Services

Application Packaging and Virtualisation

Managing applicatons can be a headache, ensuring the correct application is avaialble, up to date and licensed in time for when it is required is a fine art.

Then comes the question of how the application is to be installed.

Many vendor applications do not come in a friendly installation format which can be easily installed customised and ready for your environment and equally importantly, uninstalled cleanly when no longer required

With the advent of Windows Installer, Microsoft introduced a standardised way of installing and managing applications.

More recently newer technologies have appeared to virutalise applications removing some of the issues associated with Windows Installer unforntunately virtualisation is not the complete answer to application management


KN3 have many years of experience in application packaging and have embraced the MSI standard and application virtualisation, we can advise you on which method(s) may be the best for your environment

Application Auditing
KN3 staff will audit your computers either automatically or manually to establish which applications are installed and their level of utilisation

Key Steps:

  • Discovery
    • Computers are audited using agents, scripts or by hand
    • Application utilisation is assessed either using tools or manual interviews
  • Analysis
    • The application list is analysed either as a complete list or by logical grouping such as site, department etc. with a view to understanding the real requirements.
    • Candidates for rationalisation such as multiple versions of a product or products with low utilisation are identified.
    • If application packaging is required the applications are categorised into type (easy, medium, hard).
    • Licensing analysis can also be performed.
  • Reporting
    • A report of recommended actions is provided.
Application Packaging
KN3 offer Windows Installer (MSI) Application Packaging Services Using Wise Package Studio or Flexara Admin Studio

Including the following:

  • Investigation
    • Application Audit
    • Application Compatibility Testing
    • Application Categorisation
    • We can assist you with your large packaging project by offering best practice, packaging services and project management
  • Packaging
    • We can provide resources or consultancy advice to assist with the packaging of your portfolio of applications
    • All application packages produced by KN3 undergo extensive testing and validation before being passed to you for final testing. This includes not only installation, repair and uninstallation, but also full ICE validation and where applicable, integration testing against your corporate baseline
  • Training and Support
    • We can provide training on application packaging for your internal team
Application Virtualisation with VMware ThinApp or Microsoft App-V

KN3 can help you virtualise your suite of applications using ThinApp for quick and easy deployment

  • Investigation
    • Application Audit
    • Application Categorisation
    • We can assist you with your large packaging project by offering best practice, packaging services and project management
  • Packaging
    • We can provide resources or consultancy advice to assist with the packaging of your portfolio of applications
    • All application packages produced by KN3 undergo extensive testing and validation before being passed to you for final testing. This includes not only installation, repair and uninstallation, but also full ICE validation and where applicable, integration testing against your corporate baseline
  • Training and Support
    • We can provide training on application virtualisation for your internal team
Application Package Quality Assurance (QA)

KN3 can provide support services to your existing packaging team by quality checking their packages and highlighting any problems before they are released into your production environment.

  • Package Configuration Check
    • The installation package is inspected to ensure that it contains no internal errors or problems
    • Documentation is reviewed to ensure it corresponds to the package
    • Custom Actions and/or scripts are checked for consistency
  • Package Performance Testing
    • The package is installed to test the installation and uninstallation processes