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Citrix Profile Management – How to Use One Image to Point to Multiple Profile Management Stores

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Let me set a stage for configuration:

There are multiple XenDesktop Sites for your environment.  Either Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) or Machine Creation Service (MCS) is being used for image deployment.  Whether your Sites are Active/Active or Active/Passive doesn’t matter.  The only difference between the images will be the Citrix Profile Management (CPM) store that the image points to.  As we all know, using Distributed File System (DFS) for profiles is against Microsoft’s best practices.  Using DFS for profiles is a terrible, as well as an unsupported, practice.  (Information about Microsoft support policy for a DFS-R and DFS-N deployment scenario).

Now with that said, you are using the policies for CPM configuration in any scenario (GPO, Studio, WEM, etc…).  The policies have the CPM store as the only change for each site.  My thought was let’s set the CPM service to “Delayed Start”.  Citrix has made that an impossible task.  That service must be set to Automatic to start correctly.  An old standby that I have used, restart the CPM service after the GPO has applied.  This works as far as the CPM service.  It will now log in and download users’ profiles from the correct store.

Now for the interesting twist.  If the CPM service crashes or is restarted, Citrix Director components break.  The Logon Duration and Personalization parts of the User Session Details will become unavailable as shown in Figure 1.

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Carl Webster Carl Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, with over 38 years of IT experience, based in the Nashville, TN area. Webster has been working with application and desktop virtualization since 1990 and with Active Directory since 2001. Webster travels the world doing XenApp, XenDesktop, HP Moonshot and Active Directory projects. He holds the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional designation.

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