Free App-V USB Tool available from Login Consultants

Login Consultants today released the App-V USB Tool 1.0 which you can download here.

The App-V USB Tool is an add-on to the App-V 4.5 Client. It makes it possible to automatically, or by request, import and register App-V enabled (sequenced) applications into the App-V Client from any USB storage device. Note: This will only work with applications that are sequenced with App-V 4.5 sequencer or above.

When the App-V USB tool is running it displays an icon in the system tray.

App-V USB Tool systray icon

As soon as you insert a USB storage device, the App-V USB tool detects this and shows the following options.

App-V USB Tool storage detect dialog

When you select “Scan and Auto-Import all Virtual Applications” it will scan the complete USB storage device for App-V 4.5 sequences and import these automatically.
When you select “Scan and show list of found Virtual Applications” it will show a list of these applications. You can then select which applications you would like to import.

App-V USB Tool list of detected applications

Once the tool is installed, there is also an option to right-click on any folder (local or USB storage) that contains App-V 4.5 sequences, and Auto Import.

App-V USB Tool explorer integration

Download from source.

Immidio Flex Profiles Advanced released!

Immidio just released Flex Profiles Advanced. Before this release there was only a less capable, freeware version available. This was more or less a consulting product and required some advanced skills to implement and maintain. Before, Flex Profiles was mostly known in SBC/Terminal Server/Citrix environments, for solving Windows Profile problems.

With Flex Profiles Advanced the product has evolved from just another tool to a real infrastructure product, not relying on scripting and very specific knowledge anymore. Also the installation (MSI), configuration (AD Group Policies) and maintainance (Flex Profiles Management Console) is done by using industry standard solutions.

What does Immidio Flex Profiles do?

It decouples users their personal application- and Windows settings from the Windows Profile on a per application level. The result is:

  1. It optimizes the Windows Profile on any Windows Operating System
  2. It solves a lot of familiar Windows Profile problems

Can it get some more detail on what is solves? 

By implementing Immidio Flex Profiles Advanced you can positively impact your company’s business and IT department. In any Windows environment where users roam accross different desktops and/or Terminal Server sessions, the users require a roaming profile.

On a functional level using the standard Windows roaming profile functionality could be fine, but how about the speed. If you want a better using experience and higher productivity for your users by providing them much faster logon times, you really should look at Immidio Flex Profiles.

And how about support on the standard Windows roaming profiles? How often does IT simply throw away a complete user profile just to fix one application problem, leaving the user in dispair because he or she lost all their personal settings? By implementing Immidio Flex Profiles you can now troubleshoot or reset (revert) on a per application level.

With the standard Windows roaming profile functionality simply all changes made by users, often unnecessary, are saved to the roaming profile (which can then grow enormously), making it in fact an unmanaged solution.

Start truly managing your Windows Profiles today!

For more information and a 30-day trial visit http://www.immidio.com

Guess what, Office 2010 TP “Click-to-Run version” uses App-V technology

The Office 2010 Technical Preview has been available for a couple of weeks now on Microsoft Connect for testing purposes. What is very nice to see that, besides a traditional installer version, they also introduced a Click-to-Run version. There have been some talks about Click-to-Run type of technology for some time now, also making it possible for service providers to deploy/stream Win32/62 applications over the internet.

How it works:

When you have access to the Office 2010 Technical Preview, you can download the Click-to-Run Setup executable. What this infact does is, install a “specific for this purpose” version of the App-V client and automatically starts streaming the Office 2010 TP applications over the internet from a Microsoft hosted server. When it’s done streaming the complete suite, all Office 2010 shortcuts are available and can be used to start the individual applications. Office 2010 TP can also be used offline, since the application will remain in cache on disk.

What else:

Well another nice thing of this “Click-to-Run” version of Office 2010 TP, besides you don’t have to Sequence (virtualize) Office 2010 yourself, is that the Office applications are virtualized and don’t make “real” installation modifications to the Windows system, thus keeping your system “clean” and most importantly making it possible to run Office 2007 and Office 2010 TP simultaneously without conflicts.

Microsoft also anounced some improvements on virtualizing Office 2010 here, stating that Office 2010 is built with virtualization in mind and some integration issues, that Office 2007 has when virtualized, are fixed. The integration issues that are specifically fixed have to do with Windows Desktop Search, Outlook Fast Search and direct editing of Microsoft Sharepoint documents.

App-V 4.6 public beta now available on MS Connect

Finally it’s here. Now all the people that have been bugging me about 64-bit support of the App-V Client, can have their way with App-V enabled packages. This release is mostly about supporting 64-bit (x64) on Desktops and Terminal Services. Also supporting Windows 7 x64 and Windows 2008 R2 x64 will be supported, when 4.6 will release in RTM.

Now, this is a Beta release, so don’t be stupid implementing this in production!

Download here.