Rob Leitman, a developer working on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team posted a new blog on MSDN about User Profile Disks. Some of the advantages and thinks to remember below.
“…User profile disks offer several advantages:
- Configuration and deployment is simpler than roaming profiles or folder redirection.
- User profiles can be maintained even on pooled virtual desktops that get rolled back after logoff.
- Logon and logoff times are reduced.
- Previously, profiles could be corrupted if used simultaneously on multiple computers. User profile disks are specific to the collection, so they can’t be used on multiple computers simultaneously.
- Administrators can have granular control of exactly which locations get saved to the virtual hard disk (VHDX).
- User profile disks can be stored on Server Message Block (SMB) shares, cluster shared volumes, SANs, or local storage.
- In pooled virtual desktop collections, user profile disks work with virtual machines running both Windows 8 and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Some things to remember about user profile disks:
- User profile disks are available only in pooled virtual desktop collections and session collections—not in personal virtual desktop collections.
- Share permissions are automatically set up by the management tools.
- Use Server Manager or Windows PowerShell to manage user profile disks.
- User profile disks are for a single collection only. A user connecting to two different collections will have two separate profiles. If you want to synchronize settings, refer to Microsoft User Experience Virtualization…”