Our final post of our App-V 5 series will cover client deployment, Group Policy management, and application publishing.

In my opinion, the App-V client is the central component in the App-V architecture. After all, the client seamlessly transitions users from physical to virtual to environments and back again. Staying in step with Microsoft’s Modern interface, the App-V 5 client is designed with important information and actions at the center. On top of that, actions made in the App-V client have corresponding PowerShell cmdlets. These commands are displayed in the client for any administrative use such as the automation of updates or resolving issues.

The App-V 5 Client

The App-V 5 Client

Like most of the other MDOP components, the App-V client can be deployed in a variety of ways. The simplest is a manual install. You could also use an installation script. The last deployment method is with an MSI; this is always my preferred way. If using the script or MSI, you can use Group Policy, MDT, or SCCM as your distribution method. Because Group Policy Software Installation is universally available, we are going to use it.

Extract the App-V 5.0 client folder to a network share. Be sure to include the correct language packs (or copy the entire langpacks folder for ease).

The App-V 5.0 Client Components

The App-V 5.0 Client Components

If you haven’t installed the MDOP Administrative templates, do so now. They can be downloaded here. If your organization is not running a central store for Group Policy, now is a great time to set one up!

Create a new Group Policy Object and name it App-V Client. Edit the GPO and open the Software Installation Node. First, assign the appropriate App-V 5 client MSI to your GPO. This will depend on your supported OS architecture. Next, add a second MSI to this GPO that is linked to the correct language pack for your organization.

The client MSIs assigned in our GPO

The client MSIs assigned in our GPO

Our App-V client software is setup, now let’s configure it. Within this same GPO, expand Administrative Templates/System/App-V.

The client MSIs assigned in our GPO

The App-V ADMX categories

Select CEIP and enable the Customer Experience Improvement Program automatically for any App-V clients. Next, select Publishing and expand Publishing Server 1 Settings. Enter your Publishing Server name and server URL (with the defined port). Next, configure any global publishing refresh options. For reference, the screenshot below can be used for a general configuration.

Publishing Server Settings

Publishing Server Settings

Lastly, open the Reporting container and edit the Reporting Server setting. Enter your reporting server URL. Because all server components for this setup were installed on the same VM, our URLs are the same (except for the specific website port). Configure the reporting time, upload time, and any delay. If you are interested in testing the reporting features, set this time to 1 minute with no delay.

Reporting Server Settings

Reporting Server Settings

Our GPO is completely setup; link and scope it to a group of computers. Restart so the client can install the client.

Once the App-V client has installed, log into a computer and launch the client. See any published applications? Hopefully not! As our last action, we must link a client to a virtualized application.

On your Publishing Server, open the management URL (remember - the one you added to your Favorites in Part 2 of this series). Select the Packages icon on the left (second icon down) and then Add Packages. Enter the full UNC path to your .APPV package that you created in Part 3 and press Add.

Right click on your newly added package and Publish it.

Our Microsoft Office 2013 package is now published

Our Microsoft Office 2013 package is now published!

Finally, right click on your application and choose Edit Active Directory Access. Because every user will likely use Microsoft Office, we will publish it to Domain Users.

Because we are an impatient lot, let’s update our client and look at our Virtual Apps. Voilà! Microsoft Office is listed! Check out your Start Screen and you’ll also see your published application!

Office 2013 on the App-V Start Screen

Office 2013 on the App-V Start Screen

Instead of spending time in imaging or during a startup, your users can stream Office in less than a minute (and have instant access after that)! As an administrator, you can gain invaluable insight into how Office is used (when you use the reporting features). As the best feature of all, you can instantly roll up to Office 2015 (or uninstall Office 2013) in a single stroke! Application management at its finest!

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7 Comments
  1. Alex 9 years ago

    Have you tried sequencing it and running it on the client machine? I have tried numerous times and it keeps saying the path is too long.

    +1

  2. Joseph 9 years ago

    Hi Alex,

    Yes - that is actually how I set up the environment. Do you have an email that I can contact you at?

    Thanks,
    Joseph

    +1

  3. Alex 9 years ago

    Yeah, my e-mail is noonan86@vt.edu

    +1

  4. Tony 9 years ago

    Hi,

    How to manage license in this mode ? I can't activate the sequenced product

    Thanks

    +1

  5. Joseph 9 years ago

    Hi Tony,

    After this article was published, Microsoft released a Fast Published explanation of APP-V 5 with Office 2013.

    You can read that article here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2772509

    The supported licensing scenarios (currently) are Office Subscription only.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!
    Joseph

    +1

  6. Mateusz Drab 8 years ago

    Hi

    I tried this method and I sequenced it into a package.
    However, the issue is that after launching Office 2013, the setup starts off and says error then the activation wizard pops up and also fails.
    At the time I had Office 2010 installed in the test VM, it's now gone yet the problem is persisting.

    Any ideas?

    +1

  7. Jay2k 7 years ago

    Hi there,

    Can you update this post with the most recent information?

    Microsoft supports Volume Licensing support from app-v 5.0 sp2.

    Also Microsoft only supports Rolling Out Office 2013 App-v with the Office Deployment Toolkit.

    This post is outdated and misleading to any of u rolling out a brand new Office 2013 suite.

    Also Microsoft only supports globally published Office 2013 packages, so no domain users but on computer base.

    Thanks.

    +1

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