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  1. Allow remote user appv client management in PS

    currently, you can use PS remoting to mangage "my" packages on "my" remote logged on machine. It would make Operational support of the product much easier if you could perform remote functions for other users on their behalf like

    1. remote client sync
    2. remote package repair

    13 votes
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    • APP-V 5 SP3 Sequencer BUG

      When you are in the stage where you can edit applications/shortcuts in the sequencer, the right pane has a rightclick "edit locations" function but it freezes the GUI until you hit ESC. The tree on the left works fine, however. You can duplicate this whether editing an existing package or sequencing a new one. The left pane works - the right pane freezes..This has been like this for 3 versions and I think APP-V 4.6 does the same.

      5 votes
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      • AppV Logs

        One place to look at AppV Errors will help everyone to Troubleshoot easily than having Multiple Logs which we have to enable as & on when required.

        Having something which should display the Error, Description & caused by so n so Subystem or Component.

        10 votes
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        • Allow delegated administration of App-V packages / Connection Groups

          Currently if you want to add / publish applications you have to be given full access to the server management console. We would like to give our sequencing team the ability to add and publish applications, but not the ability to remove servers or change App-V admins.

          4 votes
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          • Modify the Administrator console to include a way to organize packages that are added (as was the case in APPV 4.x)

            APPV 4.x had a method of organizing the console into groups of applications. This made it easier to find and quickly update or modify applications. There is currently no method of organizing the console to put groups of applications together. As we have over 300 applications, the list of "packages" is quite long and rather than searching for a name when you don't always remember the exact syntax of the package name can be problematic.

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            • Document the App-V 5 .appv format

              The .appv format should be documented and released publically, similar to the MSI format documentation.

              This is all about giving freedom and flexibility to users who want to back and adopt App-V 5. With MSIs, there are 3rd party tools to do just about anything you can think of, not to mention the APIs to create custom scripts.
              Documenting the format could allow for Wix toolset compatibility, 3rd party tools to create/modify App-V packages (think Orca for App-V), etc.
              Tools that exist currently either use cmd line support with the sequencer, or reverse engineer the format.

              9 votes
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              • Allow Scheduled Task to Run on Battery Power

                The scheduled task created by App-V does not start by default on machines running on battery power. There should be an option in the App-V ADMX to allow publishing refreshes when on battery power which would in turn modify the scheduled task appropriately.

                8 votes
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                • handling shortcuts and lnk files

                  sequencer automatically converts all shortcuts and *.lnk files to shortcuts. *.lnk files are deleted from their original location. No problem so far.

                  Now i came accross an application which uses *.lnk files in a certain folder to load Addins. After sequencing the Addins were not loaded due to above described behaviour. Would be nice to have the ability to choose which lnk and shortcuts are actually converted to shortcuts in editing phase. Maybe have a checkbox "Do not delete lnk file from original file location"

                  Workaround for now is to copy the lnk files in the smae folder and rename…

                  4 votes
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                  • Create a proper API for App-V Sequencer

                    The App-V 5 sequencer install should have API (COM) calls to allow for better interaction and automation. There is some automation with powershell but in my opinion it is too limited and a COM API would allow other programming languages access to the sequencer with greater flexibility.

                    8 votes
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                    • Provide visible feedback on launch

                      Provide visible feedback when launching a virtual application.

                      App-V 4 had a progress bar while the application streamed or loaded. With App-V 5, I've watched a user click an application 7 times because there was no feedback. At a minimum, changing to the cursor to an hourglass would be an improvement because the user can recognize that the system is processing the application launch. But ideally, some kind of discrete streaming progress bar like in App-V 4 should be included. And to really make everyone happy, give us an App-V client setting (or registry value that we can set as…

                      79 votes
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                      • Ability to Synch individual App-V Packages User/Global

                        When running the PowerShell command Sync-AppvPublishingServer I would like to see the option to Add/Publish individual Packages for both Global/User applications.

                        For example User published
                        Sync-AppvPublishingServer 1 –Name PowerGUI-4-1

                        Machine Published
                        Sync-AppvPublishingServer 1 –Global –Name Adobe-Reader-11-0-10

                        If you have AD entitlements to 30+ Applications and you are using the XenApp model of launching just one application performing a full Sync can take several minutes before your application launches.

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                        • adding time-day stamp and file size in the sequencer.

                          Please add tim and day stamp for the the files and also the file size like the old softgrid sequencer. So you can see the change of a file when you only have to replace files for example.

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                          • do not show the applications are being loaded on userlogon as it slows down logon for users on RDS

                            as it slows down logon for users on RDS. it is shown twice (on userlogon before desktop appears) and after desktop appears in the right lower corner. the first is not necasarry as the user does not click on application right after desktop appears :-)

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                            • include prerequisites in the client msi pls.

                              package is bigger but easier for unattended installations :-)

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                              • Ability to deploy different sets of shortcuts to (multiple) groups

                                The ability to deploy different sets of shortcuts to (multiple) groups while using the same config. We sometimes have 1 package which has shortcuts to multiple backends (dev, test, prod, etc). We want to give the end users only the shortcut to prod, and developers for instance prod and test, and so on depending on AD group access. The problem is you cant configure this now, because if a user has 2 or more groups, there will be a conflict ending up letting the client apply de default config. Workaround is to create a custom script, which runs at publishing…

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                                • Introduce App-V 5 Client Tokens and Properties

                                  The tokens in App-V 5 should be able to be referenced by scripts and processes executed by the client, similar to how SFT_MNT was an environment variable and could be referenced easily by vbs, etc.

                                  I know you can use powershell, etc to 'figure' out the values of the tokens, but you should be able to quickly reference them.

                                  If there was a simple COM call (AppVClient.Token "ProgramFilesX64" for example) it would help scripts. I have had several scripts where I need to copy files inside the VFS to another outside directory, and I can't run the script inside the…

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                                  • Have a real email for blog that doesnt bounce?

                                    Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups:

                                    virtblog@microsoft.com
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                                    Diagnostic information for administrators:

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                                    virtblog@microsoft.com

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                                    • Client support for BranchCache content hashes placed side-by-side

                                      Extend App-V BranchCache functionality by enabling content hashes to be placed beside content. This would allow content to be placed on Azure cloud storage and accelerated using BranchCache to on premise.

                                      Example can be seen here at 25 minutes in:
                                      http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/BUILD2011/SAC-592T

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Launch by Application Name

                                        In App-V 4.6, you had the ability to call SFTTRAY and pass it a name of an application. This would always launch this application. If the application failed, it would generate a publishing refresh (optional) for the user.

                                        In App-V 5, you lost this functionality. Instead, you have to launch an EXE based on the application's package and version guid. Every time you make a change to the package, your EXE changes.

                                        For App-V users who rely on the shortcuts generated by App-V, this is no problem. However, if you manually publish your shortcuts or use seamless applications (Citrix), you…

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                                        • Shared Content Store with BITS peercaching

                                          Enabling BITS to transfer the files from the SCS to the client could enable both local caching, peercaching and reduce bandwidth demands outside the sub-net. Client would request a file from BITS and BITS would check local cache, peers then SCS in that order. Allow control of the BITS cache size and we've simulated the v4 local cache.

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