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User Profile Management: The Key To Virtualization Success

Virtualization is all about providing users with a consistent work experience, no matter where they are. It helps increase employees’ comfort level with applications and improves productivity. When it comes to deploying virtualization, User Profile Management (UPM) increases employee buy-in and improves overall user satisfaction.

How Does UPM Improve User Experience?

User Profile Management ensures that a single “profile” will follow that user to any endpoint device he or she uses. When the user logs in, all of their settings and preferences are accessible – just as the user last left them. UPM has minimal storage requirements, and needs minimal administration and support.

UPM grants access to the full range of company applications, documents, menu settings, icons, shortcuts, temporary files, favorites, printers, and more. It ensures a reliable remote experience for all users, guarantees faster login, and shrinks the size of the profile to reduce load times.

Without it, however, logging into a virtual desktop can be frustrating and time consuming. Users logging in to separate applications every time might lose the ability to print files remotely, or access critical documents. When employees can’t be productive in a remote environment, it negates the benefits of establishing virtualization in the first place.

What Are The Administrative Benefits of UPM?

There are administrative benefits to UPM too, including:

  • It Costs Nothing: UPM might create some extra up-front work, but it’s free. Free optimization can only help; it can never hurt.
  • It Controls Profile Size: By default, all settings are stored in a profile, which means administrators only need to worry about regulating file access. This prevents unnecessary files from getting stored, and decreases the amount of data stressing the network and IT staff.
  • It Prevents Accidental Overwriting: UPM will store modified settings, capturing those modifications within the profile. This prevents accidental overwrites and unintentional data loss.
  • It Generates Detailed Logs: Admins can access detailed logs to help simplify troubleshooting.

With the proper implementation, the right tools, and the appropriate policies, UPM can be extremely simple to implement and maintain, especially in non-complex environments. It’s worth the time and effort to adopt UPM across any organization and give employees the consistent virtualization experience they need in today’s world of 24/7/365 connectivity.


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