Do you really NEED to persist Office 365/Outlook Indexing?

CaptureOne of the many feature benefits in ProfileUnity is its ability to persist Office 365 Outlook Search Indexing from non-persistent desktop, DaaS, RDS, and Citrix XenApp sessions. This is very helpful to end users because in a non-persistent environment you would not want to keep indexing or OST files in the users roamed or streamed profile because the files would be quite large and cause a slow logon. If you turned on local indexing for each non-persistent Outlook session, the indexing process would need to start over again, causing many resources to be used each desktop session.

ProfileUnity makes Office 365 Outlook indexing easily persist by leveraging either our ProfileDisk technology or our VHD/VMDK container ability to instantly reattach the previously indexed search at the user’s next desktop or published app session. This is more efficient because VHD/VMDKs are read at a block level and are much faster than file by file transfers that would occur with many other user profile techniques. This means you can turn indexing on in non-persistent desktop, DaaS, RDS, and Citrix XenApp sessions environments and not worry about performance degradation or a poor Microsoft Outlook user experience.

The process is straight-forward, included in ProfileUnity’s Guided Configuration templates, and demonstrated in this video.  You can jump to the indexing demo at the 1:30 mark in Windows 7 portion and again at the 5:00 mark for Windows 10.

The Big Secret – Many organizations don’t need local Office 365 Outlook local indexing.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you did not have to worry about local indexing and could shift the Indexing workload to the cloud and pre-cache it there? If you are a desktop administrator you likely already know this but, Microsoft already keeps an index of your Outlook mail in the Office 365 cloud service. When you turn local indexing off in Office 365 Outlook, it searches the Microsoft Office 365 cloud server.

With increased internet speeds and rock-solid cloud servers, the performance of this feature has dramatically improved in recent years. As a matter of fact, often times the cloud indexing results are faster than local indexing results. We have seen results vary from different customer sites so you’ll want to do your own testing and then decide if you need to make Microsoft Office 365/Outlook indexing persist or leverage our ProfileDisk or Profile Container features in ProfileUnity to handle this for your organization.

Aside from making indexing persist, there are many other reasons to use ProfileDisk in ProfileUnity. Other reasons include superior performance of large user profile data like OSTs and PSTs, databases, and other caches. When coupled with ProfileUnity’s exclusive ProfileBridge(TM) technology, you can even deliver profiles in mixed Windows OS environments and quickly on-ramp users to DaaS, VDI, and RDS. Here’s a link to a free whitepaper on ProfileDisk, ProfileBridge/Portability, and best practices.

Tip: How to turn off indexing to test.

Feel free to comment back below and let us know your results.


Meltdown and Spectre – Minimize impact and avoid performance problems – how Stratusphere UX can help!

When it comes to both Meltdown and Spectre, the question you should be asking yourself is not if you are affected or at risk – because you most likely are. The question you should be asking yourself is what do I need to do and how does it impact the performance of my server/desktop farm?! Whether it’s virtual or physical, Microsoft, VMware or Citrix based, desktop or server, it doesn’t matter, all need to be looked after.

Scroll down a few paragraphs if you are familiar with what is going on regarding Meltdown and Spectre and are wondering how Liquidware can help.

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What’s New in Stratusphere UX 6.0

I’m very excited to announce the general availability of Stratusphere UX 6.0. With this release, the solution has received an architectural upgrade, a dashboard builder, support Whats-Newfor new client devices, and application features to facilitate application strategy and reporting.

Under the Covers

Primary to this release is a new and highly-scalable architecture, which will support an increase of 400 percent in scale and increases of 40 percent in interface responsiveness and over 100 percent in reporting time. Additionally, Stratusphere UX 6.0 introduces a distributed Collector Appliance, for the aggregation and collection of Stratusphere Connector ID Key (an extremely lightweight in-guest agent) data and network data—related, Connector ID Keys now offer a feature to failover to another Stratusphere Collector in the event of an appliance or infrastructure failure.

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Dashboard Builder

This release of Stratusphere UX will also introduce a brand new dashboard builder. The builder is graphical in nature and offers the ability to create and organize widgets that will provide visibility to the metrics and information you deem most important. Dashboard views can be organized in tab views that can be customized and saved to support specific use cases and team needs. From help desk to the network operations center (NOC), the Stratusphere Dashboard Builder will ensure you have the detail necessary to monitor user experience and workspace performance.

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In-Guest Support and Visibility Extended

In addition to supporting all major versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux distributions, this release of Stratusphere UX will add support for Apple OS X (El Capitan) and macOS (Sierra). Visibility to physical devices is important, and we’re excited to be able to bring the metrics and details that underpin user experience to Apple workspaces.

This release of Stratusphere UX will also provide increased details and metrics to support end-device network-layer visibility. Specifically, trace route functionality has been added to the product. Physical-layer connectivity can play an important role in the delivery of user experience; especially for remotely connected devices and teleworkers.

This release will include formal support for Windows Server 2016 and a native Connector ID Key for IGEL OS™-based clients. Greater visibility to IGEL-based client devices is central to organizations looking to better monitor and manage user experience and performance on their endpoint.

It’s All About the Applications

We’re very excited to help advance application strategy with a couple of new core application-based reports and metrics. New to Stratusphere UX 6.0 is an applications layering candidates report. This report provides analysis and detail to assist in the identification of applications that may be good candidates to deliver via Liquidware’s application layering technology, FlexApp. For each identified application, Stratusphere UX will provide a complexity score and rating that is based on the use of elements such as whether the application employs shell extensions or uses COM/DCOM for its operations—critical factors to consider when contemplating application delivery.

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The Stratusphere UX 6.0 release will also include an applications strategy assessment report, which offers a starting point for administrators looking to create a comprehensive application strategy. This report provides basic inventory information as well as application counts, where an application is run and the resources consumed. It provides details on applications services and offers an application complexity rating and recommendation whether it should be distributed in the base image, or using an application layering approach such as what is offered by Liquidware FlexApp.

Earlier this month, I spoke about our work with NVIDIA and how to Gain Application-Level GPU Visibility with Stratusphere UX. Based on this partnership and a software development kit extended to us, Stratusphere UX now adds to its NVIDIA GRID visibility with application-specific encode, decode, frame buffer and graphics utilization metrics. GPU can play a significant role in the delivery of virtual desktop workspaces, and the combination of Liquidware Stratusphere UX and server-based NVIDIA GPU cards offer a solution designed to support the monitoring, diagnostics as well as to visibility to support application optimization and health.

This major release of Stratusphere UX continues the trend of lowering the barrier of entry for the monitoring, diagnostics, and optimization of end user computing environments and workspaces. We appreciate the challenges faced by all of you; and we continue to do our part to expose the metrics and detail necessary in the delivery of optimal end user experience. Please let us know how we’re doing. Give us a shout—we’d really love to hear from you.

Kick-off – Het Liquidware Tech Insider Programma 2018

crowd-2045289_1920Begin 2018 is het zo ver, vanuit Liquidware Nederland starten we met het Liquidware Tech Insider Programma. Het programma zal zich volledig focussen op het delen van kennis en ontwikkelingen rondom het Liquidware portfolio, waarbij we de deelnemende IT/EUC-professional uiteraard niet met lege handen naar huis sturen. Wat wij hiervan verwachten? Een gezellige tijd met gelijkgestemden en oprechte feedback, dat is alles.

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The future looks bright for User Environment and Workspace Management

ProfileUnity is hot, there’s no denying. Everywhere I go partners and (potentially new) customers keep asking for demos, and as soon as I show them a thing or two they are eager to get their hands dirty. In fact, the number of trial licenses I have been handing out throughout the last couple of weeks must be some kind of a new internal record (I’ll make sure to check). Seriously, the demand for a future stable, easy and straightforward to use User Environment and Workspace Manager product has been higher than ever before.

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