Welcome to the fifth and long over due post in my VMware AppVolumes series. In this post I am going to cover my favorite feature in AppVolumes, Writable Volumes. Writable Volumes can be used to capture either user profile date, user installed applications, or both. Each of these options is provided by three Writable Volume “Templates” that provided via AppVolumes by default. The three templates are a follows:
- Template_uia_only – Allows for the use of “User Installed Applications” when mounted. Note that users still the appropriate OS permissions to install applications
- Template_profile_only – Leveraging a filter driver in the AppVolumes agent, user profile settings will be be redirected and saved to the Writable Volume
- Template_uia_plus_proflie – The best of both worlds listed above. User installed applications and user profile changes are saved and persisted to the writable volume.
With the option to leverage Writable Volumes in a Horizon View environment (bundled with the Enterprise Suite or purchased standalone) it will definitely help ease the burden of delivering the appearance of a dedicated desktop in a floating, non-persistent environment. The below example walks through the process of creating Writable Volumes for a group of users and then seeing it in action in my Horizon View environment. [Read more…]