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Group Policy vs Citrix Policies and profile management

Lance Boon


I am spinning up a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1912 LTSR, Cumulative Update 3 environment and have used the Citrix Policies in the past and its worked like I needed it to. I am just setting up profile management and am needing to make sure that my users trusted sites etc will travel with them. I know you can specify trusted sites in the group policy or in the registry but I've had problems with them applying in the past. All of my users will be connecting to my environment to a published desktop via thin clients. I'm using some of the guides that Carl Stalhood has out there but am a little confused on the best way to handle this. If I want to continue to use Citrix Policies can I manage the trusted sites, office, etc from them. (I don't think I can), or should I instead switch over to using group policies  (if I switch over to GPO I need to make sure I remove/disable any existing Citrix policies first???)


So I guess to sum it up all users will connect to a published desktop via a dell thin client. Users will have standard applications such as office available to them along with chrome for browsing. Is there a best practice document to setup profile management in particular for connecting to published desktops.  A lot of what I'm seeing seems like it applies to windows 10 desktops.



My users profile will be stored in their home directory





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Thanks for the response on this this, and thank you for all the work that you've put into your site. It is much appreciated!!! 


So if I'm following your guide https://www.carlstalhood.com/citrix-profile-management/#gpo that should get me started in the right direction correct? One thing I'm noticing in your documentation is that it referring to the Windows 10, 2012, 2016 profile management. All of my users are connecting to a published desktop via a thin client so is it necessary to include things like:


Settings required for Internet Explorer 10 and later versions for browser compatibility at Citrix Docs indicate that the first three folders shown below must be mirrored in order for the Windows 10 Start Menu to function correctly.

CTX222433 Start Menu Layout Roaming on Windows 10 indicates that TileDataLayer should be mirrored.

CTX238419 UPM 7.15.2000: With Profile Management Enabled, Blank Icons Might Appear In The Start Menu In The Published Desktops says that AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Caches should be mirrored.

Citrix’s Start Menu Roaming documentation says that Appdata\Local\Packages should be added to the mirror list but only for Windows 10. In UPM 2103 and newer, RDSH does not need this folder mirrored. If you leave automatic configuration enabled then UPM should automatically decide if it should be mirrored or not.

Profile Management 1909 and newer automatically add AppData\Local\Packages and AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Caches to the Folders to Mirror list. In UPM 2103 and newer, Packages is added for Windows 10 but not for RDSH.




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