Application virtualization guide

This series takes a look at the basics of application virtualization, with details on what it means to Terminal Services as well as info on how to implement the technology with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

 

Today's businesses require more applications operating together seamlessly, but over time these systems have evolved into more complex and fragile environments. Software deployments have become increasingly expensive, support intensive and time consuming. Application virtualization helps to simplify the deployment cycle by eliminating regression testing and solving integration problems.

In this series, Danielle and Nelson Ruest explore the myths and realities surrounding application virtualization and provide details on the basics of the technology. Here administrators learn how application virtualization can benefit their Windows environments, as well as info on implementing app virtualization with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

- Part 1: Application lifecycle management made simple with app virtualization
If application virtualization isn't already on your radar, it probably should be. Learn the basic components of app virtualization and how it can be used to simplify application lifecycle management.

- Part 2: The problem with traditional application management practices
App virtualization can be a real benefit to admins, especially when you consider the difficulties that come from more traditional methods of app management.

- Part 3: Can admins rely on built-in Vista features for application support?
Despite the application management tools included in Windows Vista, learn why application virtualization is still the best solution for systems administrators.

- Part 4: Centralized app management in Windows Server 2008
Using RemoteApp with Windows Server 2008, admins can ease the burden of application management and reduce help desk calls related to application operation issues.

- Part 5: Combine application virtualization with streaming
Among the many benefits of application virtualization is the ability to use a streaming delivery system. Discover how admins can use app virtualization with streaming to transform the application management model and simplify app support.

- Webcast: Application virtualization -- Ending DLL hell once and for all
This webcast takes a look at the facts of application virtualization, with details on what the technology means to Microsoft apps such as Windows Installer, as well as Terminal Services.

This was first published in May 2008

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