Posts Tagged ‘Profile’

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.

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.

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