What are exclusions?

The list of products in the Catalog is quite substantial and contains items such as security updates, service packs, hotfixes, drivers, etc which are not useful if you are compiling application migration rules. There may also be applications that you do not use in your organization, for example Cisco Jabber has no value to you if you are committed to Skype for Business as your instant messenger.

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You most likely will not want to create migration rules for these types of applications and the Exclusions feature helps reduce the level of noise you have to navigate. Excluded applications are based on vendor, title and edition and fall into two categories.

System driven exclusions

These exclusions (typically service packs, hotfixes, security updates, etc.) are managed by Application Migration automatically – they are filtered out when you run the Application Migration consolidation report or when its next synchronization event takes place. The algorithm looks for these sub strings to build an exclusions list:

  • security update for
  • update for
  • visual c++ redistributable
  • Multi-Targeting Pack
  • service pack
  • language pack
  • integration pack
  • targeting pack
  • developer pack 
  • boosterpack
  • codec pack 
  • clipart pack 
  • compatibility pack
  • hotfix for
  • integration package
  • visual j# redistributable
  • mui pack
  • compatibility pack
  • Windows Server
  • Windows

User driven exclusions

User driven exclusions (typically those that have no relevance to your organization) are those you specifically choose to exclude. For example, if you opt to exclude Microsoft SQL Server Compact edition, all versions for that product will be excluded, however other SQL Server editions will not be affected.

Adding to the list of exclusions

To exclude an application, on Application Migration screen, locate the application you want and in its Action column, click Exclude. Alternatively, use the FILTER BY feature to narrow down the list.

Excluding an application 
You can exclude applications irrespective of whether they have migrations rules associated with them or not. You will be prompted to confirm your actions. If there are rules associated with the application, the prompt will notify you of the number of rules associated with it and to confirm your intentions to exclude the application. In this case the popup button text will be changed to be Exclude and Delete and the color will change to red indicating that there are consequences for the action. The associated rules are deleted if you proceed.

Reviewing your exclusions

To view a list of your exclusions:

  1. On the Application Migration Installations screen, click Exclusions (the number after the exclusions link indicates the number of excluded products).
    Viewing product exclusions 
  2. The list or exclusions in the Product Exclusions screen are sorted by Vendor, Title and Edition.
    List of excluded applications 
  3. To include an excluded application so that it can be part of your application migration strategy, locate the application and in its Action column, click Include. Follow up by adding a migration rule to this included application. Use the FILTER BY feature to narrow down the list of exclusions if necessary.