Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) lets you deploy, update, and support applications as services. Users access applications without installing them on their own devices. Applications and user settings are preserved whether users are online or offline.
This release supports App-V 5.0.
The App-V 5.0 client does not support offline access to applications.
The App-V 4.6 2 client is no longer supported.
App-V and Microsoft User State Virtualization (USV) provide access to applications and data, regardless of location and connection to the Internet.
App-V integration support includes using SMB shares for applications; the HTTP/HTTPS protocol is not supported.
Microsoft App-V components
With App-V, individual applications are transformed from locally installed products into centrally managed services. Applications are available seamlessly without any pre-configuration or changes to operating system settings. App-V contains the following components:
- Management Server — Provides a centralized console to manage App-V 5.0 infrastructure and deliver virtual applications to both the App-V Desktop Client as well as a Remote Desktop Services Client. The App-V Management Server authenticates, requests, and provides the security, metering, monitoring, and data gathering required by the administrator. The server uses Active Directory and supporting tools to manage users and applications.
- Publishing Server — Provides App-V Clients with applications for specific users, and hosts the virtual application package for streaming. It fetches the packages from the management server.
- Client — Retrieves virtual applications, publishes the applications on the client, and automatically sets up and manages virtual environments at runtime on Windows devices. The App‑V Client is installed on the VDA in XenDesktop and stores user-specific virtual application settings, such as registry and file changes in each user's profile.
You provide App-V applications to users in XenDesktop Studio using the following components: