Microsoft App-V 5.0 and Citrix Integration Overview

Microsoft App-V 5.0 and Citrix Integration Overview guide

This paper provides administrators with guidance for combining Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 (App-V 5.0) and Citrix solutions.

This paper is designed to provide administrators with guidance for combining Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 (App-V 5.0) and Citrix solutions. It discusses the benefits of App-V 5.0 and Citrix, recommendations for Citrix images, App-V cache management, App-V management with Citrix, factors that impact user experience and administrative effort, and the Citrix XenApp Connector for System Center Configuration Manger 2012 SP1.

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp and Microsoft App-V have long complemented traditional approaches to application management, but often as discrete systems instead of an integrated solution.  Often organizations have completely separate departments managing applications and the Citrix environment.  This separation causes duplication in packaging, deployment and management tasks that serve the same goal of making applications available to users.  This inefficiency also prohibits a user-centric model, which allows users to roam from device to device and still maintain access to the applications and data required for productivity.  Combining App-V and Citrix products enables unified application lifecycle management for Windows® and non-Windows devices from anywhere.

This whitepaper will discuss the scenarios, benefits, and features available with combined Citrix and App-V solutions. 
The following discussion points will provide explanation on building a solution that fits organization needs while maintaining high levels of service and controlling costs.

  • Overview of Citrix and App-V
  • App-V and Citrix together
  • Building Images with App-V
  • Local versus Shared Content Store Mode
  • Managing App-V applications in Citrix Images
  • Factors that affect user experience and administrative effort
  • Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Connector for Citrix XenApp 6.5

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