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ProfileUnity™ 5.0

with FlexApp



QuickStart & Evaluation Guide For
VMware® Mobile Secure Desktop Solution

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Introduction

VMware offers the Mobile Secure
Desktop architecture which provides mobile secure access to applications and
data across devices and locations. Liquidware Labs’ user virtualization solution, ProfileUnity, with FlexApp is a 3rd
-
party enabling software technology for the VMware Mobile Secu
re Desktop. ProfileUnity with FlexApp offers true
user virtualization and user installed applications which is a central component of the VMware Mobile Secure
Desktop architecture as it untethers users from devices and allows them access to desktops, dat
a and resources
based on their identity for an “Any Time, Any Where, Any Place” work model.

This guide has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide
information and
guidance

concerning
the

evaluati
on process
of ProfileUnity 5.0 with
F
lexApp

technology

for the use cases associated with the
VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Architecture.

Information in this document is subject to change without notice. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
whole or in part, stored in a retrieval sy
stem, or transmitted in any form or any means electronic or mechanical,
including photocopying and recording for any external use by any person or entity without the express prior written
consent of Liquidware Labs.



Liquidware Labs, Inc.

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Road

Suite 200

Alpharetta, Georgia 30022

U.S.A.

Phone: 678
-
397
-
0450

www.liquidwarelabs.com










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, FlexApp,
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C
ONTENTS

VMWARE MOBILE SECURE

DESKTOP WITH PROFILE
UNITY WITH FLEXAPP

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PROFILEUNITY WITH FL
EXAPP TECHNOLOGY OVE
RVIEW

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TOP REASONS CUSTOMER
S USE PROFILEUNITY

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QUICKSTART PROCESS

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D
OWNLOAD
O
PTIONS

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R
EQUIREMENTS

AND
P
REPARATION

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P
ROFILE
U
NITY
I
NSTALLATION
A
ND
S
ETUP

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P
ROFILE
U
NITY
M
ANAGEMENT
C
ONFIGURATION

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EVALUATION AND MANAG
EMENT CONCEPTS

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P
ROFILE
P
ORTABILITY
&

F
OLDER
R
EDIRECTION
W
ITH
U
SER
A
UTHORED
D
ATA
M
IGRATION

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C
ONTEXT
A
WARE
F
ILTERS
A
PPLIED
T
O
C
USTOM
D
RIVE
M
APPINGS

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Creating Context Aware Filters

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Applying Filter to Custom Drive Mapping

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P
RINTER
M
ANAGEMENT

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F
LEX
A
PP
T
ECHNOLOGY

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E
XCLUSIVE
F
EATURES FOR
VM
WARE
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HIN
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ThinApp Deployment

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URTHER
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ALUATION

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HANK
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VM
WARE
M
OBILE
S
ECURE
D
ESKTOP WITH
P
ROFILE
U
NITY WITH
F
LEX
A
PP

VMware offers the Mobile Secure Desktop architecture which provides mobile secure access to applications and
data across devices and locations. Liquidware Labs’ user virtualization solution, Profi
leUnity, with FlexApp user
installed applications, is a 3rd
-
party enabling software technology for the VMware Mobile Secure Desktop.

Today’s workforce cannot afford to be tethered to traditional stationary desktops. New devices have
proliferated

companies
of all sizes and industries. Workers are increasingly mobile or working remotely from office locations.
Industries
that

have a non
-
traditional work mode, such as healthcare, transportation or law enforcement, need to
leverage a secure and always available
desktop model to perform their jobs where they are. Many organizations,
prompted by their workers, are considering Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

To respond to this changing work model, VMware has introduced the Mobile Secure Desktop. By using a validated
architectural design for virtualized desktops on VMware View and vSphere, organizations can now have
unparalleled

desktop and application access a
cross qualified devices and locations
--

in the office or halfway
around the world. VMware View and ThinApp allows access to desktops, data and applications based on endpoint
device configuration, network location and user identity. User virtualization is
an essential component in
decoupling the user from the machine and operating system. ProfileUnity with FlexApp complements VMware
View with functionality that supports an “Any Time, Any Where, Any Device” business strategy. ProfileUnity with
FlexApp adds t
hese critical capabilities to VMware Mobile Secure Desktop solution:



Organizations can leverage secure, cost
-
effective non
-
persistent desktops yet offer a high degree of
personalization.



“Follow me” user profiles, data and user installed apps provide a con
sistent one
-
profile
-
per
-
user
experience for workers regardless of how many devices they use or where or when they login.



Organizations can tap a universal profile format For Windows XP/7/8 to enable the greatest degree of
device compatibility.



Context
-
awar
e session settings help to provide local resources to users based on their identity, not on the
machine they are using.



Organizations using VMware ThinApp gain additional features support for deployment, inventory,
licensing and dynamic assignment of appli
cations.

Organizations get a sophisticated full featured user virtualization solution that is “lightweight” and reduces
complexity in their environments. ProfileUnity with FlexApp runs as a virtual appliance and does not require
complex back
-
end systems to

support it. This solution

leverages a network
-
side agent design to reduce impact on
network and storage resources.

Because ProfileUnity automates so much of the profile management process,
administrators

can reclaim time to
spend on more productive, highe
r value tasks
.



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P
ROFILE
U
NITY WITH
F
LEX
A
PP
T
ECHNOLOGY

O
VERVIEW

Award
-
winning ProfileUnity™ is a feature
-
rich and affordable user virtualization and profile management solution
for virtual desktop deployments and physical PCs. ProfileUnity decouples user pr
ofiles and data from the operating
syste
m for migration to VMware View

or any platform that supports Windows OS, making it the ideal bridge
solution for heterogeneous environments running physical, virtual and Terminal Services sessions.

ProfileUnity deliv
ers a flexible universal profile that is compatible across multiple
Windows
versions
.

With no
software to install on desktops, this cost
-
effective solution separately stores and infuses user profiles,
configurations, and data into the Windows OS in seconds

at
login
, enabling organizations to be more flexible than
ever before with their desktops.

FlexApp user installed application (UIA) software enables a potentially limitless number of applications to be
stored separately from the Windows operating system
yet 'snapped
-
in' in only seconds at login. FlexApp addresses
a need in the virtual desktop market to empower virtual desktop users to install the applications they need to be
productive. UIA applications are self
-
managed by user who is responsible for all

updates and the ongoing viability
of the application. In supporting UIA, FlexApp brings back the control the user had on physical desktops and
applies it to non
-
persistent hosted desktop
s
.

Award
-
Winning
ProfileUnity offers these key advantage
s:



ProfileUn
ity retains profiles in native Windows® formats, which keeps them backward and forward
compatible across Windows operating systems, including Windows XP/2000/Vista/Server
2003/2008/Windows 7/8. ProfileUnity is the perfect solution to harvest user profiles
and user data from
Windows XP environments in preparation for migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8.



Any platform that runs Windows OS can utilize ProfileUnity for profile mana
gement, including VMware®
View
and physical machines. So you can use one solution
for your entire desktop environment. User
Profiles, User Authored Data, and Application Data Settings (even between mixed versions) are
dynamically made available to any desktop Windows OS at every login.



ProfileUnity can run as a standalone system or virt
ual appliance. No software to install on desktops. No
backend systems or proprietary databases are required. ProfileUnity is priced an average of 40 to 50
percent less than other

user virtualization

offerings,
for faster

ROI faster

and to reduce

overall bu
dget.



ProfileUnity offers sophisticated features including Context
-
Aware Filters, Integration with Microsoft®
Active Directory, Drive Mappings, Automated Folder Redirection and more.

Innovative FlexApp technology

provides

key benefits to customers, inclu
ding:



Simplifies management of non
-
persistent Windows environments dramatically because fewer master
images must be maintained



Promotes greater desktop virtualization ROI and economies of scale because more workers can use the
virtual desktop infrastructur
e



Reduces desktop administrator time on maintenance and troubleshooting activities



Significantly lowers TCO as organizations realize optimal license use and reduce storage requirements



Virtualizes the installation of an application location, not the
application itself, thus appears native to the
OS, therefore, applications are instantly usable without any modifications

T
his
QuickStart

and Evaluation Guide

for
ProfileUnity with FlexApp

is

designed to focus your efforts on the most
valuable and consiste
ntly used

functionality that can apply t
o a wide range of organizations
.

It is not meant to
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demonstrate the depth of the solution

s customizable feature capabilities

as these are quite significant and
comprehensive
.

It is strongly recommended that you rea
d this guide in its entirety before you begin the installation and
configuration for the product.
In order to get the best results for the evaluation, it is

good idea to familiarize
yourself with the special features and unique capabilities of ProfileUnit
y with FlexApp outlined in this guidebook
before you engage in the configuration process.

How you configure the product depends in part on the exact features you wish to test for your environment.

Also, you will need to test
actual user profiles and data in order to
evaluate

many of the features
,

so be prepared

with identified Windows user test candidates
before installation and configuration.

T
OP
R
EASONS
C
USTOMERS
U
SE
P
ROFILE
U
NITY

For the most part, customers choose Profile
Unity to automate many of the processes around managing their user
profiles, user data and the resources (including printers, drive, applications, etc.) that are assigned to users.

The top reasons that customers deploy ProfileUnity include:



Speeding up us
er login times



Moving user
-
authored data to the network



Migrat
ing

user profiles to new environments or upgraded OS



Configuring desktops with assigned

shortcuts, drives, printers, etc.



Capturing

and

portability of

user installed applications

The examples pr
ovided in this
QuickStart

and Evaluation Guide

will illustrate how to use ProfileUnity to address
these needs in
customers’ environments
.



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Q
UICK
S
TART

P
ROCESS

D
OWNLOAD

O
PTIONS

You have two options when downloading ProfileUnity
. (S
ee Figure 1
.
)
Both options
are available after filling out a
quick form on the

Liquidware Labs Download

page.
These options are Standalone (1) and Virtual Appliance (2).

1.

ProfileUnity Standalone

(
option at
top of

image
)


A
Windows installer package
consisting of approximately
50 MB that can be installed
on
to

any Windows Server or
Desktop. No virtual
infrastructure is required.

(OR)

2.

Liquidware Labs Stratusphere
Virtual A
ppliance

(options at
bottom
of
image
)


One
virtual appliance with all of
Liquidware Labs’ desktop
transformation solutions.




1.

2.

FIGURE
1

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You may choose either option, both versions have the same features. Some customers choose the
Virtual
A
ppliance because they prefer that method and they may be considering other products from Liquidware Labs.
Other customers choose the
S
tandalone method because it may be the only product from Liquidware Labs that
they need, they may not readily have an ava
ilable virtual server for the appliance, or they prefer the lightweight
50MB download.

R
EQUIREMENTS AND
P
REPARATION

The following requirements and preparation should be made to the environment for either method of download
and installation.



Ensure that y
ou have administrator access to save files to the Net
login

f
older of the domain controller.

NOTE:

If the
Netlogon

folder is not desired, any other UNC path may be used that meets the following
requirements:
“Authenticated users” must have read access
and

there

should be a replication strategy
in place to avoid the possibility of the alternative server being down.



Ensure that you have rights to the domain t
o modify and create Microsoft Group Policies
.



Ensure that users have allocated network drive space.
Existing paths are fine. Suggested size for
compressed profile store is 150 MB (15
-
50 average is typical.)



Ensure that you have ample network storage available per user for folder redirection of “My Documents”
and any other files you wish to redirect. Sto
rage required will vary greatly
depending on quantity of

user
data per user.

If testing
the optional
FlexApp
feature,
ensure you have a non
-
persistent VDI environment for
testing,

where

the
desktop refreshes at logoff
. Also have a storage path where a VHD

can be created or where an existing VMware
Persistent Disk resides. Microsoft.net should also be include
d

in the

build of the virtual machine. Although
ProfileUnity’s Guided Configuration
will give

you the option to
quickly implement FlexApp, please be a
ware that
there is additional documentation available
. A FlexApp Technical Guide is available
on the Liquidware Labs Support

Documentation

page.

W
ARNING
:
O
nly select this option for
non
-
persistent
VDI environments. FlexApp does not yet support physical
Windows desktops or persistent VDI desktops.


Additional
configuration
requirements are necessary if you plan to use the Liquidware Labs Stratusphere Virtual
Appliance. If you have chosen this method, please ensure the appliance has the following
information:



Hostname



IP Address(Static)


REQUIRED



Network Mask



Default Network Gateway IP Address



DNS Server IP Addresses



Mail Relay Servers


OPTIONAL



NTP Servers


STRONGLY RECOMMENDED



DNS Entry Name for the Stratusphere™ HUB Address
--

STRONGLY RECOM
MENDED

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Depending on size, the appliance will need to be configured with minimum 4GB of RAM, 2vCPUs and a 20
-
30GB
virtual disk after the import.

P
ROFILE
U
NITY
I
NSTALLATION
A
ND
S
ETUP

Once you have downloaded, you may begin the installation/setup of ProfileUni
ty.
The following section outlines
the require
d

steps for installation of the Standalone version
(1)
and for the Virtual Appliance version

(2)

of the
product.

1.

ProfileUnity Standalone


Launch the executable you downloaded and follow the prompts. What yo
u are
installing is the ProfileUnity management console which can be on the administrator’s PC, an alternate
Windows desktop, or a Windows Server. The console is used to manage ProfileUnity; it writes and saves
configuration files used by ProfileUnity’s s
mall local network hosted agent. The machine that this is
installed to does not need to be on 24/7 because ProfileUnity can run in production without the console
being present. The installer will be implementing a very lightweight database called PostgreSQ
L, and a
lightweight web server.
These are used for configuration only, your organization’s user data and profiles
are not stored in the SQL database and they do not need to be live in the production environment.

To
implement the Client (agent) for all
des
ktops, you’ll

also be locating a few files on your network to the
Net
login

file share of your domain controller. This is not a mandatory location but does help ensure
security, scalability to tens of thousands of users, and no single point of failure.
Refer to 1.1.2 in the
full
ProfileUnity Help Manual

on the Liquidware Labs Support Documentation web page

for a step
-
by
-
step
guide if needed.

Note:
T
he default Password for the Profile
Unity web console is UN: profileUnity PW: admin

2.

Liquidware Labs Stratusphere

Virtual

Appliance


Launch the virtual applian
ce, and login to ProfileUnity
(S
ee
S
ection 1.2.2 in the
full

ProfileUnity Help Manual

on the Liquidware Labs Support Documentation
Web page
if needed.
)

The console is used to manage ProfileUnity; it writes and saves configuration files
used by ProfileUnity’s small local network hosted agent.
Refer to S
ection 1.2.3 i
n the
full
ProfileUnity Help
Manual

to run the installer which will copy the ProfileUnity agent and some lightweight needed files to
the production environment file share. These will b
e copied to the Net
login

file share of your domain
controller. This is not a mandatory location but does help ensure security, scalability to tens of thousands
of users, and no single point of failure.



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P
ROFILE
U
NITY
M
ANAGEMENT
C
ONFIGURATION

To configure
the p
roduction environment and the console
,

ProfileUnity has an easy
-
to
-
use Guided Configuration
Wizard. You will see the Guided Configuration option upon opening the console for the first time. If you miss the
prompt, you may enter a guided configuratio
n at
any time

in the “Configuration Management” portion of the
console as see in the screen below

(Figure 2)
.



P
lease refer to S
ection 2 in the
full

ProfileUnity Help
Manual

on the Liquidware Labs Support Documentation
webpage

for further detail.

The Guided Configuration wizard is a step
-
by
-
step wizard that
automatically configures ProfileUnity for Profile
Portability, Folder Redirection and migration of certain folders

(if desired), and optionally turns on and configures
FlexApp. The Guided Configuration will quickly walk you through these tasks.


The Guided Configuration wizard will begin by ensuring that you have completed the following:

1.

Computer Configuration


yo
u will assign a star
t
up.vbs as a startup script. An example is given in the
Guided Configuration.

If needed,
see Section 3 of the

full
ProfileUnity Help Manual

on the Liquidware
Labs S
upport Documentation web page
for further detail.

2.

User Configuration
-

1) Configure ADM template
settings

and

2) Assign logoff.vbs as a logoff
script.
An

example is given in the Guided Configuration.

If needed,
see Section 3 of the

full
ProfileUnity Help
Manual

on the Liquidware Labs Support Documentation web page

for further detail.

3.

License Group
-

You will create a license group for
users that will execute ProfileUnity
. B
y default
, thi
s
license group needs

to be members of a security group named ProfileUnity. Nested groups are not
supported and the number of users in the ProfileUnity group cannot exceed your license count. If needed,
see Section

3 of
the

full

for further detail.

Next you will set a
Home Directory Path


this will

set profiles and folder redirection to point to users’ home
directory network path.

This is an existing server in your environment where users can save files. An example path
is provided

in the product.

If testing FlexApp, a VHD will also be provisioned in this path to store user installed
applications.



FIGURE 2

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Profile Portability and Folder Redirection are
two

popular functions in ProfileUnity
.

You will also be given the
option to configure FlexApp (user insta
lled applications for VDI environments). Currently FlexApp should only be
configured for non
-
persistent desktop environments such as VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, or Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization.
The wizard will automatically configure
these featu
res with minimal input from you.

The final step of the Guided Configuration will instruct you to “
Save


the ProfileUnity configuration (an .ini file)
to your production/test environment where the ProfileUnity agent is also hosted.

If you followed these ste
ps
,

along with
the
any
additional detailed instructions

you may need

from
the
full
ProfileUnity Help Manual
, you

will
have installed ProfileUnity

successfully

and have y
our applied
User
Configuration group

ready
to use the product’s
most popular feature

sets.

E
VALUATION AND
M
ANAGEMENT
C
ONCEPTS

The following section on Evaluation will assist you in exploring and using

some of the major features in ProfileUnity
with FlexApp Technology
including:



Profile Portability



Folder Redirection



Data Migration



Context Aware Filters



Drive Mapping



Printer Assignment



FlexApp


User Installed Applications

(OPTIONAL)

P
ROFILE
P
ORTABILITY
&

F
OLDER
R
EDIRECTION

W
ITH

U
SER
A
UTHORED
D
ATA
M
IGRATION

These optio
ns were configured for you (
if you chose them specifically
)

during
the Guided Configuration.
Login

to a
user account that ideally already has a

user

profile and

that

has some data saved in the Deskt
op and/or My
Documents folder.
This user and machine need
to have been included in the ProfileUnity group when the AD
GPO’s were configured above.

1) Note

that ProfileUnity should run at login. You
will see

a
ProfileUnity
splash screen at
login

and a progress ba
r.

Depending on the profile size
,
ProfileUnity
may run

for as little as a
few seconds or may take longer.
If this process
takes too long, then p
rofiles can be tuned for optimal performance later.

2) Make

some changes to your desktop environment. For example, change the color of the desktop, add a word to
your spellchecker dictionary in your Word Processing software,

or
add a file to the desktop, etc.

3) Logoff: ProfileUnity will run at logoff, it is ba
ck
ing
up your changes and saving them in a compressed state to the
network.

4)
Login

to another desktop in the domain as the same user. Ideally log into a different version operating system
(i.e. switch from Windows
®

7 to
Windows
XP or vice versa). Profile
Unity will run at
login

and
, again,

you will see a

splash screen indicating that the software is

restoring your profile to the new machine and even dynamically
accounting for differences in operating system versions
. Test that the settings that you
modifie
d in

the previous
Windows session
(in step 2 above)
are restored in the new
Windows
session.

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5
) Browse

to your user account’s network file storage,

to
the same location that you identified in the guided
configuration above. Note that a _ProfileUnity folde
r should have been automatically created. This folder
contains your profile in a compressed state

(with an incredible ratio of up to 50:1)
,
(
see Figure 3
)
. This
is not the
profile in use; it is the profile in storage that is updated at logoff. The profil
e in use is in the native locations on
your active Windows session.


FIGURE3

6
) Check

your user account’s network file storage path to find the redirected My Documents and Desktop folder

(the default setting in the Guided Configuration)
. It is OK if all
data is not yet in these folders, it will continue to
transfer from the original legacy

machine until it is complete.

This transfer is handled by a special “Anytime
Migration” feature of ProfileUnity that allows this process to happen in the background wh
ile users retain the
ability to work on their desktops.
Once all data has been m
igrated for these two folders, Folder R
edirection will be
turned on at the next
login
.



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C
ONTEXT
A
WARE
F
ILTER
S

A
PPLIED

T
O
C
USTOM
D
RIVE
M
APPING
S

Context aware filters greatly c
ontrol how features and configurations are applied with
in

ProfileUnity. You can
apply a configuration based on hundreds of criteria with a single filter or by “stacking” filters.
For example, in a
hospital setting
,

you may want

users to be able to print
o
n

those
printer
s

near them. To accomplish this

task,

you
can assign printer
(s)

based on the subnet, OU
, or
Computer N
ame
that corresponds to
where the Windows
session

is
physically
located.

The following section describes how to write a filter

and configure it for a drive mapping.

C
REATING
C
ONTEXT
A
WARE
F
ILTERS

Login

to the ProfileUnity Admin Console and choose the Filter Management tab

from the

menu bar at top. (See
Figure
4
)
.

Writing a filter is as simple as filling in the
boxes

and selecti
ng your options on the screen. Make sure
that you apply the filter you have written to

a Windows machine you can

subsequently login

to, so that you can

test this feature
. Additional d
etail
s about writing

filters
are

available

in

Section 4 of
the
full
ProfileUnity Help
Manual

on the Liquidware Labs Support Documentation web page.

Choose “Save” when you have written a filter
based on values in your environment.


FIGURE 4



NOTE:

Intuitive and detailed Help is available throughout the product by clicking on the question mark
icon while in any particular configuration screen.




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A
PPLYING
F
ILTER TO
C
USTOM
D
RIVE
M
APPING

Login

to the ProfileUnity Administrative Console and choose Configuration Management from across the top. Click
on “Edit” for the configuration that you’re using

(Figure 5
)
.


FIGURE
5


Choose the

“Drive Mapping”

configuration module
. Choose “Add

(Figure 6
).


FIGURE
6

Now,

configure a

drive mapping using your new custom
filter

(
See Figure 7
).

Choose “OK” then choose “Save.”



FIGURE
7




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Choose “Download” and save

the ProfileUnity configuration (an .ini file) to your production/test environment
where the

ProfileUnity agent is also hosted
, by default this should be your Net
login

file share
(
see
Figure
8
)
.

PLEASE NOTE: T
his is an easily overlooked step for new users.


FIGURE
8


As a final step, test this filter

and the Drive Mapping

by logging in

to the Windows machine/user

to which you
originally applied the filter, when first creating it.

After ProfileUnity runs at
login
, navigate to Windows Explorer
and verify that the drive mapped for the user when the filter was
fulfilled.

P
RINTER
M
ANAGEMENT

Login

to the ProfileUnity Administrative Console
. Choose

Configuration Management

(1)

from
the top menu bar.
Click on “
Edit “for

the configuration that you’re using.

Choose the “
Printers

configuration module
.
Choose


Add” (Figure

9
).


FIGURE
9

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C
onfigure the fields in the w
indow for a known network printer by filling in the necessary information as
indicated
in the screen

below

(Figure
10
)
.

You can apply a unique filter

to apply the printer to a limited group of users or
user,

or use “Global Setti
ngs” to apply the printer to all ProfileUnity users and machines.


FIGURE
10

Choose “OK,” and then choose “Save” (Figure 11).


FIGURE
11


NOTE
: ProfileUnity and your Windows network supports Windows

Point
-

and
-
Print


driver technology so no
drivers are needed for most popular printers that conform to this standard.

Choose “Download” and save the ProfileUnity configuration (an .ini file) to your production/test environment
where the ProfileUnity agent is also hosted, b
y default this should be your Net
login

file share.

(Figure 12)

PLEASE
NOTE: T
his is an easily overlooked step for new users.


FIGURE
12

Login

to a machine/user name

in the filter group where the p
rinter was applied and test the printer mapping per
the configuration.

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F
LEX
A
PP
T
ECHNOLOGY

FlexApp Technology enables administrative level users to install their own application
s

in non
-

persistent VDI
environments. UAC should be disabled for these users
. The feature can be applied to a specific
trusted
group

of
users

or subset of users

by leveraging a context aware f
ilter in ProfileUnity.

FlexApp was configured for you (if

you originally chose this feature
) in the Guided Configuration. It was applied

to
all users and machines by using the Global Settings filter. You may modify these settings for your specific needs
later

(for instance to only run this feature for non
-
persistent VDI users)

but we suggest you leave them in place for
initial testing.

Lo
gin

to a non
-
persistent machine in the filtered group where ProfileUnity applied FlexApp. Install an
y

application

from any source
,

such as Firefox or PK Zip. Logout and log back

in

into a new non
-
persistent VDI machine. The
app
lications should be restor
ed quickly

right after
login
.
Test the application to see if it performs normally.



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E
XCLUSIVE
F
EATURES FOR
VM
WARE
T
HIN
A
PP

ProfileUnity is a comprehensive user environment management solution. Benefits of use include one unified user
profile (for both Wind
ows XP and Win 7), central management of user settings, and persistency of user persona
and settings even in non
-
persistent VDI environments.

VMware ThinApp is made even more powerful and flexible
when matched with ProfileUnity’s ThinApp features. The fea
tures collectively provide for full change management
for ThinApp applications with innovative deployment and inventory functionality.

T
HIN
A
PP
D
EPLOYMENT

ProfileUnity’s ThinApp module has innovative ThinApp Deployment not found in any other user virtualiza
tion
management solution. Centrally manage ThinApp applications for all users across the enterprise. Deployment
functionality includes:



Online Mode Deployment
: centrally distribute access and create local start menu items to network based
ThinApp applicati
ons for online desktops.



Offline Mode Deployment
: cache ThinApp applications and automatically create start menu items for
offline desktops/laptops.



Remove
: delete access to online and offline ThinApp applications and remove cached versions

T
HIN
A
PP
I
NVENTORY

License compliance of virtualized applications is of concern to many organizations. ProfileUnity gives you a
powerful yet easy to use capability to know which users have been provisioned access and cached copies of
ThinApp applications.

Profile
Unity can instantly generate an on
-
demand per
-
user inventory of all ThinApp
applications across the enterprise. This information can be compared to software license agreements to ensure
compliance.

A
DDITIONAL

T
HIN
A
PP

B
ENEFITS


Manage ThinApp S
andboxes

By
leveraging ProfileUnity’s profile portability features, the solution can persist ThinApp sandboxes even in non
-
persistent environments. Users will enjoy seamless access to application
-
level customizations such as spell
checkers, dictionaries, email signat
ures and layouts available to users no matter where they access their
application.

Re
-
direct “Save as” and Common Folders

Through ProfileUnity’s Folder Redirection module, administrators can enforce best practice document storage
policies. Automatically re
-
map desktop default "save as" and "look in" locations ensuring storage on disaster
recovery protected servers and reducing user profile bloat issues. The solution can also mark redirected folders
with hidden attributes to avoid users improperly storing m
ission critical documents to local drives.

F
URTHER
E
VALUATION

There are more than a dozen other core features that you can leverage by writ
ing or editing a configuration for
your organization’s custom requirements. R
efer to the
full ProfileUnity Help Manual

located on the Liquidware
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Labs Support Documentation web page

for advanced filter settings, numerous additional features and
troubleshooting.


T
HANK
Y
OU

Thank you for evaluating
ProfileUnity with FlexApp. If you have any questions you may contact us at the email
addresses below.

For Sales information:
Sales@LiquidwareLabs.com


For Support:
Support@LiquidwareLabs.com