App-V Scheduler 2.4 release


Today 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. To name some advantages of App-V Scheduler :

  • Support for both persistent and non-persistent environments (Citrix PVS\MCS 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
  • Update packages while they are in use without rebooting the machine and while users are logged on
  • Real-Time (portable) remote management console (inventory, manage and central configuration)
  • No App-V full infra components needed (dramatically simplify your deployment)

Make sure to read the other release blogs as well to read more about the previous released features.

New in version 2.4

  • 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 :

App-V Scheduler 2.4 MCS_PVS integration

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!


App-V Scheduler 2.4 is now available for download here.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.