How to Manage App-V 5.1 Packages Running on a Stand-Alone Computer by Using PowerShell

The following sections explain how to perform various management tasks on a stand-alone client computer by using PowerShell:

To return a list of packages

Use the following information to return a list of packages that are entitled to a specific user:

Cmdlet: Get-AppvClientPackage

Parameters: -Name -Version -PackageID -VersionID

Example: Get-AppvClientPackage –Name “ContosoApplication” -Version 2

To add a package

Use the following information to add a package to a computer.

Important
This example only adds a package. It does not publish the package to the user or the computer.

Cmdlet: Add-AppvClientPackage

Example: $Contoso = Add-AppvClientPackage \\path\to\appv\package.appv

To publish a package

Use the following information to publish a package that has been added to a specific user or globally to any user on the computer.

Publishing method Cmdlet and example

Publishing to the user

Cmdlet: Publish-AppvClientPackage

Example: Publish-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication”

Publishing globally

Cmdlet: Publish-AppvClientPackage

Example: Publish-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication” -Global

To publish a package to a specific user

Note
You must use App-V 5.0 SP2 Hotfix Package 5 or later to use this parameter.

An administrator can publish a package to a specific user by specifying the optional –UserSID parameter with the Publish-AppvClientPackage cmdlet, where -UserSID represents the end user’s security identifier (SID).

To use this parameter:

  • You can run this cmdlet from the user or administrator session.

  • You must be logged in with administrative credentials to use the parameter.

  • The end user must be logged in.

  • You must provide the end user’s security identifier (SID).

Cmdlet: Publish-AppvClientPackage

Example: Publish-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication” -UserSID S-1-2-34-56789012-3456789012-345678901-2345

To add and publish a package

Use the following information to add a package to a computer and publish it to the user.

Cmdlet: Add-AppvClientPackage

Example: Add-AppvClientPackage \\path\to\appv\package.appv | Publish-AppvClientPackage

To unpublish an existing package

Use the following information to unpublish a package which has been entitled to a user but not remove the package from the computer.

Cmdlet: Unpublish-AppvClientPackage

Example: Unpublish-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication”

To unpublish a package for a specific user

Note
You must use App-V 5.0 SP2 Hotfix Package 5 or later to use this parameter.

An administrator can unpublish a package for a specific user by using the optional –UserSID parameter with the Unpublish-AppvClientPackage cmdlet, where -UserSID represents the end user’s security identifier (SID).

To use this parameter:

  • You can run this cmdlet from the user or administrator session.

  • You must be logged in with administrative credentials to use the parameter.

  • The end user must be logged in.

  • You must provide the end user’s security identifier (SID).

Cmdlet: Unpublish-AppvClientPackage

Example: Unpublish-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication” -UserSID S-1-2-34-56789012-3456789012-345678901-2345

To remove an existing package

Use the following information to remove a package from the computer.

Cmdlet: Remove-AppvClientPackage

Example: Remove-AppvClientPackage “ContosoApplication”

Note
App-V cmdlets have been assigned to variables for the previous examples for clarity only; assignment is not a requirement. Most cmdlets can be combined as displayed in To add and publish a package. For a detailed tutorial, see App-V 5.0 Client PowerShell Deep Dive.

To enable only administrators to publish or unpublish packages

Note
This feature is supported starting in App-V 5.0 SP3.

Use the following cmdlet and parameter to enable only administrators (not end users) to publish or unpublish packages:

Cmdlet

Set-AppvClientConfiguration

Parameter

-RequirePublishAsAdmin

Parameter values:

  • 0 - False

  • 1 - True

Example:: Set-AppvClientConfiguration –RequirePublishAsAdmin1

To use the App-V Management console to set this configuration, see How to Publish a Package by Using the Management Console.

Understanding pending packages (UserPending and GlobalPending)

Starting in App-V 5.0 SP2: If you run a PowerShell cmdlet that affects a package that is currently in use, the task that you are trying to perform is placed in a pending state. For example, if you try to publish a package when an application in that package is being used, and then run Get-AppvClientPackage, the pending status appears in the cmdlet output as follows:

Cmdlet output item Description

UserPending

Indicates whether the listed package has a pending task that is being applied to the user:

  • True

  • False

GlobalPending

Indicates whether the listed package has a pending task that is being applied globally to the computer:

  • True

  • False

The pending task will run later, according to the following rules:

Task type Applicable rule

User-based task, e.g., publishing a package to a user

The pending task will be performed after the user logs off and then logs back on.

Globally based task, e.g., enabling a connection group globally

The pending task will be performed when the computer is shut down and then restarted.

For more information about pending tasks, see About App-V 5.0 SP2.

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Administering App-V 5.1 by Using PowerShell