Creating an application layer using single program capture

Article:HOWTO50178  |  Created: 2011-04-18  |  Updated: 2011-09-26  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO50178
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Creating an application layer using single program capture

You can create an application layer by capturing the installation of an application. The single program capture method is the recommended capture method. You should use this method unless it does not let you properly capture the installation of an application.

See Methods for capturing virtual software layers

With the single program capture method, you can capture an application's installation directly or from the command-line window. When you capture installations from the command-line window, you can capture multiple installations into a single layer and perform post-installation configurations of an application. When you capture an installation directly, you can only capture that installation.

You can also create a batch file that contains the command for starting each installation. You would then run the batch file instead of an installation program.

Before you create an application layer you must deactivate all layers on the computer.

To capture an application layer with single program capture

  1. Start the SWV Admin tool.

  2. Click Start > All Programs > Symantec > Workspace > Virtualization > Symantec Workspace Virtualization Admin.

  3. In the SWV Admin tool, on the File menu, click New Layer.

  4. On the first panel, click Install application, and then click Next.

  5. On the second dialog box, type a name for the layer, and then click Next. Layer names are limited to 50 characters.

  6. On the Capture dialog box, do the following tasks:

    • Click Single program capture.

    • Click Browse and select the setup file.

      This file can be an EXE or an MSI.

    • (Optional) Type parameters for running the setup file.

    • Click Next.

    • Click Finish.

      A rotating icon appears in the system tray.

  7. To capture the installation, work through the installation dialog boxes to complete the capture.

    You must exit all processes that the installation starts (for example, a system tray application) before the capture process is complete.

  8. (Optional) If an installation has an option to launch the application at the end of the installation, do the following tasks:

    • Select the option to open the application.

    • When the application opens, make changes to the default settings of the application.

      Because the installer opens the application, you are still in capture mode and the changes are captured.

    • Close the application to complete the capture.

    The layer now appears in the SWV Admin tool.

To capture an application installation from the command-line window

  1. Start the SWV Admin tool.

  2. Click Start > All Programs > Symantec > Workspace > Virtualization > Symantec Workspace Virtualization Admin.

  3. In the SWV Admin tool, on the File menu, click New Layer.

  4. On the first dialog box, click Install application, and then click Next.

  5. On the second dialog box, type a name for the layer, and then click Next. Layer names are limited to 50 characters.

  6. On the Capture dialog box, do the following tasks:

    • Click Single program capture.

    • Click Browse, and then locate and click cmd.exe.

      For example, C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe.

    • Click Next.

    • Click Finish.

  7. In the command-line window, do the following tasks:

    • Start and run the installations you want to capture.

    • (Optional) Start an application you captured and perform post-installation configuration.

  8. Close the command-line window and any process the installation started.

    You must exit all processes that the installation starts (example: a system tray application) before the capture process is complete.

    The layer appears in the SWV Admin tool.

See About the creation of virtual software layers

See Creating an application layer using global capture

See Adding an application to an existing layer


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