Profile Containers/Disks for Windows desktops enable Administrators to offload the entire user profile to a profile disk (VHD or VMDK). This approach allows for an otherwise large profile to be read at a block-level (very efficient) over the network. Liquidware ProfileUnity features the option to use a ProfileDisk™ and containers in ProfileUnity. They can be great – except when they are not. Here are the Pros and Cons that you should know before you rely solely on a profile container/disk to provide an excellent user experience.
- Great for offloading Office 365/Outlook caches
- Ideal to solve Outlook indexing conundrums for virtual desktops like XenDesktop, XenApp, and VMware Horizon.
- Really great at keeping cloud storage (Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Google Drive, etc) on a virtual network drive.
- Run in the user context only and therefore can’t pick-up or virtualize other areas of the user profile outside of shell folders.
- Profiles are exactly like a local profile except it is on the network so they are susceptible to profile corruption.
- They are locked to a Windows OS version so you must have a disjointed profile disk/container for every OS the user logs onto, the user cannot migrate their profile or co-exist it with another Windows version.
- Network only – there is no method to go offline. Laptops that even occasionally leave the office are not a candidate for a profile disk/container.
The Good News
ProfileUnity was the first to offer the market ProfileDisk with ProfileBridge™ profile portability technology that overcomes all of the above cons. In fact, we’ve been implementing the two technologies together since 2014 to solve ALL of the typical Windows profile challenges and the latest market challenges including Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype for Business. Read more about how the technologies work together to form the only complete Profile Management solution on the market.