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BrandonPeters-6835 asked MJScott-8074 answered

FSLogix preventing Microsoft Store Apps from loading

We are using FSlogix profile container in our VDI environment, which is non-persistent, and we have an issue where we cannot add/provision Microsoft store applications for users.

We we received the guidance below, but I am wondering if this sounds right, since FSlogix isn't really a roaming profile. Has anyone else had to make these changes in order to get MS store apps to work while using FSlogix?

  1. Exclude %localappdata%\packages from FSlogix profile container.

  2.  The following policies must to be applied:
           a.    SpecialRoamingOverrideAllowed - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/folder-redirection/deploy-roaming-user-profiles 
           b.    AllowDeploymentInSpecialProfiles - https://getadmx.com/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.Appx::AllowDeploymentInSpecialProfiles
    
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FredrikEndresen-9130 answered

Hi @BrandonPeters-6835



Don`t you think it would better to use the built in FSLogix exclude/include feature (redirections.xml) and exclude the "%localappdata%\packages" folder

The "%localappdata%\packages" will then be redirected to the "local_<username>" folder, and not copied to the profile disk when logging off.

Regards
Fredrik

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JoyQiao-MSFT answered

Hi,

May I know how did you add or provision UWP application?

Did you try Windows Configuration Designer to Provision PCs with apps?

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BrandonPeters-6835 answered JiaYou-MSFT commented

We are using the powershell command, like the below to add in the UWP applications.

Add-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackagePath "$PackagesDir\Calculator\Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_2020.2005.23.0_neutral___8wekyb3d8bbwe.AppxBundle" -LogLevel Errors -LogPath $Logfile -SkipLicense

The GPO's and exclusion that I mention above seems to be working, but I was expecting the FSLogix profile container to be a little more seamless where the profile is managed as if it is local.

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Hi,

Thank you for your feedback.

As we have a professional engineer who is more familiar with FSlogix, please wait for his reply with more patience.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bests,

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HI
The GPO's and exclusion that I mention above seems to be working, but I was expecting the FSLogix profile container to be a little more seamless where the profile is managed as if it is local.
I think your idea is feasible,is there other issue happen when we operate it ?

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EddyHorsting-0789 answered

Same issue.

Apps disappearing over time. I have now created a test policy with mentioned keys and excluded the packages from FSlogix, however. I do not seem to get back for example the Calculator.

I tried every powershell command I could find but without success. Any thoughts?
When I reset a users profile (delete the fslogix vhd's) and the user logs in all apps are there (this I have not yet tried with the new settings).

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I have implemented the changes (along with the latest FSLogix release) in a test environment. Resetted my FSLogix profile.. Logged on. Apps working.
Next day, log on again. OneNote gone...

Tried re-installing from Windows Store: Something unexpected happened: Code 0x80072EFE

This has got to be fixed... I am glad I can use a persistent VDI myself where I have uninstalled FSLogix and not have the problems with the Apps.

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EddyHorsting-0789 answered

I've opened a support ticket with MS on this issue.

Calculator, Photos, OneNote for Windows 10. All disappearing over time. This is not acceptable.

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asmithgt answered

I'm experiencing odd issues with getting UWP apps to persist as well, so tracking this thread :-)

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Dlo-2139 answered

We have the same issue so we are going to try excluding the packages folder in the XML
I tried deleting the folder before I logged out manually but a few files were in use but when I logged in things seemed better so going to just exclude them for the time being to see if it helps out situation.

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EddyHorsting-0789 answered EddyHorsting-0789 commented

I am in a support call with MS on this but not yet a real solution...

I deployed the apps through powershell/dism (download offline app from business store) with add-appxprovisionedpackage.
It appears in the startmenu for the user, but is not starting.

I tried one without any dependencies so that should not be an issue...

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I excluded the packages folder in the xml and I am testing that now. So far it fixed my issue but haven't rolled this out company wide yet.

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Did this work for you? I would be interested in the steps you took if so.

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Yes and no. It's a long story.

Short version:

Through DISM provisioning on the golden image I managed to get (some) apps working. A few do not work. I have to make a new ticket for that.
However. With users where the profile is 'corrupted' (meaning: apps do not work at the moment) I do not yet have a solution to make it work on the new image.

New users (or profile resetted) get the apps and as far as I can test they keep working. Sometimes however they seem to disappear from the Start Menu.

MS really has to fix this properly. With Windows 7 I could do Windows Updates, update some applications and roll out a new VDI. From Windows 10 this has become a fulltime job with a lot of hurdles. I don't know if they do it deliberately to push us to WVD (they were very helpful with my support ticket) but it's really frustrating...

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EddyHorsting-0789 answered

In short. There is no solution. Look at this thread:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-virtual-desktop/how-do-we-install-store-apps-the-proper-way/m-p/1270907

It also does not work on WVD.

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