Windows Roaming Profiles and Horizon Persona Management are tools for centralizing user data, and roaming it across user sessions. However, these tools don't do much for controlling what data gets captured. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Configure and Manage User Environment Manager, you'll explore how to use VMware User Environment Manager, which separates out application configurations from regular user files. First, you'll develop an understanding on how the tool brings control to the content in user profiles. Next, you'll learn how to utilize the tool by discovering and managing application configurations, a process that involves more time and effort. Finally, you'll explore the consoles of the tool, and how it manages user profiles through its focus on application configurations. By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to reduce your user profile sizes, and decrease login times with some creative UEM management of application configurations.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you've found another of my courses in this learning path on VMware Horizon 7, this time on the installation, configuration, and use of User Environment Manager. I'm an author evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been working with VMware Solutions since the days that those virtual machines were nearly always just servers. The courses so far in this learning path have focused their attentions almost exclusively on our virtual machines, but users are people too, and their user content is just as important as the applications that create it from the virtual machines that host it. In this course, we'll extend our exploration in the tools for managing user data by installing and configuring VMware's User Environment Manager. We'll then dig into its consoles to see exactly how it slices and dices user profiles with its focus on application configurations. With this tool in place and a little bit of extra effort, we can dramatically reduce our user profile size while reducing the time it takes to finish a desktop login. If you've just been tasked with installing and configuring a Horizon 7 environment in your organization, this course is your first stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from there, you'll be ready to continue in the learning path as you configure App Volumes, VMware Mirage, Identity Manager, and vRealize Operations. Let's get started.
Install and Configure User Environment Manager Now the straight-up installation and configuration of User Environment Manager is admittedly pretty straightforward. VMware themselves, they have a blog post out there titled How to Set Up UEM in 60 Minutes or Less. And so in our exploration here, I want to go just a bit further than that straight install and configure discussion, because User Environment Manager, UEM, is there to solve a certain set of problems, and you, in many ways, need to include that or combine it with one or more other solutions, depending on what kind of user data that you need to store. Here in this module, we have five or six different topics we need to discuss here that talk about that install and configuration task, but I'll also go through, here in the very beginning, a kind of preparatory discussion on the use case behind UEM and where, specifically, it's designed to help solve some of the problems with managing all this user data that we're charged with dealing with. When it comes to the click-by-click, we'll take a look there at the UEM configuration and user shares, those are two different regular NTFS file shares that you'll have there on your file server. We also want to take a look at those template files, those ADMX templates that you'll need to install, or import there into your Active Directory Central Store, so that we can manage then the UEM client pieces. We'll then install the Agent, as well as what's termed the Application Profiler, and we'll also install the Management Console here as well. These two or three installs are, in fact, quite uninteresting to see, and so, what I want to do also is show you exactly what these are designed to do, so that later on in the next module, as we go through managing UEM and implementing the different kinds of configurations that you might want to there in production, you're aware of what tools are there to assist you with what parts of the configuration.