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  1. 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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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

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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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                                • Improve Client publishing process (Deleted Shortcuts)

                                  We all know that sometimes you aren't able to modify an existing package to update an application and you have to create a completely new package.

                                  Let's assume you have the following packages (Different package ids, Different Version ids)

                                  Notepad++ 5.0
                                  Notepad++ 6.0

                                  All users are using Notepad++ 5.0 and we need to update them to Version 6.0. Also both Packages are having a Startmenu and a Desktop Shortcut called "Notepad++".

                                  Now we publish the new Version (6.0) and unpublish the old Version (5.0) via the Management Console.

                                  When the new Version gets published the following things happens on the…

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                                  • Make a tool in MS Access to determine the botlleneck in the speed of requesting information from the backend

                                    I make MS Access databases. And it is very fast on my local PC, but when it works with 50 people over a network with a lot of data it gets slow and people blame Access!!
                                    1) Make a simulation tool for on my local PC for more than 1 user on a network with a lot of data, so that the problem doesn't occur.
                                    2) Show what part of a query is causing the problem, or what part of the network is slow with an analyse tool (speed test).
                                    3) Show the expected query calculation time when adding a…

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                                    • Outlook agenda: Check availability resources (i.e. conference rooms) before sending the invitation to everybody instead of declining it.

                                      When I make an invitation in Outlook Agenda for a group of people with a recurrence, it happens I didn't check if the conference room is available for all the booked moments. If it isn't it declines all and I have to correct the invitation.
                                      It would be handy if outlook told me BEFORE sending it to everybody.

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                                      • Enable Full Registry Staging to improve first launch application performance

                                        Registry staging of Classes keys in captured AppV packages can lead to long launch times and high CPU utilization of the AppVClient.exe process while staging is going on. This process can take 10's of minutes to being a constant annoyance if numerous users continue to launch and close the application before staging is complete. Sometimes this does lead to GUI's not displaying themselves before the Citrix/RemoteApp times out of not showing a GUI, logging a user off forcing RegistryStaging to start over.

                                        I would propose Microsoft allow, for XenApp/RDS scenarios, the ability to force RegistryStaging to completion during publishing. I've…

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                                        • Cleanup old Pkgs

                                          It would be nice to have the ability to automatically Cleanup old and unused Packages from the Clients, because they are starting to fill up the SSDs.
                                          "Automatically Remove unused Apps after XX days"

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                                            Hi Folks,

                                            Thanks for helping make App-V better with your suggestions. This is an update on this idea since we are reviewing it.

                                            Current thinking:
                                            - GPO setting that runs a script every XX days to remove UNPUBLISHED apps from client machines
                                            - Exclusion list

                                            Please notice that INACTIVE but still PUBLISHED apps will not be removed. This is because the app will automatically reappear after the next sync anyway since it is published.

                                            Questions we have are:
                                            1. What scenario do you unpublish an app and not remove it?
                                            2. How do you get around the unused package issue currently?

                                            Feel free to post additional thoughts on the User Voice idea.

                                            Thanks,
                                            App-V Team

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