Installation of App-V 4.6 Management Server in Windows Server 2008

Brief About What is App-V : Microsoft Application Virtualization enables you to deploy, update, and support applications as services in real time, on an as-needed basis. When you use App-V, you transform individual applications from locally installed products into centrally managed services. Applications become available everywhere they need to be—no computer pre-configuration or changes to operating system settings are required. Microsoft Application Virtualization consists of the following components. More info http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc843848.aspx

Before I go into Installation of App-V,you will have to consider some prerequisites that are listed below (which I have in My Lab)

1. Active Directory 2008 functioning Properly.

2.Two AD Security Groups which are used in App-V server which are Appv-Admins and Other is Appv-Users.

--- The below requirements should be installed on server which become a APP-V Management server

1.Windows 2008 server with IIS 7.0( components include  ASP.NET (and all required role services and features),Windows Authentication, IIS Management Scripts and Tools, IIS 6 Management Compatibility).

2.Windows SQL server 2008

Once all the above prerequisites are in place,then start the installation of App-V 4.6 Management server with local admin rights.

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If you want to change the installation Directory or to select other components,you can go with Custom option.

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I have 2 servers with SQL Installed that’s why it shows both in the drop down list.If you don’t see any server listed,please check the SQL server services are stated or not.

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Enter the app-V admins group which will be managing the management server in all the cases.

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The content folder is one which will be shared(bu default not shared) and keep all the sequenced application which will be used users that we see later how.

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The wizard will copy the necessary files, install services, and create a database as specified in the preceding steps. When the wizard finishes, the Microsoft Application Virtualization Management Console shortcut is displayed in the Administrative Tools group.

After the installation wizard completes, It prompts you to restart the server,Click No,since we have to do some addition work here before we restart.

Share the content folder:

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center App Virt Management Server\App Virt Management Server\content and share the content folder. Ensure that Read access to this folder is given to Everyone, and Full Control is given to the AppV Administrators group.
Note: If you are using a 64-bit operating system version, the folder will be under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft System Center App Virt Management Server\App Virt Management Server\content.

Give permission on the SftMgmt.udl file for App-V Administrators group:

If the account you will be using to administer the App-V Server is not a member of the Domain Admins group, perform the following steps to avoid receiving a C800 error when logging in to the App-V Management Console.

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center App Virt Management Server\App Virt Management Service.

Note: If you are using a 64-bit operating system version, the folder will be under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft System Center App Virt Management Server\App Virt Management Service.

3. Right-click the SftMgmt file and select Properties.

4. Select the Security tab.

5. Add the AppV Administrators group, ensure the Read & Execute permission is selected and click OK.

Once all the above steps done,Restart the server.

When you restart the server,App-V services will be in stopped state and you ensure,both the app-V serveries are started.

Now You have completed the Installation of App-V 4.6 Management Server in Windows Server 2008

Next Step—>How to Publish the Default app-V applications in windows server 2008.

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