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Using FSLogix Office 365 Container for Outlook Search in Non-Persistent RDS Environments

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When Outlook is running in cached Exchange mode, Outlook data is stored in user-specific .OST files. These .OST files must follow the users as they roam from host to host. Windows Search Service indexes locally stored .OST files and creates an index catalog for each user to enable search functionality in Outlook. In non-persistent and load-balanced Remote Desktop Service environments, the index catalog doesn’t roam with user data. As a consequence, the index catalog must be rebuilt every time the user logs in and the Connection Broker send him or her to a new pooled desktop or a different RD Session Host within a Collection. FSLogix’s Office 365 Container was designed to solve this issue by roaming a user’s Outlook data as well as their search index catalog in such a way that it is compatible to the Windows Search Service. This enables users to search in Outlook while they are accessing their emails. But how good is this solution?

RDS Gurus has written about FSLogix before, for example here. Now RDS Gurus has cranked up their benchmarking lab and conducted a thorough test with the goal to illustrate the user experience of remote desktop users while they are searching their Outlook mailboxes in an RDS environment. Two different settings were configured, one using FSLogix Office 365 Containers and another using native RDS User Profile Disk (UPD) technology. The primary focus was to measure how performance degrades when multiple users are simultaneously searching Outlook (“noisy neighbor effect”). Here is a summary of the results:User experience is similar if Outlook is indexed. While there are some differences in the resource consumption between UPD and FSLogix technologies (this is more evident through performance counter logs and graphing), the user experience for users using UPD and using FSLogix is very similar if the user’s Outlook is indexed.

Read the entire article here, Using FSLogix Office 365 Container for Outlook Search in Non-Persistent RDS Environments

via Dr. Benny Tritsch at drtritsch.com

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Benny Tritsch Dr. Benny Tritsch is a solution architect, market analyst, community leader, author and founder of DrTritsch.com. He is a Subject Matter Expert in IT virtualization, user workspace management and monitoring, Cloud technologies, enterprise mobility, graphics remoting and remote end user experience benchmarking. In his role as a principal consultant and technical evangelist he works with customers and partners across Europe and North America. Benny started his professional career in IT after he had received a master of science degree in physics for his research work at CERN. His IT focus in the 90s was computer graphics research and he received a PhD in computer science in 1996. From 1999 he has been in senior management positions at international IT vendors and consulting companies before starting his own consulting practice in 2015. He regularly speaks at major industry events around the world, including Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, Citrix Synergy, VMware VMworld, BriForum and E2EVC. Over the last decade Benny was awarded as a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), VMware vExpert and VMware EUC Champion.

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