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Pros
  • + High success rate for real time\hot add application layers
  • + Relatively lightweight infrastructure setup
  • + Simple provisioning workflow
  • + Rapid innovation and rich feature set
  • + Isolation capabilities through session layers
  • + Can output directly to VHD or VMDK
  • + Features image management which helps move your image from one platform to another including from on-premises to the cloud
  • + High rate of success with app layers in published shared image
  • + Most mature layering product on the market
Cons
  • - Recommended to limit number of AppStacks on RDSH to 10-12
  • - Can be setup to output as in-guest VHD or VMDK but not both at the same time in a single setup
  • - Must modify config file in order to capture COM+ Component Services
  • - Can license standalone but still requires ProfileUnity install
  • - User layers currently not in production
  • - Currently restricted to deploying app layers to source OS Layer
  • - Lacks automation capabilities
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Support Status
Product is supported (Not End Of Life )
Under active development
Maturity
Public enterprise references in Europe
Public enterprise references in US
Official training classes available
Official Certification program
Large community resource
Some recipes available & community scripts
Solution licensing
Concurrent licensing
Device licensing
Per named user licensing
Free for personal use
Limited time free for 25 users
Services Provider License Agreement
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Packaging
Pre-launch scripting
Deploy One Layer to Many Operating Systems
Layer can override GPO
Yes with Micro Isolation Feature
Public layering recipes (10+ available)
Optional compression of layers
User Writeable Layer
Currently only for Desktop OS
Reboot during packaging supported
No, reboot is not simulated
No limit on package file size
Unattended application packaging
Import of MSI packages for conversion
Quick edit of layers
User can layer their own apps
Can change supported OS and some capabilities but not contents
MSIX Support
Converts MSIX to FlexApp
No need for clean OS during packaging
Layer format is open source
Virtual Disk can be mounted
Virtual Disk can be mounted
Virtual Disk can be mounted
Built-in package encryption
Clone layers
Clone Layers while still in use
Show custom message at app launch
Only through scripting
Only through scripting
Only through scripting
Printer Management