Monday, 26 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #7: PROFILES

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #6: ROAMING

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #5: THE START MENU

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #4: TELEMETRY

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #3: MODERN APPS

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #2: SERVICING BRANCHES

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Everything you wanted to know about virtualizing, optimizing and managing Windows 10...but were afraid to ask - part #1: EDITIONS

With Windows 10 now into its latest edition, the 1607 "Anniversary" update, it now appears, for better or worse, to be here to stay. It has generated a lot of interest; supposedly the "last version of Windows", many expected it to be akin to Windows 7 - an improvement following a much-maligned previous Windows version. However, the reality has turned out to be somewhat different from what many were expecting.

Microsoft are now "cloud first, mobile first", and a lot of this new strategy shows through - sometimes somewhat cynically - in Windows 10. For my sins, I've been involved in a Windows 10 deployment since August of 2015, so now, just over a year in, it is maybe time to share the things I've learned in the hope that it may give some of you a bit of help when it comes to deploying (or not deploying!) this new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

This set of articles is going to expand at the rate of one a day over the next week or so, and cover a wide range of issues for those of you deploying Windows 10 - whether it be fully virtualized via Citrix XenDesktop or the like, or simply a general physical deployment. Hopefully, it will be everything you need to know!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

QuickPost: Setting file type associations (FTAs) using AppSense Environment Manager v10

Remember the huge debacle of FTAs (file type associations) we've discussed on this blog a few times previously? Remember how Microsoft have made it so horribly difficult to set or enforce or roam a specific FTA for different sets of users? Remember how the article I wrote showed you how to do it by removing Registry values (rather backwardly)? Well, this is only good news if you're an AppSense customer, but if you are, you can now manage your FTAs directly from Environment Manager.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Creating a custom Outlook signature in AppSense Environment Manager v10

AppSense DesktopNow version 10 has landed, bringing with it a raft of new features and improvements on the old version 8. One of the ones I was looking forward to was the ability to create custom Outlook signatures for users as they log in for the first time. It's always been possible to do this with scripts, but it was quite complicated and often resulted in some "weirdness" as Word and Outlook processes fired up at logon time.

Monday, 27 June 2016

QuickPost: Throwing your errors into the Notification Center

On a lot of the projects I work on, support staff are keen to run a few "pre-flight checks" as part of the logon process. Ensuring that machines are named, homed and running correctly is often something they like to do to avoid any potential issues during the user's session - sometimes going so far as to log the user out or even shut the machine down if an errant value is detected.