Citrix App Layering and FSLogix: Better Together!

Posted by Robb Shaw on May 4, 2018 1:31:12 PM

Prior to joining FSLogix I was a Solutions Architect for Unidesk, and eventually Citrix, after they acquired the company in 2017. With that acquisition, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop gained a powerful tool to aid in reducing the effort required to manage images. Now called Citrix App Layering, I was able to see firsthand how Citrix customers benefitted from it by creating one main OS layer that could be managed and updated separately, but still be applied to many different desktop images. This capability also extends to applications and various platform elements to allow easy assignment and rollback.

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Topics: Application Masking, java version control, Application Layering, Citrix

Application Packaging is Dying

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 3, 2018 12:14:33 PM

My name is Rory Monaghan and I've been working as an application packager for over 10 years.

Working in such a specialized role can be very challenging. My first few years were pretty good. I would get a mix of applications to work on ranging from simple to medium to complex. It was pretty enjoyable learning how to package. Out of necessity, you become very well versed with the Windows OS. 

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Topics: Application Packaging, Application Layering, saas, Windows

The case of 100% Delivery via App-V

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jan 3, 2018 11:34:52 AM

While I will admit that I thought about this possibility, I never would have written about it unless I found a customer actually doing this.

I met them in a recent training class, and here is their story.

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Topics: App-V, Citrix, Microsoft, Application Layering

Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F) 6.1.0 TEST – Release

Posted by Matthias Schlimm on Aug 28, 2017 2:56:58 PM

Updated 24.08.2017: We are now entered the Testing Stage for the well known Base Image Script Framework (BIS-F). The DEV build is closed now after some weeks of development and crazy nights, Remote Sessions to get the right solution. But now have a deeper look into:

Citrix AppLayering:
You can run BIS-F on each Layer, the Layer would automatically detected between OS-Layer and Platform/Application layer and do the right sealing steps. You do no longer need “Shutdown for Finalize” inside the VM created from ELM.

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Topics: BISF, Citrix, Application Layering

Citrix App Layering

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jul 18, 2017 1:04:56 PM

Over the years, I have posted quite a lot of content about Unidesk, which you can read HERE. While I did try out Unidesk with 2.x, they really piqued my interest with the 3.x release which supported Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services. You see, RDS is a real pain in the ass when trying to manage it at any sort of scale. The Server Manager’s built-in consoles for managing desktops and users in RDS, simply are not fit for purpose. Unidesk however, was an excellent compliment for RDS. You could quickly and easily filter your virtual desktops, edit\manage multiple at once and of course it also made image and application management super simple!

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Topics: Citrix, Application Layering, Unidesk, Hyper-V

Imaging Windows 10 and getting to one Golden Image

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 26, 2017 11:05:31 AM

Through years of trial and error, I’ve cemented some of my personal best practices for desktop imaging that I’d like to share with all of you in this article. Although the technologies are very different, my practices for creating golden images of physical desktops and virtual desktops have many things in common.

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Topics: Application Layering, Citrix Application Layering, Windows 10, Windows 10 Layering, Office 365, Virtual desktops

Opinion: The Changing Landscape of Enterprise Application Management

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Feb 7, 2017 9:54:46 AM

I'm usually not one for posting blogs on [rorymon.com] in reaction to public announcements BUT I’ll make an exception for a couple that occurred in the first two weeks of this year. First, on the 2nd of January, Symantec put out a release to state that their Workspace Virtualization product is now End Of Life. Second is the announcement out of Citrix Summit that Citrix acquired Unidesk. These announcements warrant a post in my opinion because to me it highlights a major shift in the application virtualization and application delivery space.

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Topics: Application Virtualization, Application Layering, Citrix, Unidesk, App-V, VDI

Rorymon's Application Virtualization Smackdown 2016 Winners

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jan 18, 2017 9:49:56 AM

Industry expert Rory Monaghan, in collaboration with Jurjen van Leeuwen and Ruben Spruijt, released their Application Virtualization Smackdown 2016 whitepaper in early November '16. In Rorymon's recent blog post on Algiz-Technology, he takes the time to review each product in the following categories: Application Virtualization, Containers, Application Layering, and Other. By segmenting the assortment of products into these categories, Rory provides us with his own personal verdict of each product, along with the respective categorical winners.

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Topics: Application Virtualization, containers, Application Layering

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