XPF files replaced VSA files as the new default package format for the release of Symantec Workspace Virtualization 6.1 SP4. In addition, Symantec now supports XPF software packages in the Software Catalog. Symantec continues to support the VSA format in the Software Catalog.
For more information on XPF see topics on understanding the packaging process in the Wise™ Virtual Composer User's Guide.
You can use either of the following tools to repackage an application's installation file to create a VSA or an XPF file:
Wise Package Studio 7.0 or later
Symantec Workspace Virtualization (formerly known as Software Virtualization Solution)
You can create a software resource for a VSA or an XPF file in the Software Catalog. When you create the software resource, you can add the VSA or an XPF file to the Software Library. In the Software Catalog, you can edit the software resource. For example, you can define associations and additional command lines. The Command Line Builder makes it easy to create syntactically correct command lines for the software resource of a VSA or an XPF file.
After you create the software resource for a VSA or an XPF file in the Software Catalog, you can use any delivery method to deliver it. You can also deliver a VSA or an XPF file with a Software Virtualization task.
When you deliver a VSA or an XPF file, the Symantec Workspace Virtualization Agent installs it to create a virtual software layer. After the layer is created and activated, its files and registry settings become visible. If the layer contains an application, the application functions as if it were not in a layer.