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Delivering Mozilla Firefox 11 software into a virtual layer

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The following is an example of how to deliver Mozilla Firefox 11 to the client computers and install this software into a virtual layer. First, you create a new software resource in the Software Catalog, and then you use Software Management Solution to create a managed delivery policy for this software resource. Software Management Solution is a component of Client Management Suite.

This is an optional step in the production environment if you already have the software that you want to update installed on the endpoints.

Before performing this task, download the Mozilla Firefox 11 setup file (Firefox Setup 11.0.exe) from the following URL:

This task is a step in the process for installing software into a virtual layer.

See Delivering a new version of software using Software Workspace Virtualization

To create a new software resource for Mozilla Firefox 11

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Software Catalog.

  2. In the Software Catalog dialog box, on the toolbar, click Import.

  3. In the Import Software: Specify Software dialog box, in the Software type drop-down list, click Software release, and then use one of the four available methods to import the software.

    For more information on the methods, click the dialog box and then press F1.

    If more than one file is in the package source, make sure that you set the installation file. The installation file is highlighted with bold font. To do this, click the file, and then, on the toolbar, click Set installation file.

  4. Click Next.

  5. In the Import Software: Software Details dialog box, choose to create a new software resource for Firefox 11.

  6. Click OK.

  7. In the dialog box that opens, on the Package tab, under Command lines, double-click Install.

  8. In the Add or Edit Command Line dialog box, in the Command line box, replace



    "Firefox_Setup_11.0.exe" -ms

    The -ms switch lets you install Firefox so that the installation wizard will not be displayed on the client computer at the time of installation.

  9. (Optional) In a production environment, configure a detection rule on the Rules tab. The detection rule ensures that the managed delivery policy does not run on the computers where the software is already installed.

    For example, create a smart Static File Expression detection rule that checks if the mozilla firefox\firefox.exe file version equals or is larger than 11.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Click OK.

  12. Click Close.

To deliver Mozilla Firefox 11 into a virtual layer

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Software.

  2. Under Deliverable Software, click Software Releases.

  3. In the middle pane, right-click Firefox 11, and then click Actions > Managed Software Delivery.

  4. In the Managed Software Delivery Wizard, on the Select software page, under Additional delivery options, check Install this policy's software into a virtual layer.

  5. In the Layer Name box, type firefox11.

  6. Click Next.

  7. On the Select destinations page, specify the computers to which you want to deliver Firefox 11.

    Symantec recommends that you first perform this task in a test environment. You can choose one of the existing targets or groups, or you can build a new resource target. For help, click the page on which you want to get more information, and then press F1.

  8. Click Next.

  9. On the Schedule delivery page, under Choose when to check the compliance, on the toolbar, click Add schedule > Scheduled time, and then configure a schedule. For example, set a schedule 10 minutes ahead of current time.

    Note that by default, Symantec Management Agent requests new configuration from Notification Server once every hour. If you set a schedule only 10 minutes ahead of the current time, you must then use the Symantec Management Agent GUI on the client computer to request configuration soon after you complete this wizard. You can also run the managed delivery policy manually from the Symantec Management Agent GUI.

  10. Click Next, and then, on the Specify dependencies and updates page, click Deliver software.

    You can view and edit the managed delivery policy that you just created at Manage > Policies > Software > Managed Software Delivery.

To verify that Firefox 11 is installed in a virtual layer

  1. On the client computer to which you want to deliver the software, open the Symantec Management Agent GUI.

    You can use the Start button to launch this program.

  2. Ensure the Firefox 11 - Install managed delivery policy has arrived to the client computert and has run successfully.

    If necessary, update the configuration manually. You can run the managed delivery policy manually from the Symantec Management Agent GUI.

  3. Run the Symantec Workspace Virtualization admin tool using Start > All Programs > Symantec > Workspace > Virtualization > Symantec Workspace Virtualization Admin.

  4. Make sure that the firefox11 layer appears in the Symantec Workspace Virtualization admin tool.

    If necessary, click View > Refresh to refresh the window.

  5. (Optional) In the Symantec Workspace Virtualization admin window, click firefox11, and then click Layer > Activate on system startup.