Automating App-V Sequencing with ConversionBox
AutonoWare ConversionBox takes the ‘art’ of sequencing applications for Microsoft App-V out of the equation and transforms this manual, labor-intensive method into a predictable and fully automated rapid process. ConversionBox delivers on the promise of reducing time and cost, while increasing IT service quality and efficiency to provide a solution which is measurable, predictable and repeatable thanks to AutonoWare’s automation framework.
ConversionBox enables IT to transform application installer files (MSI’s / exe’s / VB scripts / cmd scripts / .bat files) into centrally managed virtual services with Microsoft App-V to reduce the cost and the process of deploying virtualized applications, with all the benefits that this brings, in a considerably faster timeframe to help IT deliver more agile services to the user and to the business as a whole.
ConversionBox is a unique end to end, hands-off, desktop application to App-V batch-conversion tool which mimics exactly what an App-V sequencer (packager) does on a clean machine for every application. ConversionBox utilizes Microsoft Hyper-V for its Virtual Machine, which just needs to be turned on for ConversionBox to automate its access and use.
Initially, the specific Windows 10, 8.x or 7 ISO of your choice is drag & dropped into ConversionBox and the VM is automated. A folder of apps, including a mix of MSI’s, .exe’s, VB scripts, cmd scripts & .bat files, is then drag & dropped into ConversionBox; the main installer files are selected (if known) and the sequencing process automatically delivers exactly what a sequencer would expect to, with all the expected output files available for App-V 5.1. You can even simultaneously automate the creation of a full MSI to future-proof your application estate should you decide to move away from App-V at a later date.
See a quick 2 minute ConversionBox demo to show how easy it is to use.
The reporting function in Reporter shows which apps have/haven’t converted and any errors found. There’s an option to bypass errors/issues to squeeze out as much as possible for App-V. For the majority of these applications, the resulting app will successfully work without re-engineering. It’s an alternative to ‘remediation’, which often fixes an existing problem, but by doing this can also create additional errors.
Reduce 90% of App-V Sequencing Time
ConversionBox has been used with multiple applications of varying size and complexity and will automate the virtualization of the applications in line with Microsoft sequencing guidelines. The conversion from installer file to App-V application typically takes around 10 minutes per application using ConversionBox. It then immediately resets the Hyper-V Virtual Machine and automatically starts converting the next available application.
It has also been conclusively shown that when applications fit the requirements for virtualization with App-V, the adoption of ConversionBox enables organizations to significantly reduce IT labor effort; reduce the time required to deliver new or updated applications to users; and deliver higher-quality and more responsive services to the business, in addition to greatly lowering App-V sequencing costs.
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