It has been 8 months since we delivered the first chapter of the App-V 5 book and today we proudly present the second chapter available for free at www.appvbook.com.
Since January 14, we’ve had well over 500 requests through email or through one of the many talks we’ve had at conferences and seminars. And requests still come in every other day! Such a tremendous amount of responses confirms the high need for this kind of information, the lack of public and practical information on the subject and supports us in our everyday writing on the topic. Thank you for that!
Speaking of writing: our sincere apologies on delivering the second chapter after such a long timeframe. Obviously this was not the original plan but given the amount information that we wanted to share, things we had to investigate, thoughts we had to bundle and reviews we had to process, we hope we can make it up to you with this 298 page chapter! On the plus side, because of the extended timeframe, many people were able to get their hands on a copy of the first chapter for free. Each time we release a new chapter, the previous one will be pulled from circulation. So, if you missed the first chapter, you'll have to wait for the book to come out when everything is bundled together.
So let’s talk content!
The second chapter is all about the Native Deployment Infrastructure, a delivery environment that has been part with App-V forever–even before Microsoft bought Softgrid. In fact, originally this was the only way to deliver virtual applications to the end user workplace.
With the integration in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (and support for other standalone and 3rd party scenarios as well) many corporations assumed this would be the end of the Full Infrastructure, which is how it was called those days. As consultants we’ve had many discussions with customers whether or not they should anticipate on a potential Microsoft move towards focussing primarily on “their” product line. This would eventually mean that integration with Configuration Manager would improve over time and basically the end of the Native Infrastructure. Not that the proprietary infrastructure was inferior to ConfigMgr; not at all. Sure, when it comes to enterprise scalability ConfigMgr is definitively superior but when it comes to functionality and performance it’s a win for the App-V environment. In fact, we've even had customers implementing both environments to have the best of both worlds.
Nevertheless, nobody would’ve been surprised if the announcement of discontinuing the product line would have come at a certain point in time. This was even amplified but the lack of a clear support message from Microsoft itself. However, nothing could be further from the truth!
With the release of App-V 5 not only is the Native Infrastructure still supported, it has gone through a huge makeover overcoming many of the shortcomings of its predecessor. Sure it’s still a dedicated infrastructure and sure it will only deploy virtual applications, but designing and managing the environment has drastically improved.
The second chapter of our book will focus primarily on designing, building, troubleshooting and maintaining this environment discussing the nuts and bolts as well as best practises of the Native Infrastructure. Below is the table of contents:
2.1 GENERAL ARCHITECTURE
- APP-V REQUIREMENTS
- INFRASTRUCTURE COMPONENTS
- DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
2.2 INSTALLING A WORKING DEPLOYMENT INFRASTRUCTURE
- PRE-REQUISITES INSTALLATIONS
- MANAGEMENT SERVER INSTALLATION
- PUBLISHING SERVER INSTALLATION
2.3 DEPLOYMENT INFRASTRUCTURE CONFIGURATIONS
- STANDARD CONFIGURATIONS
- HIGH AVAILABILITY AND SCALABILITY
- COMMUNICATION SECURITY
- CONFIGURATION AND MONITORING BEST PRACTICES
2.4 ADMINISTRATION FOR APP-V MANAGEMENT SERVER
- STANDARD OPERATIONS
- ADVANCED OPERATIONS
- ADMINISTRATION BEST PRACTICES
2.5 TROUBLESHOOTING A NATIVE DEPLOYMENT
- COMMON RECOMMENDATIONS
- INSTALLATION ISSUES
- CONFIGURATION ISSUES
- OPERATIONAL TROUBLESHOOTING
- APP-V 5 SQL MIRRORING CONFIGURATION
- APP-V 5 CONNECTION SECURITY
To get your hands on the content, the process is similar to Chapter 1. Just follow the instructions on www.appvbook.com.
We hope you enjoy this second chapter. If you do, please let us know through the common (social) media channels. If you have suggestions or other forms of feedback, don’t hesitate to send that as well!
Ment van der Plas (@mentvanderplas)
Falko Gräfe (@kirk_tn)
Nicke Källén (@znackattack)
Kalle Saunamäki (@ksaunamaki)