The Internet Explorer 7 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 IE7 for Windows XP are very straight-forward.
1. Extract the download that accompanies this article to your desktop (ie7-winxp-x.x.x.x.zip - where -x.x.x.x is the LDF version).
2. Double-Click the .EXE (ie7-winxp-x.x.x.x.EXE is a self-extracting zip). This will invoke swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the IE7 on Windows XP layer.
NOTE: As a safety precaution, right click the extracted .exe file, select "properties" and check the "Digital Signatures" tab and ensure that "Symantec Corporation" appears in the Signature List. If the .EXE is not digitially signed with the Symantec Certificate do not run the executable on your system.
Supported Side-By-Side Configurations
Internet Explorer 7 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 IE7 layer created by this tool can be found here.
Please note that the IE7 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 ie7-winxp.ldf requires that the following file be available before the IE7 virtual layer can be created.
This file could take a long time to download over a slow network connection. The process of creating the IE7 virtual layer can be sped up considerably if these files are already available in your environment. SWVLDF can be instructed to skip downloading files by doing the following:
- Create a directory named "downloads" in the same folder as ie7-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.
What about one for Windows 7? Our current standard is IE7 for Windows XP. It would be nice not to have to go backwards using the IE7 LDF for Windows 7.