What’s new

What’s new in 1912

Workspace Environment Management 1912 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

Replacing Microsoft SQL Server Compact (SQL CE) with SQLite

The Workspace Environment Management (WEM) agent can work in offline mode. In earlier releases, the agent relied on Microsoft SQL Server Compact to synchronize with SQL Server to facilitate offline mode. Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 is the last version that supports this functionality. Versions 4.0 and later do not support synchronization with SQL Server. However, SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 reached End of Life (EOL) in 2018. Starting with this release, the agent relies on SQLite for offline mode to work.

How this change impacts you

If you do not want to use Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2, upgrade the infrastructure services, the administration console, and the agent to the latest version. For information about upgrading these components, see Upgrade a deployment.

If you continue to use Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2, this replacement does not require action on your part.

Support for exporting and importing configuration sets

Starting with this release, WEM supports exporting and importing configuration sets using the administration console. To export configuration sets, use the Backup wizard, where the Configuration set option is available on the Select what to back up page. To import configuration sets, use the Restore wizard, where the Configuration set option is available on the Select what to restore page. You can export and import only one configuration set at a time. For more information, see Ribbon.

Option to reset actions

Starting with this release, WEM supports resetting assigned actions (purging action-related registry entries in the user environment). The feature also provides the flexibility to reset assigned actions. You can reset all assigned actions by using the administration console or let users decide what to reset in their environment. The feature might be useful in scenarios where actions you assign to users or user groups do not take effect. For more information, see Advanced settings.

Administration console

The administration console user interface has changed:

  • The Advanced Settings > UI Agent Personalization > UI Agent Options tab introduces an “Allow Users to Reset Actions” option. Use that option to control whether to let current users specify what actions to reset in their environment.

Agent administrative templates

There are now two policies associated with the WEM agent cache synchronization:

  • Cache synchronization port
  • Cached data synchronization port

Starting with this release, the WEM agent relies on Cached data synchronization port to keep the agent cache in sync with the WEM infrastructure service. If you have Workspace Environment Management 1909 or earlier deployed in your environment, you cannot not use Cached data synchronization port. Instead, use Cache synchronization port. For more information, see Configure group policies.

Upgrade enhancement

This release simplifies the process of upgrading the WEM database. In earlier releases, to upgrade the database, you needed to remove the database from the availability group if the database was deployed in a SQL Server Always On availability group. Starting with this release, you can upgrade the database without removing it from the availability group.

Note that you still need to back up the database before you perform the upgrade. For more information about upgrading the database, see Upgrade a deployment.

Workspace Environment Management (WEM) PowerShell SDK modules

This release includes enhancements to the PowerShell modules in the WEM SDK. You can now use the PowerShell SDK to:

  • Create, update, query, and delete configuration sets and user-level and machine-level AD objects
  • Export and import configuration sets or user-level or machine-level AD objects

Documentation

The Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior. The Workspace Environment Management SDK documentation is updated to version 1912.