I’m totally ripping off my friend Dave’s article about App-V Package Accelerators. Somehow I don’t think he’ll mind. (NOTE THE CONTEST BELOW FOR A FREE UNLOCKED NOKIA WINDOWS PHONE!)
Virtualize Applications Faster with Microsoft App-V Package Accelerators
Dave Trupkin, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft App-V, Microsoft
Where do you start when you need to create package for a new application in Microsoft App-V? If you’re an App-V expert, maybe you dive right in and create the package yourself. If you’re just getting started, or even just trying to save time, maybe you’ll search the Internet to see if your peers have already packaged the same application. If they have, they may have shared the step-by-step process—the recipe—for creating the package. In App-V, this is a process known as sequencing.
Where can you find App-V recipes? A good place to start is the App-V Sequencing Recipe Forum. We’ve even provided a link to the Recipe Forum right inside the App-V Sequencer! Here you’ll find recipes for applications such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010. Other popular packaging-oriented websites and our own App-V Most Valuable Professional (MVP) community also frequently post App-V recipes in the forum.
Beginning with App-V 4.6 Service Pack 1 (SP1), we’ve made it even easier for the App-V community to share packaging knowledge with the introduction of App-V Package Accelerators. Package Accelerators help make App-V packaging easier, faster, and more predictable, taking most of the manual steps out of sequencing. One of the best explanations I’ve heard of Package Accelerators came from the App-V development team, which thinks of Package Accelerators as "dehydrated" App-V packages. When you use the App-V Sequencer to combine the Package Accelerators with the application’s original installation files, you’re "rehydrating" the App-V package.
Where can you find App-V Package Accelerators? You’ll find them in the App-V Package Accelerator Gallery. And, just like the Sequencing Recipe Forum, we’ve included a link to the Package Accelerator Gallery right inside the App-V Sequencer.
One of the best things about the App-V Package Accelerator Gallery is that it’s easy for you to share Package Accelerators that you create by uploading them to the Gallery!
Between April 5, 2012 and May 3, 2012 we invite you to create your best Package Accelerators, share them with the community, and possibly win an unlocked Nokia Windows Phone or an Xbox 360! We’ll pick the best two contributions and announce the winners in May.*
To help you get started, check out these videos on how to create an App-V Package from an App-V Package Accelerator, and how to create your own App-V Package Accelerator. You can also find more information in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencing Guide and the online technical documentation for App-V. You can get App-V 4.6 SP1 if you are a MSDN subscriber or TechNet subscriber by downloading the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011 R2 Language Update, or you can check out the App-V 4.6 SP2 Beta.
* No purchase necessary. Open only to IT professionals 18 years of age or older. Game ends May 3, 2012. For details, see the official rules.
Dave Trupkin is Senior Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft App-V, and is also responsible for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) and Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM). When he’s not busy virtualizing applications, he likes to find great Italian restaurants and eat in them.