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What you Need to Know Before using a Windows Profile Disk/Profile Container

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What you Need to Know Before using a Windows Profile Disk/Profile Container
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Profile Containers/Disks for Windows desktops enable Administrators to offload the entire user profile to a profile disk (VHD or VMDK). This approach allows for an otherwise large profile to be read at a block-level (very efficient) over the network. Liquidware ProfileUnity features the option to use a ProfileDisk™ and containers in ProfileUnity. They can be great – except when they are not.  Here are the Pros and Cons that you should know before you rely solely on a profile container/disk to provide an excellent user experience.

Pros

  • Great for offloading Office 365/Outlook caches
  • Ideal to solve Outlook indexing conundrums for virtual desktops like XenDesktop, XenApp, and VMware Horizon.
  • Really great at keeping cloud storage (Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Google Drive, etc) on a virtual network drive.

Cons

  • Run in the user context only and therefore can’t pick-up or virtualize other areas of the user profile outside of shell folders.
  • Profiles are exactly like a local profile except it is on the network so they are susceptible to profile corruption.
  • They are locked to a Windows OS version so you must have a disjointed profile disk/container for every OS the user logs onto, the user cannot migrate their profile or co-exist it with another Windows version.
  • Network only – there is no method to go offline. Laptops that even occasionally leave the office are not a candidate for a profile disk/container.

Read the entire article here, What you Need to Know Before using a Windows Profile Disk/Profile Container | Liquidware Blog –

Via the fine folks at Liquidware.

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Liquidware Liquidware™ provides industry leading platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View®, Amazon WorkSpaces and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs. The company’s Stratusphere solution delivers visibility into desktop environments and supports assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. FlexApp delivers advanced Application Layering. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Essentials. Liquidware products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners.

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