In recent years Microsoft seems to have headed down a path with it’s own products. That is, in some cases they have provided generic installers which are usually small and require no scripting or packaging to configure for your environment. An example of this is Microsoft Lync, which has a small installer that you deploy and then configure on the end user devices using a Group Policy template and applying whatever settings suits your environment. This works well for applications such as Lync as it’s an enterprise application and is almost certainly going to be deployed to a domain computer.
Well, The App-V 5.0 client is no different in this respect. There’s an App-V Group Policy Template which is freely available for download HERE Microsoft have done a really good job at documenting the different options for configuring the App-V 5.0 Client using the Group Policy Template which you can find here HERE but this blog post is my attempt to encapsulate the different possible options for setting up the client and also illustrating the setup a little more. In the videos I uploaded recently, which you can find HERE I covered installing and configuring the App-V 5.0 Client using Powershell. In this blog post, I will detail a few different options you could use for packaging, scripting and deploying the App-V 5.0 client.
Firstly as stated, you can use the group policy template as stated for configuring the settings for the client, no matter what method you use for deploying the installer itself. So let’s firstly cover deploying the group policy and what options can be configured within the Group Policy Template.