Cloud-based roaming profiles in Azure using FSLogix Profile Containers

Posted by Brandon Lee on Apr 4, 2017 2:00:30 PM

James Rankin, aka, TheAppSenseBigot, goes down the road to take some Windows 10 machines built from the same image to try to set up a cloud-based method for dealing with user profiles. He selects FSLogix Profile Containers for this task in order to keep it simple and straightforward.

With this particular goal in mind: "What I want to concentrate on is whether we can move these profiles into Azure or another cloud-based system with a minimum of effort and maintenance. From this, we could gain an essentially cloud-native profile management solution, so users could log onto an on-premises device and make settings changes, then pick up a laptop which hasn’t touched the corporate network (or maybe even can’t touch it) and then see their settings updated down onto it."

James goes on to assert that "...you may be thinking that first of all we need to build a cloud-based Windows file server in Azure, then stand up a federated Active Directory domain controller in there to support authentication, then set permissions and…but no, we don’t need any of that. And to be honest, that sounds like a bunch of work (and potential charges for the server instance). But that’s not what we need, there is a simpler way."

Through a very straight forward and simple approach, James is able to easily and confidently configure cloud-based roaming profiles in Azure. In addition, "Cost-wise Azure Storage Accounts are much better than standing up VM infrastructure to host it, and a lot less effort is involved."

WATCH the VIDEO on how to "Make your Windows profiles cloud-native with FSLogix Profile Containers in Azure"

CHECK OUT James' fantastic article which he summarizes by saying "this is a great way of using Profile Containers or UPD to make your profiles truly 'cloud-native'."

Topics: cloud, profile containers, roaming profiles, Azure, UPD

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