App-V 5.0 SP2 Hotfix package 4!

Finally! The hotfix package we all have been waiting for.

For starters, grab the hotfix package here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2956985

The fixes are as follows:

  • Enhancements to publishing and refresh performance have been made in all App-V deployment scenarios (RDS, Traditional Desktop, and VDI).
  • Publishing and start performance have been implemented in non-persistent VDI or RDS deployments together with a user environment management (UEM) technology.
  • Package converter has reported low success rates and low detection diagnosis.
  • Virtual application packages that require write access to any files and folders in the virtual environment are incompatible with App-V 5.0.
  • Upgraded versions of virtual application packages cannot be deployed in parallel with the original version of the package on the client.
  • Virtual application packages that contain shortcuts to executable (.exe) files on a network share cannot start those executables if the system account does not have access to the network share.
  • App-V Deployment configuration does not handle certain registry settings correctly.
  • The Windows PowerShell window is listed on the taskbar during App-V Client startup.
  • App-V Service crashes when packages are deployed through System Center Configuration Manager.

All things considered, I would consider this App-V 5.1 with the way Microsoft has been naming their product updates as of late. Things that caught my eye: Writable VFS, improved performance in VDI environments, and application shortcuts on the network.

As always, please use caution when deploying an update and test on a non-production system first.

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