Micro Focus Desktop Containers lets you convert applications that run on Microsoft Windows into self-contained virtual applications. After being virtualized, an application becomes a single, isolated file that runs instantly from anywhere, including a thumb drive or other removable media. Unlike traditional installation methods, the single virtual application file does not require a separate setup process, and does not rely on external components and runtimes, reboots, or administrative privileges. The application is now isolated from other system applications, preventing DLL conflicts and other deployment nightmares, yet the experience for the application’s user is unchanged.
If you use Micro Focus ZENworks Configuration Management in your environment, you can configure your virtual application so that it checks to ensure that the ZENworks Adaptive Agent is installed on the device and that the device is registered to your ZENworks Management Zone before the application can be launched. You can also publish ZENworks bundles that you can distribute using ZENworks Configuration Management.
As a full-featured application containerization solution, Desktop Containers can help you do things like:
- Run legacy applications on new Windows operating systems, including Windows 10.
- Leverage containerized browsers to provide access to legacy web applications that require NPAPI plug-ins, Java, Flash or other legacy technologies.
- Run legacy applications side-by-side with their more modern equivalents.
- Test beta or newly released versions of applications without impacting the installed version.
- Eliminate application failures caused by .dll conflicts, overwritten registry entries and other problems that often occur when you introduce new software into complex user environments.
- Embed frameworks required by applications, such as .NET and Java, into the application so that you don’t need to worry about whether it is present before deploying the application.
- Reduce the planning and testing process normally associated with software packaging and deployment.
- Comply with software rollback and contingency plans.
- Create a self-contained application environment with both desktop security and application compatibility.
- Run software from a wide range of different media without installing any additional software components onto the host machine.
- Make containerized applications with set expiration dates available to contractors, students, or temporary workers.
- Maximize performance with containerized applications that are as fast and responsive as non-containerized ones.
- Extend application access to those outside your IT environment while maintaining control of your applications.
- Understand what containerized applications are being run, by whom, and from what device.