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Issues in the management of user profiles in VDI environments

Posted by UDS Enterprise Team |

The data, documents and application configurations of the user are saved in the user profile when the user is working with a Windows desktop. Different information is stored in the user profile, such as:

 -Desktop appearance, desktop background, themes, screen configuration, use of Aero in Windows 7, etc.

 -Application configuration, navigator preferences, tool bars, office software tool configurations, etc.

 -Documents. These documents are stored in the “My documents” folder of the user profile.

In a physical desktop, the data from your profile is saved on a local hard drive. With a virtual user station platform, it is possible to deploy two types of desktops:

Persistent. One user, one assigned desktop. All of the user’s data are stored with the desktop able to select local storage or provide the virtual desktop with a virtual hard drive assigned for this purpose. The assignment of specific virtual hard drives for storing the user profile is not the ideal solution, since traditional backup solutions are not well integrated because they are difficult to administer and manage. In the case of persistent desktops, it is always tough to design a user profile backup solution due to the dispersion and the diversity of the platform components (software, hardware, documents and user profiles).

Non-persistent. One user, one new session, one new desktop. The user data is eliminated each time that a session is closed and in the next initiated session, the user will have a completely new desktop. In this case, the user profile management and backups are much simpler, as they are administered in a more centralized fashion and hosted on shared resource networks.

Once the problem is analyzed, we must find the most appropriate solutions for each case. We will detail them in another article, so stay tuned to our blog and our social networks.



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