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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

I'd imagine most people involved with Terminal Servers and/or Citrix Servers will have come across this at some stage, if you haven't you are missing out, but the thing is that it's not just for us guys (and gals) to play with - ANY environment that has Roaming Profiles can make use of this to seriously lock down and control Roaming Profiles. In my experience it's Roaming Profiles that is the biggest piece of crap that IT Support have to contend with, I can't believe that MS can label their O/S's as ready for the enterprise while this is still part of the Architecture.

By using this tool to effectively give users controlled Roaming Profiles based on a Mandatory Profile, in conjunction with Folder Redirection and a well defined GPO, you can have a really healthy and robust environment. If you plan it properly, this solution is still relatively straightforward to implement in an existing environment as well.

Have fun......

From Brian Madden

The Flex Profile Kit from Jeroen van de Kamp and his team in Holland is infamous among server-based computing administrators throughout the world. In a nutshell, it provides a logon and logoff script-based alternative to using roaming profiles in a Citrix or Terminal Server environment.

Version 5 of the kit is now available as an attachment to this article. Direct download here.

Jeroen just finished working on version 5 of the Flex Profile Kit. New features in version 5 include:

  • Support for Windows MUI. The multilanguage user interface within Windows is now supported.
  • Variable support for StoreRoot & StoreFolder. You can specify path variables in the framework.ini configuration file.
  • Redundant OPS file removal. When an OPS (profile settings) file is not used anymore, it will automatically be removed.
  • OPS file backup is now optional. The backup of the OPS file can now be disabled within the Framework.ini
  • Improved FlexRefresh. No more annoying FlexRefresh messages during logon, no more IconSize bug, and FlexRefresh will now also update cursor settings.
  • More Flexible Configuration. It is now possible to specify the full path to the other Framework.ini as a third command line option. This allows the possibility of having multiple configurations.
  • 2x Faster Logon. Although there have not been too many complaints :-), a bug in the logon process caused it to load the all the OPS files twice (oops!). This has now been fixed, reducing the logon time by 50%!
  • A GUI!!! The Flex Framework can now be configured with the FlexConfig.exe tool written by Magnar Johnsen!

Here's a quick shot of the new GUI:

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:18 AM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , Security | Back to top

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