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Using inventory and software license monitoring with virtualized applications

Virtualized application executables created with Ivanti Application Virtualization have additional property information that helps Endpoint Manager inventory and software license monitoring. In Windows Explorer, if you right-click a virtualized application executable and click Properties, there is additional version information:

  • ThinstallLicense: Ivanti Application Virtualization license type and registration e-mail address.
  • ThinstallVersion: Ivanti Application Virtualization packager version used to create this package.

You can use this information in your inventory queries to find virtualized applications that were scanned by the inventory scanner. Generally, virtualized application executable properties mirror those of the main executable inside the virtualized application. In the inventory view for a device, virtualized applications appear in the Software > Package list. Virtualized applications in this list have a "Virtual Application" attribute with a value of "Yes".

However, some applications don't provide version information before they are virtualized. In this case, they won't show up as virtualized applications in inventory even though they are virtualized.

Virtualized application executables will be scanned by the inventory scanner automatically only if you're using MODE=ALL inventory scanning. If you aren't using MODE=ALL and you want virtualized application inventory information in the database, you'll need to manually add the virtualized application executable information to software license monitoring's Inventory > Files > To be scanned list. The inventory scanner only sees the virtualized application executable. It doesn't scan within the executable.

Software license monitoring will automatically discover virtualized applications and include them in the Product definitions > Autodiscovered list. Software license monitoring's automatic application discovery doesn't use the inventory scanner. Software license monitoring does this by detecting the Start menu or desktop shortcut to the application.

A discovered virtualized application in the Automatically discovered list will only have the single virtualized application executable in its files list, but the product definition will still be based on the product within the virtualized application executable. Software license monitoring doesn't look inside the virtualized application executable and so it can't include other files that might normally be assigned to a product when it is installed without virtualization.

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