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MSIX Packaging

Blank folders in MSIX Packages

…or we could call it “The mystery of the empty MSIXPackagingToolGeneratedFile.txt file” to be catchy!

The packaging format used by UWP, MSIX, and App-V files is loosely structured around formats based on the PkZip format specification. This format mostly has file references, with the file headers providing information about the path that the file lives under. So folders …

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AppV5 Packaging Sequencing

App-V Sequencer in ADK 20.04

Microsoft recently released the Windows ADK for Widows 10 version 20.04, and the version includes a new version of the App-V Sequencer. Here is what we know.

1) Although ADK components often work on OS versions other than the one it is released with, in this case you must use Windows 10 20.04 OS when using the ADK sequencer from …

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AppV5 Sequencing

Fix for 1809 and later App-V Sequencer Issues

I’ve noticed lately a few people complaining that they needed to go back to the Windows 10 ADK 1803 sequencer in order to get some applications to work. Recently, a student came to one of our App-V Training Classes and brought with him a reproducible application that demonstrated the problem.  Based on what we learned in the class debugging it, and …

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AppV5 MSIX

On Start Menu and Shortcuts

The application Start Menu Shortcut represents the most common entry point for end-users to access applications.  In this article, I’ll talk about the old shortcuts and the new, and about what happens when we repackage applications containing shortcuts into MSIX and App-V packages.  Note that this article is written in September of 2019 and we hope that improvements in support …

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AppV5 Sequencing

Automating App-V Package Cleanup

If you have been Sequencing for Microsoft App-V on Windows 10, you have probably noticed a lot more garbage in your packages.

While the App-V Sequencer has a really awesome capture algorithm that automatically ignores changes made by pre-existing Windows background processes, under Windows 10 there are many, many, more background events that generate new processes, resulting in more crap …

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AppV5 MSIX

App-V and MSIX today: Don’t Panic!

I’m not at MMS nor build this week. Instead I find myself in Switzerland training enterprises on how to best prepare and deploy applications using a combination of Microsoft App-V and MSIX technologies as they exist today. Yet I find myself inundated with requests for comments by enterprise customers concerned over a series of tweets from attendees at the MMS …

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AppV5

App-V 5.1 Lifecycle

Sebasitan, the German Microsoft Escalation Engineer we often get new news from about App-V, recently blogged about the dates for the lifecycles for App-V 5.1.  Before people get upset, let’s make sure you understand what this means.

On the date when a product version, or service pack, is released, it sets the clock ticking for end of free mainstream support …

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AppV5 Sequencing Uncategorized

Today We Learn About Elevation, Integrity Levels, and UIAccess

With the App-V MVPs busy at the MVP Summit this week, I’ll offer up this rather long post about elevation, starting with some fairly well known basics and advancing into the absurd detail.

Applications sometimes do things that cause UAC prompts to qualify a process to increase its security settings or level. Most enterprise policies, and Microsoft recommended practices, restrict …