User State Virtualization is the terminology use to describe the set of technologies that enable these end user and IT scenarios. “What it basically means is that through centralization of user settings and data, we can start to abstract the actual PC that is being used and make all relevant data and settings available on any authorized PC an end user might be using. The User State Virtualization component technologies (Roaming User Profiles, Folder Redirection, and Offline Files) are not new, they’ve actually been around since Windows 2000, but in Windows Vista and Windows 7 all of these technologies have undergone some pretty significant changes. These changes are all designed to lead to improved user experience, performance, and IT manageability,” notes Microsoft.
- Microsoft User State Virtualization Part 1: Overview
- Microsoft User State Virtualization Part 2: Folder Redirection
- Microsoft User State Virtualization Part 3: Roaming User Profiles