Plan folder redirection with Profile Management

Profile Management works with folder redirection and its use is encouraged.

Active Directory (AD) allows folders, such as Application Data or Documents, to be saved (redirected) to a network location. The contents of the folders are stored in the redirected location and not included within the user profile, which therefore reduces in size. Depending on the version of AD, some folders can be redirected but not others. In addition, configuring folder redirection allows users with mandatory profiles to save some settings, files, and other data while still restricting profile usage.

As a general guideline, Citrix recommends enabling folder redirection for all user data that is not accessed regularly within a session if network bandwidth permits.

Not all folders which can be redirected are accessible with AD. The folders that can be redirected on a specific operating system are in the registry under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.

Important information about folder redirection

Note the following important points about using folder redirection with Profile management:

  • In XenDesktop 7, you specify the folders to redirect in Studio using Citrix Virtual Desktops policies. For more information, see the Citrix Virtual Desktops documentation.
  • To configure folder direction successfully, be aware of the differences in folder structure between Version 1 and Version 2 profiles.
  • For more security considerations when using folder redirection, see Secure and the article Folder Redirection Overview on the Microsoft TechNet Web site.
  • Treat the user store differently to the share used for redirected folders.
  • Do not add redirected folders to exclusion lists.

Plan folder redirection with Profile Management