How to Configure VDI-in-a-Box Desktops to Connect to an App-V Management Server

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  • Created On  May 17, 2013
  • Updated On  May 17, 2013
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This article describes how to configure VDI-in-a-Box desktops to connect to an Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Server.


App-V allows you to package, manage, and deploy virtualized applications enabling administrators to avoid using locally installed applications that must be installed to the golden image and replace them with centrally managed applications that can be delivered to users as required. This is useful for VDI-in-a-Box deployments because an administrator can utilize a single golden image, and deploy applications to users as required, rather than managing several golden images with the specific set of applications required by each individual user.


  • App-V Management Server with Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 Server
  • App-V requires an external SQL database and .NET Framework 2.0 or later
  • App-V server must have IIS role enabled
  • VDI-in-a-Box grid with at least one golden image setup
  • App-V client software that will be installed into the VDI-in-a-Box golden image to enable users to connect to the App-V server and receive applications


To install the Application Virtualization Desktop Client to the VDI-in-a-Box image, complete the following procedure:

  1. Log on to the VDI-in-a-Box web administration console using administrative credentials such as vdiadmin.

  1. Select the Images tab.
  2. Select Edit on the golden image to create a draft image.
  3. Select Connect to log onto the image.

  1. Provide administrative credentials to connect with privileges to install the App-V Client.

  1. From the desktop, launch the Application Virtualization Desktop Client installer.

  1. Accept the license agreement and select next.

  1. Select Custom.
  2. Select Next.

  1. Select the installation path, or retain the default and select Next.

  1. Retain the default settings on the Application Virtualization Data Location screen and select Next.
  2. Retain the default settings on the Cache Size Settings page and select Next.
  3. Retain the default settings on the Runtime Package Policy Configuration page and select Next.
  4. Select the Set up a Publishing Server now option.
  5. In the Display Name field enter the name of the server that is set up to run the Application Virtualization Management Server.
  6. Select Application Virtualization Server as the type of server.
  7. Ensure that port is 554.
  8. Type the FQDN of the Application Virtualization Server in the Host Name field.

  1. Select Install to install the Application Virtualization Desktop Client.

  1. Select Finish when completed.

  1. Log out of the desktop, and proceed through the VDI-in-a-Box prepare process.

  1. When the prepare process is over, the Wizard starts the test phase. Select Connect on the test Window.

  1. Enter credentials for a user in the Active Directory group given access to virtualized applications.

    The desktop should show the Default Application shortcut on the Desktop.

  1. Launch the Default Application. The following screen shot appears, indicating a successful launch:

  1. Log out of the virtual desktop, and Save the changes to the image.
  2. After the change are saved, refresh any existing pooled desktops to ensure that the updated image is used. All new desktops will have the Application Virtualization Desktop Client installed, and configured to point to the Application Server. New applications can be sequenced and assigned to various users or groups of users to deliver applications seamlessly to the VDI-in-a-Box desktops.

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