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Capture Output Location

Dec. 08, 2016

In the Capture Output Location step in the Virtual Machine Configuration Wizard, you specify where you want the Install Capture output (such as MSI files and screen shots of the installation) to be stored. There are two different ways that the output can be handled and which option you choose determines the requirements for the output location.

Stream results (simple) – In this option, the output is streamed from the virtual machine to a folder on the host machine or a network share after the capture is complete. Because the virtual machine does not require access to this folder, this option is easier to set up than the Copy results to network share option. However, Install Capture takes longer. In addition, if the capture does not complete for any reason, the results up to the point of failure are lost. This option is therefore not recommended if you plan to run batches of captures unattended (for example, using auto-clicker).

  • Store results in – Specify the location in which you want the output files that are streamed from the virtual machine to be stored. AppDNA requires read-write access to this folder but the virtual machine does not need to access it.
Note: During the capture process itself the results are stored temporarily in a folder on the virtual machine. By default, this is C:\AppDNA, but if necessary, you can change this in the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog box after you have completed creating the virtual machine configuration in this wizard.

Copy results to network share (faster) – This option copies the results from the virtual machine to a folder on the host machine or a network share to which both AppDNA and the virtual machine have read and write access. Use this option if you may want to run batches of captures unattended (for example, using auto-clicker).

  • Network share – Specify where you want the virtual machine to copy the output files to. This must be a location to which both the host machine and the virtual machine have read-write access. For example, a local path such as c:\temp\appdna will not work. Typically you use a UNC path of the form \\server\share\path. However, you can use a mapped network drive, provided that the same drive letter is mapped to the same location on both the AppDNA machine and the virtual machine.

Test – Click to check that both AppDNA and the virtual machine can access the location you have specified.

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