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Step 3: Capture the Application Installation

When creating an application package, you install the application on the packaging instance. During the installation, the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager Studio application captures all changes to the file system, registry, environment, and other systems during the installation.

Before capturing the application installation, save the application project. This is required before you can capture the application installation because some applications require that the system be restarted to complete.

The installation process is different for applications that have an installer and applications that do not have an installer. Applications that do not have an installer are delivered as standalone executables or in an archive, such as a ZIP file.

Applications With an Installer

To capture the installation of an application that has an installer

  1. Choose Install.

  2. For Installer path, enter the path of the application installer.

  3. For Command line parameters, enter any command line parameters required for the installation.

  4. For Compatibility Settings, select any Windows compatibility settings that are required by the installer, such as being run as administrator.

  5. Choose Launch and install the application as needed. All changes to the files system, registry, and environment are captured during the installation. For more information about what is captured and how to modify that information, see Captured Information.

  6. When the installation is complete, choose OK.

Applications Without an Installer

To capture the installation of an application without an installer

  1. Choose Install.

  2. For Installer path, type explorer.exe.

  3. Leave Command line parameters empty.

  4. Select All processes.

  5. Choose Launch. Windows Explorer opens.

  6. Perform all steps needed to install the application, such as copying the standalone executable to the desired location, or extracting the files from a ZIP archive. All changes to the files system are captured during the installation. For more information about what is captured and how to modify that information, see Captured Information.

  7. Close Windows Explorer and choose OK.

Captured Information

The tabs at the bottom of the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager Studio contain all of the information that was captured during the installation of the application. Review each of these and modify them as needed for your package. Care must be taken when modifying these as making changes can make the application inoperable.


                    Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager Studio Capture tabs

Installation Capture Information

Files

All changes to the file system are contained here. You can add, remove, or move files to customize your package.

Registry

All changes to the system registry are contained here. You can add, remove, or move registry entries to customize your package.

Environment

Any changes to the environment variables are contained here. You can add, remove, or modify these variables to customize your package.

Fonts

All changes to the system fonts are contained here. You can add or remove fonts to customize your package.

Startup

All changes to the system startup folders and registry keys are contained here. You can add, remove, or modify these to customize your package.

Services & Drivers

All services and drivers that were installed during the installation are contained here. You can add or remove these to customize your package.