungs the Sequencer into the Q drive. This is a symbolic link (in essence) that behind the scenes puts all the binaries into one place somewhere on your disk and just lets you refer to it as Q. Things are complex and not all is resolved. Ironically you can immediately see this in Chapter 1. See the above notation for "App-V 4.6 SP1"? If this is not obscure enough for you, there is the extra "Hotfix 4" which fixes a bug in Service Pack 1. The Sequencer, by the way, is one of the key components. It takes a new application (well, you pick the application) and it 'captures' by finding the necessary parts it needs to make it a standalone virtualised application. This is how you migrate your applications so that users in a virtual environment can access them. To Microsoft's credit, it forthrightly mentions a known error in the Management Console, regarding the option to reset administrators for the App-V database. The text tells us you will have to wait for another later release of the management server. You should also read very carefully Chapter 2, where it describes the types of applications that cannot be sequenced (virtualised). A whole bunch of these, actually. Starting with applications that hook directly to device drivers. This makes sense if you think about it. A device driver is just one step above the I/O hardware, so it connects to outside the machine. Virtualisation is about encapsulating an application in a more or less hermetic environment, which is the opposite. Another type unable to be sequenced includes Internet Explorer and the Windows Media Player. Both are provided by Microsoft. These have deeply embedded links to the operating system that cannot be disentangled. And the COM+ applications cannot be sequenced because COM+ links occur at runtime and cannot be captured by a static analysis.
JeffWouters More than 1 year ago
Last weekend I spend some time to read a book: Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide written by Augusto Alvares. With most IT books I read the first two chapters, get bored and read the highlights of the rest But not with this one… The first chapter is called Taking a Deep Dive into App-V. When reading this, the first thought that went through my mind was: ”Yeah right… and what is your idea of a deep dive?”. Even only after a few pages I recognized that the author had the same idea about a deep dive as I have; deep technical yet explained in a structured manner. Starting with some basics (the components) to deployment options and ending with a part about understanding the App-V client publishing interaction. I see a lot of authors either using way too much graphical stuff in their books, or a buck load of text but no pictures to clarify what they have written. This author however clearly found a way to complement his text with pictures, not the other way around… and found an elegant balance between text and graphical support. Since the author got me interested I went on to chapter two: Sequencing in Complex Environments. Seriously? Only chapter four and already going into complex environments? Would love to see how this wouldn’t get way to complicated… and so I did see. Walking you through the possibilities of sequencing, what too watch out for and most of all… real-life examples from problems with an appropriate solution too show you howto solve them I will not get info the rest of the book, but I think it’s safe too write that I simply loved it. Although App-V isn’t my main focus area I loved it, the book was structured and easy to read… and it took me only two days, sitting in the sun with sunglasses on and a beer next to me. When you love deep technical books such as I do, you will not be disappointed with this one…trust me! Practical information such as dissecting an OSD file for sequencers and high-level information for architects to create a design for the environment and even covering 3th party tools for App-V… it’s all in there, and way…way more So truly a deep technical book about App-V, for administrators, sequencers / packagers, consultants and even architects… a deep dive technical book for the whole IT family :-)