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Planning for the App-V 5.0 Server Deployment

The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 server infrastructure consists of a set of specialized features that can be installed on one or more server computers, based on the requirements of the enterprise.

Planning for App-V 5.0 Server Deployment

The App-V 5.0 server consists of the following features:

  • Management Server – provides overall management functionality for the App-V 5.0 infrastructure.

  • Management Database – facilitates database predeployments for App-V 5.0 management.

  • Publishing Server – provides hosting and streaming functionality for virtual applications.

  • Reporting Server – provides App-V 5.0 reporting services.

  • Reporting Database – facilitates database predeployments for App-V 5.0 reporting.

The following list displays the recommended methods for installing the App-V 5.0 server infrastructure:

App-V 5.0 Server Interaction

This section contains information about how the various App-V 5.0 server roles interact with each other.

The App-V 5.0 Management Server contains the repository of packages and their assigned configurations. For Publishing Servers that are registered with the Management Server, the associated metadata is provided to the Publishing servers for use when publishing refresh requests are received from computers running the App-V 5.0 Client. App-V 5.0 publishing servers managed by a single management server can be serving different clients and can have different website names and port bindings. Additionally, all Publishing Servers managed by the same Management Server are replicas of each other.

Note   The Management Server does not perform any load balancing. The associated metadata is simply passed to the publishing server for use when processing client requests.

The following displays information about server-related protocols used by the App-V 5.0 servers. The table also includes the reporting mechanism for each server type.

Server Type Protocols External Features Needed Reporting

IIS server



This server-protocol combination requires a mechanism to synchronize the content between the Management Server and the Streaming Server. When using HTTP or HTTPS, use an IIS server and a firewall to protect the server from exposure to the Internet.




This server-protocol combination requires support to synchronize the content between the Management Server and the Streaming Server. Use a client computer with file sharing or streaming capability.


Planning to Deploy App-V

Deploying the App-V 5.0 Server