Sequencing EXTRA! 9.2 as a Virtual Application with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5

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  • 25-Apr-2011
  • 02-Mar-2018

Environment

EXTRA! X-treme version 9.2 or higher
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) version 4.5

Situation

This technical note describes one way to sequence EXTRA! 9.2 so that it can run as a virtual application streamed from Virtual Application Server or deployed with installer technology using Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5. Note: This approach is one example; there are other ways to successfully sequence EXTRA! 9.2.

Resolution

There are three main phases to configure an application, like EXTRA!, to run as a virtual application:

Phase I. Document EXTRA!'s installation requirements for sequencing. Determine EXTRA!'s sequencing requirements by documenting which EXTRA! components and features are needed for your users.

Phase II. Use the Microsoft Sequencer Package Configuration Wizard to sequence EXTRA!, and then create the required files. Copy the sequenced package files to the Microsoft Application Server content folder.

Phase III. Publish and assign the application package files to users.

Phase I. Document a Customized EXTRA! Installation Before Sequencing

Before you use the Sequencer Package Configuration Wizard to sequence EXTRA!, document which EXTRA! components and features are needed for your users. Many EXTRA! components are not required, such as host or connection types other than TN3270 or TN5250. To determine your requirements for sequencing, install EXTRA! on another PC to help determine and document the sequencing steps.

Note the following:

  • The sequencing steps described in this document were performed on Windows XP SP3. The steps should work for other operating systems, but may need some adjustments. It is recommended that you use the same operating system on which EXTRA! was sequenced.
  • If EXTRA! Productivity Microsoft Office Tools are used with EXTRA! Sessions, then on the Microsoft Application Virtualization PC, Microsoft Office should be installed, launched, and pre-configured locally to the PC, not streamed as a virtual application. EXTRA! Productivity Microsoft Office Tools have not been tested to work with Office streamed as a virtual application.
  • Prior to sequencing any application, test the Microsoft Application Virtualization installation environment with the Microsoft Application Virtualization Default Application that installs with the Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Application Server.

Phase II. Use the Sequencer Package Configuration Wizard

To prepare EXTRA! as a virtual application, use Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer Package Configuration Wizard to sequence EXTRA!, and then launch the sequenced application to create the .OSD files, which are required for streaming EXTRA!

Sequence EXTRA!

Use the Sequencer Package Configuration Wizard to begin the sequencing process for EXTRA!

  1. Select Create a Package, for Package Information provide the Package Name and Comments information.
  2. Click the Begin Monitoring button.
  3. Start the installation of EXTRA! by running Install.exe.
  4. Click "Install Attachmate EXTRA! X-treme 9" on the installer screen.
  5. Choose your Setup Language, and then read and accept the License Agreement.
  6. Enter company information and install the application for "Anyone who uses this computer (all users)."
  7. Change the Destination Folder to from the default, C:\Program Files\Attachmate\EXTRA!, to Q:\<anyname>. It is important that <anyname> be unique so that it does not conflict with any other streaming application or other versions of EXTRA!

Note: You will need to create the <anyname> folder in Q:\<anyname>

  1. For the User Data Location, select the Application Directory.
  2. Select the Setup Type as Custom.
  3. Select the following options based on your host type:
    • For IBM Mainframe, clear all Connection types except TN3270. Clear the Utilities option.
    • For IBM AS/400 Midrange, clear all Connection types except TN5250. Clear the Samples and Utilities options.
    • For VAX/VMS, UNIX, or asynchronous, clear all Connection types except Telnet.
  1. Clear these options: APPN Node, Application Options and Migration Options.
  2. Click Install on the “Ready to Install the Program”
  3. Complete the installation by clicking Finish; then exit the EXTRA! installer screen.
  4. On the Sequencer Installation Wizard, click Stop Monitoring.
  5. Browse to the installation folder and select <anyname> from C:\Program Files\Attachmate\<anyname>.
  6. After the virtual environment is downloaded and Monitoring is finished, click Next.
  7. Accept the default option to add Microsoft Installer files to the virtual file system (VFS).
  8. Click Finish, and then click Next to begin the sequencing process of launching applications.

Launch the Sequenced Application

You must launch the EXTRA! sequenced application to create the.OSD files, which are used for streaming the application.

  1. Remove any applications that are not needed but were captured during the sequencing process.
    • Typically, these application components are not needed: Notepad, Migration Wizard, Macro Editor, Dialog Editor Application, Attachmate Session Monitor Utility, and ROOTCAS.
    • If AS/400 Batch file transfer is not required, then remove Batch File Transfer and AS/400 Communications.
  1. Click Next to Launch Applications. (Do not click Launch All.) Then, launch Attachmate EXTRA! X-treme. You may need to run EXTRA! several times.
  2. Create any TN3270, TN5250, or VT sessions for users using the EXTRA! New Session Wizard.
  3. Verify that the connections work and then Save the sessions in the default application folder, which is Q:\<anyname>Sessions.
  4. Disconnect and end any configured sessions.
  5. After launching the rest of the applications, click Next, and then click Finish to end the sequencing process.
  6. Select all Available Operating Systems and move it from Available to Selected.
  7. Check the “Generate Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) Package” for Standalone client configuration support.
  8. Save the sequenced package. It is recommended to create an <anyname> folder on the desktop, and save the sequenced package there.

Phase III. Publish EXTRA! with Application Virtualization Management Console

Once EXTRA! has been sequenced and configured for streaming, copy the sequenced package files to the Microsoft Application Server content folder, and then prepare EXTRA! for publishing.

  1. Move the Application Virtualization package of EXTRA! files to the Microsoft Application Virtualization Streaming Server content folder, which includes the following files:
    • Saved session .OSD files
    • Application Virtualization package of EXTRA! .ICO icon files
    • Application Virtualization project .SFT asset files
  1. Use the Application Virtualization Management Console to create the EXTRA! Package and Application.
  2. Publish EXTRA! for users running the Application Virtualization Client software.

Verify that EXTRA! Streams Correctly

From the client computer, double-click the shortcut icon for EXTRA! If a Launch Failed dialog box opens, click the box for details, and troubleshoot as appropriate.

Additional Information

Legacy KB ID

This article was originally published as Attachmate Technical Note 2562.