Determine Your Streaming Method

The first time that a user double-clicks the icon that has been placed on a computer through the publishing process, the Application Virtualization client will obtain the virtual application package content from a streaming source location.

Streaming is the term used to describe the process of obtaining content from a sequenced application package, starting with the primary feature block and then obtaining additional blocks as needed.

The streaming source location is usually a server that is accessible by the user’s computer; however, some electronic distribution systems, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, can distribute the SFT file to the user’s computer and then stream the virtual application package locally from that computer’s cache.

A streaming source location for virtual packages can be set up on a computer that is not a server. This is especially useful in a small branch office that has no server.

The streaming sources that can be used to store sequenced applications are described in the following table.

Server Type Protocol Advantages Disadvantages Links

File server


  • Simple low-cost solution to configure existing file server with \CONTENT share

  • No active upgrade

How to Configure the File Server

IIS server


  • Supports enhanced security using HTTPS protocol.

  • Supports streaming to remote computers across the Internet

  • Only one port in firewall to open

  • Highly scalable

  • Familiar protocol

  • Need to manage IIS

  • No active upgrade

How to Configure the Server for IIS

Application Virtualization Streaming Server


  • Active upgrade

  • Supports enhanced security using RTSPS protocol

  • Only one port in firewall to open (RTSPS only)

  • Dual infrastructure

  • Server administration requirement

How to Configure the Application Virtualization Management Servers

Electronic Software Distribution-Based Scenario

Electronic Software Distribution-Based Scenario Overview

Determine Your Publishing Method