App-V FAQ: Where do I go to find out how the App-V Client works?

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Microsoft has written an excellent white paper that explains in detail how the App-V Client and application publishing works. This is a 31 page Word document that is essential reading for anyone who is designing, implementing or administering App-V - App-V Application Publishing and Client Interaction White Paper.

The App-V client performs many tasks to present virtual applications that appear to be locally installed to a user. Often, these tasks are not looked at with the detail that the server components receive. In order to effectively support virtual applications, an understanding of the processes performed by the client is imperative.

This document will explain the following topics:

  • Important file locations for storing App-V information and data
  • Client cache settings and behaviour
  • Publishing and delivery scenarios
  • Active upgrade
  • Package and data management
  • Client logging