Better2Gether - Amberreef & App-V Scheduler

Posted by Duncan Murdoch on Aug 20, 2015 3:47:00 PM

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We have been working hard to add more value in the Amberreef AR.c framework. One of the areas that we have been working on is in enhancing end to end features by integrating with other tools available on the market. The 1st step along this road has been working with App-V Scheduler. The initial stage has been to add the ability in AR.c to copy the App-V package to your Release Content Share. This is done by adding the details for the Release Content share to the new “Release Settings” tab under the AR.c console settings form:

You can then add integration for App-V scheduler as well. When this option is selected, when you “Pass” the packaged from UAT to Release, AR.c will offer some new options. The first will ask if the package is replacing a currently released package (say Java 7u67 is the new release and it is going to replace Java 7u55). You will then be able to update all connection group files (*.appg), that have reference to the current package, with reference to the newly released package. When App-V scheduler then deploys these connection groups the new connection group should be applied. You are also asked if you need to create a connection group for this application and can create the *.appg file directly from the AR.c client.

The goal is to add some deeper integration going forward so look out for the next version of App-V Scheduler when it is released, as there should be some excellent features arriving.

See this “Better2Gether” video for a quick demo of the App-V scheduler integration and how you can use Amberreef and App-V scheduler to take an application from Source to Release in 15 minutes.

 

 

Amberreef is also looking to add integration with more products with the aim to make your management of both App-V and physically installed applications much simpler. Maybe the next video will be a “Better3Gether” one.

Sometimes trying things is easier than reading or watching videos so we have made available the AR.c framework for download here. Download, follow the instructions in the Install and configuration guide (also available on the download page, along with the install and configuration videos). There are also links to some extra freely available tools that can make automating your App-V sequencing slicker under the “Additional Downloads Section”.

And finally – Below is a selection of scripts that you can use to configure some applications with AR.c. Add the .cmd file (be sure to select the “Import source media Directory) via the “import” function in the console:

Add the script to the package data along with the applications installer:

Submit the package to the packaging queue:

Once the package has been created, launch it in the client and see that all of the appropriate settings have been set.

The goal of extracting the personality of the application in this way is to make it re-usable for the next time that the application needs to be sequenced (for an update for example). There is a pretty good chance that these settings, and configurations for the application, will not have changed so can be re-utilised against the next version of the application binaries.

If you have any questions using AR.c please get in contact with us and we will do everything we can to get you up and running.

Also – If there are any recipe scripts you would like to see added please let us know.

Recipe’s used on Demos and Videos

File Link

Application

Recipe Details

Download

Adobe Reader

Tested against Adobe Reader 11.x (might work on older and newer version.)

Download

RealWorld Paint

A great free image editor. The configurations are stored in a bespoke file format in %appdata% and this script will copy a preconfigured file with auto update disabled to the appropriate location. You will need to edit the App-V 5 template in the AR.c console and remove [{Local AppData}] reference.

Download

EverNote 5.x

Adds regkeys into the package to disable auto update and other settings. Tested on 4.x and 5.x versions of Evernote client.

Download

Java

Sequencing Java: packageology.com I would read the series but look for the “Download the Script here” section. I have used the script in AR.c and it works very well. You can use it as a base for creating multiple Java versions as needed.



Topics: App-V, AppV Scheduler

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