By Stan Hunter, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware
One of the most difficult tasks for an IT administrator is managing user profiles and settings. Users have various requirements for applications and settings that change based on location, device, and even time of day. This is called context. In the past, to provide flexibility in managing a user’s profile based on context, IT admins wrote tedious, detailed scripts. The scripts provided a set of instructions based on environment variables such as office location and printer selection.
For example, a sales rep is mostly on the road, but also works from the corporate office as well as from a local office. While traveling, the rep uses a laptop based on a View virtual desktop in Horizon 7 and, while in the corporate office, a desktop workstation. For each of these locations, the sales rep needs access to printers, file shares, and applications.
Creating and managing profile scripts to provide for even these simple contextual changes can get very complex. In today’s growing mobile workforce, the need for a simplified approach has never been greater. To address this critical requirement, VMware introduced VMware User Environment Manager.