In the first blogpost of this series I described how User Experience Virtualization can be used to virtualize the user application settings in Azure RemoteApp. Within Azure RemoteApp the User Profile Disk is the standard way of saving application settings. But in a Enterprise organizations with more environments it could be useful to use a User Environment Management solution for saving application settings. In this blogpost I want to continue use UE-V but now focusing on migrating application settings from an on premise workstations to Azure RemoteApp.
In my case I’m going to use Notepad++ as the test application and I want to migrate application settings from my Windows 10 workstation to Azure RemoteApp. On my workstation Notepad++ is installed as a local application and in Azure RemoteApp Notepad++ is delivered as an App-V virtualized application. See below the steps I’ve executed:
- First let’s take a look how Notepad++ looks like on the different platforms:
Screenshot from my Windows 10 workstation with custom settings (hidden statusbar)
Screenshot from my Azure RemoteApp environment with standard settings
- The first step we need to make is to deploy the UE-V template for Notepad++. I’ve done that with ConfigMgr. You can find the steps which need to be taken in this blogpost.
- The next step is to verify if on both agents the template is activated in the UE-V agent.
UE-V Agent from my Windows 10 workstation with the Notepad++ template activated
UE-V Agent from my Azure RemoteApp with Notepad++ template activated
- Now the magic should happen, let’s first start the application on my Windows 10 workstation and close it after some seconds. Then check on your Settings location if the settings are saved.
First short conclusion is that the settings are saved, so let’s now open Notepad++ in Azure RemoteApp
- The result of starting Notepad++ in Azure RemoteApp as an App-V Virtual Application
No Status bar is visible, so my Notepad++ settings are migrated to the Notepad++ Azure RemoteApp application!
With User Experience Virtualization it’s possible to migrate User Application Settings from your physical on-premise workstations to Azure RemoteApp. It’s also possible to migrate User settings between On-Premise Remote Desktop Services and Azure RemoteApp. So with the use of a User Environment Management Solution you’re able to migrate user application settings to Azure RemoteApp and vice versa!