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Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) Beta Documentation Available on Microsoft Download Center

Microsoft posted for download a documentation for its coming Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) beta technology.

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) builds on the technology used in client Application Virtualization, allowing for the separation of application configuration and state from the underlying operating system in a data center environment.

Server App-V converts traditional server applications into “XCopyable” images without requiring code changes to the applications themselves. The conversion process is accomplished using the Server App-V Sequencer. When the server application is sequenced, the configuration settings, services and resources that the application uses are detected and stored.

The sequenced application can then be coupled with an OS image and a configuration. The application images and associated configuration can then be deployed to a server or servers with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and managed on top of the Server App-V Agent.

Server App-V builds on the client application virtualization technology that Microsoft currently makes available as part of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), company officials have said.

Server App-V and the coming Azure VM role technology are both examples of some of the first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technologies from Microsoft. Windows Azure is more of a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) platorm.

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