Before provisioning an AppStack, you must prepare the virtual machine used for provisioning by following certain criteria.

The criteria for preparing a provisioning machine is as follows:

  • AppStacks must be provisioned on a clean base image (virtual machine), which closely resembles the target environment to which you later plan to deploy the AppStack.

    For example, the provisioning virtual machine and the target must be at the same patch and service pack level. If you have included applications in the base image, they must also be present in the provisioning virtual machine.

  • Provisioning must be performed on a virtual machine that does not have any assigned AppStacks.

    If you have previously assigned any AppStack to the virtual machine, or if the virtual machine has been used for provisioning before, that virtual machine should be set back to a clean snapshot before you begin provisioning a new AppStack.

Note: Applications installed by a non-admin user might not capture all application content. Administrators should make sure that only domain administrators or local administrators have the rights to capture applications on the provisioning virtual machine.