April 13, 2012 11:54 am

Great Ways To Share Your Ideas and Score Some Cool Prizes

The UE-V and App-V teams both have ways for you to get a chance to win some cool prizes like a unlocked Nokia phone or a Microsoft Xbox 360, by sharing your UE-V or App-V templates. Check out both pieces below to learn how to participate in these contests.

Creating and Sharing Your Own Microsoft User Experience Virtualization Settings Location Templates

We recently shared this via the Springboard Newsletter, but wanted to make sure that if you were not yet a subscriber you saw this article about creating and sharing settings location templates with Microsoft User Experience Virtualization written by Senior Product Marketing Manager A.J. Smith.

With the recent beta announcement of Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) on the Windows for your Business and Springboard Series blogs, many of you are already seeing how it can easily roam the experience for Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and the Microsoft Office 2010 suite regardless how they are deployed. Now you want to move on to the next step of creating a settings location template for your line of business or 3rd party applications. For those of you not familiar with settings location templates, they are XML files that tell the UE-V agent:

  • What applications to roam the experience for
  • Where in the file system and registry that the application writes the experience information to.

Creating these templates is easy using is the UE-V Generator. This wizard based tool that you can get from the Connect site is will help automate the creation of your templates. To make it even easier I am going to walk you through using the tool step by step using Microsoft Expression Design 4.

1. After launching the UE-V Generator from the start menu and choosing the option to create a settings location template, you provide the tool with the path to the executable that you want to create the template for.


2. The application will launch and the Generator will look and see where in the file system and the registry the application stores its settings.


3. Close out of the application and review the locations the Generator discovered.

Note: The Generator will show you the locations split up into two groups, standard and nonstandard locations. Standard locations are areas on the machine where you would typically find settings written to, like C:usersAJappdataroaming or HKey_Current_UserSoftwareMicrosoft. Nonstandard locations are places where an application might write if it assumes the user has administrative rights, like C:Windows or the HKey_Local_Machine location in the registry. By default, the UE-V Generator will assume that you want to roam all the standard locations but none of the nonstandard locations. You should review both sets of locations and decide which ones you do or don’t want to roam.


4. Review the properties of the template to complete the creation of the template.


Now that you have created a template, why not share it with the community? To make this easy we have created a Settings Location Template Gallery so you can share and find templates.

Some of you might be thinking, “What’s in it for me to upload settings location templates to the gallery?” Well beside the thanks and adoration from your fellow IT pros, we thought we would make it even more worth your while to share. From now until May 3, 2012 we will be running a contest and invite you to create your best settings location templates, 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*.

*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to IT Professionals 18+. Game ends 5/3/12. For details, see Official Rules.

Create and Share Your App-V Package Accelerators

This was also shared this via the Springboard Series Insider Newsletter, but I wanted to make sure that you saw this information about the App-V Package Accelerators contest as well- Senior Product Marketing Manager David Trupkin

Where do you start when you need to create a package for a new application in Microsoft Application Virtualization (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 trying to save time, maybe you’ll search the Internet to see if one of your peers has 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 Sequencer! Here you’ll find recipes for applications like Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and AutoCAD 2010 LT. Other popular packaging-oriented websites and our own App-V MVP community also frequently post App-V recipes.


Starting with App-V 4.6 Service Pack 1, 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. They think of Package Accelerators as “dehydrated” App-V packages. When you use the App-V Sequencer to combine them 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 Library for App-V. You can get App-V 4.6 SP1 by downloading the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011 R2 Language Update on MSDN or TechNet, or check out the App-V 4.6 SP2 Beta on Microsoft Connect. Happy Sequencing!

*No Purchase Necessary. Open only to IT Professionals 18+. Game ends 5/3/12. For details, see Official Rules.

Updated November 8, 2014 1:49 am

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