Adding exclude entries to virtual software layers
Exclude entries let you prevent files from being saved in the redirect area of the layer. By default, when an application layer generates files, those files are saved to the application's writeable sublayer. If the layer is reset, the files in the writeable sublayer are lost. An exclude entry lets you specify file types or locations on the base system and not in the application's writeable sublayer.
Layer excludes affect a single layer. Global excludes affect all layers on the computer.
See How to prevent the loss of application data
Data layer includes take precedence over data layer excludes.
You can add the following types of exclude entries:
Layer exclude entry
A layer exclude entry redirects files from a specific layer to the base file system. You add layer excludes on a layer by layer basis. For example, you can add excludes to a Microsoft Word layer for .doc, .rtf, and .txt file types. When Word saves any of these file types, they are saved in the base file system and not in the layer.
See Adding a layer exclude entry.
Global exclude entry
A global exclude entry redirects files for every layer on a computer to the base file system. For example, you can add a global exclude for PDF files. If any layer creates PDF files, the files are excluded from the layer and saved in the base file system.
When you install the Workspace Virtualization Agent, you have the option to add global excludes for the My Documents and the Desktop directories. You can edit these predefined global exclude entries and add your own.
Global excludes are not associated with a specific layer and are not exported when you export a layer. To export a global exclude list to another computer, create and export a registry file that contains the settings for the list.
See Adding a global exclude entry.
User profile exclude entry
A user profile exclude entry redirects files that are stored in the user profile to the base file system. The exclude entry should be enabled in environments that use roaming profiles.
See Adding a global user profile exclude entry.