Immidio Flex Profiles 7 feature highlight: Profile Cleanup

By Rodney Medina — November 29th, 2010 – 9:07

Are your users complaining about long logon times?
Do you have many profile-related support calls?

There is a realistic chance that your users are suffering from typical Windows user profile issues. When an organization replaces or uninstalls an application, the regular software distribution products are very capable of cleanly removing the software. However, the user settings and related user data are not removed. Also, users tend to store a lot of data in desktop folders, and play (and save) internet games during their breaks and all this data is stored in their user profile. All of this results in what is known as “profile bloat”. Due to the uncontrolled growth of the profile over the years, there is a large amount of data that needs to be loaded when a user logs on. In today’s IT landscape, this happens multiple times per day as users log on to desktops, connect to virtual applications, or connect to virtual desktops. Every time, the full user profile is loaded.

With the Immidio Flex Profiles Profile Cleanup feature, you can reduce the size of the user profile and immediately improve the logon and logoff times for your end-users. The process is quite simple: as soon as Flex Profiles 7 is implemented, you can create the so-called Flex configuration files from the Flex Profiles Management Console. On the Profile Cleanup tab of the Management Console, you can specify folders, files and registry information which you want to be deleted when users log off, before the roaming profile is written back to the central fileserver.

Here are some examples of what you can achieve when using the Profile Cleanup feature in a VDI, Terminal Services or traditional desktop environment in which you are using roaming user profiles:

Get rid of non-essential profile content
Prevent unnecessary profile growth by deleting specific non-essential user profile content when users log off, like content that internet games or unmanaged applications store in the user profile.

  • Improve the logon and logoff speed of user sessions
  • Improve end-user experience
  • Increase end-user productivity

Remove user profile content for decommissioned applications
While many software distribution systems can uninstall applications that need to be taken out of production, there is not really a way of removing the content those applications have stored in the user profiles. When using the Flex Profiles 7 Profile Cleanup feature you can get rid of all the configuration content that was stored by these applications in the users’ profiles.

Completely decouple personal settings from the user profile
As soon as you start managing personal settings with Flex Profiles by using the import/export functionality, these settings are stored in Flex Profiles profile archives outside the traditional user profile. When using roaming profiles in conjunction with Flex Profiles, it is possible to remove the personal settings you manage with Flex Profiles from the roaming user profile at logoff, since these settings are retained in the Flex Profiles profile archives.

  • Start truly managing user profiles, optimizing the existing roaming profiles step-by-step. No big bang implementation of profile management required.
  • Improve the logon and logoff speed of user sessions
  • Less storage required
  • Improve end-user experience and increase end-user productivity

Summary
Immidio Flex Profiles is a powerful point solution to support your Windows User Profile Management. In most cases you can achieve return on investment within 1 year, due to the savings that can be achieved when you implement a full Profile Management solution.

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