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How to Automate the Creation of App-V 5.0 Debug Command Prompts

How to Automate the Creation of App-V 5.0 Debug Command Prompts

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Hi all,

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now and finally have found some time to write it.

Steve Thomas has written a great blog post that describes the new debug mode with the /appvve command shell switch but as described its not a easy process to create those commands.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2013/04/24/app-v-5-0-launching-native-local-processes-within-the-virtual-environment.aspx

Firstly you need to get the package you require using get-appvclientpackage.

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If you have a long list then you need to filter that list by using something like:

get-appvclientpackage RDCMan.001 

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Now we have the packageID and VersionID we then need to create the command, I’ve been using notepad to create mine.

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But I have 38 packages on my machine alone, I don’t want to do this 38 times…..

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You may have guessed…… POWERSHELL to the rescue.

The first thing we need to do is create a directory to create the debug command prompts in, so the snippet below is creating that directory on my desktop.

# Directory to create App-V Debug shortcuts
$Directory = "c:\users\davidfa\Desktop\AppVDebugCMDs"

# Creating Directory Folder
New-Item -ItemType directory -Path $Directory

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Now we have the folder we need to create the debug command prompts and what were going to do is create shortcuts.

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The snippet below is simply filtering for RDCMan.001 using the Get-AppVClientPackage, its then creating variables for different components required for the debug command prompt.

# Getting all client packages registered in the Client Catalog
$Package = Get-AppVClientPackage RDCMan.001

# Variables
$PName = $Package.Name
$PI = [string]$Package.PackageID
$VI = [string]$Package.VersionID
$PD = $PI + "_" + $VI

Now we have everything to create the shortcut. The following code creates the shortcut in the directory, it then specifies the TargetPath and WorkingDirectory and finally creates and saves the shortcut. (Note: These can be customized to whatever path you wish)

$WshShell = New-Object -comObject WScript.Shell
$Shortcut = $WshShell.CreateShortcut("$Directory\$PName DebugCMD.lnk")
$Shortcut.TargetPath = "c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe"
$Shortcut.WorkingDirectory = "C:\windows\System32"
$Shortcut.Arguments = "/appvve:$PD"
$Shortcut.Save()

Once complete and ran in Powershell the debug command prompt is created and ready to use.

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So that's great a single debug command has been created but we haven’t thought about having multiple versions of packages or multiple packages. Heres the answer…..

# Directory to create App-V Debug shortcuts
$Directory = "c:\users\davidfa\Desktop\AppVDebugCMDs"

# Creating Directory Folder
New-Item -ItemType directory -Path $Directory

# Getting all client packages registered in the Client Catalog
$Packages = Get-AppVClientPackage -all

# Looping through each Package and creating a cmd shortcut

foreach($entry in $Packages){

$PName = $entry.Name
$PI = [string]$entry.PackageID
$VI = [string]$entry.VersionID
$Ver = [string]$entry.Version
$PD = $PI + "_" + $VI

$WshShell = New-Object -comObject WScript.Shell
$Shortcut = $WshShell.CreateShortcut("$Directory\$PName $Ver DebugCMD.lnk")
$Shortcut.TargetPath = "c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe"
$Shortcut.WorkingDirectory = "C:\windows\System32"
$Shortcut.Arguments = "/appvve:$PD"
$Shortcut.Save()

}

And there we go, 38 package debug shortcuts created, with the version of the package specified in the name automatically.

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Conclusion

A simple way to automate the creation of your debug command prompts.

Enjoy and hope it helps.

David Falkus | Premier Field Engineer | Application Virtualization

Comments
  • Brilliant, thanks for the tip David! ;)

  • Thanks fo sharing this!

    /vkleinerde

  • Awesome script! This goes out on our App-V Clients. :)

    Just one thing: I see you include the /K argument in the text file, but you dropped it from the script. Putting that in there makes the shortcuts even better as you can fire off a regedit or what you want directly in one command.

    I changed this:

    $Shortcut.Arguments = "/appvve:$PD"

    to this:

    $Shortcut.Arguments = "/K /appvve:$PD"

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