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How to Sequence a New Application with App-V 5.0

Updated: November 1, 2012

Applies To: Application Virtualization 5.0

The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 Sequencer enables you to create the following three types of virtualized application packages:

  • Standard application

  • Add-on or plug-in

  • Middleware

Use the following table to help determine which type of application you are sequencing.

 

Application type Description  

Standard

Select this option to create a package that contains an application or a suite of applications. This is the preferred option for most application types.

Add-on or plug-in

Select this option to create a package that extends the functionality of a standard application. For example: a plug-in for Microsoft Excel. Additionally, you can use plug-ins for natively installed applications, or for another package that is linked by the use of App-V 5.0 connection groups.

Middleware

Select this option to create a package that is required by a standard application, for example, Java. Middleware packages are used for linking to other packages by using connection groups.

If an application installer modifies security access to a file or directory, existing or new, that those changes are not captured into the package.

Use the following procedures to create new virtualized application packages based on the type of application you are sequencing.

ImportantImportant
You should copy all required installation files to the computer running the sequencer before you begin any of the following procedures. You should also capture a backup image of your virtual environment before sequencing an application, and then revert to that image each time you complete sequencing an application.

When you sequence an application, if the target volume for the App-V 5.0 virtualized packages has short-paths disabled, you must also sequence the package to a volume that was created and still has short-paths disabled. It must not be the system volume.

To sequence a new standard application

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

  2. In the sequencer, click Create a New Virtual Application Package. Select Create Package (default), and then click Next.

  3. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that could cause the package creation to fail or could cause the 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 in order to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files could be added to the package.

  4. On the Type of Application page, click the Standard Application (default) check box, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Installer page, click Browse and specify the installation file for the application.

    noteNote
    If the specified application installer modifies security access to a file or directory, existing or new, the associated changes will not be captured into the package.

    If the application does not have an associated installer file and you plan to run all installation steps manually, select the Perform a Custom Installation check box, and then Click Next.

  6. On the Package Name page, type a name that will be associated with the package. Use a name that helps identify the purpose and version of the application that will be added to the package. The package name is displayed in the App-V 5.0 Management Console. The Primary Virtual Application Directory displays the path where the application will be installed on target computers. To specify this location, select Browse.

    ImportantImportant
    The primary application virtual directory should match the installation location for the application that is being sequenced. For example, if you install Notepad to C:\Program Files\Notepad; you should configure C:\Program Files\Notepad as your primary virtual directory. Alternatively, you can choose to set C:\Notepad as the primary virtual application directory, as long as during installation time, you configure the installer to install to C:\Notepad. Editing the Application Virtualization path is an advanced configuration task. For most applications, the default path is recommended for the following reasons:

    • Application Compatibility. Some virtualized applications will not function correctly, or will fail to open if the directories are not configured with identical virtual directory paths.

    • Performance. Since no file system redirection is required, the runtime performance can improve.

    TipTip
    It is recommended that prior to Sequencing an application, you open the associated installer to determine the default installation directory, and then configure that location as the Primary Virtual Application Directory.

    Click Next.

  7. On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready you can proceed to install the application so that the sequencer can monitor the installation process.

    ImportantImportant
    You should always install applications to a secure location and make sure no other users are logged on to the computer running the sequencer during monitoring.

    Use the application's installation process to perform the installation. If additional installation files must be run as part of the installation, click Run to locate and run the additional installation files. When you are finished with the installation, select I am finished installing. Click Next.

  8. On the Installation page, wait while the sequencer configures the virtualized application package.

  9. On the Configure Software page, optionally run the programs contained in the package. This step allows you to complete any necessary license or configuration tasks before you deploy and run the package on target computers. To run all the programs at one time, select at least one program, and then click Run All. To run specific programs, select the program or programs, and then click Run Selected. Complete the required configuration tasks and then close the applications. You may need to wait several minutes for all programs to run.

    noteNote
    To run first-use tasks for any application that is not available in the list, open the application. The associated information will be captured during this step.

    Click Next.

  10. On the Installation Report page, you can review information about the virtualized application package you have just sequenced. In Additional Information, double-click an event to obtain more detailed information. To proceed, click Next.

  11. The Customize page is displayed. If you are finished installing and configuring the virtual application, select Stop now and skip to step 14 of this procedure. To perform either of the following customizations, select Customize.

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

    • Specify the operating systems that can run this package.

    Click Next.

  12. 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
    If you do not open any applications during this step, the default streaming method is on-demand streaming delivery. This means applications will be downloaded bit by bit until it can be opened, and then depending on how the background loading is configured, will load the rest of the application.

  13. On the Target OS page, specify the operating systems that can run this package. To allow all supported operating systems in your environment to run this package, select Allow this package to run on any operating system. To configure this package to run only on specific operating systems, select Allow this package to run only on the following operating systems and select the operating systems that can run this package. Click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    Make sure that the operating systems you specify here are supported by the application you are sequencing.

  14. The Create Package page is displayed. To modify the package without saving it, select Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor. This option opens the package in the sequencer console so that you can modify the package before it is saved. Click Next.

    To save the package immediately, select Save the package now (default). Add optional Comments to be associated with the package. Comments are useful for identifying the program version and other information about the package.

    ImportantImportant
    The system does not support non-printable characters in Comments and Descriptions.

    The default Save Location is also displayed on this page. To change the default location, click Browse and specify the new location. Click Create.

  15. The Completion page is displayed. Review the information in the Virtual Application Package Report pane as needed, then click Close. This information is also available in the Report.xml file that is located in the directory where the package was created.

    The package is now available in the sequencer.

    ImportantImportant
    After you have successfully created a virtual application package, you cannot run the virtual application package on the computer that is running the sequencer.

To sequence an add-on or plug-in application

  1. noteNote
    Before performing the following procedure, install the parent application locally on the computer that is running the sequencer. Or if you have the parent application virtualized, you can follow the steps in the add-on or plug-in workflow to unpack the parent application on the computer.

    For example, if you are sequencing a plug-in for Microsoft Excel, install Microsoft Excel locally on the computer that is running the sequencer. Also install the parent application in the same directory where the application is installed on target computers. If the plug-in or add-on is going to be used with an existing virtual application package, install the application on the same virtual application drive that was used when you created the parent virtual application package.

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

  2. In the sequencer, click Create a New Virtual Application Package. Select Create Package (default), and then click Next.

  3. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that might cause the package creation to fail or could cause the 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 in order to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files could be added to the package.

  4. On the Type of Application page, select Add-on or Plug-in, and then click Next.

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

  6. On the Install Primary page, ensure that the primary application is installed on the computer that runs the sequencer. Alternatively, you can expand an existing package that has been saved locally on the computer that runs the sequencer. To do this, click Expand Package, and then select the package. After you have expanded or installed the parent program, select I have installed the primary parent program.

    Click Next.

  7. On the Package Name page, type a name that will be associated with the package. Use a name that helps identify the purpose and version of the application that will be added to the package. The package name will be displayed in the App-V 5.0 Management Console. The Primary Virtual Application Directory displays the path where the application will be installed. To specify this location, type the path, or click Browse.

    Click Next.

  8. On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready you can proceed to install the plug-in or add-in application so the sequencer can monitor the installation process. Use the application's installation process to perform the installation. 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.

  9. On the Installation Report page, you can review information about the virtual application package that you just sequenced. For a more detailed explanation about the information displayed in Additional Information, double-click the event. After you have reviewed the information, click Next.

  10. The Customize page is displayed. If you are finished installing and configuring the virtual application, select Stop now and skip to step 12 of this procedure. To perform either of the following customizations, select Customize.

    • Optimize how the package will run across a slow or unreliable network.

    • Specify the operating systems that can run this package.

    Click Next.

  11. On the Streaming page, run each program so that it can be optimized and run more efficiently on target computers. Streaming improves the experience when the virtual application package is run on target computers on high-latency networks. It can take several minutes for all the applications to run. After all applications have run, close each of the applications. You can also configure the package to be required to be fully downloaded before opening by selecting the Force applications to be downloaded check-box. Click Next.

    noteNote
    If necessary, you can stop an application from loading during this step. In the Application Launch dialog box, click Stop and select one of the check boxes: Stop all applications or Stop this application only.

  12. On the Target OS page, specify the operating systems that can run this package. To allow all supported operating systems in your environment to run this package, select the Allow this package to run on any operating system check box. To configure this package to run only on specific operating systems, select the Allow this package to run only on the following operating systems check box, and then select the operating systems that can run this package. Click Next.

  13. The Create Package page is displayed. To modify the package without saving it, select Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor check box. This option opens the package in the sequencer console so that you can modify the package before it is saved. Click Next.

    To save the package immediately, select Save the package now. Optionally, add a Description that will be associated with the package. Descriptions are useful for identifying the version and other information about the package.

    ImportantImportant
    The system does not support non-printable characters in Comments and Descriptions.

    The default Save Location is also displayed on this page. To change the default location, click Browse and specify the new location. Click Create.

To sequence a middleware application

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

  2. In the sequencer, click Create a New Virtual Application Package. Select Create Package (default), and then click Next.

  3. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that could cause the package creation to fail or could cause the 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 App-V 5.0 Sequencer in order to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files can be added to the package.

  4. On the Type of Application page, select Middleware, and then click Next.

  5. 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 Select this option to perform a custom installation check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Package Name page, type a name that will be associated with the package. Use a name that helps identify the purpose and version of the application that will be added to the package. The package name is displayed in the App-V 5.0 Management Console. The Primary Virtual Application Directory displays the path where the application will be installed. To specify this location, type the path or click Browse.

    Click Next.

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

  8. On the Installation page, wait while the sequencer configures the virtual application package.

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

  10. On the Target OS page, specify the operating systems that can run this package. To enable all supported operating systems in your environment to run this package, select the Allow this package to run on any operating system check box. To configure this package to run only on specific operating systems, select the Allow this package to run only on the following operating systems check box and select the operating systems that can run this package. Click Next.

  11. On the Create Package page is displayed. To modify the package without saving it, select Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor. This option opens the package in the sequencer console so that you can modify the package before it is saved. Click Next.

    To save the package immediately, select Save the package now. Optionally, add a Description to be associated with the package. Descriptions are useful for identifying the program version and other information about the package.

    ImportantImportant
    The system does not support non-printable characters in Comments and Descriptions.

    The default Save Location is also displayed on this page. To change the default location, click Browse and specify the new location. Click Create.

  12. The Completion page is displayed. Review the information in the Virtual Application Package Report pane as needed, then click Close. This information is also available in the Report.xml file that is located in the directory specified in step 11 of this procedure.

    The package is now available in the sequencer. To edit the package properties, click Edit [Package Name].

    ImportantImportant
    After you have successfully created a virtual application package, you cannot run the virtual application package on the computer that is running the sequencer.

See Also

Other Resources

Operations for App-V 5.0

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