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FSLogix can take AWS Workspaces to the next level

FSLogix can take AWS Workspaces to the next level

There’s a lot to like about AWS Workspaces. It’s easy to get started, there are a variety of different instance types available, there’s a persistent user disk, and the user experience is great, among other things. It’s no wonder AWS is putting as many resources into it as they are, and they’re gaining quite a lot of attention because of it. There are, however, some places that FSLogix can improve the Workspace experience, and that’s the point of this article.

First, let’s take a look at how AWS Workspaces are managed. Workspaces desktops are effectively persistent desktops. They are full copies of a base image, after which time they are left to be managed by the same means you’d use to manage any other traditional desktop. Workspaces desktops belong to a domain, and you can either use your existing AD, stand up a new one in AWS, or use AWS’ Managed AD service. Apps can be pushed to it via SCCM or AWS WAM, for example, and updates can be done by WSUS.

Additionally, all user data is stored in a persistent location separate from the base image, so it isn’t locked specifically to a Workspaces desktop instance. This user data is backed up via snapshot every 12 hours, so it can restored independently of the OS.

Pushing out a new base image is possible, and the process of doing this is what AWS calls a “rebuild,” which replaces the OS and reverts the user’s persistent storage to the most recent snapshot, which can be as old as 12 hours. This process, by which the OS image is copied in full to each VM, can take upwards of 20 minutes, and, depending on what user data has been saved to the persistent storage since the last snapshot, can result in lost information (AWS recommends that users store their personal data in WorkDocs or some other location not specifically tied to Workspaces). In other words, a rebuild is something you do in an emergency, not as a best-practice way of managing desktops.

Read the entire article here, FSLogix can take AWS Workspaces to the next level

Via the fine folks at FSLogix.

FSLogix Founded by industry veterans Kevin Goodman and Randy Cook, FSLogix is a startup that came out of stealth mode at BriForum Chicago 2013. FSLogix Apps provides Dynamic Application Visibility, which enables policy-based control of when any application is visible to individual users or groups from a single golden image. With FSLogix Apps, IT administrators realize the benefits of application virtualization for all Windows® applications on physical, VDI and Citrix/RDSH platforms.FSLogix Apps is an advanced application filtering solution that enables administrators to dramatically reduce the number of images required to support any enterprise, with any deployment system, on any Windows based infrastructure. FSLogix Apps delivers Dynamic Application Visibility, and policy based control of application visibility to individual users or groups from a single golden image.

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