I recently received a question regarding the integration of Microsoft App-V with a hosted-VM based VDI desktop within a XenDesktop infrastructure.  App-V, just like XenApp Streaming, creates an application profile where portions of the profile are delivered to the endpoint as needed.

The challenge is with this particular set of applications, they undergo frequent updates (daily).  Integrating the application layer requires:

  • A configuration that keeps the cache intact across reboots (as this will speed up the application delivery aspect)
  • A configuration that allows for seamless updates without requiring reboots or virtual desktop image updates

Because the virtual desktop is delivered from a single Provisioning services image, a persistent disk should be allocated for each VM as explained in the following Ask the Architecture Q & A video. 


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