It’s kind of like Live Mesh, SkyDrive, & Windows 8 Sync your settings for the business customer! I dig it!
I have been using Windows Live Mesh for the synchronization of files, favorites, and setting since its release.
One for the first things I noticed about Windows 8 was the way it synchronized my settings to include my desktop background, task bar, windows explorer settings, favorites, etc. I had two PCs on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and within minutes all the configuration changes I made on one were on the other! Bam! I did not have to waste time configuring the other system; I was immediately productive. My desktop experience was the same. I did not have to use other products like Live Mesh to do so. Great!.
…Then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do this type of settings & experience synchronization to include files across OS versions to all my Windows 7 OS clients too? “How cool would that be?” “Pretty Cool” I said to myself. It is important to note that I do not commonly answer myself (I count routine answering to ones own questions out loud as a precursor to insanity).
Well, if you are like me you could really use a tool that would do all that I have mentioned above to make your customers (and perhaps yourself) more productive!
Step in Microsoft User Experience Virtualization or UE-V.
Change the Device, Keep your Experience
On Tuesday, June 26th, the Windows Blog informed us that UE-V Beta 2 was available for download. You can read Karri Alexion-Tiernan’s post “Putting People First with Microsoft Desktop Virtualization” here.
According to the Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Site:
Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is an enterprise-scale user state virtualization solution that that keeps users’ experience with them. It allows them choice to change their device and keep their experience so that they don’t have to reconfigure applications each time they login to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Regardless if it is a rich desktop or a VDI session, UE-V enables a consistent, personal Windows experience that matches their unique work style.
Personal & Flexible: UE-V is personal and flexible for the end user as it allows the application and operating system personalization’s to roam across Windows versions, so that they don’t have to reconfigure applications each time they login to Windows. It also uses smart synchronization policies determine when and where to synch application and OS experience, helping ensure seamless personalization and quick loading.
Simple & Versatile: Making it simple and versatile for IT to choose what applications they want to roam the experience for is another area of focus for UE-V. Using settings location templates that automate the identification of what locations in the registry and file system that settings are located in, IT can choose what applications should roam their experience. Using a wizard based tool called the UE-V Generator, IT can create custom templates for line of business applications. UE-V also allows IT to roll back settings to their initial state, which can be used if the user accidently applies unwanted settings changes.
Integrated & Scalable: UE-V can be integrated and scale through an organization’s existing infrastructure and management tools. The UE-V agent and the settings location templates created by IT can be deployed through System Center Configuration Manager or any other software distribution tool. UE-V also seamlessly integrates with the Microsoft desktop virtualization products to roam the user experience in hybrid environments. There is nothing that the IT Pro needs to configure in App-V, RemoteApp, a VDI or session based desktop to enable UE-V to work.
UE-V integrates with Windows Folder Redirection that centralizes user folders such as documents, pictures, desktop, application data, and other folders where user or application data can stored to a server in the Datacenter, that makes these folders accessible to this user from any other pc that they log in from.
As I see it this will yet another great reason for organizations to consider Software Assurance and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), which will be how UE-V is obtained.
Click here to download the beta (Windows Live ID required).