Microsoft Application Virtualization and Configuration Manager 2007 R2

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Microsoft Application Virtualization are an ideal combination for critical business projects faced by corporate IT.

Microsoft Application Virtualization adds a new dimension to application management by abstracting the application and its components from the operating system, dynamically delivering them, and running them in a virtualized environment. This results in significantly reduced application conflicts and regression testing, and accelerates the time to bring an application from purchase to production.

However, Microsoft Application Virtualization is only focused on virtualized applications and, therefore, only covers part of the overall desktop management picture. Configuration Manager 2007 provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform, and is the most widely used tool for deploying and managing applications and operating systems on Windows desktops and servers. Microsoft App-V and SCMM 2007 R2 provide the following benefits:

Very large, geographically distributed enterprise support: Enable virtual application administration and execution to work within very large, geographical dispersed enterprises, specifically removing remote site management barriers
Seamless interoperation with an organization’s application management practices and systems: Enable distribution and management of virtual applications by an enterprise without forcing them to change their distribution infrastructure or operational practices.
Preserve App-V virtualization benefits: maintain the App-V virtualization benefits of virtualized execution environments for applications, on-demand deployment, and intelligent delivery of virtual applications and updates.
Better together with Microsoft Systems Management Server: Integration with Microsoft Systems Management Server (SCCM) as the Electronic Software Distribution system of choice provides large organizations the scalability they require for their business.
Standalone operation: Enable App-V clients and virtual applications to be deployed and launched without necessarily requiring a network connection
Device-targeted deployment and management: Enable virtual applications to be deployed on devices in system context, allowing all users of the device to have access to the applications, and allowing the entire device to be managed as a system.
Removal of dual management infrastructure for organizations with existing systems already in place. Enable application virtualization and delivery without requiring the Full App-V management infrastructure, only use the components needed to meet your business requirements.

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