High-level architecture for App-V

Applies to: Windows 10, version 1607

Use the following information to simplify your Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) deployment.

Architecture overview

A typical App-V implementation consists of the following elements.

Element Description
App-V Management server The App-V Management server provides overall management functionality for the App-V infrastructure. Additionally, you can install more than one instance of the management server in your environment which provides the following benefits:
Fault tolerance and high availability—installing and configuring the App-V Management server on two separate computers can help in situations when one of the servers is unavailable or offline. You can also help increase App-V availability by installing the Management server on multiple computers. In this scenario, consider using a network load balancer to keep server requests balanced.
Scalability—you can add additional management servers as necessary to support a high load. For example, you can install multiple servers behind a load balancer.
App-V Publishing Server The App-V publishing server provides functionality for virtual application hosting and streaming. The publishing server does not require a database connection and supports HTTP and HTTPS protocols.
You can also help increase App-V availability by installing the Publishing server on multiple computers. You should also consider having a network load balancer to keep server requests balanced.
App-V Reporting Server The App-V Reporting server lets authorized users run and view existing App-V reports and ad hoc reports for managing App-V infrastructure. The Reporting server requires a connection to the App-V reporting database. You can also help increase App-V availability by installing the Reporting server on multiple computers. You should also consider having a network load balancer to keep server requests balanced.
App-V Client The App-V client enables packages created using App-V to run on target computers.

Note

If you are using App-V with electronic software distribution (ESD), you aren't required to use the App-V Management server. However, you can still use App-V's reporting and streaming functionality.