The Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Layer Definition File (LDF) provides a mechanism for customers of Symantec Workspace Virtualization to create the Virtual Application Layer and package without the need to capture the installation.
- Symantec Workspace Virtualization v6.1 SP1 or greater
- Symantec Workspace Virtualization Layer Definition Tool. Download.
The steps for creating the IE6 for Windows XP are very straight-forward.
1. Extract the download that accompanies this article to your desktop (ie6-winxp-x.x.x.x.zip - where -x.x.x.x is the LDF version).
2. Double-Click the .EXE file ( ie6-winxp-x.x.x.x.EXE ). This will invoke swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the IE6 on Windows XP layer.
Supported Side-By-Side Configurations
Internet Explorer 6 Virtualized will function "Side-By-Side" with any one of the following versions of IE installed to the base (i.e. installed natively and not virtualized).
Note: Internet Explorer 8 includes an IE 7 compatibility mode that provides IE7 compatibility. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information.
Information about the support status of the IE6 layer created by this tool can be found here .
Please note that the IE6 layer created by this tool is only supported if the LDF and the Virtual Application Layer are not altered in any way.
Documentation on the SWV Layer Definition Tool can be found here .
How it works
The swvldf.exe tool is passed an Layer Definition File (LDF) that contains XML tags that define all the data required to create a Virtual Application Layer. The files required for the Virtual Application Layer are downloaded from public sites on the internet and may require considerable time to complete depending on the file requirements. It is also possible alter the LDF to point to existing files that you already have available on your system. Please see the documentation to learn how to change the <file-source> tags to point to local file repositories. By default the <file-source> tags that download files using http do not use a proxy server. In order to use a proxy server please see the documentation for the "conn-str" attribute of the <file-source> tag.
The ie6-winxp.ldf requires that the following three files are available before the IE6 virtual layer can be created.
These files are quite large and can take a long time to download over a slow network connection. The process of creating the IE6 virtual layer can be sped up considerably if these files are already available in your environment. SWVLDF can be instructed to skip downloading these files by doing the following:
- Create a directory named "downloads" in the same folder as ie6-winxp.ldf resides.
- Copy the required files to the "downloads" directory you just created.
If required files already exist in the "downloads" directory, SWVLDF will skip the download step. If SWVLDF fails to download a file, this process can be used to download the file "manually" using a download manager or other mechanism.
Can anyone provide a link for WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe and - WindowsXP-KB976325-x86-ENU.exe? Can't download it from MS :(
The Latest updated LDF (188.8.131.52) with May Month’s Security Patch is now available on connect. [MS-14-021 KB2964358]
Will there be a new LDF file for Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-021 - Critical? If not, what is the process to add it into the IE?
Note that now you cannot download IE6 SP1 from MS you have to go to some extraordinary lengths to find IE_S1.CAB that the LDF requires. It is still doable though.
So there is basically no recourse for those who are operating from Win7, and you also have to disable Java SSV 2 plugin.
I managed to create IE6 layer and it seems to be working almost ok with XP IE8 base. I have one issue however. Every time I launch new link by typing url in address bar or selecting it from favourites, it opens the url in new window. Any ideas on what might be causing that ?. So far i tried reregistering dll's and there's registry setting "allowwindowreuse" or something along those lines but nothing has changed the behaviour.
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There are a couple of approaches for this.
1. Make the change as I described above, then right-click the layer and select "New Reset Point". This makes the change permanent for the layer (if you were to reset the layer using the mechanism I described above the change would be lost). The "New Reset Point" merges the change to the Read-Only sublayer so that a reset will not cause the change to be lost. Then distribute the changed layer.
2. Modify the LDF used to create the layer. This is described in the following article:
"How to Customize Virtual Internet Explorer Settings" <http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-customize-virtual-internet-explorer-settings>
Then distribute the layer.
Thank you! Worked like a charm! Now any ideas on how to automate disabling that plug-in?
We've noticed that the virtual IE6 layer is very veeeery slow to launch has anyone found a way to speed up the launching of the IE6 layer? We've already added exceptions to our AntiVirus realtime scan list.
The difference between IE6 LDF version 1.0.23 and 1.0.25 is that the new version includes Internet Explorer Cumulative Security updates from Oct 13th.
I've noticed that the key \HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperation is with lot of information inside.
Usually this key is used for substituting an used dll upon restarting the workstation
it can give some problem with other installation if it is active ....
Why it has these value? I was thinking that building IE6 is not a capture, so it sound strange to me finding these value.
You don't need to rename anything.
Download all 4 files, put them in a folder called downloads under %temp% and then just run the exe in the zip from this article.
To find all the links, just search for "file-source" in the ldf and there you will see the direct links. Here is the one for KB2360131:
..or just add the proxy settings ;)
Hi I keep getting error 6010
and the previous line is [12:23:37.375] [ERROR] [DEF2LAYER] [Copying files]
?? tried editing the ldf file to point to the local path ??
after deleting everything in the Local settings\temp folder
Error in: ProcessFileSourceTags<>
Create layer from definition file failed with error code: 6025 ?
Sorted it :)
had to rename it removing the "IE8-" at the beginning
this is not going well.....now runs through the SP3 and SP2 files but stops when it gets to the
WindowsXP-KB2360131-x86-ENU.exe file and errors on
[15:51:03.625] [ERROR] [DEF2LAYER] [copying file] :
[15:51:03.625] [INFO] [DEF2LAYER] [Operation complete] :
Create layer from definiton file failed with error 6010
Can you please provide a change history of the versions you release.
Can you also please confirm that 6.1 SP1 is still the minimum version required?
I created the IE 6 package per instruction on this web site about two one month ago. Is the package going to work on Windows 7?