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App-V 5.0 SP2 Beta enhancements and download links

9:40 am in App-V, App-V 5.0, AppV, windows 8, windows 8.1 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


This morning at Teched Europe they announced the beta availability of two Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack products that will support the Windows 8.1 preview, User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 and Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2.

For those of your who are using App-V 4.6 we are also making available today a public beta of App-V 4.6 SP3 which will also support Windows 8.1

More details on Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2 features and improvements below :

UE-V is not the only critical component of our virtualization story, we would now like to discuss a second component, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V). App-V enables anywhere access to virtualized applications on any authorized PC without application installs. Microsoft’s has a long history of providing flexible application virtualization with powerful management, and making the virtual application behave as if it was locally installed. App-V 5.0 SP2 builds on these solutions through the following new features:

  1. Shell extension support, enriching the user experience.
  2. Sequencing enhancements, simplifying the virtual application creation process.

Let’s now go into some more detail on these new features in App-V.

Shell extension support

By building on App-V 5.0 investments which delivered you the ability to virtualize highly integrated applications, App-V 5.0 SP2 is providing support for a frequently requested extension point into the operating system, shell extensions. For example if you virtualize a compression program or a backup program that integrated with the Windows shell, you will now see the contextual options that these apps have like send to zip or backup to archive. Essentially this enables the virtual application to behave more like if it was installed locally on your device.

Sequencing enhancements

Powerful and flexible management is a key component of Microsoft’s application virtualization solution, allowing IT to deploy, track and service virtual applications. Continuing the approach, we have made improvements to the sequencer enabling it to automatically detect with the option to include, run time dependencies like MSXML and Visual C++ libraries in the App-V package during the sequencing process. Other additions in App-V 5.0 SP2 beta include general user experience improvements during the application publishing and refresh process, including a new publishing progress bar, to improve the overall experience of deploying a set of applications to a user.

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Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Error code “0x800F0906” when you try to install the .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

6:16 am in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


In Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012, the .Net Framework 3.5 is a Feature on Demand. The metadata for Features on Demand are included in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012. However, the binaries and other files associated with the feature are not included. When you enable the feature, Windows tries to contact Windows Update to download the missing information to install the feature.

This behavior can also be caused by System Center Configuration Manager who configures the computer to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) instead of the Microsoft Windows Update server for patching. When the case you will see “Error code: 0x800F0906” appearing

In this case, enable the Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair Group Policy setting and configure the Alternate source file path value or select the Contact Windows Update directly to download repair content instead of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) option.

To do that configure the Group Policy setting and follow these steps:

  1. Start the Local Group Policy Editor or Group Policy Management Console.


  2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then select System.


  3. Open the Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair Group Policy setting, and then select Enabled.



Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Configmgr SP1 CU2 upgrade : smsPXE.log reporting “Failed to get information for MP: http://sccm.test01.BE. 80090006”

12:25 pm in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


CU2 for Configmgr 2012 SP1 is just released and we already faced a minor issue.

Today we implemented CU2 in production on our Configmgr 2012 SP1 platform . After the upgrade we couldn’t stage anymore .After verifying the smspxe.log , it showed us this error :



Update your bootimages on the distibution points and the log will turn back healthy again . We suspect it has something to do with the Cumulative Update 2 that offers limited support for deployment of Windows PE 3.1-based images. These images need to be finalized before adding to the site server. If later changes are needed, they can be made using DISM.


Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP