Monday, February 21, 2011

[Preview Book Review] "Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6" by Augusto Alvarez

Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6



This Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Implementation Guide will show you, in a step-by-step manner, how to set up the environment for installing your company’s applications, defining all the requirements and configurations one time only, and then delivering the same baseline to all the users you want. Microsoft App-V removes the constraints we usually have with applications, their dependencies and the issues involved, providing a centralized management of those applications. With this book, you will first review the basics of App-V architecture and the components involved and then start working directly with the platform by installing the App-V server and client components. As the book progresses, you will learn to sequence and publish simple as well as complex applications. Using this guide, applications' transitions, such as moving up from Microsoft Office 2007 to Office 2010, can be achieved transparently for all users. It will also guide you through advanced topics such as integrating App-V with Microsoft’s Configuration Manager, securing communications, and publishing applications through Remote Desktop Services.

By the end of this book, you will be geared up to plan and implement the virtualization of your application infrastructure with Microsoft App-V.


I don't know near as much as I want to about Microsoft's App-V technology. I mean I've heard about it, have been following it a bit since Microsoft purchased Soft Grid (what grew into App-V) and whined about how this, or something like this, should be baked into Visual Studio as a deployment method (how cool would that be to instead of delivering a MSI, a virtualized, sandboxed app all in a single file? And if a future version of Windows how the tech built into it...well...).

Anyway when the hungry guys a Packt approached me and asked if I wanted to review the book... Yep, that's right, jumped at it... 

The book should arrive in a week or two so it's going to be a bit before I post the review. (So why am I posting this now? As a kick-in-the-butt to make sure I don't leave the book on the stack too long... ;)


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