Topic Last Updated—August 2008

For Configuration Manager 2007 client computers to run virtual application packages you must install the appropriate version of the Microsoft Application Virtualization Client. You can use a package definition file to install the Microsoft Application Virtualization Client. Package definition files are scripts that help automate package creation with Configuration Manager 2007. For more information about package definition files, see About Package Definition Files. You must use the AppVirtMgmtClient.sms file to create the package definition file. After you create the package definition file you must add the package to a distribution point and advertise the package to the computers you want to install it on. For more information about adding packages to a distribution point see How to Manage Distribution Points.

The Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client requires the following prerequisites be installed on the Configuration Manager 2007 client computer:

The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Configuration Manager 2007 R3.

To install the Microsoft Virtual Application Virtualization Desktop Client

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Software Distribution.

  2. If necessary, expand the Software Distribution node and select Packages. To open the Create Package from Definition Wizard, right-click Packages, and then click New / Package From Definition.

  3. On the welcome page, click Next.

  4. On the Package Definition page, to specify the publisher and definition for the new package, click Browse. Locate and select the AppVirtMgmtClient.sms file. The default location for the AppVirtMgmtClient.sms file is <ConfigMgrInstallationPath> \ SMS \ Tools \ VirtualApp \ AppVirtMgmtClient.sms. The Name, Version, and Language associated with the specified .sms file are displayed in the Package definition pane. Click Next.

  5. On the Source Files page, select Always obtain files from a source directory to help ensure the latest version of the client software will be available, and then click Next.

  6. On the Source Directory page, specify the directory that contains the source files for the package. This is the directory that contains the Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client or the Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services installation file depending on the version of the client you are planning to install. Specify the source location by providing the UNC path. Alternatively, click Browse to specify the location that contains the setup files for the type of client you want to install. Click Next.

  7. On the Summary page, review the Details for the package definition file. To create the package definition file and close the wizard, click Finish. To access the new package select the Packages node and the package will be available in the results pane.

  8. If you installed the Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services client, after the package has been created, you should select the Packages node, right-click the package in the in the Results pane and select Properties. On the General tab, update the Name of the package so that it reflects that it is the terminal services version of the client.

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