Automatic Sequencing of App-V Applications with VMware ESX

Automatic Sequencing of App-V Applications with VMware ESX

This text describes how Microsoft App-V can be used to do a fully automated conversion of an entire collection of MSI packages to App-V packages.

The prerequisite for this is, alongside a functioning virtual sequencer, a VMware ESXi environment with vSphere and PowerCLI:

https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/PowerCLI/

This example can easily be adapted for Hyper-V.

Microsoft offers the possibility to automate packet creation with Windows PowerShell on the sequencer. The use of this module is simple. However must ensure the sequencer is installed on the environment according to the best practice for the selected environment. As a rule the automated packaging will be controlled from the outside, so use a sequencer in a Hyper-V or VMware environment and reset it automatically before each use.

Import the sequencer PowerShell extension:

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Folder2MSP, Patching Your Environment Couldn't Be Any Easier!

Folder2MSP, Patching Your Environment Couldn't Be Any Easier!

With Folder2MSP you can create MSI packages and MSP patches from directories in the simplest manner possible. There is no excuse anymore to complete such a task using a script. MSI and MSP are the standard for software distribution. Our tool Folder2MSP will enable you to take advantage of this. Read further for details about using the tool and where to download it.

 

 

Folders2MSP

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Reading Out An MSP Product Code With Powershell

Reading Out An MSP Product Code With Powershell

A Windows installer patch (MSP file) is a package file that contains updates for a certain application and describes which version of an application can be patched. The advantage of an MSP is that it contains only files that then become an MSI. MSPs are generally used for minor releases or small updates. I myself have a tool up my sleeve that can distribute binary differences for extremely small patches (to be released soon).
The patch contains, among other things, a product code and a patch code for the application to be changed. If the product code matches with the installed application, patching is possible. It is practical then to be able to determine this code before an installation in order to optimize a software distribution. I'll show you two solutions how to do so with PowerShell.
How do I find out the product code? One variant is found at Codeplex: MSI Powershell Module.

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New App-V Funktions in Citrix XenDesktop 7.11

New App-V Funktions in Citrix XenDesktop 7.11

As of Citrix XenDesktop Version 7.8 it is possible to use App-V packages (.appv files) directly from the directory. Therefore it is possible to refrain entirely from using an App-V Infrastructure with a Publishing-and-Management server. What you may be missing however are the App-V “Connection Groups”. With XenDesktop 7.11, Citrix integrated “Isolation Groups” into the product. The term means really nothing other than an App-V Connection Group, mixed however with a little Citrix XenDesktop magic in order to simplify greatly the use of Connection Groups. Isolation Groups can only be used with App-V packages directly imported via the directory. Packages that come from  an App-V infrastructure (App-V Management server) cannot be placed into a Citrix Isolation Group. It's also not necessary, since Connection Groups can be defined with an App-V infrastructure and then synchronized on the respective end device upon application launch.

Citrix Isolation Groups

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Creating multiyear certificates for use with Citrix

Creating multiyear certificates for use with Citrix

The architecture of a XenDesktop 7.x environment is based upon the use of internal certificates. For internal use, for example for the connection of the StoreFront Server with the Desktop Delivery Controller, one would prefer not be forced to use certificates that need to be changed every year. The standard setting of Microsoft CA for web server certificates is exactly one year. Additionally we will show that a Microsoft CA can be installed using PowerShell.
The Microsoft CA can be attached to every Windows server system via Windows rolls. Certificates can be very easily created with the CA that are valid for one year, for example. In accordance with new requirements almost all data paths in terminal server environments today are being encrypted. Thus even communication with the Citrix STA should occur with encryption. Currently the Microsoft CA offers certificates for two years as standard. It is possible however to create one's own template in order to generate longer multiyear certificates. Here we will describe how to achieve this. First the installation of Microsoft CA with PowerShell. A few settings must absolutely be confirmed. This configuration is good for the creation of a quick certificate. This can also be done in a test environment and thereafter the certificates can be imported into the production environment onto only those servers where they are needed. However no CA should be installed for the entire infrastructure of a company in such a manner. A CA for email encryption requires careful planning. The root certificate of the installation will be replicated automatically in Active Directory. It is thus available after some time on all domain members (server/client). It is recommended to keep the validity period of the root shorter, in the event of critical security problems.

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