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About App-V 5.0 SP2

Updated: June 11, 2014

Applies To: Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2

App-V 5.0 SP2 provides an improved integrated platform, more flexible virtualization, and powerful management for virtualized applications. For more information see, App-V 5.0 Overview (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=325265).

Changes in Standard App-V 5.0 SP2 Functionality

The following sections contain information about the changes in standard functionality for App-V 5.0 SP2.

Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

App-V 5.0 includes support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

App-V 5.0 SP2 now supports folder redirection for local user appdata directory

App-V 5.0 SP2 supports local %AppData% folder redirection. For more information see the Deploy the Client section of Deploying the App-V 5.0 Sequencer and Client.

App-V 5.0 Package Upgrade Improvements

In App-V 5.0 SP2, you will no longer be prompted to close a running virtual application when a newer version is available. When an application is running, related publish operations will only run at a later time when the virtual environment is no longer in use. Un-publish operations for an application in use will also pend and will be processed at a later time.

Virtualizing Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2010 using App-V 5.0

Use the following link for more information about App-V 5.0 supported Microsoft Office scenarios.

Virtualizing Office 2013 and Office 2010 on Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0

This document focuses on creating a Microsoft Office 2013 App-V 5.0 Package. However, it also provides information about scenarios for Microsoft Office 2010 with App-V 5.0.

App-V 5.0 Client Management User Interface Application

In previous versions of App-V 5.0 the Client Management User Interface (UI) was provided with the App-V 5.0 Client installation. With App-V 5.0 SP2 this is no longer the case. Administrators now have the option to deploy the App-V 5.0 Client UI as a Virtual Application (using all supported App-V deployment configurations) or as an installed application.

For more information see Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Client UI Application (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=386345).

Side-by-Side (SxS) Assembly Automatic Packaging and Deployment

App-V 5.0 SP2 now automatically detects side-by-side (SxS) assemblies, and deployment on the computer running the App-V 5.0 SP2 client. A SxS assembly primarily consists of VC++ run-time dependencies or MSXML. In previous versions of App-V, virtual applications that had dependencies on VC run-times required these dependencies to be locally on the computer running the App-V 5.0 SP2 client.

The following functionality is now supported:

  • The App-V 5.0 sequencer automatically captures the SxS assembly in the package regardless of whether the VC run-time has already been installed on the computer running the sequencer.

  • The App-V 5.0 client automatically installs the required SxS assembly to the computer running the client as required at publishing time.

  • The App-V 5.0 sequencer reports the VC run-time dependency using the sequencer reporting mechanism.

  • The App-V 5.0 sequencer now allows you to exclude the VC run-time dependency in the event that the dependency is already available on the computer running the sequencer.

Publishing Refresh Improvements

App-V 5.0 supports several features were added to improve the overall experience of refreshing a set of applications for a specific user.

The following list displays the publishing refresh enhancements:

The following list contains more information about how to enable the new publishing refresh improvements.

  • EnablePublishingRefreshUI - Enables the publishing refresh progress bar for the computer running the App-V 5.0 Client.

  • HideUI - Hides the publishing refresh progress bar during a manual sync.

New Client Configuration Setting

The following new client configuration setting is available with App-V 5.0 SP2:

EnableDynamicVirtualization - Enables supported Shell Extensions, Browser Helper Objects, and Active X controls to be virtualized and run with virtual applications.

For more information, see About Client Configuration Settings.

App-V 5.0 Shell extensions

App-V 5.0 SP2 now supports shell extensions.

For more information see the App-V 5.0 SP2 shell extension support section of Creating and Managing App-V 5.0 Virtualized Applications.

App-V 5.0 documentation updates

App-V 5.0 SP2 provides updated documentation for the following scenarios:

How to Get MDOP Technologies

App-V 5.0 is a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). MDOP is part of Microsoft Software Assurance. For more information about Microsoft Software Assurance and acquiring MDOP, see How Do I Get MDOP (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=322049).

See Also

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