Most application packaging and testing automation solutions come as a package deal (no pun intended). They are somewhat siloed, have their own workflows, and require an end-to-end process. This works for some enterprises, but others are already deeply embedded in preexisting workflows and are looking for a modular toolset that allows them to integrate app packaging and testing into their in-place processes via APIs.
Access Capture is the best-in-class, API-driven application packaging and testing automation solution that allows you complete flexibility in not only how you run it but also what you do with it. Evergreen IT Management often requires on-the-spot bulk testing — including quick and dirty re-certification all the way to more involved script-based functional testing or User Acceptance testing. Also, packaging requires flexibility in modern scenarios. Rather than treating every application the same, Access Capture consumes various submission inputs differently, e.g., setup.exe will be turned into an MSI in the discovery process while your raw CI/CD pipeline code skips discovery and tollgate scans and goes straight to packaging to create a robust, digitally signed MSIX.
For newly developed or not yet Evergreen-managed applications, discovery will be your starting point. Even the most non-technical product owner can now package an application and create complete and robust documentation by walking through the actual installation and automatic documentation creation process via screen captures recording all keystrokes and clicks. This is done by self-service putting control in the hands of the app owners while enforcing full compliance with your internal IT policies and guidelines.
Access Capture ensures accurate packaging conditions by gathering all of the required source media, install instructions, configuration settings, and other essential technical details (e.g., Windows 10 compatibility). The output generated per application request is a robust MSI package and a fully documented installation guide on how to install/setup and configure the product. This reduces the time — from uploading the source media to completing the application packaging (including documentation) — from days to just a few minutes.
For many existing applications, such as your already Evergreen-managed or trusted vendor apps, you can skip the discovery process and go straight to our unique tollgate check to check for MSIX and other app packaging format suitability. Our customers find this an enormous value-add as it not only saves a significant amount of time and budget, but also delivers valuable insights (e.g., How many of my applications depend on Java components that now need to be paid for?) about your app portfolio within minutes.
Simply upload all of your in-scope application content into our AppScan component (now available as part of Access Capture as well as a stand-alone product) and AppScan will cross-check it across a set of rules to find applications containing potential issues that could block the next step, e.g., an MSIX creation. Capture already comes preloaded with preset rules to scan for MSIX blockers such as shortcuts, 16-bit files, Java dependencies, and more. Of course, you can add your own requirements and rules, e.g., your application must be a modern app that is on Azure delivered via Intune. If the test is not favorable, you can simply send the app back to the requester or the developer as it does not meet modern standards. All applications that pass move automatically on to application packaging.
Whether you are packaging an MSI or AppV into an MSIX or converting a group (Blob) of files, folder, and registries or setup.exe to an MSIX from a DevOps CI/CD or Jenkins pipeline, Access Capture streamlines this process without having to use a virtual machine to snapshot it. This means that not only are there no host pool or VMs required but also that the package creation will only package the loose files or setup routine without any other unnecessary noise being captured — making it a much more autonomous and hands/edit-free capture.
CAPTURE handles the entire app packaging process through a predefined, yet highly customizable workflow which enables non-technical product owners to package their own apps themselves. Because of this workflow, CAPTURE's technical makeup, and its abilities to fix smaller glitches by itself, you will always have robust and approved files (e.g., MSIX, app attach, VHD) as an outcome. Thanks to its full logging support, you have all the data and insight you need and your management can gain operational insights into the progress of the project at any time.
Testing can quickly become one of the biggest bottlenecks in any desktop migration remediation program. CAPTURE eliminates this by streamlining and automating the testing process by deploying a configurable, all-in-one workflow. This workflow takes assigned responsibilities and your corporate security roles into account to establish guardrails for the entire testing and packaging.
Quality Assurance (QA) Testing. Quickly test any SCCM delivered MSI or App-V, AppV management console delivering App-V, or InTune delivering MSI, MSIX or app attach to ensure everything works as it should (e.g., a test account added to an Active Directory Security group).
Launch & Load Testing. Automatically launch and load your in-scope applications to confirm that work is expected on the environment you are testing for.
Performance Testing. Go beyond “Does it work?” and ask “How well does it work?” and “What is the impact on my environment?”. Our performance tests will track a large variety of performance KPIs to determine how suitable an app is for a certain environment scenario (e.g., VDI).
User Acceptance Testing (UAT). This is similar to QA testing but in this case, a real user will install and test the app in production. All results and logs (e.g., screenshots, video, and any questions asked), app performance, and Windows 10 version records are all automatically captured.
End User Experience Testing. Let your users sign-off on a successful migration with our automated end user experience testing module, SignOff. Available as an integral part of the Access Capture workflow or as a standalone module, SignOff allows users to try out and sign off on new functionality using a pre-scripted wizard-driven UI.
Release & Enablement
After your newly packaged or repackaged application is tested and released, you have to make it visible to authorized users in your corporate app store. To ensure the product is maintained and up-to-date, this may require an associated forward path for various platform types of specific products. In addition, you will have to put in place adequate security and licensing request workflows to enable access to the product.
Any non-technical application owner can create robust digitally signed MSIX and app attach packages that always conform to your internal packaging and security standards with ease.
Publish your application and deploy with Intune (MSIX or Win32) or with SCCM (AppV, MSI, or MSIX) or as an AppV.
Using Swagger APIs, you can easily package MSIX applications.
LATEST CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY
We implemented Access CAPTURE in a major US bank to automate the discovery, packaging, and testing of more than 2,000 applications within just a few weeks. As part of this Windows 10 rollout, we were able to free up more than 50% of the headcount previously dedicated to application management tasks.
To increase the efficiency of automation, Capture centrally manages and controls the records and policy files (e.g., user profiles, including all regional settings, colors) of every product and app in a newly created or existing Change Management Database.
Ensure your apps are in compliance with your corporate and IT policies and have full confidence that they load and run without any errors and without exceeding any predefined performance thresholds — all while empowering your app owners!
With Access Capture you are getting the best of both worlds: you can fully customize the smart workflows to work with your environment and infrastructure while being able to scale up and down instantly as Capture requires minimal resources.
By automating the entire application packaging and testing process end-to-end, you can reduce the time required to discover, scan, package, test, and enable your apps from days to minutes!
You know you can trust the end product because all your Access Capture-packaged files are Microsoft and VMWare approved. In addition, all MSIX are digitally signed as part of the packaging process.
Whether it is automated performance, user acceptance, or end user experience testing, Access Capture has extensive testing capabilities to ensure your testing is