A base layer is a template for common desktop content, cleared of specific identity information and made suitable for mass deployment to endpoints. You can also define app layers, separate from the common base layer, to distribute more specific applications to groups of users.

The base layer includes the operating system, service packs and patches, as well as core enterprise applications and their settings.

An app layer can include a single application, or a suite of applications. You can deploy app layers with other app layers on any compatible endpoint.

App layers require a base layer to be present on an endpoint, but the base layer and any app layers can be updated independently of each other.

The app layer assignment process is wizard driven and similar to base layer assignment. App layer options are listed under separate nodes in CVD views, in parallel with base layer action nodes.

The base layer can still include applications directly. App layers are not needed in organizations where everyone uses the same applications.