How to Install and Configure the Default Application

The default application is provided as part of the installation and is automatically copied to the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Server during installation. It is used to verify that the Management Server was installed and configured correctly, but it has to be published to the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Client so that the user can access it.

Use the following procedures to publish the default application and to stream it.

To publish the default application

  1. Log on to the App-V Management Server by using an account that is a member of the App-V Administrators group specified during installation.

  2. On the App-V Management Server, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Application Virtualization Management Console.

  3. In the App-V Management Console, click Actions, and then click Connect to Application Virtualization System.

  4. On the Configure Connection page, clear the Use Secure Connection check box.

  5. In the Web Service Host Name box, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the App-V Management Server, and then click OK.

    Note   You can also use localhost for the Web Service Host name if it is installed on the Management Server.

  6. In the App-V Management Console, right-click the Server node, and click System Options.

  7. On the General tab, in the Default Content Path box, enter the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to the Content folder you created on the server during installation; for example, \\<Server Name>\Content, and then click OK.

    Important   Use the FQDN for the server name so that the client can resolve the name correctly.

  8. In the App-V Management Console, in the navigation pane, expand the Server node, and then click Applications.

  9. In the topic pane, click Default Application, and then, in the Actions pane, click Properties.

  10. In the Properties dialog box, next to the OSD Path box, click Browse.

  11. In the Open dialog box, enter the UNC path to the Content folder you created on the server during installation; for example, \\<Server Name>\Content, and press ENTER. You must use the actual server name and cannot use the localhost here.

    Important   Ensure that the values in both the OSD Path and Icon Path boxes are in UNC format (for example, \\<Server Name>\Content\DefaultApp.ico), and point to the Content folder you created when installing the server. Do not use localhost or a file path containing a drive letter such as C:\Program Files\..\..\Content.

  12. Select the DefaultApp.osd file, and click Open.

  13. Repeat the previous steps to configure the icon path.

  14. Click the Access Permissions tab, and confirm that the App-V Users group has access permissions to the application.

  15. Click the Shortcuts tab, and then click Publish to User’s Desktop. Click OK.

  16. Open Windows Explorer, and locate the Content directory.

  17. Double-click the DefaultApp.osd file, and open it with Notepad.

  18. Locate the line that contains the HREF tag, and change it to the following code:

     `CODEBASEHREF=”RTSP://<FQDN of your server>:554/DefaultApp.sft”`

    Or, if you are using RTSPS:

     `CODEBASEHREF=”RTSPS://<FQDN of your server>:322/DefaultApp.sft”`
  19. Close the DefaultApp.osd file, and save the changes.

To stream the default application

  1. On the computer that has the App-V Client installed, log on as a user who is a member of the Application Virtualization Users group specified during server installation.

  2. On the desktop, the Default Application Virtualization Application shortcut appears. Double-click the shortcut to start the application.

  3. A status bar, displayed above the Windows notification area, reports that the application is starting. If the application startup is successful, the title screen for the default application is displayed. Click OK to close the dialog box. You have now confirmed that the App-V system is running correctly.

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