T oday we are very excited to announce the latest release of App-V Scheduler, version 2.4.
If you are reading about App-V Scheduler for the first time: App-V Scheduler is a purpose build App-V 5 deployment tool specially designed for virtual workloads like RDS\XenApp and VDI environments. The power of App-V Scheduler is the amount of fine grained control, instant package delivery and real-time visibility over your App-V 5 deployment. Make sure to read the other release blogs as well to read more about the previous released features.

To name some advantages of App-V Scheduler :

Support for both persistent and non-persistent environments (Citrix PVSMCS integration)

Advanced cache management (Cleanup, auto balance cache with source and selectively pre-cache packages)

Improve application launch time with virtual registry pre-staging and application pre-launch feature

Packages and Connection groups available at machine startup and ongoing through deploy cycle

Complete application life cycle management; from instantly deploying packages to draining and retire applications without touching your image

Real-Time (portable) remote management console (inventory, manage and central configuration)

No App-V full infra components needed (dramatically simplify your deployment)

What’s new in App-V Scheduler 2.4
App-V Scheduler 2.4 contains improvements and new enterprise features, let’s talk about the new features first:

Improved support for App-V 5.1

Enhanced integration with Citrix PVS and MCS

Extended cache management capabilities

New debug mode

Improved managed publishing mode

Enhanced deploy cycle

Multiple fixes and enhancements (both App-V Scheduler Agent and Central View console)

New supported scenario
You can now select what App-V Scheduler should do when a PVS\MCS image is in private mode, in some scenarios (large scale VDI deployments for example) it may be more suitable to maintain the App-V Cache inside the image. You can now configure if App-V Scheduler should load all packages in the image or to skip the deployment (when you want the packages to be loaded outside the image).
App-V Scheduler now supports both scenarios, but there is more! App-V Scheduler can now automatically switch to shared content store (SCS) mode when the image is in read-only mode. This means that new packages that are deployed during image runtime (read-only mode) are added to the cache in SCS mode and in this way doesn’t fill up your write-cache. When the image is in private mode again, the packages are fully mounted in the cache. This process can be easily automated. In this scenario you use a combination of packages mounted in the image and added during runtime in SCS mode. Saves a lot of storage without loosing the ability to execute application life cycle management processes. In the following screenshot you can see the new configuration option :

The cache mode option is also new, you can configure to mount all packages by default, only use shared content store (SCS) mode or use a combination of both. The latter is extremely powerful and allows you to combine best of both worlds of all available cache methods in App-V 5. The text is now automatically updated based on the selections you make so it’s now even easier to pick the right deployment options that fits best in your scenario. We are always happy to help you decide which cache mode fits best in your environment.

App-V Scheduler is now even more flexible and powerful then ever and provides a complete application life cycle management solution for App-V 5, try it for yourself and see how easy it is to integrate App-V 5 in your virtual environment!

How to get AppV Scheduler?

Thank you! It would be great if you consider to upgrade to the perpetual edition, besides the additional features, this will also support the further development of App-V Scheduler.