You can capture a wide range of entities as part of an app layer.
An app layer can contain the following entities:
A single application or a set of applications
Any updates or patches related to the installed applications
Global application configurations and settings
Any custom set of files and registry entries
For example, an app layer can contain Adobe Reader, Microsoft Visio 2010 or the entire Microsoft Office 2010 suite. An app layer can also be used to capture OEM software, such as the Dell software suite, including drivers and utilities.
When an update, patch, or service pack becomes available for an application in the app layer, you must capture a new complete app layer with the original application and the update installed in the application software.
Mirage can additionally contain the following elements:
Shell integration components or shell extensions
Global .NET assemblies
OS language packs
The following components are not supported for delivery as part of Mirage app layers:
User accounts and groups, both local and domain users, and user-specific changes
OS components or OS-bundled applications, for example, the .NET framework, Windows updates, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player
Applications that are already part of the base layer
You can deliver OS components or OS-bundled applications and the Windows license as part of a base layer instead.
Partially Supported Entities
The following applications are partially supported for delivery as app layers:
Disk encryption software
Applications that make changes to the Master Boot Record or to disk blocks
Kaspersky Internet Security
Microsoft SQL Server
Recommended for Base Layer Only
Install the following applications in the base layer and not in app layers:
Windows security applications, for example anti-virus, anti-malware, and firewalls
VPN or other connectivity software, such as iPass
Windows components and frameworks, for example .NET, Java
Global Windows configuration and settings changes
Applications that add a network provider, such as Citrix Receiver