Taking OS Snapshots

AdminStudio 2020 R2 SP1 | 20.01 | OS Snapshot Wizard

Edition:OS Snapshot Wizard is included with AdminStudio Professional and Enterprise Editions.

The OS Snapshot Wizard provides a simple way to capture your basic operating system configuration. Using the OS Snapshot Wizard, you can scan your computer’s operating system and record the files, INI files, shortcuts, and registry entries present. The Wizard then creates an .osc file representing the system contents. You can import this snapshot file into the an Application Catalog database to identify potential conflicts between Windows Installer-based setups and your operating system.

To provide maximum flexibility during the OS Snapshot process, you can create an exclusion list (similar to the Repackager exclusion list) that identifies files, INI files, shortcuts, and registry entries that the OS Snapshot Wizard should disregard during the scan. Using this list, you can eliminate unnecessary files, shortcuts, or registry entries, and reduce the time it takes to perform the OS Snapshot.

The following topics are included in this section:

OS Snapshot Best Practices
Configuring OS Snapshot Analysis Options
Capturing an OS Snapshot

Caution:OS Snapshots should only be used for comparison in Application Manager. You should never attempt to convert an OS Snapshot into an MSI package.