Deciding on your profile type is an important part of any virtualized deployment, but it is particularly important when deploying AppSense DesktopNow, as AppSense merges user settings into a base profile to create the user environment. The idea is that the local copy of the profile is discarded at logoff - meaning that normally, the options for working with Personalization Server are a mandatory profile, or using a local profile with the "flip to temp" trick (which is made infinitely easier in EM 8 FR5 with the new session variables).
Friday, 10 October 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
I've never really written an article based around an AppSense upgrade - they have always been fairly straightforward for me. However, given that EM 8 FR 5 offers a few radical changes, particularly on the Personalization Server end, now might be a good time to do a quick run-through of how an upgrade is done, as many more may be considering doing an upgrade to take advantage of the new features.
Monday, 1 September 2014
I worked at a client recently where the presence of a check in the "Automatically detect settings" box in the Connections | LAN Settings part of Internet Explorer Options appeared to cause no end of problems. Long delays loading websites and poor logon performance of published applications were the primary issues observed. There's probably some network-based reason behind this, but given that when the box was unchecked everything worked fine (because we'd deployed all the proxy server settings and the like through Environment Manager), the obvious answer seemed to find some way to uncheck the box for all users, and everything would be fine.
This is a bit more of an EUC post rather than a specifically AppSense one. It deals with one of the most annoying bits of the user interface when upgrading users to Windows 7 or higher - that of the Libraries feature.
Libraries are a way of aggregating views in Windows Explorer (or File Explorer, as it's now known in Windows 8 and upwards). They simply bring together a collection of folders into one view. Removing folders from the Library doesn't remove the files from disk - effectively, they are just linked views that can connect to multiple locations on the same or many computers.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Just a quick spot of news today....the new versions of AppSense software we discussed in a previous post are now on GA and available on www.myappsense.com for download. There are over 250 new features available in this release, most of them in response to customer feedback, so there should be a level of maturity and stability in this release that will make it a lot more palatable to some of the hardened AppSense admins out there.
The biggest change, as I alluded to previously, is the Windows Personalization section. As soon as I've downloaded the GA version and had some time to check it over, I should have an article out discussing the finer points of this change.
Happy installing and/or upgrade planning!
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
I still get a lot of emails and queries from people about how to manipulate Personalization Server data. So today, although to many of you this may be basic stuff, we will have a quick run-through of how to make sure your use of the APPSENSESPECIAL command switch is correct, and a few troubleshooting techniques you can use with it.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
I've been pretty quiet recently because I've been very busy doing (amongst other things) beta testing on what will very likely turn out to be a very big release for AppSense DesktopNow, Environment Manager 8 FR 5, Management Center 8 FR 6 and Application Manager 8 FR 8. It's quite an exciting release, as there are loads of new features and improvements - some of which can be covered adequately in this article, and others that are big enough changes to warrant articles of their own (coming soon!)
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Wow! I've been so busy lately, I've been unable to complete some of the articles I've been drafting for ages. I've got some great stuff in the pipeline, but in between doing presentations, writing articles, attending conferences, beta testing, day-to-day work and of course trying to spend time with my family, blogging has been sadly neglected.
To counter this, I've decided to try and do a bit of a series on something I seem to be seeing more and more questions about - Windows 8.x, and managing it from an EUC perspective (using AppSense obviously, but not exclusively). Rather than hammer everything into one article, I thought I'd flesh it out a bit, simply to try and avoid another period of sad neglect for my loyal readers!
Friday, 4 April 2014
Deploying AppSense agents and configurations using Active Directory Software Installation Policies - SQL-less fun!
I wrote an article recently across at The VirtualizationPractice regarding installing AppSense DesktopNow onto your endpoints without having to utilize the Management Center or SQL database. This article concentrated on SCCM as the delivery mechanism, but given that System Center Configuration Manager is (in my opinion), a big, complex and expensive beastie to get up and running, I thought I would do a feature on deploying AppSense agents and configurations using nothing more than Active Directory, which is by far a more ubiquitous technology to find - especially in smaller environments.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Today's subject sits a tad off the AppSense track, but it's still very relevant to all of you out there with modern Windows-based computing environments. I get asked this question quite a lot when I'm consulting or doing project work. How can you deploy per-user file type associations (FTAs) in a shared session Windows environment? By this I mean primarily users on RDS or Citrix XenApp, where altering the per-device FTAs simply doesn't cut it.