Traditionally, packaging an application for deployment through Server App-V has involved installing your application while the Sequencer monitors its progress and packages the results. Today, we are introducing the Server App-V Remote Application Packager which allows you to package an already installed application following the basic workflow below.
That easy and your natively installed applications can now enjoy the benefits of easy and flexible deployment using Server App-V and VMM Service Templates.
The traditional sequencing process may not always be an option in your environment. For example, you may not have the application’s installer or the application’s installation and configuration requirements. Virtualizing an application provides numerous deployment advantages and the tool is a great facility to achieve this especially if any of the following scenarios apply:
Enter the Server App-V Remote Application Packager.
The first phase the tool performs is determining the applications that are candidates for packaging. Most applications make entries in the registry that allow the tool to generate a list of the applications installed on the remote machine. After that, the following criteria are applied:
If the criteria are satisfied, the application is presented as a candidate application for packaging.
The remote application packager uses a variety of techniques to gather information from the remote machine. Most of the information is gathered using built-in remote management capabilities such as WMI, remote registry, remote SCM and administrative shares. The exception is IIS content which relies on the web deployment tool (the tool needs to be installed on both machines).
There are 3 steps performed:
The tool is available here. We hope you try it and let us know if you have any questions or issues.
Derrick Isoka - Program Manager, Server Application Virtualization