Repackage Faster Using VMWare Snapshots

More and more techs are using clean vmWare virtual machines to repackage their apps. If you do the same, you know that reverting the vmWare machine to it's clean state in a matter of seconds with a few mouse clicks is a huge time saver.

If you use Wise Package Studio in combination with vmWare, there is subtle trick that can save even more time: Make your "Wise Clean Machine" snapshot part of your vmWare machine snapshot. Do the following:

1. Build your clean vmWare machine as usual, including only the OS, the service packs, and critical updates.

2. Install Wise Package Studio. Run the "Setup Capture" tool once as if you are creating an actual package. Complete the "Begin Installation Capture" scan, then cancel out of the capture process and close WPS.

3. Use vmWare to save a new snapshot of the OS, then make sure you lock the snapshot and set vmWare to "revert to snapshot when powering off".

The next time you start the vmWare machine and run Wise's "Setup Capture" tool, you will be able to choose "use the initial scan that was created previously for this PC". Therefore, you can skip running the "initial scan" and go straight to installing your app.

If you repackage often, this eliminates repeating the "initial scan" for each app, and save hours of time.


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