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How to Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package

Updated: December 8, 2014

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

This topic explains how to:

Before you update a package:

  • Ensure that you’ve installed the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer, which is required for modifying a virtual application package. To install the App-V Sequencer, see How to Install the Sequencer.

  • Save the .appv file in a secure location and always trust the source before trying to open the package for editing.

  • The Managing Authority section is erroneously removed from the deployment configuration file when you update a package. Before starting the update, copy the Managing Authority section from the existing deployment configuration file, and then paste the copied section into the new configuration file after the conversion is complete.

  • If you click Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package in the Sequencer in order to edit a package, but then make no changes and close the package, the streaming behavior of the package is changed. The primary feature block is removed from the StreamMap.xml file, and any files that were listed in the publishing feature block are removed. Users who receive the edited package experience that package as if it were stream-faulted, regardless of how the original package was configured.

Update an application in an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs, 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 > Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Update Application in Existing Package > 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 cause the updated application to contain unnecessary data. Resolve all potential issues before you continue. After making any corrections and resolving all potential issues, click Refresh > Next.

    ImportantImportant
    If you are required to disable virus scanning software, 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 if you plan to run all installation steps manually, select the Select this option to perform a custom installation check box, 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 associate 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.

Modify the properties associated with an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs, 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 > Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Edit Package > 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 finish changing the package properties, click File > Save to save the package.

Add a new application to an existing virtual application package

  1. On the computer that runs the sequencer, click All Programs, 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 > Next.

  3. On the Select Task page, click Add New Application > 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 cause the revised package to contain unnecessary data. Resolve all potential issues before you continue. After making any corrections and resolving all potential issues, click Refresh > Next.

    ImportantImportant
    If you are required to disable virus scanning software, 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 Select this option to perform a custom installation check box, and then click Next.

  7. On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready, install the application so that 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 finish the installation, select I am finished installing > Next. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, specify the primary directory where the application will be installed. Ensure that this is a new location so that you don’t 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 completes 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, and then click Next to open the Customize page.

  10. 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.

    If you are customizing, prepare the virtual package for streaming, and then click Next. Streaming improves the experience when the virtual application package is run on target computers.

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

    To save the package immediately, select the default Save the package now. Add optional Comments to associate 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.



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