FlexApp Layering “State of the Union” blog

The recent release of ProfileUnity 6.5 was a significant platform improvement for both ProfileUnity and FlexApp. The commitment to robust integration points between ProfileUnity and the FlexApp layering platform is reflected based on the positive feedback from current and new customers alike.

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Delivering ThinApp packages within a FlexApp Layer using ProfileUnity

One question that comes up in conversation a lot recently is where App Virtualization stops and App Layering starts. There are typically no wrong answers when attempting to design application solutions around both App Virtualization and App Layering, but what is clear so far is that App Layering has a wider compatibility with enterprise applications. There seems to be another option, why not combine them for a best of breed solution for enterprises. This blog entry will examine the combination of FlexApp Layering from Liquidware Labs and ThinApp from VMware.

A number of years ago when I first started working with ThinApp, I was told they would run faster if they were launched from the local disk versus a network share.  For physical or persistent OS, this can be accomplished by copying the ThinApp package locally and then running thinreg.exe against the file(s) or by packaging the application with ThinApp as an .msi package and installing it on the OS.  For non-persistent desktops, copying the files locally or running the msi version isn’t really an option because this would need to be done each time a user logs on to a desktop.

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The Golden Age of the Golden Image

Anyone who has suffered and snickered through my previous blogs will know I am a huge fan of “stateless” computing. Namely  – the removal of all user state from the device that is in your hands or at your fingertips.  Incrementally – we all (ecosystem) have been trending this way though many are calling it other things with “cloud or XaaS” getting the most mileage. Continue reading

Optimizing Citrix XenApp with FlexApp Layering from Liquidware Labs

FlexApp Layers from Liquidware Labs is focused on application life cycle management and delivery. The platform optimizations allow for seamless integration with many different vendor technologies including Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

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On Demand Application Delivery with FlexApp from Liquidware Labs

One of the many challenges within the challenge of a basic application lifecycle centers on the delivery of applications to end users. The number and types of devices leveraged by end users is expanding daily and enterprises are now expected to essentially accept this change and improvise.

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Dare To Compare — You’ll be Glad You Did!

Hi, I am Chris Akerberg, President and COO of Liquidware Labs. I’ve never been one to write blogs but I felt compelled to share a few of my thoughts during this very exciting time in our market space. You’ve probably been hearing a lot of noise about upcoming innovations from the key players in desktop technologies.  All this noise, for us, is great news. We are happy the market is getting further educated on the true value of cutting-edge developments in User Environment Management,  Application Layering and End-user Visibility.  Today, VMware has given this feature set a specific name ( Workspace Environment Management).  Whatever you want to call it we have believed for years these key elements would be needed to successfully deploy VDI – especially non-persistent VDI — remember those debates during VMworld 2013 spearheaded by Gunnar Berger?dare2compare2015 However, the reality is that, we at Liquidware Labs have been quietly and confidently promoting this vision and executing on this strategy since our inception in 2009.  It is validating and exciting to see the market “heat up” recently over these core pillars of VDI and desktop management.  We haven’t been making noise, but we’ve been making some serious progress. And we ask that you “Dare To Compare” us against any other offerings on the market today.  You can trial and learn more about our Essentials Suite Bundle or TRY 25 FREE licenses today. You will be glad you did. Continue reading

ProfileDisk: The Profile Easy Button!

Today, I want to talk about ProfileDisk and its benefits using FlexDisk or VHD.  ProfileDisk is a new major feature scheduled for ProfileUnity 6.5,  targeted for release in Q1 of 2015.

Before I talk about ProfileDisk, let’s level set about ProfileUnity itself and how it deals with the user profile. Today, ProfileUnity uses its portability engine to backup and restore users’ profiles. This engine is highly optimized to make backup and restore of a user’s profile as fast as possible. This engine archives the profile into smaller parts that also include a checksum so that the solution can sort through what does and does NOT need to be save or restored. Out of the box, ProfileUnity comes with templates that cover 85% of the user profile, Windows settings, application settings, etc. ProfileUnity’s portability engine backups up and restores profile on login, logoff or on triggers for example on PCoIP or ICA disconnect  the users profile can be saved. This approach gives you great control over how much or how little of the profile you want to make portable. But this approach also sometimes requires you to create a portability rule for paths that are not captured out-of-the-box. Customers have told us they want a fully persistent desktop, leveraging non persistent VDI but without having to configure many portability rules.    Essentially, they want a feature that would act as an “easy button” or “catch all” for users’ profiles. Continue reading

Four Ways to Regain Control of Persistent VDI (and Physical) Desktops Today

Liquidware Labs is known in the market for removing the barriers to run efficient, low maintenance, non-persistent (stateless) desktops in VDI. start-taking-control-666x500What you may not know is that we offer compelling features to help you efficiently manage persistent (stateful) and physical desktops as well.

For whatever reason, you’ve decided to deliver persistent VDI (VMware Horizon, Citrix XenDesktop, etc) desktops to your users. A persistent desktop is very much like a physical desktop. By being stateful, persistent desktops are more dependent on storage, and users can easily install and modify the desktops as they wish. Coincidentally, these are arguably also drawbacks when going persistent. Continue reading

Six Ways ProfileUnity’s Application Rights Management Can Help You Now!

Application Rights Management is the ability to allow or deny applications from being executed, delivered, or installed on select users’ Windows physical or virtual desktops and laptops.  images (1)Application Rights Management is new in ProfileUnity v6.0. The solution is somewhat unique in the market by addressing Application Rights Management from within our User Environment Management solution – i.e. there are no additional products to buy/install. Continue reading