The application installation step installs the required applications on a reference machine.

About this task

After the pre-scan step is completed, the client notifies you that you can install applications.


Any file or registry change that you make inside the captured area will be part of the app layer and applied to endpoints when you deliver the app layer. The Mirage policy can configure this area. Avoid putting sensitive information in the reference machine used for capturing app layers that you do not want to distribute to other devices.

See What You Can Capture in an App Layer.


  • Mirage does not capture application installations or configuration changes made for specific user profiles for an app layer. Whenever applications such as Google Chrome give options to install or set shortcuts for either a specific user or globally for all users, always choose the all users option so that these installations and configurations are captured as part of the app layer.

  • When you install applications, do not make any changes that are not wanted in the capture. For example:

    • Avoid installing software updates or applications that you do not want to capture.

    • Avoid launching other applications or Windows components that the installation process of the application you want to capture does not require.

    • Avoid hardware changes, domain membership changes, and other configurations that are not required.

    • Avoid GPO scripts running on the machine during the recording phase.

  • To reduce conflicts between vendors, install applications of the same vendor in the same single-app layer.

  • Whenever possible, install software that can be volume-licensed and does not require hardware-bound licensing and activation. Delivering hardware-bound licensed applications through app layers usually triggers reactivation of the software on the endpoints.


Install all of the applications required to be captured for the app layer on the reference machine.

This process includes applying application updates and patches to the installed applications, and customizing global settings and configurations.

The CVD remains in a Recording mode until processing is started, which signals that application installations were completed.

If the reference machine is restarted for any reason, the console reminds you that recording is still in progress and that you should complete application installation.

What to do next

After all the required applications are installed, run each application one time to ensure that the applications were installed correctly. After you run the applications, you can perform a post scan and create a layer. See Create Layers Post Scan.