App Layering comparison & reviews

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  • Fully Supported
  • Limitation
  • Not Supported
  • Information Only
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
  Support Status  
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Product is supported (Not End Of Life )
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Under active development
  Maturity  
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Public enterprise references in Europe
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Public enterprise references in US
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Official training classes available
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Official Certification program
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Large community resource
Some recipes available & community scripts
  Solution licensing  
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Concurrent licensing
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Device licensing
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Per named user licensing
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Free for personal use
Limited time free for 25 users
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Services Provider License Agreement
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  Packaging  
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Pre-launch scripting
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Deploy One Layer to Many Operating Systems
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Layer can override GPO
Yes with Micro Isolation Feature
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Public layering recipes (10+ available)
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Optional compression of layers
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User Writeable Layer
Currently only for Desktop OS
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Reboot during packaging supported
No, reboot is not simulated
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No limit on package file size
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Unattended application packaging
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Import of MSI packages for conversion
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Quick edit of layers
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User can layer their own apps
Can change supported OS and some capabilities but not contents
No