How to virtualize an application for SCCM
As companies are continuing to rollout Windows 7 and move away from Windows XP, there may be some applications that only run under Windows XP that are holding back the rollout. This post will show how to virtualize an application so that it can run in a Windows 7 environment.
First you will need to start the Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer.
Fill in the package information then Click Next.
At this point the wizard is ready to begin to monitor any changes to the environment during the installation. When ready Click Begin Monitoring.
The monitoring will take a few moments to prepare.
A wizard will appear asking to point to the source location of the installation file (i.e.: exe). Launch the installation and point the directory to install to where to install the files. In this case my installation will occur in C:\Citrix10.001\.
Walk through the rest of your installation wizard installing the components you want and putting in the licensing information you need.
When the installation finishes, close out of the application you just installed but not the sequencer itself.
Click on stop monitoring.
At this point the monitoring process has finished. Click Next.
In this package no additional files are needed. Click next.
The shortcuts can be configured for the applications that are part of the installation. In this example the shortcuts will be added to the desktop.
After configuring the applications it is recommended to launch the applications to ensure that they are optimized for application streaming.
Click next to sequence the package.
Once the sequenced file is saved in the installation folder, you can now copy the contents of this folder to your location where you share out applications to your SCCM server.
From your SCCM Server, browse to Software> Software Distribution> Packages> Virtual Applications then click New > Virtual Application Package from the action menu on the right.
The following wizard will pop up, point to the location of the application manifest. This file resides in the folder that you sequenced the package in the previous steps. Click Next.
Fill in the package information. Click Next.
Provide a data destination directory for the package.
Note: this is different than the source directory. It just needs to be a blank folder that is shared. The wizard will place the package source files in this folder.
The security page will appear. Adjust any Security settings you need to adjust. Click Next.
Add to your distribution points to where this package should be placed.
Advertising a Virtual Application
Browse to your advertisements and from the actions pane select New > Advertisement > Advertisement. Fill in the information and select the virtual app you wish to advertise. Click Next.
Schedule the advertisement as desired.
In this example the Application will be streamed from the distribution point. Click Next.
Configure the Interaction as desired. Click Next.
Your client will see the advertisement available (when the window is open) and when the client check in. to force a client to check in and grab the advertisement ASAP, initiate a “machine policy evaluation and update cycle” . If the Virtual application has been configured to place shortcuts on the desktop, they will appear there and the users then can launch the virtualized application.