Installing and managing a virtual software layer with a Software Virtualization task

Article:HOWTO48667  |  Created: 2011-04-07  |  Updated: 2011-04-07  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO48667
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Installing and managing a virtual software layer with a Software Virtualization task

(Windows only)

You can create a Software Virtualization task to deliver and install a virtual software archive (VSA) file on managed computers. You can also use a Software Virtualization task to manage any virtual software layer regardless of how the layer was created.

A Software Virtualization task contains a command line for the specified virtual software layer. When the task runs on a client computer, it executes the command line that performs an action on the layer. Each action requires a separate task, including the installation.

See Actions that you can perform on a virtual software layer.

Table: Process for managing a virtual software layer with a Software Virtualization task

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Create a Software Virtualization task.

When you create the task, you select the command to perform and the layer on which to perform the command.

If you install (import) a layer, you must select a VSA file. If you perform any other command, you can specify any existing layer.

See Creating a task in Software Management Solution.

See Software Virtualization settings.

Step 2

(Optional) Change the task settings.

Every task inherits the default settings that control how the task runs. You can override the default settings for a particular task.

See Advanced options for tasks in Software Management Solution.

Step 3

Schedule the task and select the delivery destinations.

Define the schedule and the delivery destinations every time you run the task.

Your options for scheduling the task are as follows:

  • Run the task now.

    This option runs the task as soon as possible, unless it must wait for a maintenance window.

  • Schedule the task to run at a specific time.

See Scheduling a task and selecting computers in Software Management Solution.

Step 4

View the Virtualized Software Resources reports.

You can use the reports to monitor the state of virtual applications. These reports are listed under the Software reports.

See Running a Software Management Solution report.

See Managing virtual applications


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