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ChangeBASE 6.2.2 - User Guide

Introduction Before You Start... Installing ChangeBASE Configuring ChangeBASE The Pre-Loading of Packages into ChangeBASE Import Options Applications Options Checks Options Dependency and Conflict Checker Dashboard Reporting Repackaging and Virtualization Web Capture

Sharing Virtual Machines

Sharing Virtual Machines on VMware Workstation

To share a Virtual Machine

  1. Run VMware Workstation as Administrator.
  2. Power off the Virtual Machine that you wish to share.
  3. Ensure that Virtual Machine sharing is enabled and running. By default, Virtual Machine sharing is via the 443 (https) port, and so your computer firewall or any other firewall/anti-virus programs should allow incoming https (443) port traffic.

Note: You can change the above port by modifying the Shared VMs Workstation Preferences.

Note: If this is the first Virtual Machine that you are sharing on the VMware Workstation Server, you will need to specify or browse to the Shared VMs location.

  1. Right-click on the Virtual Machine that you would like to share and select Manage > Share to initiate the Share Virtual Machine Wizard.

Accept the default of Move the virtual machine if you want to move the original Virtual Machine to the Shared VMs location, so that you no longer have the separate, original version of the Virtual Machine. Alternatively, select Make a full clone of the virtual machine if you want to move a clone of the original Virtual Machine to the Shared VMs location, so that you still retain the separate, original version of the Virtual Machine.

If you make a clone, then you will need to create a new snapshot, as the original snapshots are not cloned.

Important: When a Virtual Machine is shared, then all the associated files will be moved from the original location to the VM Shared Library location. Therefore, you need to ensure that this latter location has sufficient disk space to accommodate the shared Virtual Machine.

  1. The shared Virtual Machine appears under the Shared VMs directory in VMware Workstation.

Important: If the ChangeBASE service and VMware Workstation are running on different machines, then the network connection for the shared Virtual Machines needs to be Bridged.

Virtual Machines

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.

Repackaging Options

To set up the default Operating System and Architecture for use in repackaging via the specified Virtual Machines

  1. For Repackaging within ChangeBASE, you can select either Windows XP or Windows 7 from the Operating System drop-down.
    If you use MSI Studio for repackaging, you can choose any of the following operating systems from the drop-down list:

    • Windows XP
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Server 2003 R2
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012
  2. From the Architecture drop-down, select either 32-bit or 64-bit.
  3. Select Save to preserve your changes.

Virtualization Options

To set up the default settings for use in Virtualization via the specified Virtual Machines

  1. From the Technology drop-down, select the required Virtualization technology.

Note: Citrix XenApp is not yet available in ChangeBASE.

  1. From the Operating System drop-down, select one of the following operating systems:

    • Windows XP
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Server 2003 R2
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012

    The above list of operating systems is also available under the Setup tab on the Convert screen.

  2. From the Architecture drop-down, select either 32-bit or 64-bit.
  3. Enter the default Arguments to use when installing the package, for example /S for silent installation.
  4. If you wish to specify a default Hypervisor and Virtual Machine, check Specify Hypervisor & VM and move to the next step. Otherwise, select Save.
  5. From the Specific Hypervisor drop-down, select the default Hypervisor to be used.
  6. From the Specific VM drop-down of all Virtual Machines that match the previous selections, pick the default.
  7. Select Save to preserve your changes.

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