User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) RC with MDOP 2012 Now Available; General Availability Q4' 2102

User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) Release Candidate (RC) now available included in Microsoft Desktop Virtualization (MDOP). UE-V will reach general availability when the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 becomes available in the fourth quarter of this calendar year."UE-V gives users a consistent and personal Windows experience by allowing them to change their device and keep […]

User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) Release Candidate (RC) now available included in Microsoft Desktop Virtualization (MDOP)

User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) Release Candidate (RC) now available included in Microsoft Desktop Virtualization (MDOP).

UE-V will reach general availability when the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 becomes available in the fourth quarter of this calendar year.

"UE-V gives users a consistent and personal Windows experience by allowing them to change their device and keep their experience. It doesn't matter if they are using a locally installed desktop or a desktop hosted in the datacenter using VDI, a physically installed or virtually deployed application," Microsoft stated.

"The UE-V RC provides performance improvements such as the ability to process settings packages concurrently. This helps your settings get applied quicker and speeds up application launch."

Other refinements include some of the settings locations templates for Office 2010, making them more accurate in which files and registry keys to roam.

Also included in the UE-V RC is the support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 RTM, to help those who've downloaded it from the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), TechNet Professional Subscription, or MSDN Subscription, or are using the 90 day evaluation.

"Windows Server 2012 powers the back-end of Microsoft VDI. The combination of Windows (Windows 7 or Windows 8), RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 brings VDI together, providing a single platform that delivers a common experience across three deployment options: sessions, pooled or personal VMs."

"If you're worried about sacrificing personalization for storage gains, you can leverage UE-V to enable your users to change their device and keep their experience on any type of Windows desktop you choose to deploy - physical or virtual. For further savings, plug in App-V 5.0 and leverage its shared content store to avoid duplicating the application inside every VDI desktop," Microsoft adds.

Another new feature brings the ability to manage synchronization using security groups. Microsoft notes, they've created a new group policy to enable or disable UE-V. "This policy allows you to use security groups to control who it applies to, ultimately giving you control over which users have the ability to roam their experience," explains Microsoft.

Below is a screenshot of the new policy:

ue-v rc new group policy

Also users now can control the synchronization via PowerShell and at install time via command line parameters. "The PowerShell cmdlet gives you another option if you choose not to use group policy, or if you just want a quick way to configure one off machines," the company said.

Finally, with UE-V RC there is no need to do a fresh install as you have the ability to do an in-place upgrade to the RC version of UE-V.

Below is a overview of UE-V: