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One of our Sequenced apps uses a print driver RRS feed

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  • I have virtualized an application called Alpha 5, after deploying to our client. I find this program uses a printer and a driver was normally installed with this when it was installed on the client. How can I get this driver installed on the client computer so the users can print to it. I believe this is a PDF converter.

    Thank you

     

    Duramaxster

    Monday, April 23, 2012 10:08 PM

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  • Some printer drivers may work virtualized. If you are having issues and you suspect the issue only exists when the application is virtualized (which is likely as many drivers don't work virtualized), you could identify the driver and install it locally.

    http://rorymon.com/blog/index.php/decision-matrix-for-the-common-app-v-issues/

    http://itninja.com/question/printer-drivers

    http://www.softgridblog.com/?cat=5


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    • Edited by RorymonMVP Monday, April 23, 2012 10:33 PM Added links for reference
    • Proposed as answer by RorymonMVP Monday, April 23, 2012 10:33 PM
    • Marked as answer by Aaron.ParkerModerator Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:13 AM
    Monday, April 23, 2012 10:30 PM
  • Wow, that was great reading. Notes taken for sure. I really like your post. So...

    How does one look at the differences in the snapshots? 

    Once I find the Driver, how will I create an MSI package? Do just start with a vanila machine and use an MSI packager of some sort? Do you have one that you like or prefer?

    Thanks again....


    Duramaxster

    Monday, April 23, 2012 11:02 PM
  • The industry leader is Admin Studio. They have the Repackager Tool. There's a free tool called Appdeploy repackager

    You could use a repackager tool or just an MSI editor and create it from scratch but if you don't have packaging experience it might be a little tougher because you will need to navigate through the tables. Editors include Installshield ($$), Orca (free), InstaEd (free) etc.


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    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:26 AM
  • Well Actually you can't Virtualize Drivers. Drivers MUST be in the Client locally installed (or at least its what says in the Whitepapers from App-V).

    The Drivers you could do it with a MSI or look for Script to install it (could be also, that they have a .exe somewhere). I personally would try Script + Google, cheeper and probably faster than trying it with another software (you need to learn how it works).

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:31 PM
  • I really appreciate all you answers.

    Rorymon, I looked at a few of the solutions and found that the AppDeploy repackager seemed to be a good tool to use. I was able to package an MSI, however the Install must have needed to see the Virtual App bubble to finish the install

    J.Badia, I do not understand what your are refering to a script to install it. I looked up "Script + Google", I just got lost there

    I know that I am going to run into this again so any more feedback would be great.

    Solution:
    I actually ended up installing the application on the Server and creating a Remote App. 

    Thank you!



    Duramaxster

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:40 PM
  • Hi Duramaxster, with the script i mean something like this

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/816964/how-can-i-install-a-printer-driver-from-an-inf-then-set-up-a-printer-using-said

    Actually all printer drivers i nedded had a .exe to install the drivers. Normaly they are in the folder where you installed the Program.

    Hope it helps.

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:50 PM