FSLogix Profile Containers

By Rory Monaghan


In a previous post I covered FSLogix 2.0. When preparing for my recent E2EVC session, I decided to get the latest version of FSLogix for my demo. Not a whole lot has changed with the rules editor for cloaking applications but when reviewing 2.0, I did not post a demo here showing the profile containers. I decided to include that this time.

The FSLogix Profile Containers make profile management really simple. Rather than using redirection or God forbid roaming profiles, you can simply store the users profile content into a single VHD file that is stored on a file share. Performance is awesome, there’s no noticeable degradation and no extra infrastructure is required. It couldn’t be easier. In the second part of this demo video, I show the registry setting for setting up the FSLogix Profile Containers and how a new profile container is created for each user.

I think you will agree that while tools like AppSense and RES ONE are awesome, a solution like FSLogix Profile Containers is a lot less taxing. But hold on, not too fast! AppSense and RES offer really robust tools, particularly RES. You can manage Firewall rules, application whitelisting\blacklisting, GPO and pretty much everything in your desktop environment. So what if you are already using one of those tools? FSLogix cloaking still has a lot to offer you. Also, FSLogix have just announced an Office 365 container that is a great fit with those products.

The Office 365 container was just announced at Citrix Synergy. I have not tried this yet and it will likely be a future blog post but it’s already very promising! They’ve basically taken their profile containers concept as shown in the video above and spun it off into a Office 365 optimization solution. If you already use their profile containers, this is a separate container that’s specific for Office 365. Office 365 produces some significant performance issues particularly in a non-persistent environment. There’s no good way to roam your Office 365 profile settings until now!

With FSLogix Office 365 Container, your cached OST and Office settings are stored in a VHD on a file share that is available to the user on login. No more syncing a large 3GB block of data each time, no more login degredation. I can’t wait to try this out for myself.

For more info, check out: https://fslogix.com/about-us/press/110-announcing-fslogix-office-365-container-for-citrix-an-industry-first-solution-enabling-true-cached-exchange-mode-and-real-time-search-for-virtual-desktops


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