What is PackageFamilyName in MSIX and why do I need to know?

NOTE: This original May 4th article was updated June 25.

MSIX modern application packages use a series of identifiers that can be very confusing. Packages have Names, Versions, Families, and a PackageFamilyName that incudes that odd set of characters you sometimes see that is somewhat tied to the code signing certificate used to sign the package. 

Until recently, I had …

Training in a pandemic, one year in and going strong.

A remote class in 2020

Most of our business is in training the IT Staffs of large organizations to enable them to better prepare and deliver applications to their (mostly) internal users, specifically around the Microsoft App-V and MSIX technologies.  We also do some consulting in the Citrix and End-User-Computing space, and sell some tools. And the bulk of our …

Convert MSIXs to VHD or CIM for App Attach

ConversionsMSIX App Attach requires a format conversion from the standard msix file in order to attach the MSIX packages efficiently.  This efficiency is important in non-persistent image scenarios like pooled VDI, as well as semi-persistent scenarios like shared multi-user operating system connections (Server Based Computing, like RDS/RDMI as well as multiuser Windows 10) as the end-user doesn’t want to wait …

How to Automate Conversion from App-V to MSIX

Customers that use Microsoft App-V are certainly interested in the potential future of MSIX. While the compatibility levels for typical applications under MSIX is not yet acceptable overall and we will be continuing to leverage App-V for years (decades?) to come, I believe that it is important for them to begin the job of working with MSIX apps when we …

PsfTooling 4.8

Version 4.8 of PsfTooling is now available in the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

For those unaware, PSF stands for Package Support Framework, an open source utility that I contribute to for helping traditional

Get PsfTooling 4.5 Now!

Version 4.5 of PsfTooling is now available in the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

For those unaware, PSF stands for Package Support Framework, an open source utility that I contribute to for helping traditional

PsfTooling 4.4

Now available in the Microsoft Store as a free app, PsfTooling 4.4 represents the best way for IT Pros that are repackaging traditional apps into MSIX to have success.

We use PsfTooling in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool (MMPT) to inject and configure the Package Support Framework into the package.

PsfTooling version 4.4 adds new capabilities and an …

PsfTooling 4.2

Today I am happy to announce that version 4.2 of PsfTooling is now available from the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

For those unaware, PSF stands for Package Support Framework, an open source utility that