PolicyPak & Microsoft VDI

Microsoft’s VDI solution is great. It’s easy to set up, and just “works.”

Now when users can take their desktop anywhere, virtually. They’ll have the applications you give them within the VDI image, and have a “clean” experience the next time they log on.

How great is that?

But there’s still a problem. If you need to make a settings change to your image’s application settings, what are you going to do? Take the image offline, open it up, make the change and sysprep it again?

Even then, you’re only pre-baking in that setting and not enforcing it. That means that users can cheerfully work around your security settings, within the VDI session. That’s bad for support calls, and definitely bad for your company’s security.

So watch this video to see how PolicyPak Application Manager can ensure that users’ applications within VDI sessions have the properly delivered settings, plus ensure those key settings are enforced.

Add more value to your Microsoft VDI investment.

Tip: After you watch the video, please download our free whitepaper “What Most IT admins don’t know about VDI”

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You might be wondering about how Windows Server 2012’s personal “User  Profile” fits in with PolicyPak Application Manager.

Here’s the deal: Windows Server 2012 VDI’s Personal Profile feature is really great, because it will maintain any settings the user himself changes and ensure those settings are “there again” when he roams changes Microsoft VDI sessions.

Great stuff. Really great stuff. Good job Microsoft!

But that still doesn’t solve big problems you still have right now:

  • How are you able to deliver and guarantee key application and operating system settings for users?
  • How can you prevent users from messing up their apps or misconfigure the operating system?
  • How can you ensure users won’t work around your important security and operating system settings?
  • How do you prevent “application popups” when applications want to self-update?

Microsoft’s personal user profile disks simply cannot redeploy, adjust, lockdown or guarantee application or operating system settings.

Only PolicyPak Application Manager can.

No matter what device your users are using with Microsoft VDI, no matter what applications you’ve got set – if you’re not managing the application (or operating system) settings you’ve got a ticking time bomb on your hands. When users work around that application or operating system setting, that’s a support call for you, and an immediate cost to fix it, and downtime for the user (on every device they own.)

These kinds of costs are easily preventable. Because PolicyPak Application Manager is always ensuring the application’s settings – within Microsoft VDI sessions.

PolicyPak Application Manager prevents users from manipulating important settings, but also quietly reapplies misconfigured settings if a user or application happens to work around them.

In short, PolicyPak Application Manager protects your Microsoft VDI investment. And it protects your users from themselves.

Microsoft’s VDI is awesome. And Microsoft’s personal user profile disks is awesome.

But neither prevents users from working around your important operating system or application settings. It doesn’t make your VDI solution more secure or prevent user-generated problems.

Only PolicyPak Application Manager does that.

PolicyPak Application Manager was designed by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz – who “wrote the book” on Group Policy and desktop management, runs GPanswers.com, and lives and breathes enterprise software deployments and desktop lockdown.

If you’re ready to protect your Microsoft VDI investment we’re here for you. Call 800-883-8002 and let us know you’re like a free trial of PolicyPak Application Manager.

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