If you redirect your users' My Documents folders to a network share where each user maps to a subfolder of a root directory (e.g. all users redirect to \\SERVER\SHARE\%username% for the My Documents location), you may find some odd issues plaguing your support staff. When the admins of your system browse to \\SERVER\SHARE and look at the list of user folders, they may simply see a huge list of "My Documents" folders.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Friday, 20 March 2015
When I was awoken at 6.45 this morning by the sounds of my children hunting for their Avengers: Age of Ultron cards, I noticed a Tweet from @stealthpuppy regarding a "new EUC tool from AppSense". Given that I was barely conscious at the time, I elected to flag the Tweet and investigate it later, especially given the Avengers-related emergency that was in progress.
Fast forward a few hours, and a quick peruse of the AppSense website did indeed reveal a new piece of software called AppSense Insight (although every time I say the name, I think of the Project Insight helicarriers from Captain America - the Winter Soldier, which were intended for quite a different purpose). What's this all about then?
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Today, whilst trying to put together a XenDesktop PoC system, I was confronted with an error that had me stumped for quite some time.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
I've been sadly neglecting AppSense's DataNow product on this blog, but given that I am in the middle of doing a big comparison article on EFSS (Enterprise File Sync and Sharing) software, I thought now would be a good time to change that slightly. For the aforementioned article, I've been having to set up a lot of EFSS software to run in my lab. So for anyone who fancies doing it also, here's a quick guide to setting up the DataNow appliance in a lab environment.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
In the first part of this article we looked at the performance of the major Internet Explorer versions with a variety of platforms and persistence methods. In this second instalment, we will measure the same performance metrics against two of the more popular "lite" user environment management tools - Citrix's User Profile Manager and Microsoft's User Experience Virtualization, herein referred to as either UPM or UE-V.
In part #3, I will take a look at some of the other UEM solutions out there and how they manage this issue - Immidio, ProfileUnity and Scense are the ones on my radar currently.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
I've spent weeks looking at the issue of Cookies and History persistence now, since I was alerted to the possible issues in the first place. It's been a frustrating voyage of discovery, punctuated with epiphanies, server rebuilds and quite a few journeys straight back to the drawing board. So, I thought it would be prudent to share my findings with all and sundry, just to give you a heads-up on what potentially awaits!
This article is going to be divided into three parts. Part 1 will cover the background and my initial tests using traditional methods vs. AppSense DesktopNow methods. Part 2 will spread out further and perform testing on some of the "lite" UEM technologies to see how they measure up to this infuriating task (UPM and UE-V). Part 3 will extend the tests onto some more UEM tech (actual vendors to be confirmed).
Saturday, 7 February 2015
It's three short years today since I started up this blog...so I thought today we might have a bit less technical discussion, and more of the sort of thing I normally do in my capacity over at The Virtualization Practice - which is occasionally speculate idly on the future of our industry.
Friday, 16 January 2015
I'm trying to do more of these "QuickPost" articles as I work on some big ones. This particular post was going to be part of the ongoing investigation I've been doing into the roaming behaviour of Internet Explorer's Cookies and History, but seeing as though that is dragging into a third week (and I always make a point of taking Saturdays off!), I've decided to quickly blog this part up to keep articles ticking over.
Monday, 12 January 2015
This burns me on a semi-regular basis, so I'm going to write a quick blog post about it to save me digging the same solution up time and again. So hopefully it should also help some of you out there!
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Getting to grips with Windows 8.1 #2.5 - customizing the Start Screen using DesktopNow - the EASY way
Hahaha. Maybe one should always check with others before writing something up, eh?
About two weeks of my life I spent trying to get persistence of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen working, and even at the end, it felt hit and miss. "User profile service failed the logon" and "you have been logged on with a temporary profile" were appearing all too often for my liking. Also, I had somehow, whilst applying the configuration I wrote about in my previous article, managed to stop the Windows 8.1 right-click mini-Start Menu from appearing (God knows how). So after a Twitter-whinge, I was put onto Tom Scase of AppSense Professional Services who had been having a struggle against this problem himself. And I really wish I'd had my Twitter-whinge sooner!