Immidio releases Flex+ SyncTool

By Rodney Medina — July 29th, 2013 – 15:19

Today, Immidio releases a new component for its workspace virtualization solution Flex+ to improve support for offline scenarios.

Flex+ SyncTool is an additional and optional component for Immidio Flex+ and does not require additional licensing. It provides synchronization capabilities mostly targeted to laptop users and to users connected to a network with limited bandwidth. It synchronizes Flex+ profile archives and the central Flex+ configuration files, making you independent of Windows offline files for all files related to Immidio Flex+.

Immidio Flex+ SyncTool is specifically built to support the following scenarios:

Working offline
Users with laptops that are not always connected to the corporate network need access to their Flex+ files while offline. Flex+ SyncTool makes all Flex+ files available locally and synchronizes the changes the next time the user is online again.

Slow WAN / limited bandwidth
Users who are connected to the central Flex+ Configuration and Flex+ Profile shares over a slow WAN connection can experience slow performance, and continuously roaming personal settings can consume too much network resources. To optimize the user experience and to limit network traffic, all Flex+ files can be used locally and only be synchronized based on configurable network thresholds.

Immidio Flex+ SyncTool is available for download (the administrator’s guide is included in the download package). For more information, please view the Flex+ SyncTool installation and configuration video.

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio releases new version of Flex+

By Rob Huisman — May 16th, 2013 – 10:00

Today, Immidio releases an updated version of its flagship product Flex+. With the Immidio Flex+ workspace virtualization solution, end users get a personalized and dynamic Windows desktop that adapts to their specific situation based on aspects like role, device and location.

Modern workforces expect flexibility from their employers; users need to have the capability to work anywhere with multiple devices and a high degree of self-service. With Flex+ workspace virtualization, Immidio enables such a flexible workstyle in a simple, scalable, extensible and affordable manner, without introducing additional complexity. Immidio Flex+ uses the existing Windows infrastructure, ensuring a low total cost of ownership.

Next to many small improvements, the latest version of Immidio Flex+ contains new features that were mostly developed based on feedback from Immidio’s partners and customers. The focus of this release is to support the latest Windows versions and application virtualization technologies, providing users with an even more dynamic desktop experience and improving the administration of Flex+ in enterprise environments.

Flex+ multi-tenancy support for IT departments
Immidio Flex+ has always supported multi-tenant environments, and this release introduces much improved management of scenarios with multiple environments, such as different customers, DTAP, or separately managed organizational divisions, for instance.

Such setups can now be managed from within a single instance of the Flex+ management console, making it possible for the IT department to switch between these environments and also export configuration items from one environment to another.

An even more dynamic desktop experience
In the initial release of Flex+, Immidio introduced many capabilities for managing the user environment. Flex+ support for shortcuts, file type associations and printers is now even more powerful thanks to the new UEM Refresh feature, which during a Windows session reapplies these user environment settings, dynamically re-evaluating conditions.

Another new feature is Triggered Tasks which executes a custom or built-in task (like UEM Refresh) when a certain trigger occurs. The triggers that Flex+ supports are the lock/unlock of a workstation and disconnect/reconnect of a remote session in VDI and RDS environments.

To improve the dynamic adaption of the Windows user environment, based on role, device and location, this release extends the conditions available in Flex+. The new battery condition makes it easier to detect laptops and tablet devices. The new “Computer or User in Active Directory” condition helps determine the role of the user within the organization and the place of the currently used device within the IT infrastructure.

Support of latest technologies
Immidio Flex+ now supports personalization for Microsoft App-V 5.0, in addition to the existing App-V 4.x integration. Platform support has been extended with Windows 8 and Server 2012.

Other improvements
Many other improvements have been made to the Flex+ management console and client component. These are all documented in the Administrator’s Guide of this Flex+ release.

More information?
If you would like to get more information about Immidio Flex+, please visit the Flex+ product page or send us an email at info@immidio.com.

For more information about some of the specific features of the latest version of Flex+, please visit Immidio’s YouTube channel for videos about the multi-tenancy support and the App-V 5.0 integration.

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio strengthens multi-tenancy support of Flex+

By Rodney Medina — March 29th, 2013 – 12:38

Immidio is about to release an updated version of its flagship product Flex+. Next to many small improvements, it contains new features that were mostly developed based on feedback from Immidio’s partners and customers.

The focus of this release is to support the latest Windows versions and application virtualization technologies, providing users with an even more dynamic desktop experience and improving the administration of Flex+ in enterprise environments.

Immidio Flex+ has always supported multi-tenant environments, and the new version introduces much improved management of scenarios with multiple environments, such as different customers, DTAP cycles, or separately managed organizational divisions, for instance.

Such setups can now be managed from within a single instance of the Flex+ management console, making it possible for the IT department to switch between these environments and also export configuration items from one environment to another.

See this video demonstration for a preview of the new functionality.

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio releases Flex+

By Rob Huisman — September 26th, 2012 – 9:59

Today Immidio announces the release of its brand new User Environment Management (UEM) solution: Flex+. Immidio Flex+ provides end-users with a personalized and dynamic Windows desktop, adapted to their specific situation based on aspects like role, device and location. With Flex+, Immidio offers an extremely competitive UEM solution, requiring no additional backend infrastructure investments, and at a fraction of the price of comparable solutions.

Immidio Flex+ is the successor of Flex Profiles – the most successful Windows profile management solution, with over 2 million users worldwide. Driven by a changing landscape for the workplace, where end-users expect to work anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices (including their own), Immidio developed Flex+ in close collaboration with its large customer base.

Immidio Flex+ offers a desktop that adjusts to the actual situation of the end-user, providing access to the IT resources that are required based on a user’s role, device and location. Many organizations suffer from hidden productivity loss as a result of ad hoc activities like manually mapping network drives and printers or providing application shortcuts to end-users. This so-called distortion not only impacts IT departments but also affects end-users. The relevant user experience that Flex+ offers, significantly eliminates this distortion.

The release of Flex+ is a major milestone in Immidio’s history. We have been able to develop a low-cost high-end solution that will bring great value to our customers. Flex+ scales seamlessly with the existing Microsoft infrastructure, is implemented in a matter of days and does not need any additional back-end infrastructure. Flex+ has the lowest TCO in the market!

“UEM that fits”, is the key message. Immidio Flex+ distinguishes itself from other UEM solutions because it naturally fits your current architecture, infrastructure, timeline, and budget, regardless of whether physical or virtual desktops are used. A whitepaper called “Immidio Flex+: User Environment Management that Fits” is available for download.

For an in-depth product demo, please view the 44-minute Flex+ demonstration video, recorded by DABCC TV.

You are invited to download Flex+ for a 30-day trial period free of charge.

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio Flex+ and VMware ThinApp

By Rodney Medina — July 11th, 2012 – 18:05

Managing application shortcuts and file type associations are just some of the new capabilities introduced in Immidio Flex+.
As demonstrated in this video, you can also use this functionality to manage application access for applications that are virtualized with VMware ThinApp.

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio Flex+ Screenshots

By Rodney Medina — June 25th, 2012 – 19:33

Following up on our blog post from last week, it’s time to share some more information.
We’ll let the screenshots speak for themselves.

Immidio Flex+ Shortcut Management
Immidio Flex+ Shortcut Management (Click to zoom)

Immidio Flex+ Printer Mapping
Immidio Flex+ Printer Mapping (Click to zoom)

Immidio Flex+ Condition Sets
Immidio Flex+ Condition Sets (Click to zoom)

Category: Immidio Flex+

Immidio takes a leap forward into UEM

By Rob Huisman — June 20th, 2012 – 15:31

Since the release of Flex Profiles 7.5 last September, Immidio’s technical team has dedicated all its time to develop the next logical step: Immidio Flex+.

Immidio Flex+ is the drastically improved successor of Flex Profiles, designed in close collaboration with our ever-growing installed base. Immidio Flex+ is not only about profile management anymore; it has evolved to a mature User Environment Management solution, comparable to other UEM solutions, at only a fraction of the cost.

The upcoming release of Immidio Flex+ is a major milestone in the 10-year history of Flex Profiles. Starting as a freeware user profile management solution — touching millions of users around the world — it has now become a full User Environment Management solution.

In addition to enhanced user profile management, Immidio Flex+ offers:

  • User Environment Management features like mapping network drives and printers, managing shortcuts and file type associations, setting environment variables and much more
  • Condition-based targeting to control when to apply certain configurations and define “workspaces” for easy administration
  • Application State Management to configure the initial state of an application and optionally reset it to a predefined state every time it is started
  • Migration of application personalization, not only from one OS to another, but between application versions!

Last week our CTO Rodney Medina presented a sneak preview of Flex+ in a webinar for a limited number of invitees. If you would like to view the recording of this webinar please send us an email.

From June 26 to June 29, Immidio will be present at Microsoft TechEd in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (booth #87). This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet face-to-face and get your personal demo of Flex+.

Immidio Flex+ will be available in Q3. Stay tuned for more detailed information about Immidio Flex+ in the weeks to come. We are about to surprise you!

Category: Immidio Flex Profiles, Immidio Flex+

Immidio Application Profiler now available for download

By Rob Huisman — January 19th, 2012 – 14:59

We recently announced the upcoming availability of Immidio Application Profiler and today is the day. You can now start using Application Profiler when implementing Immidio Flex Profiles.

Application Profiler is licensed as an Immidio Flex Profiles 7.5 component and is available for download at the Immidio website. An introductory video about Application Profiler is available on Immidio’s YouTube channel.

Category: Immidio Flex Profiles

Application Profiler puts an end to manual configuration

By Rodney Medina — December 22nd, 2011 – 15:13

Since its introduction, the only labor-intensive task remaining when implementing Immidio Flex Profiles was the creation of Flex Config files. The Flex Profiles Assistant (introduced in Flex Profiles 7.0) made this more convenient, but a lot of manual activities remained.

With the new Immidio Application Profiler this task has been drastically simplified: just run your application from the user-friendly graphical interface and Application Profiler automatically analyzes where it stores its file and registry configuration. The analysis results in an optimized Flex Config file, which can then be edited in the Application Profiler or used as-is in the Flex Profiles environment.

Another task that has become much easier is the creation of application-specific Predefined Settings, which allow you to set the initial configuration state of applications. Simply use the Application Profiler to analyze the application and configure it exactly to your liking before closing it. Save the Flex Config file with Predefined Settings to export the current application configuration state.

Everything we do at Immidio is done in close cooperation with our customers and partners. We talk to customers on a daily basis about what they need and we look for the common denominator so everyone can benefit. That’s how and why we created DirectFlex, Predefined Settings and Process Criteria in Flex Profiles 7.5. The release of Immidio Application Profiler is the latest example of this approach.

Immidio Application Profiler is licensed as an Immidio Flex Profiles 7.5 component and will be publicly available in January 2012.

An introduction video about Immidio Application Profiler is available on Immidio’s Youtube channel.

Category: Immidio Flex Profiles

Flex Profiles 7.5 transcends traditional profile management

By Rob Huisman — September 15th, 2011 – 9:37

On 28th September 2011, Immidio will release version 7.5 of its flagship product, Flex Profiles. Immidio Flex Profiles 7.5 introduces a variety of new and enhanced functionality that improves logon times even further, allows pre-populating the user environment and simplifies the administration of advanced infrastructure scenarios by removing the need for scripting.

Instant application-level profile management with DirectFlex

With the release of Flex Profiles 7, Immidio introduced DirectFlex, an optional mechanism to manage user settings at application launch and application shutdown, improving logon and logoff times dramatically. With the release of Flex Profiles 7.5 this functionality has evolved, simplifying administration and improving the user experience.

Flex Profiles 7.5 is able to automatically detect application launch and exit for applications configured for use with DirectFlex. Using this mechanism Flex Profiles is capable of managing any application’s settings on the fly, regardless of how the application is launched.

In order to enable DirectFlex for an application, you can simply select the application’s executable(s) in the Flex Profiles Management Console. This means the administration of DirectFlex is performed centrally and requires no particular configuration on the client devices.

DirectFlex can be enabled per application and is especially useful for applications with a lot of personalized configuration data, which slows down the logon and logoff process.

Another scenario where DirectFlex is useful is when users use the same set of applications from a variety of platforms, for example running applications locally and in a remote VDI environment. Since DirectFlex stores the settings directly when the application is closed, the user can immediately start the application in another Windows session without first having to logoff and logon again.

Dynamic personalization through Predefined Settings

Predefined Settings enables you to pre-populate user settings for any application or Windows setting. In Flex Profiles 7.5 this functionality has been extended to conveniently create and edit Predefined Settings while allowing more advanced customization.

This feature can be used to pre-populate the user environment, like placing a desktop shortcut, creating an application configuration file or setting a registry value. For more advanced scenarios it is possible to use placeholders to insert dynamic information from user and/or computer environment variables.

Predefined Settings allow customizing the user environment without being dependent on complex scripting. In addition, Predefined Settings are managed centrally from the Flex Profiles Management Console.

Advanced Process Criteria

Flex Profiles 7.5 introduces advanced Process Criteria that allow more granular control over which Flex Configuration files are processed and how, based on user and computer attributes.

The following Process Criteria are available:

•             Environment Variable – Check if specified variable exists or has specific value

•             Exit Code – Check exit code of specified command

•             File Version – Check file or product version of specified file

•             Operating System – Check operating system and/or architecture

•             Path – Check if specified path exists

•             Registry Key – Check if specified registry key exists

•             Registry Value – Check if specified registry value exists or contains specific data

Depending on the result of the check, you can control what Flex Profiles action should be performed: both import and export, import only, export only or nothing.

End-user self-service

With Flex Profiles Self-Support, end-users can manage their application settings by themselves, without administrator intervention. For every application that is managed by Immidio Flex Profiles, settings can be reset to defaults or restored from a backup.

Application Templates and common settings

Immidio Flex Profiles provides out-of-the-box Application Templates and updated common settings that include all necessary information for configuring the management of common user desktop settings and a variety of applications via a single mouse click.

With the release of Immidio Flex Profiles 7.5 the common settings have been extended with Active Setup (installed components) and DPI settings for Windows 7. Also, some of the Application Templates and common settings definitions have been updated.

Extended silo support

In addition to the existing silo support, Flex Profiles 7.5 also has the ability to process Flex config files from both the General path and a silo-specific path. This allows you to share common Flex config files across multiple silos, while also supporting separate sets of Flex config files depending on which silo you log on to.

Summary

At Immidio, we are truly excited about the upcoming release of Flex Profiles 7.5 that goes far beyond the scope of traditional profile management. With all this new and enhanced functionality we are setting a new standard in Windows profile management.

Category: Immidio Flex Profiles

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