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How to Create a Package Accelerator

Updated: November 1, 2012

Applies To: Application Virtualization 5.0, Application Virtualization 5.0 SP1, Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2, Application Virtualization 5.0 SP3

App-V 5.0 package accelerators automatically generate new virtual application packages.

You can use PowerShell to create a package accelerator. For more information see How to Create a Package Accelerator by Using PowerShell.

Use the following procedure to create a package accelerator.

Package Accelerators can contain password and user-specific information. Therefore you must save Package Accelerators and the associated installation media in a secure location, and you should digitally sign the Package Accelerator after you create it so that the publisher can be verified when the App-V 5.0 Package Accelerator is applied.

Before you begin the following procedure, you should perform the following:

  • Copy the virtual application package that you will use to create the package accelerator locally to the computer running the sequencer.

  • Copy all required installation files associated with the virtual application package to the computer running the sequencer.

To create a package accelerator

  1. ImportantImportant
    The App-V 5.0 Sequencer does not grant any license rights to the software application you are using to create the Package Accelerator. You must abide by all end user license terms for the application you are using. It is your responsibility to make sure the software application’s license terms allow you to create a Package Accelerator using App-V 5.0 Sequencer.

    To start the App-V 5.0 sequencer, on the computer that is running the sequencer, click Start / All Programs / Microsoft Application Virtualization / Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.

  2. To start the App-V 5.0 Create Package Accelerator wizard, in the App-V 5.0 sequencer console, click Tools / Create Accelerator.

  3. On the Select Package page, to specify an existing virtual application package to use to create the Package Accelerator, click Browse, and locate the existing virtual application package (.appv file).

    Copy the files associated with the virtual application package you plan to use locally to the computer running the Sequencer.

    Click Next.

  4. On the Installation Files page, to specify the folder that contains the installation files that you used to create the original virtual application package, click Browse, and then select the directory that contains the installation files.

    Copy the folder that contains the required installation files to the computer running the Sequencer.

  5. If the application is already installed on the computer running the sequencer, to specify the installation file, select Files installed on local system. To use this option, the application must already be installed in the default installation location.

  6. On the Gathering Information page, review the files that were not found in the location specified on the Installation Files page of this wizard. If the files displayed are not required, select Remove these files, and then click Next. If the files are required, click Previous and copy the required files to the directory specified on the Installation Files page.

    You must either remove the unrequired files, or click Previous and locate the required files to advance to the next page of this wizard.

  7. On the Select Files page, carefully review the files that were detected, and clear any file that should be removed from the package accelerator. Select only files that are required for the application to run successfully, and then click Next.

  8. On the Verify Applications page, confirm that all installation files that are required to build the package are displayed. When the Package Accelerator is used to create a new package, all installation files displayed in the Applications pane are required to create the package.

    If necessary, to add additional Installer files, click Add. To remove unnecessary installation files, select the Installer file, and then click Delete. To edit the properties associated with an installer, click Edit. The installation files specified in this step will be required when the Package Accelerator is used to create a new virtual application package. After you have confirmed the information displayed, click Next.

  9. On the Select Guidance page, to specify a file that contains information about how the Package Accelerator, click Browse. For example, this file can contain information about how the computer running the Sequencer should be configured, application prerequisite information for target computers, and general notes. You should provide all required information for the Package Accelerator to be successfully applied. The file you select must be in rich text (.rtf) or text file (.txt) format. Click Next.

  10. On the Create Package Accelerator page, to specify where to save the Package Accelerator, click Browse and select the directory.

  11. On the Completion page, to close the Create Package Accelerator wizard, click Close.

    To help ensure that the package accelerator is as secure as possible, and so that the publisher can be verified when the package accelerator is applied, you should always digitally sign the package accelerator.

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