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Supported Configurations for UE-V 1.0

Updated: December 5, 2012

Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 1.0

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) supports the following described configurations.

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Supported configurations for UE-V Agent and UE-V Generator

The following table lists the operating systems that support the User Experience Virtualization Generator and the User Experience Virtualization agent.

 

Operating system Edition Service pack System architecture Microsoft .NET Framework

Windows 7

Ultimate, Enterprise, or Professional Edition

SP1

32-bit or 64-bit

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework 4 (Generator)

Windows Server 2008 R2

Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server

SP1

64-bit

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework 4 (Generator)

Windows 8

Enterprise or Professional Edition

None

32-bit or 64-bit

.NET Framework 4 or .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Agent)

.NET Framework 4 (Generator)

Windows Server 2012

Standard or Datacenter

None

64-bit

.NET Framework 4 or .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Agent)

.NET Framework 4 (Generator)

There are no special RAM requirements that are specific to UE-V.

The installation of the UE-V agent requires administrative rights and will require a restart the computer before the UE-V agent can run.

ImportantImportant
The Sync Your Settings feature in Windows 8 must be disabled to allow UE-V to function properly. Synchronization of settings with both Windows 8 and UE-V will result in unpredictable synchronization behavior.

Requirements for the Offline Files feature

The UE-V agent can synchronize user settings for computers that are not always connected to the enterprise network, such as a laptop computer or computers that are located at remote offices, as well as computers that are always connected to the enterprise network, such as Windows Servers that host virtual desktop interface (VDI) sessions.

The UE-V default configuration uses the Windows Offline File feature to synchronize settings. Offline Files ensures that the user’s settings are available even when the computer leaves the enterprise network. Any changes that are made to settings are automatically synchronized with the settings storage location when the connection to the enterprise network is reestablished. Offline Files also ensures that the user’s settings are available for computers that are located in a remote office with a slow or limited connection.

To synchronize settings for computers that occasionally leave the enterprise network, the Offline Files feature must be enabled and started before the UE-V agent deployment begins. The Offline Files feature is enabled by default on Windows 7. The feature is disabled by default on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8. If the Offline Files feature is not enabled, then UE-V settings synchronization will fail.

  • Windows 7

    The Offline Files feature is enabled by default on Windows 7. If necessary, Offline Files can be enabled by using the following command at an elevated command prompt:

    sc config CscService start=auto
    
  • Windows 8

    The Offline Files feature is disabled by default on Windows 8 version. Offline Files can be enabled on Windows 8 by using the following command at an elevated command prompt:

    sc config CscService start=auto
    
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012

    The Offline Files feature is not installed by default on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. In order to enable the Offline Files feature, the Desktop Experience pack must be installed. This is an optional server component that includes the Offline Files feature. Once it is installed, start the Offline Files feature with the following commands at an elevated command prompt:

    sc config csc start= system
    
    sc config cscservice start= auto
    

The computer must be rebooted before the settings will start to synchronize.

Synchronization for computers with always-available connections

When you use UE-V on computers that are always connected to the enterprise network, such as a Windows Server computer that hosts VDI sessions, then Offline Files should be disabled.

When the UE-V agent is configured to synchronize settings without using Offline Files, the settings storage server is treated as a standard network share. Settings are synchronized when the network is available. In this configuration the UE-V agent can be configured to give a notification if the import of the application settings is delayed.

If the Offline Files feature will not be used, you must disable the UE-V default behavior before or during the UE-V agent deployment. To disable Offline Files for UE-V, do one of the following:

  • Before you deploy the UE-V agent, mark the “Do not use Offline Files” checkbox in the UE-V Group Policy setting.

  • During UE-V installation, set the AgentSetup.exe parameter SyncMethod = None at the command prompt or in a batch file. For more information about how to deploy the agent, see Deploying the UE-V Agent.

If you disable the Offline Files setting for UE-V and you do not specify the SyncMethod parameter at the installation time, the UE-V agent installation will fail. You can also disable the Offline Files with PowerShell or WMI. For more information about WMI and PowerShell commands, see Managing the UE-V 1.0 Agent and Packages with PowerShell and WMI.

The computer must be rebooted before the settings will start to synchronize.

Prerequisites for the UE-V PowerShell feature

The UE-V PowerShell feature of the agent requires .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1 to be enabled and PowerShell version 2.0 or higher.

Prerequisites for UE-V Generator support

Install the UE-V Generator on the computer that is used to create custom settings location templates. This computer should have those applications installed whose settings will roam. You must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer that runs the UE-V Generator software. Additionally, the UE-V Generator must be installed on a computer that uses an NTFS file system. The UE-V Generator software requires .NET Framework version 4. For more information, see Planning for Custom Template Deployment.

See Also

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