For a long time I thought DAT files where bad. They were normally very big and I considered them an extra file. I have now realized the error of my ways. DAT files are great because the help control your anti-virus by scanning a small exe and then excluding the DAT file. Exclude outgoing DAT’s on your server hosting your streaming apps and exclude DAT files incoming on your VDI desktops. Remember to remove any extra files, like user state files, extra language options and temp directories with install files.
Ron Olgesby gave me a great idea after seeing him present on why you should use GPO’s(Group Policy Objects) instead of using registry hacks. He mentioned using Systracer from Blue Project Software to figure out difficult registry settings when building your GPO’s. The only problem I had with Systracer is that you have to pay for it. Being a View Premier customer we already had a ThinApp license for packing so that got me thinking. If I use ThinApp with it’s before and after use of snapshots of the system and a free tool from http://thinapphelper.cis.nl/ you can create a winning combination.
ThinAppHelper is GUI based program that gives you a visual view of your packages of instead of going through ini files and the registry. It’s also good at finding install bloat causing your packages to get to big and slow. Though the main thing I want to focus on for this article is the view of the registry it gives you and it’s FREE!!!
1. ThinApp Prescan
2. Install App
3. Post scan, you can skip the build
4. You can use thinapphelper right away, if there is too many entries for you, go to step 5.
5. ThinApp Prescan
6. Change your settings
7. Post scan, and you will have a much smaller view of the registry settings.
I hope this helps you out.