You can create writable volumes for your computer and users.


  1. On the App Volumes Manager page, select Volumes > Writables .
  2. Click Create Writable.
  3. Enter a search string to find the name of the entity to assign the Writable Volume.
  4. Select the Search all domains in the Active Directory forest check box .

    User Principal Name string searches (search_term@domain.local) and Down-Level Logon Name string searches (domain\search_string) are supported.

  5. Click Search.
  6. To specify the location of the writable volumes, select Destination Storage and Destination Path.
  7. Select a template for the new writable volume.
  8. Configure the advanced options for the writable volume.



    Prevent user login if the writable is in use on another computer

    For a writable volume to work as expected, ensure that users do not log in to a computer to which their writable volume is not attached because their user's local profile might interfere with their profile on the writable volume.

    To avoid confusion, the App Volumes Manager prevents a user from logging in to an additional computer when their writable volume is attached elsewhere. You can toggle the user login block by using the Block Login option on each writable volume.

    This option is best used to protect users from logging in to persistent desktops without their writable volume. It is not needed when using nonpersistent pools since the computer is reverted to a clean snapshot before use.

    Limit the attachment of users writables to specific computers

    Users might not need their writable volume on all the computers they use. Additionally, some users might need separate writable volumes that are only attached to specific computers.

    The Limit Attachment option allows you to specify the prefix to a computer name. When you provide such a prefix, the writable volume is attached only to a computer with a name that begins with the prefix.

    For example, consider a user having two writable volumes, one limited to Win7-Dev and another limited to Win7-Test. When the user logs in to the computer named Win7-Dev-021, the user gets the first volume. When the user logs in to Win7-Testing, the user gets the second volume. If the user logs in to Win2012R2, no writable volume is attached.

    Delay writable creation for group/OU members until they log in

    When you select a Group or Organization Unit, a writable volume is created for each one of the current members. Often these containers can have hundreds or thousands of members. This can be problematic because creating a large number of volumes at once can take a long time. Every member might not need a writable volume.

    The Defer Create option defers the creation of writables for Group and OU members until their next login. This option only affects Groups and Organization Units. Users and Computer entities directly selected still have their volumes created immediately.

  9. Click Create.

    If you select a group, then individual writable volumes are created for each member of that group. You can delay this until the first log in by using the delay check box.

    Group membership is discovered with recursion, meaning that users and computers in sub groups also receive volumes. However, when creating writable volumes for organization units, groups are not recursed.