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Administering App-V 5.0 Virtual Applications

Updated: November 1, 2012

Applies To: Application Virtualization 5.0

Use the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 management server to manage packages, connection groups, and package access in your environment. The server publishes application icons, shortcuts, and file type associations to authorized computers that run the App-V 5.0 client. In most configurations that use this server, one or more management servers share a common data store for configuration and package information.

The management servers use Active Directory groups to manage user authorization. In addition to Active Directory Domain Services, these servers have SQL Server installed to manage the database and data store.

Because the management servers stream applications to end-users on demand, these servers are ideally suited for system configurations that have reliable, high-bandwidth LANs. The management server consists of the following components:

  1. Management Server – Use the management server to manage packages and connection groups.

  2. Publishing Server – Use the publishing server to deploy packages to computers that run the App-V 5.0 client.

  3. Management Database - Use the management database to manage the package access and to publish the server’s synchronization with the management server.

Management Console tasks

The following list displays the primary common tasks that you can accomplish with the App-V 5.0 management server.

  • Connect to the Management Console.

  • Add or upgrade a package.

  • Manage package permissions.

  • Publish a package.

  • Search for a package.

  • View and edit default package configurations.

  • Delete a package.

  • Transfer permissions and package configurations to another package.

  • Manage administrators.

  • Register and unregister publishing servers.

The following information describes the main elements of the App-V 5.0 Management Console.


Management Console tab Description


  • App-V Sequencer - Select this option to review general information about using the App-V 5.0 sequencer.

  • Application Packages Library – Select this option to open the PACKAGES page of the Management Console. Use this page to review packages that have been added to the server. You can also manage the connection groups, as well as add or upgrade packages.

  • SERVERS – Select this option to open the SERVERS page of the Management Console. Use this page to review the list of servers that have been registered with your App-V 5.0 infrastructure.

  • CLIENTS – Select this option to review general information about App-V 5.0 clients.

Packages tab

Use the PACKAGES tab to add or upgrade packages. You can also manage connection groups by clicking CONNECTION GROUPS.

Servers tab

Use the SERVERS tab to register a new server.

Administrators tab

Use the ADMINISTRATORS tab to register, add, or remove administrators in your App-V 5.0 environment.

How to Connect to the Management Console

How to Add or Upgrade Packages Using the Management Console

How to Configure Access to Packages using the Management Console

How to Publish a Package Using the Management Console

How to Delete a Package in the Management Console

How to Add or Remove an Administrator Using the Management Console

How to Register and Unregister a Publishing Server Using the Management Server

How to Transfer Access and Configurations to Another Version of a Package Using the Management Console

How to Customize Virtual Applications Extensions for a Specific AD Group

How to View and Configure Applications and Default Virtual Application Extensions

Manage connection groups

You can use connection groups to create connections between applications.

In previous versions of App-V 5.0, connection groups were referred to as Dynamic Suite Composition.

Connection Groups allow you to create connections between applications. These applications can then communicate with each other while running in the virtual environment.

Managing Connection Groups

Create a dynamic configuration file

You can use a dynamic configuration to customize an App-V 5.0 package for a specific user. However, you must first create the dynamic user configuration (.xml) file or the dynamic deployment configuration file before you can use the files. Creation of the file is an advanced manual operation.

For more information about how to create a dynamic user configuration file see, About App-V 5.0 Dynamic Configuration.

How to Create a Custom Configuration File Using the App-V 5.0 Management Console

Other resources for this App-V 5.0 Beta deployment

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