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OneDrive for Business and FSLogix best practices

Introduction

Microsoft OneDrive is one of the most popular products in the Microsoft Office 365 offering. As such, there are lots of customers that want to use OneDrive in their hosted digital workspace. Popular platforms to enable these hosted digital workspaces are Citrix ( XenApp / XenDesktop ), Microsoft RDS, VMware Horizon View, Amazon Workspaces, etc.

Problem

Due to OneDrive’s dependence on a local cache, the full version of OneDrive that synchronizes files from the cloud to the users’ desktops requires a persistent desktop. As with other applications that depend on a cache, OneDrive does not perform well in non-persistent desktop environments because the cache would have to be downloaded each time a user logged in. Placing the cache on a network share is impractical, and can result in extremely poor performance not just as desktops, but also on the network and file server. Plus, since OneDrive can also sync data stored in SharePoint, the impact on usability is even greater.

Microsoft’s only viable option for affected users/desktops is the online experience of OneDrive – meaning that the customer has to use a browser to access their files. This user experience is very different from when the OneDrive for Business is installed locally on physical PCs, laptops, Surface devices, or persistent VDI desktops. Unfortunately that means users either have to download/upload their files each time they use them, or they have to use the browser versions of Office applications, which increases the difference in user experience between persistent and non-persistent platforms.

FSLogix allows customers to offer the same OneDrive for Business experience on their non-persistent digital workspace as they would on their persistent desktops such as physical PCs, laptops or Surface devices – without any compromise in the user experience or OneDrive for Business or SharePoint functionality.

 

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New Release: FSLogix Apps 2.9 (2.9.6755.61370)

This is a GENERAL release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client 32 and 64 bit)


Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

Changes:
- Full support for Files On Demand feature of OneDrive
- Now redirect the OneDrive temporary cache location (C:\OneDriveTemp) into the Profile and O365 VHD container.
- Fixed an issue where the user logoff would hang
- FSLogix Service (frxsvc.exe) crash fix
- Fix issue where the EULA would keep prompting with OneNote
- Fixed Java redirection when a proxy pack or deployJava.js is used
- Fixed "Full VHD(X) Allocation" setting in ADMX/ADML files

deviceTRUST 18.1 released

We are very proud and excited to release our new deviceTRUST version 18.1. This release includes many new features and capabilities that give our customers even more ways to increase and simplify their context-based security and user experience. 

More and more companies are planning to use cloud providers for the provision of a Desktop-as-a-Service. For this reason deviceTRUST now supports Amazon WorkSpaces with all product features and functions. This gives today’s customers the future security for tomorrow's technologies.

Our deviceTRUST Client for Windows has been significantly simplified and can now be installed for the user via a download link with just a few clicks. In addition, the client now includes an auto-update function that can be controlled centrally by corporate policy. This does not require any further user interaction. 

The transmission of device properties within the deviceTRUST protocol is now additionally encrypted end-to-end to further increase data security, providing an additional layer on top of the security provided by the underlying remoting protocols.

Contextual Group Policies within the virtual session can be set based on the context of the endpoint. For example, the screen saver settings within the virtual session can be defined based on the settings of the screen saver on the endpoint on Logon, Reconnect and during session runtime.

More detailed information can be found on our website.

This is a GENERAL release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client 32 and 64 bit)


Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

Changes:
• Attempting to use FSLogix Single-User Search Roaming (Type 1) with Citrix Application Layering results in an error. This issue occurs because Citrix Application Layering does not allow renaming of certain files and folders. FSLogix changed their agent to not require renaming of any folders or files in order for Search Roaming to work.
• An issue with first time OneDrive installation has been resolved. The issue occurred when OneDrive was installed for the first time, and OneDrive syncing began. The FSLogix agent would not redirect the OneDrive files to the VHD/X container until the user logged off and then back on again. The FSLogix agent has been enhanced to detect that OneDrive is being installed, and now immediately begins redirecting the OneDrive files to the VHD/X.
• Improved handling of index corruption when using multi-user search roaming
• Fixed an issue where Office Activation would sometimes fail when using FSLogix Office 365 Containers

This is a LONG TERM SERVICE (LTS) release

Applies to:

All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client 32 and 64 bit)

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

Changes:
• Attempting to use FSLogix Single-User Search Roaming (Type 1) with Citrix Application Layering results in an error. This issue occurs because Citrix Application Layering does not allow renaming of certain files and folders. FSLogix changed their agent to not require renaming of any folders or files in order for Search Roaming to work.
• Improved handling of index corruption when using multi-user search roaming
• Fixed an issue where Office Activation would sometimes fail when using FSLogix Office 365 Containers

FSLogix Policy for Long Term Service Release (LTSR) 3/9/2018


FSLogix provides a Long-Term Service Release (LTSR) for customers who desire:

· Guaranteed release cycles

· Field tested functionality

· Release timelines providing significant IT Staging time

FSLogix will release an LTSR no more than 12 months following the previous LTSR. All LTSRs will be supported for 18 months. This release cadence will allow organizations up to 6 months to stage and validate a release if desired.

LTSRs will be updated with defect and/or security fixes that are deemed critical. Customers in good standing, utilizing the LTSR, will be entitled to critical LTSR updates for the products that they are licensed for.

FSLogix LTSRs will be identified with a version ID ending in LTSR, e.g. 1.111.111.LTSR

LTSRs must be used in their entirety, all products and components associated with the LTSR must be installed and may not be mixed with newer or older products or components.

When Long Term Service Releases, or similar, are available for underlying or associated technologies, FSLogix assumes that those releases are being utilized in association with the FSLogix LTSR.

For any questions concerning FSLogix LTSR Policy, please contact your Account Representative.

Altaro VM Backup v7.6 Out Now!

What you can expect in Altaro VM Backup v7.6:

1. Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – Users can switch from running daily backups to a continuous data protection model yielding an improved Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of up to 5 minutes.

When CDP is enabled, VMs can be backed up as frequently as every 5 minutes. This ensures that, should a data loss scenario occur, only a few minutes of data are lost.

IMP: CDP is only available to customers with an active renewal (SMA) who have the "Unlimited Plus" edition of Altaro VM Backup. It is currently available for Hyper-V; and will soon be available for VMware.

2. Grandfather-Father-Son Archiving (GFS) for Local Backups - Users can choose to archive local backup versions in addition to their continuous and daily backups instead of deleting them. Now users can easily set up three separate backup cycles to store three new backup versions every week, every month and every year.

IMP: GFS is available for all customers on Unlimited and Unlimited Plus Editions of Altaro VM Backup. 

Altaro VM Backup Upgrading, Pricing, Licensing and SMA

For customers who have a valid SMA, upgrading to v7.6 is free and the same license key can be used. Customers must first uninstall their current version of Altaro VM Backup, then download and run the new 7.6 installer. All settings will be retained and no backups will be lost in the transition.

Altaro Cloud Management Console (CMC) users can deploy the upgrade as usual; this will be made available a few days after the release date.

 

More Information about Altaro VM Backup v7.6

You can find more information about what is new here

We’ve also got a few webinars coming up that will take you through what’s new in this release and answer any questions you may have.

The dates are still to be set but they will be listed here once they are set.

 

If you are in need of any additional inforamtion pleas reach out to us at ARJ Distribution AB and we will help you out.

 

This is a general release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)


Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

Changes:
* Add support for Skype version 15.0. Previous releases only supported version 16.0.
* A new setting (IncludeOfficeActivation) controls whether or not the Office activation information is roamed in the Office 365 Container. This is enabled by default.
* Skip printer visibility updates if no printers being hidden
* Update ADMX/ADML templates with all current options
* Fix an issue where an error was logged stating that the product key would expire in -1 days.
* Fix some instances where errors were logged but there was no real error condition
* Fix improper logging of "getUserToken (Error: 1008 / An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist. )" messages

New release: FSLogix Apps 2.8.9 (2.8.6521.28316)

This is a general release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)

Download link:

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

Changes:
* Partition and format Profile VHDs when they are created when using difference disks
* Remove spurious error logging (Font, Printer Hiding, etc.)
* Allow logging of robocopy results
* Disable shell refresh while enabling outlook cached mode
* Handle missing attributes from AD in Rule Editor
* Add display name for Everyone group in default rule assignment
* Persist OneNote roaming information to survive Service restarts
* Properly remove redirections for Credentials folders so that Credentials are roamed properly
* Merge ODFC disks on logon when found
* Various Service stability fixes

Altaro signed a partnership agreement with ARJ Distribution, a IT company in Stockholm that provides virtualisation and server-based solutions to businesses in the Nordic market.

9th November 2017: Altaro is pleased to announce that it has recently entered into a partnership agreement with ARJ Distribution, a Swedish company that distributes a range of value-added IT solutions to companies in the Nordics, including server-based and virtualisation software.

This partnership adds further momentum to Altaro’s sustained efforts in recent months towards significantly increase its distribution channels across Europe. Through ARJ Distribution, the company has gained an important foothold in the Nordic market, which enables it to distribute its solutions to small- and medium-businesses based in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, as well as neighbouring countries.

Altaro CEO and co-founder, David Vella said, "This new partnership with ARJ Distribution will expand Altaro’s reach throughout the Nordics, and improve the company’s ability to offer a fast and responsive service to organisations in this important region."

About ARJ Distribution

ARJ Distribution AB is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and provides value-added IT solutions to organisations operating in Nordic countries. The company was established in 2006 and works with hundreds of resellers of all sizes and in different business sectors. ARJ Distribution aims to “make IT easy”, which is why it offers best-of-breed solutions such as Altaro Virtual Backup that are both easy to install and configure, allowing IT departments to spend more time developing new products instead of troubleshooting their systems.

For more information, visit www.arjdistribution.se.

About Altaro

Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy to use and affordable backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments.

Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy to use and affordable backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses, featuring enterprise-class features and functionality, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. The company has grown rapidly over the years with the flagship solution Altaro VM Backup, which gained traction as the natural choice for Hyper-V and VMware data recovery.

For more information on Altaro VM Backup, please visit https://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/ or contact  Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. .

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