Installing Server Application Virtualization
Updated: May 13, 2016
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
Use the following information to implement Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V).
The Server App-V Sequencer
To create a Server App-V virtual application package, you must first install the Sequencer on a computer in your environment. The Sequencer creates a virtual application package by monitoring and recording the entire installation and setup process for an application. The computer that you install the Sequencer on must meet the Server Application Virtualization Software Requirements. For information about how to install the Sequencer, see How to Install the Server Application Virtualization Sequencer.
The computer that you install the Sequencer on must not be running any version of the Server App-V Agent.
The Server App-V Agent
Before you can deploy a virtual application package that you have sequenced, you must install the Server App-V Agent on all computers to which you intend to deploy a package. The Server App-V Agent accepts a virtual application package, including a deployment configuration file that contains settings specific to an instance of the application, and sets the package up on the target computer. For information about how to install the Agent, see How to Install the Server Application Virtualization Agent. For information about how to remove the Agent, see How to Remove the Server Application Virtualization Agent.
Planning for testing virtual application packages
The Server App-V PowerShell Agent Cmdlets let you manage your virtual application packages for testing packages in a lab environment. The Cmdlets can be installed on the computer running the Server App-V Agent for local management or on a remote computer that will be used to manage the Windows Servers that run virtual application packages. The Server App-V Cmdlets can be used to perform various management tasks such as deploying, configuring, retiring, upgrading or backing up a virtual application package. The Server App-V Agent functions require PowerShell 2.0.
The Server App-V PowerShell Sequencer Cmdlets let you perform sequencing tasks on the computer running the Sequencer. You can create a new package, or update an existing package.
To install the Cmdlets, see How to install the Server Application Virtualization PowerShell Cmdlets
You should only use the Cmdlets to manage packages in a test environment to ensure functionality.
Microsoft Server Application Virtualization
Server Application Virtualization Overview
Packaging Applications With Server Application Virtualization
Server Application Virtualization Sequencer Technical Reference
Troubleshooting Server Application Virtualization