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App Laying still an option?


tohadlock

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So it looks like there hasn't been a new release of App Layering in a while.

Is this something someone new should be getting into?

I have visited this a bit in the past but it was a recent Citrix purchase at the time.

It is my understanding that there is a lot of work up front but better in the long run.

 

Should we looking into this as we are an application developer and hoster as well?

What about updates to the layers, if we had monthly updates would it be worth it?

 

Thanks 

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On 2/22/2021 at 3:09 PM, tohadlock said:

So it looks like there hasn't been a new release of App Layering in a while.

Is this something someone new should be getting into?

I have visited this a bit in the past but it was a recent Citrix purchase at the time.

It is my understanding that there is a lot of work up front but better in the long run.

 

Should we looking into this as we are an application developer and hoster as well?

What about updates to the layers, if we had monthly updates would it be worth it?

 

Thanks 

 

If you only have 1 image, it's not worth it....  Where it pays you back in time is if you have multiple images it makes management far easier.

 

We have 10 images so being able to do windows updates once and then deploy that to all of our images saves us a tremendous amount of time as one example.  

 

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Last November was the last release of App Layering, version 2011.  They are normally every 3 months or so.

 

The main uses for app layering are to reduce the management load if you have many images to manage.  So we do have many hosting providers that benefit from App Layering if they have different images for every customer.  

 

For developers themselves using VDI there are customers tat have their developers use VDI desktops with User Layers.  That allows developers to install applications themselves even though they use non persistent desktops.  However you would need to know that not all applications can be used that way. If they have kernel drivers or third party drivers then an appo layer has to be created for them and they have to be included in the published image.

 

So the answer is that its worth trying to see if it would help you.

 

 

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