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Can we use FSLOGIX Profile Containers *and* Citrix Profile Management, simultaneously?


Greg Kern1709162740

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Hi,

You cannot use Profile Management when FSLogix Profile Container is enabled, you will only get problems if you enable both.

The question is why would you?

As FSLogix Profile Container is as the name implies, a container based solution you will not have the classic profile issues with roaming, file locks, folder redirection etc.. Nothing is ever copied back and forth during logon and logoff, which also means that large profiles will not affect the user's logon performance. With that in mind, you don't need to be that concerned about large profiles, like with windows roaming profile and Citrix Profile Management.

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Hi Kasper,

Thanks for taking time to answer my team's question.

 

In reply, firstly, it's not unreasonable to consider using FSLOGIX and Citrix UPM at the same time:  https://james-rankin.com/all-posts/quickpost-allowing-multiple-server-sessions-with-fslogix-profile-containers-by-using-citrix-upm/ ... 

 

And to be clear, our thinking is to use FSLOGIX for the *Container* aspect (for all the reasons you noted, and more), and enable CPM (NOT Citrix Profile Containers) to get the one or two features from it that we'd like.

 

Secondly, and more specifically, we would like to use the "Template Profile" feature that CPM offers.  We have created a Template Profile using what Carl Stalhood calls "The Citrix Way" -- https://www.carlstalhood.com/citrix-profile-management/#mandatory -- but there does not appear to be that same ability to substitute our Template Profile for the Default profile, in FSLOGIX...

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

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Hi,

 

You can of course use the multi-session write back to FSLogix Profile container feature in CPM, so here you are correct. To my knowledge this is the only feature in CPM you can use with FSLogix.

 

With that said, in my opinion, you have to have to some strong arguments if you consider using this feature, as it adds some degree of additional complexity. As an example, if the multi-session write back for some reason fails, who's to "blame" FSLogix or CPM?

So I think the question you need to ask yourself, do you REALLY need multi-session write back? What happens if a user gets a read-only profile, is that simply a no-go? If so, well then you probably need the multi-session write back feature in CPM.

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Hi Kasper,

Thanks again for taking time to post a Reply.

 

I know that article by James Rankin talks about Multi-Session Write-back, but that's not what we're concerned with in our particular situation; I only linked to that article to demonstrate that using both UPM (CPM, whatever) and FSLOGIX simultaneously is not without precedent...

 

Our only hope is that CPM will give us that "Template Profile" (per the Stalhood article I linked to), and FSLOGIX will do the rest...  If FSLOGIX has a way to do that -- or if there is a REG entry we can configure on our Master Image -- then we won't need CPM.

 

Thanks again.

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I think if I was faced with this requirement, then rather than trying to bodge in two separate user profile systems, both working in an unsupported way, I would look at configuring the desired user settings via Group Policy Preferences.

 

Anything you can't find or configure via regular GPP/GPO, use ProcMon to figure out the desired reg settings, and inject the necessary reg values at login.   That way, you get the profile system working properly and in a supported way, and can enforce the desired settings every time your users log in.   You can also change those desired settings much more easily.

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