A compelling benefit of App-V is combining it with MDT to create thin images that then use App-V to deploy and run applications. A thin image contains the operating system and a minimum number of applications, such as antivirus software and management agents. Historically, an ESD system such as Configuration Manager is used to install applications to the client computer after deployment. App-V provides an additional method for deploying applications.
Deploying virtual applications after deploying thin images raises some issues. First, because the number of users and applications will likely be significant, prepare for token bloat. Second, by deploying virtual applications instead of traditional application packages, plan to handle portable computers. The following sections describe both issues.