Horizon View & App Volumes Base Image Design

January 14, 2019 – 10:08 am

I am working on a VDI project for a client and we had a debate about where various applications should be in the stack.

Some people wanted the base image to be a pristine OS only foundation (which is what I do as well in traditional desktop imaging deployments), but in a VDI environment, it might not be the best solution.

We are using AppVolumes in the solution and this brings up different challenges than traditional packaging deployment.

So the decision we took was to include everything that is Microsoft related (and potentially required for all users) in the base image, as this will simplify monthly updates. Most applications are updated on a need to basis, but the Microsoft stack gets updates monthly.

So the following applications are going to be included in the base image:

  • Windows 10 OS
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Skype for Business
  • All VC++ Runtime packages
  • All .NET framework packages
  • Silverlight (Yeah I know… 😉 )
  • LAPS
  • Report Viewer Runtime

Other Microsoft applications like Visio and Project will be in AppStacks due to not everyone having licenses for them.

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