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Planning for Windows 8 App Settings Synchronization for UE-V 2.0

Updated: December 2, 2013

Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 2.0

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 uses a Windows 8 app list to define which Windows 8 apps are monitored for settings changes unlike Windows desktop applications for which UE-V also helps define the monitored settings. The Windows 8 app model enables the developer of an app to determine which settings to synchronize between devices. UE-V facilitates this synchronization and helps administrators manage which Windows 8 apps are synchronized.

UE-V helps manages Windows 8 apps synchronization by using three settings:

  • Sync Windows 8 Apps – Allow or deny any Windows 8 app synchronization.

  • Windows 8 App List – Enable or disable synchronization for a list of Windows 8 apps.

  • Unlisted Default Sync Behavior – Determine the synchronization behavior of Windows 8 apps that not in the Windows 8 app list.

Windows 8 app list

By listing a Windows 8 app in the Windows 8 app list, you specify whether that app is enabled or disabled for settings synchronization. Apps are identified in the list by their Package Family name and whether settings synchronization should be enabled or disabled for that app. When you use these settings along with the Unlisted Default Sync Behavior setting, you can control whether Windows 8 apps are synchronized.

To display the Package Family Name of installed Windows 8 apps, at a Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter:

Get-AppxPackage | Sort-Object PackageFamilyName | Format-Table PackageFamilyName

To display a list of Windows 8 apps that can synchronize settings on a computer with their package family name, enabled status, and enabled source, at a Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter: Get-UevAppxPackage

Definitions of Get-UevAppxPackage properties

DisplayName
The name that is displayed to the user in the Company Settings Center application. The DisplayName property is derived from the PackageFamilyName property.

PackageFamilyName
The name of the package that is installed for the current user.

Enabled
Defines whether the settings for the app are configured to synchronize.

EnabledSource
The location where the configuration that enables or disables the app is set. Possible values are: NotSet, LocalMachine, LocalUser, PolicyMachine, and PolicyUser.

NotSet
The policy is not configured to synchronize this app.

LocalMachine
The enabled state is set in the local computer section of the registry.

LocalUser
The enabled state is set in the current user section of the registry.

PolicyMachine
The enabled state is set in the policy section of the local computer section of the registry.

To get the user-configured list of Windows 8 apps, at the Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter: Get-UevAppxPackage –CurrentComputerUser

To get the computer-configured list of Windows 8 apps, at the Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter: Get-UevAppxPackage –Computer

For either parameter, CurrentComputerUser or Computer, the cmdlet returns a list of the Windows 8 apps that are configured at the user or at the computer level.

Definitions of properties

DisplayName
The name that is displayed to the user in the Company Settings Center application. The DisplayName property is derived from the PackageFamilyName property.

PackageFamilyName
The name of the package that is installed for the current user.

Enabled
Defines whether the settings for the app are configured to synchronize for the specified switch, that is, user or computer.

Installed
True if the app, that is, the PackageFamilyName is installed for the current user.

Configure the Windows 8 app list

You can modify the app list in four ways. For more information, see the related topic:

Any configuration method except the Company Settings Center can add, remove, enable, or disable apps in the Windows 8 app list. The Company Settings Center includes a More information control where users can enable or disable certain Windows 8 apps.

 
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