Using FSLogix Office 365 Container for Outlook Search in Non-Persistent RDS Environments

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Sep 6, 2017 1:41:40 PM

When Outlook is running in cached Exchange mode, Outlook data is stored in user-specific .OST files. These .OST files must follow the users as they roam from host to host. Windows Search Service indexes locally stored .OST files and creates an index catalog for each user to enable search functionality in Outlook. In non-persistent and load-balanced Remote Desktop Service environments, the index catalog doesn’t roam with user data. As a consequence, the index catalog must be rebuilt every time the user logs in and the Connection Broker send him or her to a new pooled desktop or a different RD Session Host within a Collection. FSLogix’s Office 365 Container was designed to solve this issue by roaming a user’s Outlook data as well as their search index catalog in such a way that it is compatible to the Windows Search Service. The FSLogix O365 Container implementation is based on a file system filter driver that redirects the users’ .OST files to virtual disks attached to the local file system in such a way that makes the VHDs look like local folders. This enables users to use the local Windows Search service in Outlook while they are accessing their emails. But how good is this solution in terms of performance and end user experience? The folks from RDS Gurus have the answer.

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Topics: RDS, Office 365, Outlook Search, Windows Search Service

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

DABCC Podcast - FSLogix: Solutions for the Digital Workspace, Office365, Citrix & VDI

Posted by Brandon Lee on Aug 22, 2017 1:14:27 PM

Douglas Brown, of dabcc.com, sits down with Jim Moyle to feed him a little "noise and grief." Combined with some humorous anecdotes of what it means to be a technical evangelist, these two industry experts keep it light while discussing industry trends. Hear what Jim has to say regarding FSLogix and the state of the EUC world, DaaS, Citrix, economics of the cloud, Office 365 and much more! 

Listen to the Podcast at dabcc.com

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, cloud, Office 365, FSLogix

FSLogix Profile Containers and Office 365 Containers Deployment Guide

Posted by Aaron Parker on Jul 31, 2017 12:01:26 PM

In this article, I’ll cover the considerations for deploying FSLogix Containers to provide a one-stop location for getting up and running quickly.

I’ve written previously on deploying Office 365 Containers and securing Profile Container and Office 365 Containers. This is an updated version of those articles in a single location with some additional information to make your deployment successful.

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Topics: profile containers, Office 365, Office 365 Containers, FSLogix

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

Citrix in 2017: The Story So Far

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jul 25, 2017 10:48:38 AM

With news of change at Citrix with a new CEO, I figured a reflection on 2017 for the company so far is timely.

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Topics: Citrix, Office 365, Windows 10, OneDrive, Citrix XenApp, StoreFront, Sharefile

Enabling Modern Authentication for Office

Posted by Aaron Parker on Jul 17, 2017 12:40:04 PM

Enabling Azure AD and Office 365 features including multi-factor authentication and Conditional Access will impact your users because they’ll need utilise App Passwords (one time passwords used for authentication with legacy applications). Unfortunately this will only serve to confuse users and result in calls to your service desk. Modern authentication is, of course, the way to improve user experience but it’s not enabled by default.

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Topics: Azure, Office 365, Outlook, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, multi-factor authentication

Imaging Windows 10 and getting to one Golden Image

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 26, 2017 11:05:31 AM

Through years of trial and error, I’ve cemented some of my personal best practices for desktop imaging that I’d like to share with all of you in this article. Although the technologies are very different, my practices for creating golden images of physical desktops and virtual desktops have many things in common.

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Topics: Office 365, Windows 10, Virtual desktops, Application Layering, Citrix Application Layering, Windows 10 Layering

Top 5 ways Microsoft MVPs and MCSEs are Using Office 365 Containers

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 20, 2017 12:03:06 PM

When it comes to Office 365 in virtual environments, enabling critical application functionality, such as, Outlook cached exchange mode (OST/PST), Outlook search, OneDrive for Business sync, and Skype for Business global address list (GAL), is just as important as ensuring a pristine and optimized end user experience. FSLogix Office 365 Containers encapsulate these vital aspects to enable a successful Office 365 deployment/implementation within the enterprise organization. No wonder Microsoft MVPs and MCSEs are making a lot of noise surrounding Office 365 Containers and how much value it brings to the table. 

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Topics: VDI, Office 365, Microsoft RDS, Outlook, Cached Exchance Mode, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, Outlook Instant Search, Skype for Business, Microsoft MVP, Global Address List

I got your OneDrive for Business Sync right here!

Posted by Brandon Lee on May 1, 2017 5:29:28 PM

Microsoft MVP, Freek Berson, took to the blogsphere to discuss OneDrive for Business Sync and cache inside RDS & VDI environments. Through his aptly titled article, "Dude, where's my OneDrive for Business Sync in RDS? FSLogix to the rescue!" Freek discusses the available options of what's currently supported to achieve enterprise level functionality.

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Topics: roaming profiles, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, UPD

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