File Format for .raa

FlexNet Manager Suite (Cloud)

The AppVMgmtSvr.ps1 PowerShell script interrogates the App-V Management Server, and saves the resulting data in a remote application access file (filename extension .raa), by default called FNMS_AppV.raa. This is an XML file that encapsulates data about each application's App-V package, and the MSI installer information known to App-V.

Here is an excerpt from an FNMS_AppV.raa file (here line-wrapped for presentation):
<remoteApplications accessModeID="2">
  <app farmName="" 
       appID="9b09bc0d-9634-4838-b0ba-8c256ef4710d" 
       appName="Blender"  
       appFileName=""  
       appFileVersion=""  
       appFilePublisher="" 
       appFileDesc=""  
       userSid=""  
       serverName=""  
       serverDomainName=""  
       isStreamingProfile="1" />
  <msiData farmName=""  
           appID="9b09bc0d-9634-4838-b0ba-8c256ef4710d" 
           msiDisplayName="Blender"  
           msiPublisher="Blender"  
           msiVersion="1.0" 
           msiProductCode="{DFFFE0C6-3E9A-44E9-9EC1-B5C92DCEE4AF}" />
  <app farmName="" 
       appID="5d80bef6-de4a-44f6-b4f8-9aa6a657880e" 
       appName="FileZilla_3.2.4.1_win32-setup"  
       appFileName=""  
       appFileVersion=""  
       appFilePublisher=""  
       appFileDesc=""  
       userSid="S-1-5-21-1336908958-3350896562-3141117955-1690"  
       serverName="" 
       serverDomainName=""  
       isStreamingProfile="1" />
  <msiData farmName=""  
           appID="5d80bef6-de4a-44f6-b4f8-9aa6a657880e"  
           msiDisplayName="FileZilla Client 3.2.4.1"  
           msiPublisher=""  
           msiVersion="3.2.4.1" 
           msiProductCode="filezilla client" />
 <app farmName=""  
       appID="02787044-d434-4e7d-8770-cda46c988de8"  
       appName="AdobeReader9"  
       appFileName=""  
       appFileVersion=""  
       appFilePublisher=""  
       appFileDesc=""  
       userSid="S-1-5-21-1336908958-3350896562-3141117955-1690"  
       serverName=""  
       serverDomainName=""  
       isStreamingProfile="1" />
  <msiData farmName=""   
           appID="02787044-d434-4e7d-8770-cda46c988de8"   
           msiDisplayName="Adobe Reader 9.1"   
           msiPublisher="Adobe Systems Incorporated"   
           msiVersion="9.1.0"   
           msiProductCode="{ac76ba86-7ad7-1033-7b44-a91000000001}" />
  ...
</remoteApplications>
Some points of interest to note:
  • The complete set of MSI attributes needed for FlexNet Manager Suite makes use of Asset Intelligence on the App-V release 5.0+ system, which saves a series of AssetIntelligenceProperties in the manifest file. From these properties, AppVMgmtSvr.ps1 extracts the four msi... properties shown for the applications above.
  • Not all applications deployed through App-V use MSI, as some applications use third-party installers. App-V packages using third-party installers cannot include the Asset Intelligence properties available through MSI. For such cases, the AppVMgmtSvr.ps1 PowerShell script interrogates the App-V application registry to get complete installer evidence, populating the same attributes in the .raa file. (Thus the presence of AssetIntelligenceProperties in the manifest file does not necessarily mean that Asset Intelligence was available; but does mean that equivalent data has been obtained.)
  • The msiDisplayName becomes the Name property of the installer evidence record, the msiPublisher maps to Publisher, msiVersion maps to Version. As with all installer evidence, the resulting record is matched against installer evidence "rules" (previously-recorded installer evidence records, most often generalized with judicious use of wild card % characters), and when matched, adds an installation count to the application linked to the rule. This means that in listings of installer evidence, the visible entry remains the generalized rule that matched our individual piece of installer evidence. However, the individual installer evidence record is visible by drilling down into the properties of the inventory device on which the inventory evidence was found.
  • For a worked example of how the installer evidence for the FileZilla application in the extract above is matched against an installer evidence rule, see Investigating Issues.

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