This is the 5th part of the blog series about User Environment Management within Azure RemoteApp. In the first 2 blogposts which you can find here and here I discussed the use of Microsoft User Experience Virtualization in combination with Azure RemoteApp. In the 3rd part I explained why you should disable the User Profile Disk when using another solution for User Environment Virtualization. In the 4th blogpost I showed how AppSense can be used in combination with Azure RemoteApp. This post will describe the use of RES ONE Workspace in combination with Azure RemoteApp. A couple of months ago RES contacted me about writing this last part of the series. They give me access to their Azure RemoteApp environment where they had implemented RES ONE Workspace.
In the first 2 blogposts of this series I’ve focused on using UE-V in Azure RemoteApp environment. The first part was focusing on implementing UE-V in Azure RemoteApp and the second part focused on migrating user settings from on premise applications to Azure RemoteApp using UE-V. In this blogpost I want to focus add some additional information regarding the use of User Profile Disks in Azure RemoteApp. During the time of writing the information below was not available to me.
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 this blogpost I’ve described how UE-V can be used in Azure RemoteApp to collect and save user settings. This solution works in combination with the existing User Profile Management solution (User Profile Disk) used in Azure RemoteApp. In the coming blogposts I want to focus on Application Settings migration scenarios and I want to look into 3rd party solutions like AppSense and RES. In this blogpost I want to focus on managing UE-V Agent settings with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. UE-V Agent Settings can be managed through Group Policies, PowerShell and Configuration Manager. This blogpost will not focus on Group Policies and PowerShell management, but it will focus on the implementation with Configuration Manager.
In the coming series of blogposts, I want to focus on User Environment Management. In Azure RemoteApp the settings of users are saved in a User Profile Disk (UPD). This User Profile disk is a dedicated VHD file which is mounted during the logon process. The User will not see his profile as a separate disk so the user sees no difference between a normal profile and the User Profile disk. Unfortunately, at this moment it’s not possible to disable the User Profile disk in Azure RemoteApp. This could be useful when you want to user other User Profile management solutions like: Microsoft User Experience Virtualization, AppSense Desktop Now and RES ONE Workspace. In this series I want to look into these solutions and if we can use them together with the User Profile Disk in Azure RemoteApp.