Desktop Bridge Setup Converter - Converting in Virtual Machines

The Desktop Bridge Setup Converter can be configured to capture an installation running on your local machine or in a virtual machine, where nothing else is installed, thus a much cleaner system which can yield much more accurate results.

Besides getting very accurate results, performing the conversion in VMs provides another important advantage, i.e. it dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture and test a setup. The DBSC can use existent snapshots from the VM or create new ones on the fly, so for you it will be like running directly in the host OS but without having to cleanup the application that got installed during the conversion. This is done automatically by the DBSC, as part of its VM snapshots management system.

Supported Virtual Machines

Currently the DBSC supports integration with VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines. Check your existent virtual machines against the minimum requirements listed below, to see if you can use them for the conversion.

The recommend OS to run inside the virtual machine is Windows 10 Anniversary or newer.

Converting in VMware virtual machines

  • The minimum required versions are VMware Workstation 10 and VMware Player 6.
  • Make sure you have the latest VMware tools version installed.
  • Virtual machines created with an older version of VMware Workstation should make sure they have VMCI driver enabled. This is enabled by default in VMs created with the latest editions.
  • If the state of the VM is powered off, you should power it on and login with the specified username and password before continuing. The DBSC wizard will power the VM for you but you will have to login manually.
  • During the conversion, the DBSC will require elevation so be sure to check the VM for any prompts.

ImportantIf you have only VMware Player, i.e. no VMware Workstation, installed on your machine it is mandatory to install VIX SDK from VMware. If VIX SDK is not installed, the DBSC will not be able to connect with the VM player.

Converting in Hyper-V virtual machines

  • The DBSC supports the following Hyper-V virtualization platforms (64-bit):
    • Windows 8 Pro/Ent
    • Windows 8.1 Pro/Ent
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows 10 Pro/Ent
  • The supported VM guest OS is Windows XP SP3 (or newer), both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
  • If the state of the VM is powered off, you should power it on and login with the specified username and password before continuing. The DBSC wizard will power the VM for you but you will have to login manually.
  • During the conversion, the DBSC will require elevation so be sure to check the VM for any prompts.

NoteConverting in virtual machines requires administrative credentials.

Advanced Installer tools

For a better experience on both VMware and Hyper-V virtualization providers Advanced Installer will require installing Advanced Installer tools.

To avoid having to install the tools everytime, simply copy and install ...\bin\osprovision.exe from the DBSC install location, then save the snapshot.