One strengths of Microsoft App-V today is the tremendous flexibility in how to implement the delivery of the virtual applications. This strength becomes a problem as soon as you become the person responsible for deciding which way to build and configure your delivery infrastructure. There are very few "right" or "wrong" answers here. Just a lot of gray areas. And the expert consultant you hire might not have a better clue either. Even the other experts that I deal with, such as the other App-V MVPs, don't even agree half of the time.
I am constantly faced with so many companies asking me for (free) advice on which way to go, usually without providing me the kind of background information that could help me decide on which advice to give. And you do know that you get what you pay for, right? With so many people struggling with these decisions, this summer I decided to attempt to do something about it.
Initially I wanted to build a flexible web-based decision matrix that we all could share and improve upon. That proved to be more work than I was willing to do. By the time I finally selected the minimum number of variables and inter-dependencies, I realized why it was so hard to comprehend in entirety, and we needed a way to whittle down the possibilities. So I settled on building a small free tool that captured my current ideas, but would let you enter the important background details for your environment to simplify the possible answers. The tool is far from perfect, but it is a start. But with feedback from you, perhaps we can improve upon this start and make it better.
Just download the tool from this page on the TMurgent site site, extract the exe and run it. You can enter information about what kind of infrastructures that you have in place today, as well as the kind of App-V client devices you intend to deliver to. The screen shot which follows shows the primary inputs that allow you to describe your current environment and scenarios where you intend to deliver.
The advice is given on a series of tabs for each delivery scenario. This advice is rarely in absolute form, but I use color (sorry Webster and other color-challenged individuals!) to distinguish between generally better and worse choices for the scenario. Where possible, rational about the choice and how it is affected by the inputs is provided by clicking on the item. This next image is an example of a scenario output, after providing some additional scenario specific information.
So try it out, and send feedback to me via kahuna at tmurgent.com