NEW FEATURE No. 4 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Manipulation of files in Personalization Analysis

August 27, 2009

This is the fourth installment in a series of posts about the new features and options in AppSense Version 8 Service Pack 2.  (If you have not yet downloaded this latest release, you can read more info and download it from here )

AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 introduces the ability to manipulate file settings from within the Personalization Analysis dialog for a selected user’s application.

Files can now be inserted, edited and removed.

The “View Application File List” has been improved to allow:

  • Existing files to be exported from the cache
  • New files to be imported into the cache
  • Existing files to be deleted from the cache
  • Existing files to be opened for editing

This can be seen in the screenshot below:

View File List

View File List

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As this is an ever growing blog topic, the previous posts on the other new features we have detailed can be found below:

NEW FEATURE No. 1 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Run As

NEW FEATURE No. 2 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Connect As

NEW FEATURE No. 3 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Improved compression and data handling protocol

NEW FEATURE No. 4 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Manipulation of files in Personalization Analysis

NEW FEATURE No. 5 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Run Once

NEW FEATURE No. 6 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Group SID Refresh

NEW FEATURE No. 7 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Trigger Action Time Audit Event

NEW FEATURE No. 8 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Stop If Fails

NEW FEATURE No. 9 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – New Application Categories in the User Interface

NEW FEATURE No. 10 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Refresh

NEW FEATURE No. 11 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Registry Hive Exclusions


NEW FEATURE No. 3 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Improved compression and data handling protocol

August 26, 2009

This is the third installment in a series of posts about the new features and options in AppSense Version 8 Service Pack 2.  (If you have not yet downloaded this latest release, you can read more info and download it from here )

AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 introduces a new protocol for transferring data between the endpoint device and the server database which holds all the user personalization settings.

The change means that the Personalization Server now benefits as it has to do a lot less processing in order to insert or extract the required data from the database, and can therefore support a lot more users and even faster response times.

Part of this change is to store the user’s personalization data in a compressed format in the database, which means the required database footprint is a lot smaller (in some cases by a factor of 10).

Internal performance tests yielded the following results:

  • 87.5% increase in performance scalability between version 8.0 and 8.0 SP2.
  • 45.0% increase in performance scalability between version 8.0 SP1 and 8.0 SP2.

Note: On upgrade to Service Pack 2, User Personalization data is in the old protocol format. This data is upgraded to the new format, in the database, on demand as applications are used and such, will incur a small performance hit on first launch. However, once all endpoints are upgraded to Service Pack 2 and all data in the database has been upgraded, the performance of User Personalization will be much higher than previous releases and scalability will be dramatically improved.

As always, if you have any questions or require any further information, please do get in touch.

P:S
As this is an ever growing blog topic, the previous posts on the other new features we have detailed can be found below:

NEW FEATURE No. 1 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Run As

NEW FEATURE No. 2 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Connect As

NEW FEATURE No. 3 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Improved compression and data handling protocol

NEW FEATURE No. 4 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Manipulation of files in Personalization Analysis

NEW FEATURE No. 5 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Run Once

NEW FEATURE No. 6 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Group SID Refresh

NEW FEATURE No. 7 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Trigger Action Time Audit Event

NEW FEATURE No. 8 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Stop If Fails

NEW FEATURE No. 9 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – New Application Categories in the User Interface

NEW FEATURE No. 10 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Refresh

NEW FEATURE No. 11 – AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 Service Pack 2 – Registry Hive Exclusions


Citrix, AppSense and ThinClients chosen by leading online ticket retailer

July 9, 2009

Citrix, AppSense user environment management and Thin Clients chosen by UK No.1 independent online rail ticket operator – TheTrainline – to gain greater flexibility, reduced costs and better support staff.

TheTrainline use AppSense Management Suite to achieve faster user logon times, eliminate profile corruption and improve quality of service while also getting more users per server.
Computing.co.uk details this further in on their site.  To read more, please click here

For more information on joint Citrix & AppSense customers, please click here


Citrix & VMware VDI webinar by AppSense & Virtera

July 8, 2009

Leading Citrix & VMware partner and AppSense Gold Level CSP Virtera hosted a joint webinar with AppSense covering main considerations when looking at introducing Desktop Virtualization (VDI) into an enterprise.

Andy Cohen, Solutions Architect for Virtera covers the high level requirements for VDI adoption, including OS and Application delivery, storage and optimization.  Followed by Dan Palmer, Senior Systems Engineer for AppSense who details how user environment management enables a componentized desktop model, while also showing how to avoid many of the user centric and IT focused headaches which are typical in VDI.

View this recorded webinar to learn how to avoid the pitfalls and obstacles organizations are not aware of at the outside, but inevitably run into during VDI proof of concepts, pilots, and roll-outs.

Other AppSense media, including a AppSense Management Suite tutorial by Brian Madden, and many other demonstrations and webinars by Doug Brown (of DABCC) can be found at the AppSense Media Center