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How to Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package

Updated: November 1, 2012

Applies To: Application Virtualization 5.0

This topic includes procedures to modify an existing virtual application package: update an application in the package; modify properties associated with the package; and add a new application to the package. Each of these procedures is described in its own section, following in this topic.

You must have the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer installed to be able to modify a virtual application package. For more information about installing the App-V Sequencer, see How to Install the Sequencer.

ImportantImportant
Before you modify a virtual application package, you should save the .appv file in a secure location and always trust the source before attempting to open the package for editing.

To update an application in an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs and then point to Microsoft Application Virtualization, and then click Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

  2. In the App-V Sequencer, click Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package, and then click Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Update Application in Existing Package, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Package page, click Browse to locate the virtual application package that contains the application to update, and then click Next.

  5. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that could cause the application update to fail or could cause the updated application to contain unnecessary data. You should resolve all potential issues before you continue. After making any corrections, click Refresh to display the updated information. After you have resolved all potential issues, click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    If you are required to disable virus scanning software, you should first scan the computer that runs the sequencer to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files are added to the package.

  6. On the Select Installer page, click Browse and specify the update installation file for the application. If the update does not have an associated installer file and you plan to run all installation steps manually, select the check box Select this option to perform a custom installation, and then click Next.

  7. On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready you can proceed to install the application update so the sequencer can monitor the installation process. If additional installation files must be run as part of the installation, click Run, and then locate and run the additional installation files. When you are finished with the installation, select I am finished installing. Click Next.

    noteNote
    The sequencer monitors all changes and installations that occur on the computer that runs the sequencer. This includes any changes and installations that are performed outside of the sequencing wizard.

  8. On the Installation Report page, you can review information about the updated virtual application. In Additional Information, double-click the event to obtain more detailed information. To proceed, click Next.

  9. On the Streaming page, run each program so that it can be optimized and run more efficiently on target computers. It can take several minutes for all of the applications to run. After all applications have run, close each of the applications, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    You can stop an application from loading during this step. In the Application Launch dialog box, click Stop, and then select either Stop all applications or Stop this application only.

  10. On the Create Package page, to modify the package without saving it, select the check box for Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor. When you select this option, the package opens in the App-V Sequencer console where you can modify the package before it is saved. Click Next.

    To save the package immediately, select the default Save the package now. Add optional Comments to be associated with the package. Comments are useful to identify the application version and provide other information about the package. The default Save Location is also displayed. To change the default location, click Browse and specify the new location. Click Create.

  11. On the Completion page, click Close to close the wizard. The package is now available in the sequencer.

To modify the properties associated with an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs and then point to Microsoft Application Virtualization, and then click Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

  2. In the App-V Sequencer, click Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package, and then click Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Edit Package, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Package page, click Browse to locate the virtual application package that contains the application properties to modify, and then click Edit.

  5. In the App-V Sequencer console, perform any of the following tasks as needed:

    • View package properties.

    • View associated package files.

    • Edit registry settings.

    • Review additional package settings (except operating system file properties).

    • Set virtualized registry key state (override or merge).

    • Set virtualized folder state.

    • Add or edit shortcuts and file type associations.

      noteNote
      To edit shortcuts or file type associations you must first open the package for upgrade to add a new application and then proceed to the final editing page.

  6. When you are done modifying the package properties, click File / Save to save the package.

To add a new application to an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs and then point to Microsoft Application Virtualization, and then click Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

  2. In the App-V Sequencer, click Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package, and then click Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Add New Application, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Package page, click Browse to locate the virtual application package to which you will add the application, and then click Next.

  5. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that could cause the package creation to fail or could cause the revised package to contain unnecessary data. You should resolve all potential issues before you continue. After making any corrections, click Refresh to display the updated information. After you have resolved all potential issues, click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    If you are required to disable virus scanning software, you should first scan the computer that runs the sequencer to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files can be added to the package.

  6. On the Select Installer page, click Browse and specify the installation file for the application. If the application does not have an associated installer file and you plan to run all installation steps manually, select the check box Select this option to perform a custom installation, and then click Next.

  7. On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready you can proceed to install the application so the sequencer can monitor the installation process. If additional installation files must be run as part of the installation, click Run, and locate and run the additional installation files. When you are finished with the installation, select I am finished installing, and then click Next. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, specify the primary directory where the application will be installed. This should be a new location so that you do not overwrite the existing version of the virtual application package.

    noteNote
    The sequencer monitors all changes and installations that occur on the computer that runs the sequencer. This includes any changes and installations that are performed outside of the sequencing wizard.

  8. On the Configure Software page, optionally run the programs contained in the package. This step helps complete any associated license or configuration tasks that are required to run the application before you deploy and run the package on target computers. To run all the programs at the same time, select at least one program, and then click Run All. To run specific programs, select the program or programs you want to run, and then click Run Selected. Complete the required configuration tasks and then close the applications. It can take several minutes for all programs to run. Click Next.

  9. On the Installation Report page, you can review information about the updated virtual application. In Additional Information, double-click the event to obtain more detailed information. To proceed, click Next.

  10. The Customize page is now displayed. If you are finished installing and configuring the virtual application, select Stop now and skip to step 13 of this procedure. If you want to perform the following described customization, click Customize.

    • Prepare the virtual package for streaming. Streaming improves the experience when the virtual application package is run on target computers.

    Click Next.

  11. On the Streaming page, run each program so that it can be optimized and run more efficiently on target computers. It can take several minutes for all the applications to run. After all applications have run, close each of the applications, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    You can stop an application from loading during this step. In the Application Launch dialog box, click Stop and then select either Stop all applications or Stop this application only.

  12. The Create Package page is displayed. To modify the package without saving it, select the check box for Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor. When you select this option, the package opens in the App-V Sequencer console where you can modify the package before it is saved. Click Next.

    To save the package immediately, select the default Save the package now. Add optional Comments to be associated with the package. Comments are useful for providing application versions and other information about the package. The default Save Location is also displayed. To change the default location, click Browse and specify the new location. The uncompressed package size is displayed. Click Create.

  13. On the Completion page, click Close. The package is now available in the sequencer.

See Also

Other Resources

Operations for App-V 5.0

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