With the recent GA of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Microsoft has extended its ability to deliver important endpoint capabilities to users anywhere in the world. Designed to improve upon the standard Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities, installing FSLogix on WVD can enhance and simplify these sorts of non-persistent environments.
Not only is it included, but it’s powerful and fast to deploy. No more management nightmares with redirection of %appdata% or poor user experience with roaming profiles. This basically eliminates the need for third-party solutions like Liquidware Labs’ Profile Unity.
The installation couldn’t be easier. Download & run the FSLogixAppsSetup.exe executable in the x64/Release or Win32/Release folder depending on your architecture on your golden/master image.
Agree to the terms and conditions and click on install.
The base configuration has two main parameters that need to be set, and you can do so either through the registry or through local group policy. The registry path is going to be the quickest route.
The First parameter is going to enable the profile abstraction. The key that needs to be created is in “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\FSLogix\Profiles”. Right click on Profiles and create a “DWORD (32-bit) Value” named “Enable” with it’s value set to 1.
The second is going to set the location for the VHD encased profile data. Again, right click on Profiles and create a “Multi-String Value” named “VHDLocations” and make its value set to your profile file server UNC path or a local path depending on your desired topology.
NOTE: Ensure that users have the correct share permissions to “Full Control” as creator owner while excluding other users for accessing the data.
That’s it for basic abstraction installation and configuration. User profiles will now be stored and streamed from a VHD in the VHDLocations path!
The entire process took me less than 30 minutes. Compared to deploying a Liquidware Labs Profile Unity management solution, that typically takes 4 hours minimum. While not a 1:1 mapping of tools, you get 80% of the features with 20% of the management overhead.
More advanced configuration is available such as:
Also see our guide to deploy Gen2 VMs in Azure, or check out our top 10 security best practices of Microsoft 365 in 2020.
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