Introduction to App-V Integration with Citrix XenApp

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop can easily integrate App-V sequences or an entire App-V infrastructure while also analyzing and automating App-V sequences.

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) lets you deploy, update, and support applications as services. Users access applications without installing them on their own devices. App-V and Microsoft User State Virtualization (USV) provide access to applications and data, regardless of location and connection to the Internet.

The App-V client does not support offline access to applications. App-V integration support includes using SMB shares for applications; the HTTP protocol is not supported.

If you’re not familiar with App-V, see the Microsoft documentation. Here’s a recap of the App-V components mentioned in this article:

  • Management server. ┬áProvides a centralized console to manage App-V infrastructure and delivers virtual applications to both the App-V Desktop Client as well as a Remote Desktop Services Client. The App-V management server authenticates, requests, and provides the security, metering, monitoring, and data gathering required by the administrator. The server uses Active Directory and supporting tools to manage users and applications.
  • Publishing server. ┬áProvides App-V clients with applications for specific users, and hosts the virtual application package for streaming. It fetches the packages from the management server.
  • Client. ┬áRetrieves virtual applications, publishes the applications on the client, and automatically sets up and manages virtual environments at runtime on Windows devices. You install the App-V client on the VDA, where it stores user-specific virtual application settings such as registry and file changes in each user’s profile.