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Introducing SparkleFlow (A Packaging Workflow Solution)

An intersting solution if you have not seen it, SparkleFlow helps you to follow a structured repackaging process. 

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InfoGraphic: Application Packaging Process and Tips

Getting your application packaging under control can be a time consuming challenge, especially considering that 62% of firms take between 6 and 18 months to test and remediate apps for Windows 7. Throw in Windows 8 and now you’re in a whole new mess and are probably spending a lot more time than you expected on application packaging. Application packaging isn’t just a small, one-time process, but these four steps should help make your application packing process more streamlined. 


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Application Migration Process Outline ( Step 1)

Step 1: Verify the Application Migration Request

  1. Verify legacy installation media availability.
  2. Verify accuracy of the installation instructions.
  3. Verify that the installation and application work on the target image.
  4. Determine the migration method. Use one of the following migration methods:
    • Repackaging
    • Customization (MST with tuner)
    • Advanced Customization ( MST with Installshield)
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Application Migration Process Outline ( Step 2)

Step 2: Create the Storage Structure

To create the storage structure, perform the following steps:

1. Rename the top-level directory of your storage structure to [vendor]-[Appl.Name]-[App.Version]-[Language]
2. Copy the installation instructions, documentation, and installation media to the relevant subdirectories.

  • 1.DOC
  • 2.SRC
  • 3.IRP
  • 4.ISM
  • 5.MSI
  • 6.APPV
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Application Migration Process Outline ( Step 3)

Step 3: Package the Application


For legacy installations use Repackager to perform repackaging.

  1. Prepare the test image.
  2. Prepare your repackaging tools.
  3. Monitor the legacy installation using Repackager.
  4. In Repackager fields, enter the application name, version, and so forth.
  5. Follow the steps outlined in installation instructions.
  6. Save Repackager output to the development system.
  7. Convert the Repackager output to an MSI package.
  8. For advanced customizations, use InstallShield Editor and complete the following:
    • Open the .ism file (created by Repackager) in InstallShield Editor.
    • Make the required changes.
    • Build the updated MSI package.


For a basic customization project, use Tuner and/or InstallShield Editor.

  1. Use Tuner and/or InstallShield Editor to create the response transform (.mst file).
  2. Perform prevalidation.
  3. Make the required customizations.
  4. Save the transform.

Advanced Customization

For an advanced customization project, scope and execute the required steps:

  1. Scope the required steps.
  2. Execute the required steps.


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