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Getting Started With User Experience Virtualization 2.0

Updated: December 2, 2013

Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 2.0

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 captures and centralizes application settings and Windows operating system settings for the user. These settings are then applied to the different computers that are accessed by users. The different computers include desktop computers, laptop computers, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) sessions.

UE-V offers settings synchronization for common Microsoft desktop applications, Windows desktop settings, and Windows 8 apps. It also delivers user settings at any time to wherever users work throughout the enterprise. UE-V enables administrators to specify which Windows desktop application settings and Windows desktop settings are synchronized between users' computers. UE-V helps administrators to create custom settings location templates for third-party or line-of-business applications that are used in the enterprise. UE-V 2 also enables administrators to specify which Windows 8 apps to synchronize.

The developer of a Windows 8 app defines which Windows 8 app settings can be synchronized. The UE-V administrator defines the Windows 8 apps that synchronize settings.

UE-V delivers an enhanced user state virtualization experience. It provides consistent personalization of the user’s settings in the following scenarios:

  • Synchronize user application, Windows desktop, and Windows 8 app settings between computers.

  • Synchronize user settings between the instances of an application that are deployed by using different methods:

    • Installed applications

    • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) sequenced applications

    • RemoteApp (Remote Desktop Virtualization) applications

  • Recover settings for a computer after replacement or a hardware upgrade, or reimage, which resets the virtual machine to its initial state as defined by the settings that are configured on the virtual hard disk (VHD) image file.

This product requires planning before you deploy it or use its features. Because this product affects every computer that has the UE-V Agent installed, you might disrupt users’ work if you do not plan your deployment carefully. However, if you plan your deployment carefully and manage it so that it meets your business needs, this product can help reduce your administrative overhead and total cost of ownership.

If you are new to this product, we recommend that you read the documentation carefully. Before you deploy the product to a production environment, we also recommend that you validate your deployment plan in a test network environment. You might also consider taking a class about relevant technologies. For more information about Microsoft training opportunities, see the Microsoft Training Overview at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=80347.

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