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Installed apps management via FSLogix


Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM) v3.0+


Overview

Nerdio Manager for MSPs leverages FSLogix App Masking technology to automatically discover applications installed on a host pool and configure rules to manage users' access to these applications. User access can be controlled at individual app level and can be assigned by user account or security group. Multiple apps can be grouped together for consolidated access management. All you need to do is simply install the required apps on your desktop image, update the session hosts, and define users access for installed apps.

In this article, learn how to:

Manage installed apps

To manage installed apps, login to your account and navigate to AVD > Host pools tab. Select a host pool with FSLogix profile enabled and expand the Manage hosts action menu. Select Installed apps option:

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You will be redirected to the Installed apps screen. To view all apps installed on your host pool, click (14apps) link as shown below:

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You will be able to view details such as Name, Installation Directory and Paths found for each app:

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To manage existing apps on your host pool, click Discover Apps button:

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Click Advanced option to view more options. You can specify the installation directory for each app and click Run now button at the bottom of the page:

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You can perform the same operation by clicking Discover Apps button on the Installed Apps page:

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Note: If FSLogix profile is disabled on a particular host pool, you will not be able to install apps on your host pools. In that case, you will see the following error message on the screen:

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Nerdio tip By default, app discovery runs every 3 hours and after a bulk re-image. Schedule can be overwritten by changing the AppsDiscovery:RepeatIntervalInMinutes in AppService configuration.
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Manage rule sets

Rule set is a group of application paths with assigned users or groups. You can perform the following operations on a rule set:

View rule set

To view existing rule sets, navigate to navigate to AVD>Host pools tab. Select a host pool with FSLogix profile enabled and expand the Manage hosts action menu. Select Installed apps option and you will find existing rule sets on the Installed Apps page:

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Add rule set

To add a new rule set, click Add rule set button on the Installed Apps page:

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On the Create rule set pop-up, enter the following information:

  • A suitable rule set name
  • Select whether it is enabled/disabled
  • Select existing applications or create new
  • Select the checkbox if it is available to everyone
  • Enter users or groups name that you want to exclude from this rule set
  • Click Save & close button

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Note: New rule sets are automatically applied to hosts when they are added or re-imaged. You can also apply newly added rule sets to hosts manually.

 

Edit rule set

To edit a rule set, click Edit button next to an existing rule set on the Installed Apps page:

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On the Edit rule set pop-up, you can update the following information:

  • Rule set name
  • Update Enabled checkbox
  • Update applications or create new
  • Update Available to everyone checkbox
  • Update Exclude users and groups
  • Click Save & close button

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Note: The changes to rule sets are automatically applied to hosts when they are added or re-imaged. You can also apply the updated rule sets to hosts manually.

Apply to hosts

To apply changes to hosts, click Apply to hosts button on the Installed Apps page:

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On Apply Rule sets on host pool VMs pop-up, you can enter the following information:

  • Select options whether to overwrite rule sets being applied on
  • Process hosts in groups of
  • Number of failures before aborting
  • Configure messaging options like specify delay (in mins), message text
  • Click OK button

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You can perform the same operation by clicking Apply all rule sets button on the Installed Apps page:

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Disable ruleset

To disable an existing rule set, click Disable button on the Installed Apps page:

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Click OK button on the Disable Rule set pop-up:

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Delete ruleset

To delete an existing rule set, click Delete button on the Installed Apps page:

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Click OK button on the Confirm action pop-up:

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