The Great Big White Paper on when to use AppV, when to use
FSLogix, and when to use them together! The latest release from Duncan Murdoch
of Amber Reef, "The purpose of this document is to discuss the strengths
and weakness of App-V and FSLogix Apps, and how the two can be used together to
form a complete application provisioning and management strategy." The
document uses scenario-based considerations to demonstrate the pros and cons of
using each solution independently, or when combined.
Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed
has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches
over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every
method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include
time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The
too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess
spending on application licenses.
Too many companies are settling on less than optimal
solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of
the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to
dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a
single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user
needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into
a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the
right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right
fonts. It is possible and it is simple.
Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides
a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT
overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending
Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based
policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and
enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images.
FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any
other similar technologies available today.
A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment
solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the
methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises
valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution
that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than
degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously
personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications
and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And,
of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or
cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.
UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
This document contains the steps required to install a Proof-of-Concept (POC) environment for RDSH Full Desktop with FSLogix Apps. POC environments created according to this install guide can be used to test applications controlled by FSLogix Apps in a reproducible way. We build the environment in the cloud in order to minimize costs associated with required hardware, and to streamline the build process.
The testing environment is built entirely in Azure and contains an IaaS RDSH deployment including the supporting network and domain infrastructure. A non-Azure based client component accesses the RDSH deployment.
Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to outline the necessary approach
to centrally control and manage FTAs for Word 2013 and WordViewer using
After addressing the reason and symptoms of
the issue, Duncan asserts, "If the desire is to 'Control the FTA' centrally
and manage the associations with FSLogix, preventing the users from overriding
the FTA settings," then "to achieve this you can create 2
separate FTA rules, one for Word 2013 and another for WordViewer."
applying these rules alongside the FSLogix Hiding rules for the applications,
then the Administrator can ensure that the FTA that is applied is the one that
they have allocated to the application group.
will also prevent a user from being able to right-click the file and assign
their OWN FTA preferences.
A concise, visual guide to implementing file type
associations when using App-V with FSLogix. Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses
this white paper to show the precise steps for managing file type
associations (FTAs) when using App-V with FSLogix. As an example for managing
the file type associations for App-V packages, Duncan Murdoch demonstrates
the ease of this process with Adobe DC and FOX-IT Reader as published
applications. With a couple quick steps and a single FSLogix rule,
the proper FTAs are put in place for the desired default .pdf application.