How to publish App-V package in XenApp 4.5


Purpose:

To publish application sequenced package created using Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 into Citrix XenApp 4.5. I have used the sequenced package for WinZip as a publish candidate for this article.

Pre-requisite:

Following are the prerequisites for publishing application sequenced package created using Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 into Citrix XenApp 4.5:

  1. App-V client for remote desktop services SP1 {included in the download “Application Virtualization 4.6 for Remote Desktop Services Service Pack 1 (x86) – CD (Multiple Languages)” from MSDN site http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx}
  2. Sequenced package for WinZip created using Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP1 sequencer in some shared location.

Solution:

First step is to install pre-requisite 1 {App-V client for remote desktop services SP1} in XenApp 4.5 environment. Copy the sequenced package to some pre-defined share location if it is not already copied there. After copying the sequenced package, open the OSD file to edit it. Edit the following line in the OSD file for the parameter HREF:   

<CODEBASE HREF=”\\ServerName\WinZip\Winzip.sft" GUID="D81A77E4-9134-4607-B900-224AA5286D16" PARAMETERS="" FILENAME="WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE" SYSGUARDFILE="WinZip\osguard.cp" SIZE="40241038"/>

Keep the default value of other parameters.

Next step is to publish it in XenApp 4.5 environment. Below are the steps:

  1. Welcome Screen: Click Next.image
  2. Enter the Display name and application description as “WinZipAppV”. Click Next.image
  3. Select the radio button for “Application” and application type as “Accessed from a server”. From Server application type dropdown list, select “installed application” and click Next. image
  4. This step is the core step:                                                         Add Command line as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client\sfttray.exe" “\\Server\WinZip\WinZip 25.0.9468.0.osd”. Working directory as “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Virtualization Client”. Click Next.image
  5. Now follow the rest of publishing steps to fully publish the App-V package. You can refer to the article at https://mdaslam.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/application-publish-in-xenapp/ for rest of the steps.

Now you can access this newly published App-V package for WinZip in XenApp 4.5 like any other published application. When you will access it, below screen will come up. Note the notification “WinZip 25.0.9568.0 launched” above system tray.

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                            –End of Article–

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