Use the following procedure to create a new add-on or plug-in virtual application package by using the Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer. An add-on or plug-in application is an application that extends the functionality of an application, for example, a plug-in for Microsoft Excel. For more information about the types of applications you can sequence, see How to Determine Which Type of Application to Sequence.
|Before performing the following procedure, install the parent application locally on the computer that is running the sequencer. 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.|
You can also use an existing virtual application package as the parent application. To use an existing virtual application package, use the following procedure before sequencing the new add-on or plug-in.
- To start the App-V Sequencer, on the computer that is running
the App-V Sequencer, click Start / All Programs /
Microsoft Application Virtualization / Microsoft
Application Virtualization Sequencer.
- To expand an existing package to the computer running the
sequencer, click Tools / Expand Package to Local
- Browse to and select the package (.sprj file) that you
want to expand, and then click Open. Continue with the
To sequence a new add-on or plug-in application
To start the App-V Sequencer, on the computer that is running the App-V Sequencer, click Start / All Programs / Microsoft Application Virtualization / Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.
To start the Create New Package Wizard, click Create a New Virtual Application Package. To create the package, select Create Package (default), and click then Next.
On the Prepare Computer page, review the issues that might cause the package creation to fail, or for the package to contain unnecessary data. We strongly recommend that you resolve all potential issues 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.
Important If you are required to disable virus scanning software, scan the computer running the sequencer to ensure that no unwanted or malicious files could be added to the package.
On the Type of Application page, select Add-on or Plug-in, and then click Next.
For more information about the types of applications that you can sequence, see How to Determine Which Type of Application to Sequence.
On the Select Installer page, click Browse and specify the installation file for the add-on or plug-in. 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.
On the Select Primary page, click Browse and specify the parent application.
Important If the parent application that the add-on or plug-in you are installing is going to support has not been installed locally, stop here and install the application on the computer running the sequencer. For example, the Excel.exe program file must be installed locally for a Microsoft Excel plug-in.
On the Package Name page, specify 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 also be displayed in the App-V management console. The Installation Location displays the Application Virtualization path where the application will be installed. To edit this location, select Edit (Advanced).
Important Editing the Application Virtualization path is an advanced configuration task. You should fully understand the implications of changing the path. For most applications, we recommend the default path.
On the Installation page, when the sequencer and application installer are ready, install the plug-in or add-in application so the sequencer can monitor the installation process. Perform the installation by using the application’s 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.
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.
On the Customize page, if you are finished installing and configuring the virtual application, select Stop now and skip to step 14 of this procedure. If you want to customize any of the items in the following list, select Customize.
- Edit the file type associations associated
with an application.
- 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
- Edit the file type associations associated with an application.
On the Edit Shortcuts page, you can optionally configure the file type associations (FTA) that will be associated with the various applications in the package. To create a new FTA, in the left pane, select and expand the application that you want to customize, and then click Add. In the Add File Type Association dialog box, provide the necessary information for the new FTA. Under the application, select Shortcuts to review the shortcut information associated with an application. In the Location pane, you can review the icon file information. To edit an existing FTA, click Edit. To remove an FTA, select the FTA, and then click Remove. Click Next.
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.
Note If you want to 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.
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 then select the operating systems that can run this package. Click Next.
On the Create Package page, to modify the package without saving it, select Continue to modify package without saving using the package editor check box. Selecting 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 the default Save the package now. Optionally, select Comments to 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. The uncompressed package size is displayed. If the package size exceeds 4 GB (uncompressed) and you plan to stream the package to target computers, you must select Compress Package. Click Create.
On the Completion page, after you have reviewed the information that is displayed in the Virtual Application Package Report pane, click Close. The information displayed in the Virtual Application Package Report pane is also available in the directory specified in step 14 of this procedure, in a file named Reports.xml.
The package is now available in the sequencer. Click Edit [Package Name] to edit the package properties. For more information about modifying a package, see How to Modify an Existing Virtual Application Package.
Important After you have successfully created a virtual application package, you cannot run the virtual application package on the computer that is running the sequencer.