Today I watched a MokaFive demo. Its like a VM, but with separate-able profiles, similar to AppV. It leverages the local hardware for the VM, uses incremental updating for version changes, and has some nice policy features.
The “trial” is useless. It’s operated by the MokaFive team, using their environment, which means you don’t get to join a MokaFive VM to an ActiveDirectory domain, and you can’t get AppV installed at that point. Their Windows 7 image is the trial (see 30-day) edition, so there are more problems with just that hurdle.
The suggestion of using the Adobe Creative Suite is useless, as the great and mighty Adobe states that any time you put a CS product in a virtualized environment, support is then void as this violates the license.
On a different scale, the Autodesk products CAN be used in a VM, however we have learned from that mistake, and a local installation results in a smoother utilization of the software.
Good ideas, some centralized management, but you’re still running a local VM on a local machine. Unless you use a USB drive deployment for the VMs, there is very limited mobility (“cloud”) in this product.
MokaFive is basically VMware Player/Fusion with a shimmy and a shake.