How to Sequence a New Server Application


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

To sequence a new application

  1. To start the Server App-V Sequencer, on the computer that is running Sequencer select, Start / All Programs / Microsoft Application Virtualization / Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

  2. Select Create a New Virtual Application Package.

  3. On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that could cause the package update to fail, or for the package update to contain unnecessary data. It is strongly recommend that you resolve all potential problems before you continue. After you have fixed the conflicts, to update the information displayed, click Refresh. After you have resolved all potential issues, click Next.

    System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

    If you have to disable virus-scanning software, you should scan the computer that is running the Sequencer to make ensure there are no unwanted or malicious files that might be added to the package.

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

  5. On the Package Name page, specify a name that will be associated with the package. The name that you specified should help identify the purpose and version of the application that will be added to the package.

    System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

    The name you specify must be unique across the enterprise.

    The Installation Location displays the Application Virtualization path where the application will be installed to. To edit this location select Edit (Advanced).

    System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

    Editing the Application Virtualization path is an advanced configuration task. You should fully understand the implications of changing the path. For most applications, the default path is recommended.

    Click Next.

  6. On the Installation page, when the Sequencer and application installer are ready, install the application to the package root you selected (typically Q:\) so that the Sequencer can monitor the installation process. Perform the installation by using the application’s installation process.

    System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

    If the application you are sequencing requires Dcomcnfg.exe as part of the installation, you should run it during the configuration phase (Step 8 of this procedure), not during the monitoring phase.

    If there are additional installation files that 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. Click Next.

    System_CAPS_ICON_tip.jpg Tip

    Instead of clicking the Run button, you can minimize the Sequencer and perform any additional required installation steps directly on the computer running the Sequencer. This is because the Sequencer is monitoring all system activity, whether or not it originates from within the Sequencer user interface (UI).

  7. On the Installation page, wait while the Sequencer configures the virtual application package.

  8. On the Configure Software page, optionally run the programs that are contained in the package. This step is helpful for completing any associated license or configuration tasks that are required to run the application before you deploy and run the package. To run all the programs at the same time click Run All. To run specific programs select the program or programs that you want to run, and 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 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. On the Create Package page, optionally add Comments that will be associated with the package. Comments are useful for identifying version 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. Click Create.

  11. On the Completion page, after you have reviewed the information displayed in the Virtual Application Package Report pane, click Close.

    The package is now available in the Sequencer console.

  12. In the Sequencer console, to save the package select Package / Save. Assign a name to the package and also specify where the package should be saved.

    System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

    Virtual application packages can contain sensitive information, for example usernames and passwords. You should always save virtual application packages in a secure location.

    After you have created a virtual application package, for information about the sequencing process you can review Reports.xml file which is located in the directory specified in Step 10 page of the Create New Package wizard.

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