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Announcing the New VMware User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations White Paper

With significant contributions from Pim van de Vis, Product Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

We are excited to announce the release of the VMware User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations white paper. This guide covers VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 and is intended for architects, consultants, IT professionals, and anyone involved in creating high-level, functional, and technical designs.

User Environment Manager is a key component of JMP—the next generation of desktop and application delivery—and provides end users with a personalized and dynamic Windows desktop, which adapts to their specific situation based on aspects such as role, device, and location.

This paper contains a functional overview of User Environment Manager and its features including:

  • Application configuration management
  • Personalization
  • User environment settings
  • Dynamic configuration

We have developed a diagram that highlights the components of a Windows system that can be centrally managed by User Environment Manager.

JMP Just-in-Time Management Platform

This paper delves into topics such as planning your deployment and designing your infrastructure to support User Environment Manager high-availability, scalability, and disaster recovery. Did you know that User Environment Manager leverages the existing infrastructure, so you do not need to take extra measures to make a highly available solution? You can use Windows failover clustering for high availability of the User Environment Manager file shares. If your current file server infrastructure does not already support high availability, you can create a highly available infrastructure by leveraging Microsoft DFS.

In relation to disaster recovery, it is recommended to integrate the User Environment Manager Management Console into an already existing disaster recovery plan. Did you know that you can install the Management Console on as many computers as required? If a system failure occurs and you cannot access the Management Console, install it on another computer to continue managing user profiles, settings, and policies.

User Environment Manager is not a solution only for VMware Horizon 7. Did you know that it can be integrated with many products for published applications and virtual desktops, such as VMware Horizon 7, Microsoft RDSH desktops and applications, and Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop? It can also be used to manage physical desktops.

Other topics of interest in the white paper include:

  • Integrating with Microsoft RDSH and VDI
  • Integrating with application virtualization technologies
  • Access control – managing multiple environments

In addition, we have collated a list of helpful best practices based on enterprise-user experience. These best practices include initial setup and installation, management, troubleshooting, and folder redirection.

For details, download the VMware User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations paper.