Microsoft App-V: Implementing Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Training Course


Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) allows for the creation of applications that run as centrally managed services. App-V applications have the benefit of never needing to be installed directly on the end user’s computer and never conflicting with other applications.

In this instructor-led, live training, we introduce the architecture, components and processes behind application virtualization and walk participants step-by-step through the deployment of App-V and App-V applications in a live lab environment. By the end of the course, participants will have knowledge and hands-on practice needed to install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot App-V as well as create, package and deploy their own App-V applications.

Format of the course

  • Part lecture, part discussion, exercises and heavy hands-on practice


  • This course covers version 5.1 of App-V. For training on a different version, please contact us to arrange.


  • Knowledge of Active Directory.
  • Experience with Windows Server.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL Server.
  • Basic knowledge of Windows Terminal Services.
  • Basic knowledge of System Center Configuration Manager.
  • Experience or interest in managing Windows desktops in an Enterprise environment.


  • IT Professionals in charge of managing desktop configurations and deployments
  • IT professionals wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in virtualization

Course Outline

Introduction to Microsoft App-V

  • Why virtualize your Windows applications?

Overview of App-V’s Application Virtualization Architecture

  • How application virtualization works
  • The role of the client
  • The role of the Sequencer
  • The App-V Package

Planning Your Virtualization Infrastructure

  • Planning the App-V supporting infrastructure
  • Overview of various deployment scenarios
  • Installing and configuring the App-V server

Installing and Configuring the Application Virtualization Sequencer

  • Overview of the application virtualization sequencer
  • Planning the sequencer environment
  • Classifying applications for sequencing
  • Understanding the sequencing limitations
  • Sequencing your first application
  • Using the sequencer-generated MSI file to deploy offline

Using the App-V Package Accelerator

  • Overview of package accelerator
  • Creating a package accelerator using PowerShell
  • Creating a package using a package accelerator

Upgrading Your App-V Application Package

  • Updating a package to replace an existing one
  • Updating a package for deployment with the existing package
  • Updating a package with PowerShell
  • Sequencing for connection groups (plug-ins and middleware)
  • Using the App-V package converter (4.6 to 5.x)
  • Dynamic configuration and targeted scripting

Advanced App-V Sequencing Techniques

  • Sequencing a web-based application
    • Creating a Virtual Environment for the application
  • Sequencing an application that hard codes its install to the C:\ drive
  • Performing an Open for Package Upgrade on an existing package
  • Building scripts into an .OSD file

Application Virtualization Management Server Administration

  • Application Virtualization Management Console Overview
  • Publishing applications into the Application Virtualization Environment
  • Modifying published applications & configuring version upgrades
  • Performing management tasks
  • Planning & installing the Microsoft Application Virtualization Client
  • Planning the deployment of Application Virtualization Client
  • Installing & Configuring the App-V client
  • Managing the client configuration features using PowerShell

Troubleshooting App-V

  • Avoiding rabbit holes
  • Combining different areas of knowledge: foundational, operational, contextual
  • Using Process Monitor to troubleshoot
  • Troubleshooting the App-V client
  • Troubleshooting the OSD file
  • Advanced troubleshooting

Microsoft App-V Best Practices

  • Verifying the configuration settings of an App-V Server 5.0 instance
  • Using Practice Analyzer as a diagnostic tool
  • Understanding the program
  • Items to document
    • Components, update requirements, post-installation configuration steps, user behavior, workarounds

Application Deployment with SCCM via HTTP

Application Deployment with RESWorkspace Manager

Closing Remarks

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