Advanced policy settings

The Advanced settings section contains policy settings relating to the advanced configuration of Profile management.

Disable automatic configuration

This setting enables profile management to examine your environment, for example, to check for the presence of Personal vDisks and configure Group Policy accordingly. Only Profile management policies in the Not Configured state are adjusted, so any customizations made previously 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.

You can regard automatic configuration as a dynamic configuration checker that automatically configures the default policy settings according to environments at runtime. It eliminates the need to configure the settings manually. Runtime environments include:

  • Windows OS
  • Windows OS versions
  • Presence of Citrix Virtual Desktops
  • Presence of personal vDisks

Automatic configuration might change the following policies if the environment changes:

  • Active write back
  • Always cache
  • Delete locally cached profiles on logoff
  • Delay before deleting cached profiles
  • Profile streaming

See the following table for the default status of the policies above on different OSs:

  Server OS Desktop OS
Active write back Enabled Disabled if personal vDisk is in use; otherwise, enabled.
Always cache Disabled Disabled if personal vDisk is in use; otherwise, enabled.
Delete locally cached profiles on logoff Enabled Disabled if personal vDisk is in use or if Citrix Virtual Desktops is assigned or if Citrix Virtual Desktops is not installed; otherwise, enabled.
Delay before deleting cached profiles 0 seconds 60 seconds if user changes are not persistent; otherwise, 0 seconds.
Profile streaming Enabled Disabled if personal vDisk is in use; otherwise, enabled.

However, with automatic configuration disabled, all policies above default to Disabled.

By default, automatic configuration is allowed.

If this setting is not configured here, the value from the .ini file is used.

If this setting is not configured here or in the .ini file, automatic configuration is turned on so Profile management settings might change if your environment changes.

Log off user if a problem is encountered

This setting enables Profile management to log a user off if a problem is encountered; for example, if the user store is unavailable. When enabled, an error message is displayed to the user before they are logged off. When disabled, users are given a temporary profile.

By default, this setting is disabled and users are given a temporary profile if a problem is encountered.

If this setting is not configured here, the value from the .ini file is used.

If this setting is not configured here or in the .ini file, a temporary profile is provided.

Number of retries when accessing locked files

This setting specifies the number of attempts Profile management makes to access locked files.

By default, this is set to five retries.

If this setting is not configured here, the value from the .ini file is used.

If this setting is not configured here or in the .ini file, the default value is used.

This setting enables Profile management to process index.dat on logoff to remove Internet cookies left in the file system after sustained browsing that can lead to profile bloat. Enabling this setting increases logoff times, so only enable it if you experience this issue.

By default, this setting is disabled and Profile management does not process index.dat on logoff.

If this setting is not configured here, the value from the .ini file is used.

If this setting is not configured here or in the .ini file, no processing of Index.dat takes place.