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

Microsoft Ignite 2017: Hunting down answers with Dr. Benny Tritsch

Posted by Brandon Lee on Oct 3, 2017 1:29:53 PM

In Dr. Benny Tritsch's latest blog, RDS Unchained: Benny Tritsch's report from Microsoft Ignite 2017, he hunts down real answers at Microsoft Ignite. Between presenting his own session about remote end-user experience benchmarking using REX Analytics and manning the FSLogix booth, Benny puts his sleuthing skills to work to investigate the latest developments surrounding Microsoft 365, RDS and Azure, in this fantastic wrap-up blog of Microsoft Ignite 2017!

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Topics: RDS, cloud, Microsoft Ignite, Azure, Office 365, Windows 10 S, Microsoft 365

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

Benny Tritsch: Why I became an investor and team member of FSLogix

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jul 5, 2017 8:15:31 AM

Here's my little story of becoming an FSLogix investor earlier this year. Many of you may know me as a subject matter expert in Windows desktop remoting and enterprise application delivery. The Frankfurt Rhine/Main area is my home base, with the largest German cloud datacenters almost in my backyard. I enjoy sharing my knowledge through books, blog articles and presentations at industry events. As a result, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and NVIDIA have recognized me as a member of their respective technical community award programs. Since launching my first technology startup when I was a university student, I've always been watching the international startup ecosystem very carefully. After eight years as a full-time researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, I've had the opportunity to be in leading positions at several international startups over the last 15 years, including my own. I've learned that equity investments, where the funders get a piece of the company, are a great way of directly participating in startups at an early stage. And this is exactly where FSLogix comes into the picture.

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Topics: Citrix, RDS, RDSH, UEM, FSLogix, EUC, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Azure

Presented a session at E2EVC in Orlando, Florida on RDS, ARM, JSON and stroopwafels!

Posted by Freek Berson on Jun 23, 2017 11:32:18 AM

Last week, right after Citrix Synergy, Alex Cooper hosted yet another awesome edition of the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization conference (E2EVC) in Orlando, Florida! If you’re not familiar with the event, please check out e2evc.com. It’s a vendor neutral, virtualization conference focusing on all that is related to End User Computing covering topics like RDS, VDI, RemoteApp, Application Virtualization and munch more. Sessions are presented by the community, and because of the vendor neutral approach, you’ll see a good mix of sessions related to Microsoft, Citrix, VMWare, Parallels and many other products as well.

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Topics: Citrix, RDS, E2EVC, Application Virtualization, Azure, ARM, JSON, Azure IaaS

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Posted by Tim Mangan on Dec 16, 2016 12:13:19 PM

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone this about App-V.  Just because you didn’t hear any sound does not mean that there wasn’t a lot a noise involved.  In the last year, Microsoft has made two incredibly big moves with its App-V product, and you probably didn’t hear much about it. What happened? First, Microsoft has effectively stopped charging you for App-V.  Second, they are now bundling it into the appropriate operating systems directly.

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Topics: RDS, App-V, Windows 10, Server 2016

Context awareness is important for your business!

Posted by Sascha Goeckel on Nov 7, 2016 2:31:27 PM

Let’s make one thing clear; context awareness is one of the most important topics in the IT landscape today. Without context awareness, IT departments cannot fulfill the requirements of their customers (means users) and the security and compliance requirements of their business. Not considering this fact may result in a disadvantage over the competition and in worst case it costs the business money.

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Topics: VDI, RDS, XenDesktop, XenApp, BYOD, VMware, security, EUC

Tools I’ve used in my Ignite session

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Oct 20, 2016 10:53:49 AM

A bit more than two weeks ago I presented a breakout session titled “Get an independent insider’s view of desktop virtualization and session remoting” at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. Here is the video of my session on Channel 9 for those who want to watch it. As part of my session I demonstrated some great tools and add-on products provided by community fellows. I actually felt like the anchor of a news show walking people through some real-world use cases. After my session, I received emails asking me for more details regarding the tools. Here we go…

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Topics: RDS, Microsoft, Microsoft Ignite, Desktop Virtualization

Andy Milford Launches New RDS Resource Site

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 14, 2016 11:38:22 AM

As part of his technical community outreach associated with the Microsoft MVP award, RDPSoft CEO Andy Milford has created a new resource site solely for Remote Desktop Services administrators. Packed with tips, tricks, scripts, and free tools, he hopes it will make life in the trenches easier for those responsible for setting up and maintaining remote desktop services implementations. 

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Topics: RDS

RDS and VDI News from Microsoft Ignite 2015

Posted by Benny Tritsch on May 26, 2015 5:22:32 PM

I’m at BriForum in London this week, meeting with many of my community fellows. One of the topics we keep discussing is the lessons learned at Microsoft Ignite two weeks ago. What a show that was! 23,000 people attended Ignite and most of them wanted to hear about the upcoming products and see how this Microsoft 2.0 looks like. Combining multiple events, such as TechEd and MMS, seemed to be a good idea for many IT professionals, despite the fact that Microsoft decided to miss out Europe – Ignite is a US-only event. Microsoft must have been surprised by the number of registrations as logistics were far from being perfect. Sometimes transportation, catering and room capacity for popular sessions clearly showed some room for improvement for next year. But I cannot complain, together with co-speaker Ruben Spruijt I was invited as a featured speaker and the Ignite organizers gave us a great room for our session about virtual desktops. According to Microsoft, remoting into Windows workloads is an important aspect of their mobility strategy now. This means that RDS and VDI were presented from different angles and were even covered in sessions where you wouldn’t expect it.

 

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Topics: VDI, RDS, RDSH, Microsoft Ignite

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