VDI User Profile Management
In a “traditional” (as if that word can really be applied to a new technology use-case like this) VDI deployments, we’d use roaming profiles to have users’ settings follow them from hosted desktop to hosted desktop. In this article using the Flex Profile Kit (FPK) in a VDI deployment, I described an implementation in which roaming profiles couldn’t be used, and so we had to resort to the use of the FPK (which, incidentally, works well). There is, however, one problem: leftover profiles.
Usually, the FPK is used in conjunction with a mandatory profile and folder redirection, so there isn’t any “stuff” leftover when a user logs in to a desktop. The FPK pulls down the customized portions of the user’s settings, applies them to a mandatory profile, and off we go. This is an advantage over roaming profiles, where a local copy of the profile remains even after the user logs off. (Note that there are Group Policy settings to help control this behavior, if I recall correctly.)