This version includes the following key enhancements and addresses several customer reported issues to improve the user experience.
- Default program roaming - Profile Management now supports roaming default programs on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
- Logon exclusion check - Lets Profile Management omit items from synchronization when a user logs on. By default, logon exclusion check is disabled. For more information, see To enable logon exclusion check.
This version includes the following key enhancements:
- Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) integration - Profile Management integrates the Customer Experience Improvement Program to help improve the quality and performance of Citrix products by collecting anonymous statistics and usage information. By default, CEIP is enabled, and you can always opt-out. For more information, see To configure the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).
- Support for active write back for registry entries - Registry entries that are modified on the local computer can be backed up to the user store in the middle of a session, before logoff.
This version includes the following new key features:
- Profile protection - We provide profile protection by enhancing the way Profile Management handles profiles. Profile Management maintains a last known good backup of the NTUSER.DAT file. If Profile Management detects corruption, it uses the last known good backup copy to recover the profile. For more information, see Profile Management\Registry.
- Simplified configuration - The Group Policy Object (GPO) administration template (.adm file) contains predefined, recommended items for inclusion and exclusion. Instead of having to include and exclude items manually, you can use the default lists. The GPO template includes two default lists:
- Enable Default Exclusion List - directories - Sets the same GPO exclusion directories as .ini configuration files.
- Enable Default Exclusion List - Similar to the Enable Default Exclusion List - directories, but it sets registry key exclusions.
For more information, see Profile Management\Registry and Profile Management\File system.
When upgrading Profile Management, the installer removes the old version along with the WMI Provider, and then installs the new version. If you perform the upgrade after separating the two components, the WMI Provider is not upgraded. In this case, install it separately to ensure the two components remain compatible with each other and your VDAs. You must provide the standalone WMI MSI file or installer for Versions 7.5 and 7.6 of the VDA so that the correct version of the WMI Provider installs after upgrading Profile Management.
If you upgrade to Profile Management 5.4 on a VDA earlier than version 7.7, use profilemgt_x64/x86.msi to do so. If you upgrade on a Version 7.7 VDA, Profile Management 5.4 and WMI Provider 5.4 are automatically installed (by profilemgt_x64/x86.msi and UpmVDAPlugin_x64/x86.msi).
This version includes the following features:
- Improved support for Internet Explorer 10 and later versions
- Cookies and history preservation are supported in Protected and Normal modes.
- Stale cookies are handled (automatically clean up) in Protected and Normal modes.
- Relative path support - With this enhancement, Profile Management can copy local profiles to the user store even if the profiles are referenced using relative paths, such as ..\UPM.). [#LA4696]
- Issues fixed since Version 5.1.1 - This release includes the following issues fixed since Version 5.1.1 was released:
- VIPRE antivirus software does not work if you enable the profile streaming feature. As a workaround, disable profile streaming or set antivirus exclusion policies for the affected users. [#419926]
- In Windows 8 and 8.1, right-clicking the Start button to open the Options menu might fail if the User Profile Manager is enabled. With this fix, you can open the Options menu by right-clicking the Start button. [#431237]
This release includes the following issues fixed since Version 5.1 was released:
- File downloads fail in Internet Explorer when Protected Mode and User Access Control (UAC) are enabled. Additionally, Profile Management sets write-only permissions on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies. [#LA4764]
- Attempts to download files using Versions 9, 10, and 11 of Microsoft Internet Explorer fail if Protected Mode and UAC are enabled. A fix to address this issue on Windows Server 2012 R2 is not currently available. [#LA4814]
- In Internet Explorer 10 and later running in Protected Mode, cached data in the local store is not persisted. [#LA5478]
This version includes the following new key features:
- New architecture - Profile Management has been re-architected. A new mechanism for tracking file and folder changes replaces the Windows change journal. This simplifies the software's internal operation. As a result of this simplification, the Directory of the MFT cache file policy is also removed.
- Automatic configuration - Profile Management now examines any XenApp and XenDesktop environment, for example for the presence of personal vDisks, and sets defaults accordingly. Only policies in the Not Configured state are adjusted, so any customizations you have made are preserved. This feature speeds up deployment and simplifies optimization. No configuration of the feature is necessary, but you can disable automatic configuration when upgrading (to retain settings from earlier versions) or when troubleshooting. Automatic configuration does not work in XenApp or other environments.
- Integration with XenDesktop - Profile Management is still available as a separate download but you can now also install it from the XenDesktop 7 media. Profile Management is installed silently by default. Citrix Studio administrators can now configure Profile Management settings using XenDesktop policies, and Desktop Director administrators can now access diagnostic information for and troubleshoot user profiles.
- Improved troubleshooting - To assist troubleshooting, Profile Management now processes local client administrators on desktop operating systems but ignores administrators on server operating systems. This is the default behavior so no configuration of this feature is necessary, but you can change the default using the Process logons of local administrators policy, if required. Also, instead of providing users with a temporary profile if a problem is encountered (for example, the user store is unavailable), a new policy lets you display an error message and automatically logs off users in this situation.
- Excluded groups - This new policy identifies profiles of Active Directory Group members, and excludes the profiles from processing by Profile Management. This can be helpful in large deployments. The exclusion takes precedence over any inclusion by the Process logons of local administrators policy.
- Support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) - Compared with traditional Microsoft roaming profiles, user settings are stored differently for virtual applications created with App-V. Profile Management works with App-V user settings without any need for configuration. The support does not include compatibility with App-V delivery mechanisms provided by some service providers.
- Extended synchronization - The personal vDisk feature of XenDesktop, which stores data outside the user profile, replaces extended synchronization. This Profile Management feature, which also stored non-profile data by combining inclusion and exclusion lists, is no longer needed and is removed from this version. Use personal vDisk instead.