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Microsoft adds App-V support to WSUS

Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services patch management tool now supports updates for all Microsoft application virtualization products -- including App-V.

IT shops using Microsoft's free patch management tool, Windows Server Update Services, can now use it to send updates to App-V.

WSUS now supports updates for all Microsoft application virtualization products, including service packs, optional updates, critical updates and security updates, Microsoft said this week.

A new product category will be added to WSUS server under Microsoft Application Virtualization family, called Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5. This new category will show up when new updates are available for App-V, and updates will be available through Microsoft Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog.

 App-V can be a "life saver for OS migrations" because it prevents application conflicts and drastically reduces the time it takes to put an application into production, according to Keith Lee, an end-user support manager at a large hospital in New England.

"We leverage [Systems Center Configuration Manager] with integrated WSUS, so [App-V support] may assist us in getting updates to our devices," Lee said.

App-V simplifies the application migration process because it removes the need for local installation. Instead, apps live on a server and are delivered to end-user devices from the back end, where the apps are centrally managed. App-V applications are also isolated, so there are no application conflicts when moving an app from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Windows 7 is supported in App-V Version 6 and is available to Software Assurance customers in the latest Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and to Remote Desktop Services customers.

Microsoft is also adapting App-V for server images for the next version of Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager, due out in 2011.

Other application virtualization tools that compete with App-V include VMware's ThinApp, Citrix XenApp and third-party vendor products such as InstallFree.


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