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  • hi,

    could somebody provide a quick explanation or a link  (before I will dive deep into the docs and theory) of new features/functions

    of drive Q: sequencer and most interesting on client.

    If possible compare with what was in 4.6

    thx.


    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:57 PM

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  • In App-V 5, there is not such a virtual drive letter any longer. The most 'sensitive' item now is the 'Primary Virtual Application Directory' (or: PVAD), though that one existed in App-V 4 already. 

    In contrast to v4, you won't find any 'PVAD' folder on the client, and you (perhaps) won't find any reference to it. When you look into an .appv file (you know that you can create a copy of that, rename it to .ZIP and open it read-only) you'll notice a 'root' folder that contains the files that have been palced into the PVAD and perhaps a VFS folder that contains the files that were installed somewhere else.

    On the client, you can find the extartcted content in the Package Installation Root (usually C:\Programdata\App-V\Guid\Guid\.. 

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ca8194b0-bdda-4175-a23b-39d9fc815380/how-to-choose-appv-5-sequencing-primary-virtual-application-directory?forum=mdopappv

    http://www.tmurgent.com/TMBlog/?p=1283

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/05/24/app-v-5-on-sequencing-using-tokenized-paths-pvad-s-vfs-and-vfs-write-mode.aspx

    http://packageology.com/2014/02/app-v-5-pvad-vfs-layering-bug/have some more stuff to read on that (well, it's more like the old 'VFS or MNT' or 'to Q or not to Q' discussion that we had in 4.x.


    Falko

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    • Marked as answer by pob579 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:44 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by pob579 Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:23 PM
    • Proposed as answer by agallucci Thursday, July 3, 2014 3:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by pob579 Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:26 PM
    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 3:01 PM
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  • Thank you very much for the brief explanation and links Falko.

    I read this http://www.tmurgent.com/TMBlog/?p=1283 a week ago.

    Super clear!


    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:46 PM
  • one more question before reading all in links above (probably it mentioned there)...

    if the drive letter q is used in company's login script, should it be eliminated for computers that will use APP-V 5 sp2?

    I guess :YES


    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:28 PM
  • App-V 5 does not use any drive as a package mounting point.  When I attended Tim Mangan's training session, I believe he said that back when 4.x was created, the only way you could mount a file system was to a drive, whereas today you can do it to a folder (at a technical level I'm not sure if its more involved then that).

    App-V 4 does eat a drive letter, but you can change the letter from default.  Unless you need to support XP clients, I don't see much reason to look at 4 over 5 at this point.

    • Marked as answer by pob579 Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:26 PM
    Thursday, July 3, 2014 3:58 PM
  • Thanks agallucci!

    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:26 PM