Create App-V virtual environments in System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

In a Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) virtual environment in System Center Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager), deployed virtual applications can share the same file system and registry on client Windows PCs. Unlike standard virtual applications, these applications can share data with each other. Virtual environments are created or modified on client PCs when the application is installed or when clients next evaluate their installed applications. You can order these applications so that when multiple applications try to modify a file system or registry value, the application with the highest order takes priority.


Do not rely on App-V virtual environments to provide security protection, such as from malware.

Use the following procedure to create an App-V virtual environment in Configuration Manager.

Create an App-V virtual environment

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Software Library > Application Management > App-V Virtual Environments.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, choose Create Virtual Environment.

  3. In the Create Virtual Environment dialog box, enter the following information:

    • Name. Enter a unique name for the virtual environment (maximum 128 characters).

    • Description. (Optional) Enter a description for the virtual environment.

  4. To add a new deployment type to the virtual environment, choose Add. You must add at least one deployment type.

  5. In the Add Applications dialog box, specify a Group name (maximum 128 characters). You'll use this name to refer to the group of applications that you add to the virtual environment.

  6. Choose Add, select the App-V 5 applications and deployment types that you want to add to the group, and then choose OK.

  7. In the Add Applications dialog box, you can select Increase Order or Decrease Order to set the application that takes priority if multiple applications attempt to modify file system or registry settings in the same virtual environment.

  8. To return to the Create Virtual Environment dialog box, choose OK.

  9. When you're done adding groups, choose OK to create the virtual environment. The new virtual environment is displayed in the App-V Virtual Environments node of the Configuration Manager console. You can monitor the status of your virtual environments by using the App-V Virtual Environment Status report.


    The virtual environment is added or modified on client PCs when the application is installed or when the client next evaluates installed applications.