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Setup App-V for Stand-Alone Mode with Updates

In this section, we describe how to configure the App-V client to work in what we refer to as "Stand-Alone Mode with Updates".

When configured in this mode, it becomes possible to achieve App-V Virutalized Applications, deployed without the overhead of a back-end server, to be able to update the applications without loosing user preferneces, and achieve per user application publishing. And this is done without using the App-V MSI wrapper.

There are four important required parameters to set when configuring the App-V Client for Stand-Alone Mode with Streaming. These may be set directly in the registry, possibly as part of an installation script for the App-V client. In traditional desktop deployments, we might consider using a GPO (from an ADM or ADMX Template) to configure the client, however this is less appropriate in the Golden Image creation. Thus we will describe them here as registry settings.

The App-V Client uses a base registry key of one of the following, depending on if a 32-bit or x64 OS is in use:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\Client
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow3264Node\Microsoft\SoftGrid\4.5\Client

The settings required are:


These settings are shown in the images below (click to enlarge):

In addition, to enable the per-user application publishing, we also need to set the following:


In all liklihood, it will also be necessary to set the maximum cache size to a significantly large number. Because we will be extracting this file from the image, using the new "minimum free space" setting is not recommended. When setting this maximum value, consider that the actual space will be allocated as new applications are added to the golden image, and that the App-V client limits the maximum to 1TB.

Additional registry settings will be needed to set the client into "read-only" cache mode, however these cannot be applied at this time, as we need to deploy the applciations to the cache and extract the cache file before making these changes.

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