Microsoft User Experience Virtualization and Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Betas Now Available!

Microsoft announces the beta versions of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 and a new MDOP product Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) are now available for download from
Microsoft Connect.

UE-V is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that delivers a user’s personal Windows experience across devices, is simple for IT to deploy, and easily integrates with existing management tools.

Some of the main features of UE-V are:

  • Users retain their application experience without having to reconfigure applications when they log in from a different Windows instance – regardless of whether it is a rich desktop or virtual desktop session. 
  • Automatically delivers a personal experience to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 8 based devices, giving users the flexibility to work from anywhere.
  • If a user accidently applies unwanted changes, IT can simply roll back to the initial state.
  • Seamlessly integrates with Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in heterogeneous environments.

 Some of the new features in the App-V 5.0 Beta are:

  • Flexible virtualization choices let virtual applications work more like traditionally installed applications, allowing local and virtual applications to communicate and enabling control of which virtual applications can share environments.
  • There’s no dedicated drive letter required, and no 4 gigabyte maximum package size. It’s easy for IT to work with and take action on App-V diagnostic information because App-V logs Windows events instead of separate log files.
  • Easy and efficient to use in VDI environments, allowing IT to make the best use of expensive disk resources without changing the way they get their jobs done.
  • Web-based management makes it easy for busy IT professionals to get their work done while away from their desk.
  • Rich PowerShell scripting allows IT to automate repetitive tasks and to integrate App-V with existing processes.

These products will be part of a future version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).  If you want to learn more about App-V 5.0 and UE-V now, check out the Windows for your Business Blog were we have posted even more information about the products.

Download and try the betas of UE-V and App-V 5.0.

 

Sources:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mdop/archive/2012/04/04/microsoft-user-experience-virtualization-and-microsoft-application-virtualization-5-0-betas-now-available.aspx

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2012/04/04/introducing-ue-v-and-app-v-5-0.aspx

Using Collection Variables on collections and sub-collections #sysctr #sccm

Using Configuration Manager collection variables be aware these variables set on parent collections aren’t inherented by sub-collections.

Based on a scenario of multiple Divisions and underlaying Departmental collections structure workstations are deployed by Configuration Manager OS-Deployment. Two variables will be used to automatic determine the OU path. Workstations will be joined to Active Directory (AD) and dynamicaly placed in the correct Organizational Unit (OU).

LDAP://OU=WORKSTATION,OU=%DEP%,OU=%DIV%,DC=CONTOSO,DC=COM

Collection variables can be configured two ways: 

  1. Both Division and Department variables are configured on a single collection where the clients are member off.
  2. Division variable to parent collection and Department variable on sub-collection. Clients should be member of both collections.

Both Division and Department variables are configured on a single collection where the clients are member off.  Division variable to parent collection and Department variable on sub-collection. Clients should be member of both collections.

Use the Collection Variables tab of the Configuration Manager 2007 Collection Name Settings dialog box to define custom task sequence variables and their associated values to be used by the resources in this collection. For more information about task sequence variables use the following link: About Task Sequence Variables

Tip for SCCM 2012 Product Team feature request enabling collection variable equals advertisement applies to sub collections!