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User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and more.
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
5 Best Practices to Achieve Successful Migration to Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.x
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. While many new features and enhancements have been introduced in 7.x, there are also some capabilities that were available in XenApp 6.5 and are no longer supported in 7.x (such as Citrix EdgeSight for performance monitoring). Despite all these changes, the success of the migration, ultimately, depends on ensuring outstanding performance and end-user experience in the new 7.x environment.

Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Switch to Parallels Remote Application Server and Save 60% Compared to Citrix XenApp
This article will explain how Parallels Remote Application Server can easily act as a business’s desktop and application delivery solution, offering the same qualities as other leading solutions such as Citrix XenApp, but at an entirely different and affordable price. As a result, companies who opt to use Parallels Remote Application Server could save up to 60%, while gaining added flexibility and maneuverability for their devices.
A few years ago, Citrix had two separate products for its virtualization solutions: XenApp and XenDesktop. In 2016, Citrix merged them into a single product; XenDesktop 7. The change was not well received by Citrix customers, and Citrix has split them again into XenApp and XenDesktop from version 7.5 onward. The major difference between XenApp and XenDesktop is the type of virtual desktop delivered to the user. XenDesktop includes all XenApp features and also has a VDI solution, so from this point on we will use the XenDesktop term in this document to refer to Citrix virtualization solution: published applications and virtual desktop infrastructure. Although XenDesktop is the most popular solution in the industry, it has several shortcomings coupled with a very expensive price tag. Due to migration from Independent Management Architecture (IMA) to Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA), there is no option in place to upgrade to XenDesktop 7.x from previous versions of XenApp (5 or 6.X). Therefore, now is the right time to jump ship. In this white paper, we examine how migrating to Parallels Remote Application Server can reduce the costs of an application and virtual desktop delivery solution by more than 60%. Parallels RAS is an easy-to-use, scalable application and desktop delivery solution which has the lowest total cost of ownership amongst its competitors. Considered an industry underdog by many, Parallels Remote Application Server has been in the industry since 2005, and many Citrix customers have already switched to Parallels RAS.
Salem State University Teams with IGEL, Citrix and Nutanix to Deliver Digital Workspaces
Limited IT resources drive need for the IGEL’s robust management features; maturity of Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure, and the simplicity and time-to-value for Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure offering make the combined solution a no-brainer for the university.
When Jake Snyder joined Salem State University’s IT department, the public university located just outside of Boston, Mass. was only using traditional PCs. “95% of the PCs were still on Windows 7 and there was no clear migration path in sight to Windows 10,” recalls Snyder. “Additionally, all updates to these aging desktop computers were being done locally in the university’s computer labs. Management was difficult and time consuming.”

The university realized something had to change, and that was one of the reasons why they brought Snyder on board – to upgrade its end-user computing environment to VDI. Salem State was looking for the security and manageability that a VDI solution could provide. “One of the biggest challenges that the university had been experiencing was managing desktop imaging and applications,” said Snyder. “They wanted to be able to keep their student, faculty and staff end-points up to date and secure, while at the same time easing the troubleshooting process. They weren’t able to do any of this with their current set-up.”

Snyder first saw a demo of the IGEL solution at the final BriForum event in Boston in 2016. “It was great to see IGEL at that event as I had heard a lot of good buzz around their products and solutions, especially from other colleagues in the industry,” said Snyder. “After BriForum, I went back and ordered some evaluation units to test out within our EUC environment.”

What Snyder quickly discovered during the evaluation period was that the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) was not just plug-and-play, like he had expected. “The IGEL UMS was a very customizable solution, and I liked the robust interface,” continued Snyder. “Despite competitive solutions, it was clear from the start that the IGEL devices were going to be easier to use and cheaper in the long run. IGEL really was a ‘no-brainer’ when you consider the management capabilities and five-year warranty they offer on their hardware.”

Salem State University currently has 400 IGEL Universal Desktop software-defined thin clients deployed on its campus including 360 UD3 thin clients, which are the workhorse of the IGEL portfolio, and 40 UD6 thin clients, which support high-end graphics capabilities for multimedia users. Salem State has also purchased IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients which they are now testing.
Futurum Research: Digital Transformation - 9 Key Insights
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
Office 365 / Microsoft 365: The Essential Companion Guide
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 contain truly powerful applications that can significantly boost productivity in the workplace. However, there’s a lot on offer so we’ve put together a comprehensive companion guide to ensure you get the most out of your investment! This free 85-page eBook, written by Microsoft Certified Trainer Paul Schnackenburg, covers everything from basic descriptions, to installation, migration, use-cases, and best practices for all features within the Office/Microsoft 365 sui

Welcome to this free eBook on Office 365 and Microsoft 365 brought to you by Altaro Software. We’re going to show you how to get the most out of these powerful cloud packages and improve your business. This book follows an informal reference format providing an overview of the most powerful applications of each platform’s feature set in addition to links directing to supporting information and further reading if you want to dig further into a specific topic. The intended audience for this book is administrators and IT staff who are either preparing to migrate to Office/Microsoft 365 or who have already migrated and who need to get the lay of the land. If you’re a developer looking to create applications and services on top of the Microsoft 365 platform, this book is not for you. If you’re a business decision-maker, rather than a technical implementer, this book will give you a good introduction to what you can expect when your organization has been migrated to the cloud and ways you can adopt various services in Microsoft 365 to improve the efficiency of your business.

THE BASICS

We’ll cover the differences (and why one might be more appropriate for you than the other) in more detail later but to start off let’s just clarify what each software package encompasses in a nutshell. Office 365 (from now on referred to as O365) 7 is an email collaboration and a host of other services provided as a Software as a Service (SaaS) whereas Microsoft 365 (M365) is Office 365 plus Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune – cloud-based management of devices and security and Windows 10 Enterprise. Both are per user-based subscription services that require no (or very little) infrastructure deployments on-premises.

The SysAdmin Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Service
If you're used to on-premises infrastructures, cloud platforms can seem daunting. But it doesn't need to be. This eBook written by the veteran IT consultant and trainer Paul Schnackenburg, covers all aspects of setting up and maintaining a high-performing Azure IaaS environment, including: • VM sizing and deployment • Migration • Storage and networking • Security and identity • Infrastructure as code and more!

The cloud computing era is well and truly upon us, and knowing how to take advantage of the benefits of this computing paradigm while maintaining security, manageability, and cost control are vital skills for any IT professional in 2020 and beyond. And its importance is only getting greater.

In this eBook, we’re going to focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on Microsoft’s Azure platform - learning how to create VMs, size them correctly, manage storage, networking, and security, along with backup best practices. You’ll also learn how to operate groups of VMs, deploy resources based on templates, managing security and automate your infrastructure. If you currently have VMs in your own datacenter and are looking to migrate to Azure, we’ll also teach you that.

If you’re new to the cloud (or have experience with AWS/GCP but not Azure), this book will cover the basics as well as more advanced skills. Given how fast things change in the cloud, we’ll cover the why (as well as the how) so that as features and interfaces are updated, you’ll have the theoretical knowledge to effectively adapt and know how to proceed.

You’ll benefit most from this book if you actively follow along with the tutorials. We will be going through terms and definitions as we go – learning by doing has always been my preferred way of education. If you don’t have access to an Azure subscription, you can sign up for a free trial with Microsoft. This will give you 30 days 6 to use $200 USD worth of Azure resources, along with 12 months of free resources. Note that most of these “12 months” services aren’t related to IaaS VMs (apart from a few SSD based virtual disks and a small VM that you can run for 750 hours a month) so be sure to get everything covered on the IaaS side before your trial expires. There are also another 25 services that have free tiers “forever”.

Now you know what’s in store, let’s get started!

The Time is Now for File Virtualization
DataCore’s vFilO is a distributed files and object storage virtualization solution that can consume storage from a variety of providers, including NFS or SMB file servers, most NAS systems, and S3 Object Storage systems, including S3-based public cloud providers. Once vFilO integrates these various storage systems into its environment, it presents users with a logical file system and abstracts it from the actual physical location of data.

DataCore vFilO is a top-tier file virtualization solution. Not only can it serve as a global file system, IT can also add new NAS systems or file servers to the environment without having to remap users of the new hardware. vFilO supports live migration of data between the storage systems it has assimilated and leverages the capabilities of the global file system and the software’s policy-driven data management to move older data to less expensive storage automatically; either high capacity NAS or an object storage system. vFilO also transparently moves data from NFS/SMB to object storage. If the user needs access to this data in the future, they access it like they always have. To them, the data has not moved.

The ROI of File virtualization is powerful, but it has struggled to gain adoption in the data center. File Virtualization needs to be explained, and explaining it takes time. vFilO more than meets the requirements to qualify as a top tier file virtualization solution. DataCore has the advantage of over 10,000 customers that are much more likely to be receptive to the concept since they have already embraced block storage virtualization with SANSymphony. Building on its customer base as a beachhead, DataCore can then expand File Virtualization’s reach to new customers, who, because of the changing state of unstructured data, may finally be receptive to the concept. At the same time, these new file virtualization customers may be amenable to virtualizing block storage, and it may open up new doors for SANSymphony.

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