High availability and disaster recovery with Profile Management
These topics describe the supported scenarios for high availability and disaster recovery as they apply to Citrix Profile Management. It relates the scenarios to the relevant, underlying Microsoft technologies and identifies what is supported:
- Scenario 1: Basic setup of geographically adjacent user stores and failover clusters
- Scenario 2: Multiple folder targets and replication
- Scenario 3: Disaster recovery
- Scenario 4: The traveling user
- Scenario 5: Load-balancing user stores
Profile Management assumes that it operates in an environment that is reliable. Principally, this reliability applies to the availability of Active Directory (AD) and a networked user store (NUS). When either of these is not available, Profile Management cannot provide a profile, and hands over responsibility to Windows, which generally provides a default profile.
Comparison with roaming profiles
In disaster recovery and high availability scenarios, Citrix Profile Management might be affected by the same issues as affect Microsoft roaming profiles. Unless stated to the contrary, Profile Management does not resolve such issues.
In particular, note the following:
Profile Management support is limited to the scenarios where roaming profiles are also supported. For more information, see “Can I use DFS with Offline Files and redirected My Documents folders?” at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh341474(WS.10).aspx.
The cache option for offline files must be disabled on roaming user profile shares. The same restriction applies to Profile Management shares. For more information, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287566.
A roaming profile is not loaded from a DFS share. The same restriction applies to Profile Management shares. For more information, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830856.