Deploying Settings Location Templates for UE-V 2.0
Updated: December 2, 2013
Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 2.0
Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 uses XML settings location templates that define the settings that are captured and applied by User Experience Virtualization. UE-V includes a set of standard templates and a tool, the UE-V Generator, with which you can create custom settings location templates. After you create a settings location template, you should test it to ensure that the application settings are synchronized correctly in a test environment. You can then safely deploy the settings location template to computers in the enterprise.
Settings location templates can be deployed by using one of the following methods:
An enterprise software distribution (ESD) system such as System Center Configuration Manager
Group Policy preferences
A UE-V settings template catalog
Templates that are deployed by using an ESD system or Group Policy Objects must be registered through UE-V Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) or Windows PowerShell. Templates that are stored in the settings template catalog location are automatically registered by the UE-V Agent.
Deploy the settings location templates with a settings template catalog path
You can define the UE-V settings location template catalog path by using the following methods: Group Policy, the UE-V Agent installer command-line parameters, WMI, or Windows PowerShell. After the template catalog path has been defined, the UE-V Agent retrieves the new or updated templates from this location. The UE-V Agent checks this location one time each day and updates its synchronization behavior, which is based on the templates that are found in this folder. The UE-V Agent registers templates that have been added or updated in this folder after the last check. The UE-V Agent also unregisters templates that have been removed from this folder. Templates are registered and unregistered one time per day triggered by using the Task Scheduler.
To use the settings template catalog path to deploy UE-V settings location templates
Browse to the network share folder that is defined as the settings template catalog.
Add, remove, or update settings location templates in the settings template catalog to reflect the UE-V Agent template configuration that you want for UE-V computers.
Note Templates on computers are updated daily. The update is based on changes to the settings template catalog.
To manually update templates on a computer that runs the UE-V Agent, open an elevated command prompt, and browse to %Program Files%\Microsoft User Experience Virtualization \ Agent \ <x86 or x64 >, and then run ApplySettingsTemplateCatalog.exe.
Note This program runs automatically during computer startup and daily at 3:30 A. M. to gather any new templates that were recently added to the catalog.