App-V 5.0 Sequencing Decision Matrix

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Below is a potentially helpful decision chart for considerations when choosing to have an App-V package vs. keeping an application native (local install).  I had originally created it in October 2013 for my webcast with BDNA.  But since that time, an even better flowchart has been created by Rory Monaghan, that I encourage you to visit review on his blog at


App-V 5.0 SP2

Native Application

DCOM Objects Minimal or unused Critical functionality
Integration points with other applications Minimal or if there is not time/resource restraints If complex or if there are time/resource restraints
Application installed size Less than 4 GB Greater than 4 GB
Drivers If drivers are not required at system boot, and have an automated install mechanism. If drivers are required at system boot, or has complex driver automation
Application requires updated versions frequently App-V application when users do not have the ability to update themselves Native application when users have the ability to update themselves
Application compatibility fixes necessary Successful bundling of a shim within the App-V package Not successful bundling of the shim within App-V package
Services Normal services that run in their own process and are not required at system boot Shared services that run inside svchost.exe or are required at system boot
Middleware Middleware application that is only required by other virtualized apps Middleware application that is required by both native and virtualized apps
Licensing Single license can be embedded or added later Multiple licenses that can only be used at install time
Vendor support for the application virtualized If yes or if low risk If no and risk cannot be taken
Multiple versions of application to be used Yes if other App-V have been criteria met Possible if no conflicts between multiple versions at once
Conflicts between multiple versions of applications Yes if other App-V have been criteria met N/a
Shell Extensions Yes if other App-V have been criteria met When App-V criteria cannot be met
Compatibility issues with other applications Yes if other App-V have been criteria met N/a

3 thoughts on “App-V 5.0 Sequencing Decision Matrix

    Rorymon said:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You can sequence apps that are larger than 4GB with App-V 5.0. Do you just not recommend it?

      N. Moseley responded:
      February 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Rory, that is a good observation, thanks for pointing that out. I compiled this list based upon past information and/or experience. For the package size, I’ve had both success and complications with some packages that were between the 4-5 GB mark. So you’re right in that it’s not a hard limit and could certainly work.

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