How to use Office 365 Containers with Microsoft UPD to roam OneDrive, SharePoint, Outlook, and Search on remote desktops

Posted by Christiaan Brinkhoff on Aug 16, 2018 9:53:32 AM

Are you using User Profile Disks (UPD) in your Remote Desktop Services environment? Do you want to extend that with the support for Outlook Search roaming, OneDrive, and SharePoint for Business in your Virtual Desktop environment? Did this all make you curious? Please read the rest of the blog.

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Topics: Microsoft, Outlook, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, UPD, Cloud Cache, SharePoint, Remote Desktops

FSLogix Containers – Search Index Considerations and Troubleshooting

Posted by James Kindon on Jul 11, 2018 11:10:40 AM

Co-authored by James Kindon (@james_kindon) Gareth Carson (@CitXen) James Rankin (@james____rankin) Nigel Woods (@NigelWoods27)

Windows Search is a feature that has existed in the Windows OS since Windows Vista, although it did exist as freeware called Windows Desktop Search for XP and Server 2003. It replaced the Indexing Service that first arrived as part of the Windows NT4 Option Pack, which was deprecated in Windows 7 and finally removed in Windows 8.

Windows Search builds a full-text index of files on a device. The time required for the initial creation of this index depends on the amount and type of data to be indexed and can take up to several hours. In persistent environments, this does not present a problem, as the creation of the index is a one-time event. However, in non-persistent RDSH or VDI environments like XenApp and XenDesktop, this can present an issue.

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Topics: VDI, XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, profile containers, Office 365, Outlook, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Windows Search, Windows Server

Roaming Office 365 OST cache in physical desktop environments using FSLogix

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 27, 2018 10:34:12 AM

Office 365 is the fastest growing product in Microsoft's history. With that in mind, George Spiers, took the time to address the challenges around Office 365 and how FSLogix can resolve those challenges in not only a virtual environment, but also a physical desktop environment.

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Topics: Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OST Cache, Physical Desktops

OneDrive for Business in multi-user environments with simulated single sign-on

Posted by Brandon Lee on Dec 11, 2017 2:29:47 PM

Implementing OneDrive for Business in multi-user environments has been a thorn in the side of many organizations, mainly due to the fact that Microsoft refuses to release and develop a client supporting multi-user environment. Citrix and Microsoft give the following recommendations:

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Topics: Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, single sign-on

How to mix FSLogix Office 365 Containers and Online Mode in non-persistent Citrix Environments

Posted by Brandon Lee on Nov 30, 2017 4:05:21 PM

Sometimes it makes sense to use online mode in non-persistent Citrix environments. In James Kindon's latest article, FSLogix or Office Online - Selective use in Non Peristent Environments, he breaks down the considerations of catering for environments where some need profile containers and Cached Exchange Mode, while online mode should suffice for the rest. He specified three easy to drive technologies to achieve this goal.

  • AppLocker
  • Restricted Groups
  • Citrix Workspace Environment Management
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Topics: Citrix, Office 365, Outlook, Cached Exchance Mode, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Citrix Workspace Environment, Online Mode

How to host your FSLogix profiles and Office data in Amazon S3 storage

Posted by Jim Moyle on Nov 6, 2017 11:30:05 AM

Hosting your data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) can be a very inexpensive way to provide storage for your organisation. This solution is also not necessarily confined to the use case of having both desktops and profiles in AWS due to the caching mechanisms AWS provides.

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Topics: profile containers, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Amazon Simple Storage Services

Microsoft: Resolving OneDrive for Business in non-persistent environments with FSLogix

Posted by Brandon Lee on Oct 27, 2017 1:13:04 PM

In a recent article on microsoft.com, Dealing with OneDrive for Business in non-persistent environments (under the Office 365 in RDS and VDI deployments topic), the results of the RDS Gurus report, testing the FSLogix Office 365 Container solution for roaming OneDrive for Business local cache is examined. 

According to this Microsoft knowledge base article, “the OneDrive for Business sync app isn’t supported for client sessions that are hosted on Windows 2008 Terminal Services or Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)." So, what can you do? 

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Topics: RDS, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, RDS Gurus

Profile management – Part 3

Posted by Martin Therkelsen on Sep 6, 2017 1:52:02 PM

Hi all,

In this part, I will test the three different solutions I covered in the first two parts of the blog series. The tests will be performance tests, but I will also cover what the profiles contain of information. I will also show you the configuration I have used for each solution so you can do your own tests if you want to. Before I get into the details I want to thank FSLogix and LoginVSI for their help and support with these tests and ControlUp for their free tool called App Profiler.

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Topics: profile management, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Citrix UPM, Microsoft Roaming Profiles

RDS Gurus Benchmark and Analyze Outlook Performance in Non-Persistent Environments

Posted by Brandon Lee on Aug 22, 2017 1:50:30 PM

In the latest installment from RDS Gurus, Outlook Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix's Office 365 Containers, they ran  performance tests on Outlook in non-persistent environments using FSLogix’s Office 365 Containers solution. The goal was to illustrate the user experience of remote desktop users working in an RDS environment configured to use FSLogix Office 365 Containers relative to the typical user experience when using native RDS UPD technology. The primary focus was to measure how performance degrades when multiple users are simultaneously working with Outlook (“noisy neighbor effect”).
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Topics: non-persistent VDI, Office 365, Outlook, FSLogix Office 365 Container, RDS Gurus

How to fix performance issues in VDI

Posted by Aaron Parker on Jul 25, 2017 11:51:23 AM

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Topics: VDI, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container

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