Use OneDrive Client on RDSH or XenApp with FSLogix and PowerShell (IWC/ROW Building Block included)

Posted by Chris Twiest on Jun 19, 2018 11:25:43 AM

You might notice there is no OneDrive client in Windows Server 2016. After installing Office ProPlus, you do get the OneDrive for Business client but that client isn’t as feature rich as the normal OneDrive client. But luckily we can download the normal OneDrive client from Microsoft website here. Now we run into the next problem; the OneDrive client will install itself into the user profile and not like any normal program into “C:\Program Files”. So, to use the OneDrive Client on Windows Server 2016 we need to solve a few problems first:

  • Install OneDrive for every user who signs into the system once.
  • Check if the installation is already present and start up the client.
  • Capture the installation of OneDrive and add the files in OneDrive to the profile.
  • Stop asking for password to the user every time they sign in.
  • Integration with Windows Explorer.
  • Choose what to sync to the system from OneDrive if needed.
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Topics: RDP, RDSH, VHD, OneDrive, Citrix XenApp, Windows Server 2016

Profile Management

Posted by Martin Therkelsen on Aug 8, 2017 10:35:55 AM

Hi,
In this part, I will dig into each of the products that we are going to test in this blog series. The three products are, Microsoft Roaming Profiles, Citrix Profile Management and FSLogix. These three products actually hit three different types of profiles, we have the roaming, hybrid and local profile. FSLogix is a local profile, but because of the smart way FSLogix works the actual files and folders in the profiles are save inside of a VHD/VHDX file on a network share.
Let's get into it :)

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Topics: VHD, VHDX, FSLogix, Citrix Profile Management, Microsoft Roaming Profiles

Concurrent access to Office 365 Containers, VHDAccessMode Explained!

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 18, 2017 1:20:03 PM

WilkyIT goes into detail on the topic of allowing concurrent access to the Office365 Container using VHD Difference disks to achieve this frequent requirement, especially in Citrix environments.

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Topics: Citrix, VHD, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Citrix XenApp, Concurrent Access

Outlook in cached mode with non-persistent VDI seemed like a pipe dream until FSLogix came along.

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 1, 2016 10:19:44 AM

In his latest op-ed on brianmadden.com, Independent Industry Analyst, Gabe Knuth, documents the evolutionary changes that have taken place with FSLogix since his previous article, regarding FSLogix Profile Containers. However, the underlying motivation for this article and the prime focus, rests with FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, which he cites as "...a no-brainer to enable functionality that we’ve wanted for the last fifteen years."

By capturing the technological essence of FSLogix, Gabe is able to provide a very thorough accounting of the key aspects and advantages of our methodology, along with the positive impact it has on one's infrastructural hardware and performance. 

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Topics: Citrix, XenDesktop, VHD, Office 365, Outlook, OST, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, Cached Exchance Mode

FSLogix Profile Containers with a peak of what's ahead

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 17, 2016 9:07:52 AM

'The FSLogix Profile Containers make profile management really simple. Rather than using redirection or God forbid roaming profiles, you can simply store the users profile content into a single VHD file that is stored on a file share. Performance is awesome, there’s no noticeable degradation and no extra infrastructure is required. It couldn’t be easier.'  -Rory Monaghan 

In Rory's blog post, he includes a nice demo video of FSLogix Profile Containers and alludes to some exciting possibilities still to come!

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Topics: profile containers, roaming profiles, VHD, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, FSLogix Office 365 Container

Fix Office365 performance issues with FSLogix Office 365 Containers for Citrix!

Posted by Freek Berson on May 23, 2016 3:39:05 PM

I’ve written about FSLogix in the past. About a year ago I wrote an article on masking specific applications & plugins for specific users and running various java versions on the same OS. Check it out here: Managing your Azure RemoteApp application landscape using FSLogix Apps.

FSLogix is a set of tools with an extremely small footprint and has an amazing set of features that fix really specific problems, applicable in almost any VDI or RDSH environment!

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, RDSH, VHD, Office 365, VHDX, Office 365 Containers, OST, GPO, FSLogix

Video from BriForum 2015 - VDI v2: So Good that Users Will Think They are Running on Physical Desktops

Posted by Brandon Lee on May 9, 2016 10:16:15 AM

Michael Thomason displays just how easy it is to manage applications and profiles using FSLogix. 

"Learn how to leverage all user data from a central store and stop roaming and streaming your profile data. This will be one of the BIGGEST impacts to login times yet!"

"Learn how to deploy video-conference solutions through VDI while reducing GPU workloads over 50% per guest!"

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Topics: VDI, BriForum, virtualization, non-persistent VDI, profile containers, roaming profiles, profile management, Brian Madden, BrianMadden, End User Computing, BriForum 2015, VHD, User Profiles, Office 365, VHDX

FSLogix 2.0 - Simplicity Still Wins

Posted by Thomas Krampe on Aug 20, 2015 11:46:00 AM

FSLogix added a new feature in version 2.0 which dramatically simplifies the administration and the management of user profiles on Windows machines. Instead of configuring local or roaming profiles the old way and managing them through various more or less complex tools, FSLogix is moving the entire user profile to a virtual hard disk (VHD or VHDX) which will be saved on a network share. In the following blog post I try to show how to configure this feature.

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Topics: profile containers, profile management, VHD, User Profiles

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