Virtualize just one file using App-V?

Thanks all who have, during quite some time, via this forum, helped me with lots of input.

I have virtualized and repackaged/packaged lots of software the last 2 years, but never this:

Using App-V, is there a way to sequence just 1 file that is not a program, for instance .URL a .LNK or a .JPG file?

I want to place a .url in the allusersstartmenu, and I have written a piece of software that till make this and also make a copy of the .url in programfiles... yet, in the sequencing wizard when I get to stage 4 of 6, the window is empty and I cannot add manually by pointing out the .URL...

Is it possible?

Thanks in advance,

Tomas, Sweden.

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Posted by: Rheuvel 12 years ago
Brown Belt
Like Danny says, you need a proper executable for the shortcut to have the sequencer create an OSD.

Especially the use of .URL is a bit buggy. So instead point to the IE exe and as parameter enter the URL you want it to display.

Same goes for .LNK. It's a shortcut already, so instead, point it to the EXE it's reffering too. Keep in mind here that if it's a network location you should either have the drive mapped (before monitoring) or enter a UNC path.

And also the jpeg... have it point to your default picture viewer is the safest way. I'm not sure how the sequencer handles .txt files for example, but you could to try find an app with a readme.txt in the start menu and see what it does to that, I think the .jpg can be handled the same way (so if it does just point to a .txt file, try that with the .jpg)

Good luck!
Posted by: DannyC 12 years ago
Orange Belt
Hi Tomas,

You can certainly do that - if it was me I'd probably just create a dummy shortcut to IE (with the appropriate name for your 'app') during monitoring, but you could also just create the shortcut during the 'application' phase of the wizard.. The reason you can't just point to the URL is that the wizard expects an .exe (hence the need for IE or similar).

Posted by: tomas.monsen 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Thankyou, these tips and pointers helped me produce a package with simply a shortcut to iexplore.exe with a custom icon for an online educational software.

Thanks to both of you! [:)]

/ Tomas
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