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I strongly recommend using a virtual machine for this that has been snapshotted before running the sequencer. I would also recommend copying down all the installation files before starting the sequencer as well as disabling ANY unused services and functions that are not required.
Start the sequencer
Please note that selecting the installer here will auto run the installer once you start the sequence. If you prefer (as I do normally) then select Perform a custom installation and run your installers manually. This is useful if the application is made up of more than 1 installer package.
This is where the big difference (one of them) comes in with App-V 5. In the old versions of App-V you will remember 2 very annoying things.
- The Q Drive !
- 8.3 Naming Convention
These have gone away with App-V 5. The name for the application can now be descriptive. It does not have to conform to the old 8.3 naming convention.
More importantly the Q drive has gone! The above screen is asking for an installation location, I would recommend putting this on the C Drive of the local machine (e.g. c:\Notepad ++). You WILL need to install the application into this directory so if you have pre-packaged msi files that you are virtualizing then make sure you know the install path prior to running the sequence and enter it here.
If you run the application at this point the system will pick up and sequence any first run settings. This can be useful for accepting license files, disabling auto updates etc. However – be careful as there are certain applications you don’t want to run i.e Outlook, word etc as the first run settings are specific to individual users (initials, mail profiles etc)
This screen can be used to customize the application further or just create a basic package. If you wish to customize further you can edit shortcuts and set feature block 1. This is a whole other topic but in a nutshell it will stream only whats required to run the app for the user initially then pull the rest down in the background. This is useful with larger applications and may require some further reading on your part!
That’s it, once you have the package saved then copy it up to your content share in readiness for publishing.
Hope this was useful.