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ChangeBASE 6.2.2 - Prerequisites and Getting Started Guide

Virtual Machine Setup

To set up each Virtual Machine

  1. Click New.
  2. From the Hypervisors drop-down, select the required Hypervisor from those created in Hypervisor Setup.
  3. From the Virtual Machines drop-down, select the required available Virtual Machine from those set up on the Hypervisor.

Important: If you are using VMware Workstation (Shared VMs) as your Hypervisor, then any selected Virtual Machine has to be shared. Refer to Sharing Virtual Machines on VMware Workstation. You should also ensure that, if you are going to be using your Virtual Machine for Repackaging, it is connected to VMware using either a Work or Home network, as the Public setting is too secure to allow Repackaging.

  1. Enter the Virtual Machine's Username and Password.
  2. Select the Virtual Machine's Operating System.
  3. Select the Virtual Machine's Architecture.

Note: Any Virtual Machines that are to be used for Repackaging within ChangeBASE must be either Windows XP or Windows 7 32-bit (x86). Virtual Machines used for Virtualization can be either 32-bit or 64-bit.

  1. Under List of defined snapshots, click New.
  2. From the Conversion Technology drop-down, select Repackaging if the Virtual Machine is going to be used to repackage legacy installers, or else the relevant Virtualization technology if the Virtual Machine is going to be used to virtualize applications.

Note: Citrix XenApp is not yet available in ChangeBASE.

  1. From the Snapshot drop-down, select the snapshot on the Virtual Machine that is to be used during the Repackaging or Virtualization.
  2. The Settings at the bottom of the screen are dependent on the Conversion Technology selected.

The Repackaging Settings are as follows:

  • Working Path. Enter the UNC path to the folder for output from the Virtual Machine.
  • Power off VM. Only check this option if you want the Virtual Machine to be automatically powered off following Repackaging.
  • System Folder. This allows you to specify a non-standard path to the Windows system folder. This field can be left empty if the Virtual Machine’s system folder is already the default of C:\Windows\System32.
  • File Monitor Path. This is the folder on the Virtual Machine where the file monitor will be installed. Ensure that ChangeBASE has permissions to this folder. If this field is left empty, it will use the default path of C:\Program Files\File Monitor.

The Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 Settings are as follows:

  • Working Path. Enter the UNC path to the folder for output from the Virtual Machine.
  • Mount Point. You need to set the mount point to the relevant drive letter.
  • Power off VM. Only check this option if you want the Virtual Machine to be automatically powered off following Virtualization.
  • Manual Config. Enabled. Only check this if you want to enter your own timeout value.
  • Detect MSI Installer. If this option is checked, then the public property in the MSI that overrides the default install path for the package is detected. If the option is not checked, then the package will install into its default location.
  • Feature Block 1. Enables the creation of Feature Block 1 during Virtualization. All package shortcuts are launched during the creation of Feature Block 1.
  • Manual Feature Block 1. By default, all captured applications are launched if Feature Block 1 capture is enabled via the previous setting. This option allows you to manually launch just the applications that they require, instead of launching all the applications. You must have access to the Virtual Machine to be able to use this feature.
  • Override Server Address. The protocol, hostname and port can all be overridden if required.
  • Enforce Security Descriptors. Use default: Uses the setting from the sequencer on the Virtual Machine. Yes: Turns on Enforce Security Descriptors. No: Turns off Enforce Security Descriptors.
  • Generate MSI Packages. Use default: Uses the setting from the sequencer on the Virtual Machine. Yes: Turns on Generate MSI Packages. No: Turns off Generate MSI Packages.
  • Compress Package. Use default: Uses the setting from the sequencer on the Virtual Machine. Yes: Turns on Package Compression. No: Turns off Package Compression.
  • Override Target Operating Systems. Only check this if you wish the conversion settings to override those of the target Operating Systems that you check below the option.

The Microsoft App-V 5.0 SP1 Settings are as follows:

  • Working Path. Enter the UNC path to the folder for output from the Virtual Machine.
  • Primary Virtual Application Directory. Set the primary directory on the Virtual Machine for the virtual applications.
  • Power off VM. Only check this option if you want the Virtual Machine to be automatically powered off following Virtualization.
  • Manual Config. Enabled. Only check this if you want to enter your own timeout value.
  • Detect MSI Installer. If this option is checked, then the public property in the MSI that overrides the default install path for the package is detected. If the option is not checked, then the package will install into its default location.
  • Feature Block 1. Enables the creation of Feature Block 1 during Virtualization. All package shortcuts are launched during the creation of Feature Block 1.
  • Manual Feature Block 1. By default, all captured applications are launched if Feature Block 1 capture is enabled via the previous setting. This option allows you to manually launch just the applications that they require, instead of launching all the applications. You must have access to the Virtual Machine to be able to use this feature.
  • Override Target Operating Systems. Only check this if you wish the conversion settings to override those of the target Operating Systems that you check below the option.

The Symantec Workstation Virtualization Settings are as follows:

  • Working Path. Enter the UNC path to the folder for output from the Virtual Machine.
  • Power off VM. Only check this option if you want the Virtual Machine to be automatically powered off following Virtualization.
  • Manual Config. Enabled. Only check this if you want to enter your own timeout value.

The VMware ThinApp Settings are as follows:

  • Working Path. Enter the UNC path to the folder for output from the Virtual Machine.
  • Power off VM. Only check this option if you want the Virtual Machine to be automatically powered off following Virtualization.
  • Manual Config. Enabled. Only check this if you want to enter your own timeout value.
  • Create MSI Installer. If this option is checked, then an MSI file will be created, which you can then use to copy the virtualized application to the system. Use this if you intend to have the application running from within the virtual desktop's virtual disk.
  1. The Naming Standards tab at the bottom of the screen allows you to determine how the converted applications are named. Click Apply Naming Standards and set up the required template. For example, if you select Manufacturer, and Filename, the template string is %m%f, and applications with names such as Apple Inc.QuickTime.msi will be generated.
  1. Select Save to preserve your changes.

  2. If you need to create further snapshots, for example if you are using the Virtual Machine for both Repackaging and Virtualization, repeat from Under List of defined snapshots, click New. Otherwise, repeat the entire procedure as required to set up further Virtual Machines.
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