App-V 5.0 – Legacy Package Conversion Report Creation

Hi all,

Imagine the scenario, you have 200 packages created with 4.5+ and you want to test that they will work with App-V 5.0, how do we accomplish this?

As part of the App-V 5.0 beta 2 release it offers the ability to automatically test legacy packages to see if they are compatible for package conversion. To complete this you need to use the following Powershell cmdlet.


The Test-AppvLegacyPackage cmdlet will take as an input a single or set of legacy packages and perform basic pre-validation on the legacy package to test if it is compatible for package conversion to the new App-V package format.

The cmdlet only performs basic validation, such as ensuring that all files are present, or that it is a supported package version. A test that does not yield any errors does not necessarily guarantee success of a package.

Example: Test-AppvLegacyPackage –SourcePath c:\packages\4.6\7Zip915.001

What we’re going to do run this command against a specific directory. First we need to locate this directory within the Powershell console. The following can be used:

Cd c:\packages\4.6

Once the console window is in that location then we can run our test of legacy packages.

Get-ChildItem | ForEach-Object {Test-AppvLegacyPackage $_.FullName}

Notice when you run this against several hundred packages the output is only displayed in the Powershell console, you may be asking how do I output this to a useable format???


To make it more readable we’re going to format the output as a table and then export this data to a text file.

Get-childitem | ForEach-Object {Test-AppvLegacyPackage $_.FullName} | Format-Table -Wrap | Out-File c:\output.txt

When you open the output you get something similar to the below. It’s a great improvement from just showing it in the console window but we can make it better.


The next command we are going to use is Export-CliXml. The description is below:


The Export-Clixml cmdlet creates an XML-based representation of an object or objects and stores it in a file. You can then use the Import-CLIXML cmdlet to re-create the saved object based on the contents of that file.

This cmdlet is similar to ConvertTo-XML, except that Export-Clixml stores the resulting XML in a file.

ConvertTo-XML returns the XML, so you can continue to process it in Windows PowerShell.

The following command is used:

Get-childitem | ForEach-Object {Test-AppvLegacyPackage $_.FullName} | Export-Clixml -Path c:\TAL.xml

We can then open this XML file for review.


Once the XML has been reviewed you can see it’s not in a format which is very readable, so let’s make it more readable.

Now were going to import the XML file we created and then use the inbuilt Powershell cmdlet “Convertto-html”.

Import-Clixml -Path C:\TAL.xml | Select-Object Source, Errors, Warnings, Information | convertto-html | Out-File C:\TAL.html


Now that’s in a format we like but there’s no table formatting or sorting of objects. Imagine having 100 packages tested and having to scroll through and find which packages had errors or warning.

The final example is solving this problem, firstly we need to define some CSS to make the table look better.

$a = "<style>"
$a = $a + "BODY{background-color:white;font-family:Arial;}"
$a = $a + "TABLE{border-width: 1px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;border-collapse: collapse; font-family:Arial; font-size:12px;}"
$a = $a + "TH{height: 20px;border-width: 1px;padding: 0px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;background-color:darkblue; color:white; font-size:12px;}"
$a = $a + "TD{border-width: 1px;padding: 4px;border-style: solid;border-color: black; vertical-align:top;}"
$a = $a + "</style>"

Now we have some styling we need to run a similar command with some switches, the switches of interest is the sort switch and the extra parameters in the convertto-html where we reference the style created above.

Import-Clixml -Path C:\TAL.xml | sort @{expression="Errors";Descending=$true},@{expression="Warnings";descending=$true} | Select-Object Source, Errors, Warnings, Information | convertto-html -head $a -body "<H3>Test-AppvLegacyPackage</H3>" | Out-File C:\TAL.html

Once this command has been ran you get a nice formatted HTML table with errors sorted first then warnings, so no need to scroll through a large HTML document.


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Powershell is your friend with App-V 5.0 and this blog posts shows you how easy it is to use App-V 5.0 cmdlets and inbuilt Powershell functionality to create a formatted report testing App-V legacy packages.

David Falkus | Premier Field Engineer | Application Virtualization

Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this post!! Works as expected and saves a lot of time because i don't have to figure out a script by myself!

  2. Yuriy says:

    Please fix misprints (also in TechNet Library, if it's possible) Correct comandlet is Test-LegacyAppvPackage and correct parameter is -Source, not -SoursePath

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