Roaming Profiles - What works on the latest Windows Update?

Posted by Brandon Lee on Sep 27, 2016 12:49:49 PM

Concern around the latest Windows 10 Anniversary update 1607, has brought about numerous questions that James Rankin, the AppSense Bigot, seeks to answer in his blog series, "Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask."

In his recent edition, which focuses primarily on roaming, James states, "For the record, most Windows 10 settings roam fine, but the main one that we've all been struggling with is the Start Menu. And this is really annoying, because the Start Menu is the first thing that the user generally interacts with when they use a Windows 10 desktop, and possibly the most "in your face" part of the new OS features."

Since roaming profiles have incremental version numbers due to incompatibility, take a look at our Windows Profile Versions matrix in the docs section to see the breakdown of roaming profile versions per Windows OS (update patch and registry setting inclusive).

James lays out a decisive plan based upon the finicky nature of the Start Menu and defines clear metrics for testing and assigning grades of PASS or FAIL: "We will log on, customize the Start Menu by pinning a desktop application, a Modern App, a folder, a website, an RDP connection and changing the name of the groups. If these changes successfully persist when we log on to another device, then we will consider that the method in use is compatible with the latest version of Windows 10." 

Below is a table of James' findings regarding user profile solutions on Windows 10 update 1607 

 
Profile Type Windows 10 Update 1607
Roaming Profile FAIL
Microsoft UE-V FAIL
Citrix UPM PASS
FSLogix Profile Container PASS
AppSense Environment Manager PASS
 
He seems a bit surprised, but quite pleased with the ease in which "FSLogix provides a simple profile management solution based around a similar concept to Microsoft's User Profile Disks (more on these in an article after the Windows 10 series). Simply, a virtual disk is mounted from a network share to replace the user's profile. There's very little configuration to be done, the entire %USERPROFILE% area is replaced by a junction point...Colour me very impressed...no muss, no fuss, works straight out of the box. FSLogix gets itself a PASS too!"
 
Check out the latest GA Release of FSLogix Apps 2.6 and learn more about how FSLogix is capable of managing multiple profiles for the same user. 
 
CLICK HERE to read more about James' research and findings

Topics: roaming profiles, The AppSense Bigot, User Profiles, Windows 10

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