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SVS - A bit of a mine field

Created: 01 Apr 2009 • Updated: 29 Jul 2010 | 4 comments

Hi all,

We are at the beginning stages of looking at application virtualisation using SVS.

We've got the Software Virtualization 2.1 Reference.pdf, we've got ExcludeGen and ExcludeCopy, and there's a weath of best practise's on the Connect forums/articles.

The problem is that we're getting lost in all the documentation and best practises.

Of course with any products there's best practise, tip's 'n' trick's, examples and problems, but we really don't know where to start here.

For example in the Virtualization 2.1 Reference.pdf neither ExcludeGen or ExcludeCopy etc are listed, yet from what I've found it seems as if these tools were written to help administer the capturing of the layers. Perhaps they are not supported tools, perhaps SVS packagers don't use the SVS Admin tool but swear by Wise Package Studio Pro?

My questions are...

We have now decided to package the apps ourselves and have experience in MSI packaging, where should we start on SVS? Yes we'll read the documentation but I'm fearful that we package up 50 apps based on the Symantec 2.1 Reference guide and then find out there's a flaw in the process!. But at the same time I don't want to read best practises all day as we'll never get things done.

Is there an official course for this stuff now?

Are there any companies in the UK that would be prepared to offer a days in-house training to one of our packagers. I really don't mean to be rude to anyone here but I'm looking at someone who really knows theire SVS stuff; Advanced layer editing, examples, how, why, and has the ability to pass on this knowledge in an understandable format.

I would be willing to participate in remote workshops but I'd like to vet these first.

Thanks all,


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rufusl's picture

As said there is a wealth of information on the Connect and a LOT of this is old documention prior to SVS 2.1 etc.

Each and every post on the Connect has a time stamp. Why not have an option on the Connect to filter by date from? Or better still filter out any documentaion prior to 2.1 release etc?

There's just so much info on here now it just needs archiving/weeding out.

What better way then a filter!?

ohzone - CherylPeterson's picture

Thanks for the suggestion belton72. I'll submit your request to filter by time stamps or version numbers.


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Jordan's picture

There is a lot of content here so let me try and point you in the right direction, but I'm afraid I don't have time to get links, for learning about capture with SVS several Connect users have created step by step guides, and in some cases videos, showing how to capture certain apps like iTunes, Firefox and so on.  I'd search for those.

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erikw's picture

Belton, I did several in house training in the Netherlands, Germany London and Paris, and I alway's see the same problems.
When you get in house training then prepare some of the software that is a struggle for you. When you get inhouse training you will end up with ad least some good packages. So the training will pay back immediatly.
Additional build some packages and use the inhouse trainer to help you determine if they are good or bad.

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