Posts Tagged ‘res’

Hybrid local profile with RES Workspace Manager

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 5th, 2013. Posted in Workspace management

In a virtual desktop environment the profile solution provided by Microsoft, the roaming profile,  is not sufficient. With the “Zero Profile Technology” RES Workspace Manager has a feature that captures users settings and injects them whenever needed, offering a more flexible solution than the roaming profile. More importantly only the required settings are captured and profile bloating and corruption is prevented.

Of course RES Software can’t replace the Windows profile so you end up with a hybrid solution, also referred to as a “hybrid profile”. Theoretically you can use any of flavor of the Microsoft profile solutions: local, roaming or mandatory and add the RES feature on top. A common used hybrid solution is a mandatory profile + RES Workspace Manager, but as Wilco van Bragt mentioned in his article about alternatives for the mandatory profile (link) this has it drawbacks.

Certificate enrollment for failed to enroll for a VUserAuthentication certificate with request ID N/A from Issuing 1 CA (The profile for the user is a temporary profile. 0x80090024 (-2146893788)).One of the biggest “challenges” with mandatory profiles, or roaming profiles where cached copies are deleted, is the use of certificates. Especially if you use auto-enrollment of certificates. What we’re looking for in a profile are the following characteristics:

  • Works with certificates – as described above
  • Removed after logoff – to prevent the computer from filling up with garbage
  • Stateless – or non-persistent. In other words, it does not store changes made by the user. Each time a user starts a session it should consist of the exact same settings, the profile solution (RES Workspace Manager) will inject the settings.

As Wilco describes in his article the local profile is the best candidate for a hybrid profile. But the local profile has one drawback: it persists on the computer.

Unattended RES WM2012 agent does not store Relay Server configuration with UAC enabled

Written by Ingmar Verheij on June 19th, 2013. Posted in Workpace Manager

RES Workspace Manager Agent - Configure connectionWhen RES Workspace Manger 2012 is installed unattended and configured to connect to a Relay Server, and User Account Control (UAC) is enabled, the configuration is not stored. As a result the agent is unmanaged.

After extensive testing I found the solution to solve this issue.

PS: This applies for both SR2 and SR3 (release notes).

RES WM11: Workspace Composer hangs at “Preparing applications”

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 23rd, 2012. Posted in Workspace management

Users who logon with RES Workspace Manager 2011 experienced a long delay ( > 1minute) and mentioned that the Workspace composer hangs at “Preparing Applications”. After the delay the desktop was shown as expected.

RES Workspace Manager - Preparing applications

Short version

The delay was caused by a check  for the existence of executables (forced by the “Hide application if executable was not found”). Since the executable was stored on a non-existing network location the Workspace Composer had to wait until the operating system returned with a negative result.

The issue is described  in Q202451 in the RES knowledge base (login required).

I would recommend not to check for the existence of executables on a network locations if you not really need it, it adds unnecessary overhead.

Be aware, RES is about to unleash WM2012!

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 18th, 2012. Posted in Workspace management

RES software flagship is Workspace Manager, the successor of PowerFuse. Since 2010 RES releases a new version each year, in may 2012 RES Workspace Manager 2012 will be unleashed to the public.

At the RES PartnerFocus 2012 (on 16th February at the Verkade fabriek) VP Product Management Bob Dekousemaker showed us the new features of RES WM2012.

Configure “Instant Mail” once (and keep the name!)

Written by Ingmar Verheij on November 9th, 2009. Posted in Workpace Manager

Instant Mail is a feature of RES PowerFuse to configure a mail profile based on a template. This feature is more than welcome after the work-around Microsoft gave us with the PRF files. Instant Mail has been around since the early versions of PowerFuse and was known as Instant MAPI (because a mail profile is actually a MAPI profile) but with the release of PowerFuse 2010 they will rename it to ‘Mail templates’.

Renaming happens everywhere
As you might have noticed renaming happens everywhere. Citrix, for instance, is known for it’s many different product names which change sooner then the season. They even made a special site about the different names, acronyms and terminology! But that’s a bit off-topic.

Once upon a time there was an Instant Mail profile
Recently I ran into a situation where a Instant Mail profile was configured with the additional option ‘Once’. This option is set so that the profile is set once (duh!) and that changes afterwards are saved. These changes might include opening additional mailboxes or setting a signature.
This all works fine and I have been using it in many deployments.