App-V 4.5 SP2 available (also through Windows Update)

From source:

App-V 4.5 Service Pack 2 provides the latest updates to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 code line. This is the first time the team has delivered via Windows Update. App-V 4.5 SP2 introduces:

  • Enhanced failover protection or disaster recovery of your virtual application infrastructure: App-V data-store failover protection enables administrators to quickly recover from disasters and/or recycle servers for maintenance.
  • Enable highly available application infrastructure: App-V 4.5 SP2 load balanced management servers can now leverage SQL server mirrored data-store to support high availability scenarios for line of business applications; with automatic failover protection not available with the previous versions of App-V.
  • Data replication is now possible across geography: this enables organizations to recover from site wide failures faster.
  • App-V 4.5 SP2 clients can now deploy Office 2010.

App-V 4.5 SP2 Release Notes

App-V 4.5 SP2 FAQ

Virtualizing Office 2010 with App-V

Here is a nice post from Justin Zarb containing the steps and options to virtualize Microsoft Office 2010 with App-V.

In short. You can find the Office 2010 sequencing recipe guide here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/983462

You can find the Office 2010 App-V Deployment Kit here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=479f12f2-5678-493e-bce1-682b3ece5431

And a pre-sequenced version of Office 2010 here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff603537.aspx

Another document describing the overal deployment options for Office 2010, including App-V can be found here:

Download details Deployment Options for Office 2010 

Please be aware that the App-V 4.6 client is necessary for full Office 2010 compatibility.