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App-V 4.6 SP1 – the right Sequencing Wizard | June 1, 2011


The new App-V Sequencer 4.6 SP1 introduces – besides new features – a set of new wizards. While in the „old“ Sequencers, basically there were three different
wizards (New; Open; Open for Upgrade), there are 7 wizards available within 4.6 SP1. To increase confusion, most of these wizards contain choices that influence the Sequencing process. Depending on those process choices, some wizard steps will be skipped.

After working with the new Sequencer for a while now I tried to figure out which wizard allows (or prevents) certain activities.

The following table compares the wizards based on the main Sequencing tasks:

Task description

Install / Monitoring

This wizard allows to set the Sequencing machine into „monitoring“  mode that allows you to install applications, apply updates or perform other system changes that should become part of the App-V package.

Configure Applications

This wizard allows to launch the application after the actual Monitoring to pre-configure the application for „most users“. Typical tasks include confirming License Agreements, disabling Splash Screens, disabling Updates and pre-configure the most common application settings.

Edit Shortcuts

This wizard allows to adjust the name of the application shortcut as it appears in the user session, modify the shortcut locations and configure File Type Associations (FTAs). Adding or removing „shortcuts“ causes OSD files to be created or removed.

Optimize for Streaming  (FB1)

This wizard allows to launch the application(s) in order to determine the blocks that are important for
launching the application(s). Blocks that were read during this wizard are marked as „Feature Block 1 (FB1)“. Feature Block 1 components are the first ones that are streamed down to the client.

Specify Operating System

This wizard allows to select a list of Operating Systems that should be compatible with the application. Also, it allows to select the application to be offered on „any“ Operating Systems. This task also can be performed using the Sequencer Editor.

Sequencer Editor (also called „Tabbed Editor“ or „Tab View“)

This wizard allows to modify items like Package Name, Virtual Registry, Files within the package (including adding new files to the VFS section), modifying Virtual Services‘ settings as well as modifying the OSD file(s).

Recommendation

If you want to create a very new package, you should start with the „Create Package / Standard Application“ wizard. It includes the tasks that are required to create new Standard Applications, Plug-Ins and Middleware App-V Packages.

If you want to modify an existing package you should determine if you just need to make some smaller modifications or if you need to launch the Monitoring again. For smaller modifications, „Edit Package“ is sufficient. For extended modifications, „Add new Applications“ would be the choice with a higher flexibility (that also allows to „update“ applications).

When using Package Accelerators, basically there is no choice because that method uses a very specific wizard. For certain tasks (like Shortcut modification, Registry manipulation or others) you may need to re-open that „accelerated“ package again.

Also, if you are somewhat experienced with older Sequencers, you may find the following choices useful:

In the „Customize“ window, select „Customize“. This allows you to access the Edit Shortcuts, Optimize for Streaming and the Select Operating System tasks.

In the „Document the package…“ step, select to „Continue to modify package“. This allows using the Sequencer Editor:

Additional information

For a detailed flow chart of the new App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer, check out Tim Mangan’s eBook: http://www.tmurgent.com/Books/Default.aspx

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