After installation you can browse to the installation directory and start the Microsoft UE-V Generator, this provides a couple of options:
- Create a settings location template
- Edit a settings location template
- Validate a settings location template
So when I click on ‘Create a setting location template’ the following screen pops up:
So you can browse to the path of the application and click on next to discover locations. I selected Notepad.exe as application as I’m using a default installation of Windows. After clicking on ‘Next’ the wizard proceeds to discover locations.
You can review these location and confirm them by editing the properties, as you can see in the following screenshot you can change Registry and Files as well. The next step is to finish the template and store it in a template storage location.
In my case the template of Notepad showed the following:
Because the discover didn’t work and I didn’t add registry settings or files manual it’s a pretty basic XML file. From the client side you have to install an agent and load the XML files so application settings are being imported when needed.
Although it’s a lot of work to define which application uses which registry keys and files it’s crucial information! This type of information is normally underrated and can speed up deployments and migrations by light-years.
So is this a step forward? Yes it is and there is a use case for this technology, like Shawn Bass and Helge Klein discussed on twitter it’s probably in the category ‘Just good enough’ for some situations.
As being new tech it’s pretty limited as it does only profile management and no workspace management. That’s where AppSense and RES Software come in, they deliver a complete solution. I can imagine that RES/AppSense and maybe Liquidware Labs are excited by this announcement because customers who have a business case for such technology will soon discover that there’s so much more to manage than application settings and will be looking for the complete solution.
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