Product Documentation

User profiles

Mar 19, 2015

By default, Citrix Profile management 5.0 is installed silently on master images when you install the Virtual Delivery Agent but you do not have to use Profile management as a profile solution.

To suit your users' varying needs, using XenDesktop policies you can apply different profile behavior to the machines in each Delivery Group. For example, one Delivery Group might require Citrix mandatory profiles, whose template is stored in one network location, but another Delivery Group might require Citrix roaming profiles stored in another location with several redirected folders.

Whichever profile solution you choose, Director administrators can access diagnostic information for and troubleshoot user profiles. For more information, see the Director documentation.

Important information about policies

If other administrators in your organization are responsible for XenDesktop policies, work with them to ensure that they set any profile-related policies across your Delivery Groups.

Be aware that Profile management policies can also be set in Group Policy, in the Profile management .ini file, and locally on individual virtual machines. These multiple ways of defining profile behavior are read in the following order:

  1. Group Policy (.adm or .admx files)
  2. XenDesktop policies in the Policy node
  3. Local policies on the virtual machine that the user connects to
  4. Profile management .ini file

For example, if you configure the same policy in both Group Policy and the Policy node, the system reads the policy setting in Group Policy and ignores the XenDesktop policy setting.

Profile management and Personal vDisk

If you use the Personal vDisk feature of XenDesktop, Citrix user profiles are stored on virtual desktops' Personal vDisks by default. Do not delete the copy of a profile in the user store while a copy remains on the Personal vDisk. Doing so creates a Profile management error, and causes a temporary profile to be used for logons to the virtual desktop. For more information on this, see the Profile management documentation.