Andrew Wood (Twitter @gilwood_cs) has written a very interesting article over on VirtualizationPractice.com, discussing whether ‘persona management’ (and ‘profile’ management) technology is ‘user environment management’ by another name?
Andrew details how profile management, which is what VMware acquired from RTO to form their Persona Management, addresses the issues associated with roaming profiles such as bloat and lengthy logon times. However, Andrew then rightly explains that while logon times are important (and profile management only reduces logon times if logon time is caused by large profile, not, the processing of a complex logon script with lots of actions), there is much more to be considered when designing a virtual desktop environment – things such as being able to deliver setting across OS platforms and 32 to 64bit boundaries. Something only certain 3rd party specialist solutions can currently support.
You can read (and comment) on Andrew’s blog piece here: http://www.virtualizationpractice.com/blog/?p=4460
Thanks Andrew, great and useful information as always.