Symantec Workspace Virtualization (SWV) is a revolutionary approach to software management. By placing applications and data into managed units, called Virtual Software Layers, Workspace Virtualization lets you instantly activate, deactivate, or reset applications. You can also completely avoid conflicts between applications without altering the base Windows installation.
Rather than isolating applications to gain control, Symantec's application virtualization technologies seamlessly integrate virtualized applications to preserve the user experience. Virtualized applications act like normal applications, ensuring normal behavior and full functionality.
In addition to preserving the user experience, Workspace Virtualization lets you:
Instantly repair damaged applications by resetting them to a known state.
Run two versions of the same program side by side.
Add and remove software with zero impact on the underlying operating system.
Turn applications on and off instantly.
The end result is a more manageable desktop. Application conflicts are eliminated along with the problems associated with failed and corrupted software installations.
Workspace Virtualization is based on Symantec's patented core technology, known as the SWV File System Filter driver. An application or set of data is virtualized by using a capture process that creates a Virtual Software Package (VSP). A VSP contains all the files and registry settings of the application or data. A VSP can be used on a client computer that has the Workspace Virtualization Agent. The VSP is installed to a special area on the hard drive. After the VSP is activated through the Workspace Virtualization Agent, the application becomes visible along with its files, folders, and settings. Even though it is a "virtual" application, it looks and behaves like any other application to the user .