- How automatic configuration works
- Folder redirection
You can configure folder redirection using policies in Studio. Folder redirection lets you store user data on network shares other than the location where the profiles are stored. This reduces profile size and load time but it might impact network bandwidth.
Folder redirection does not require that Citrix user profiles are employed. You can choose to manage user profiles on your own, and still redirect folders.
When setting up folder redirection in Studio, note the following:
In deployments with multiple operating systems (OSs), you might want some of a user's profile to be shared by each OS. The rest of the profile is not shared and is used only by one OS. To ensure a consistent user experience across the OSs, you need a different configuration for each OS. This is advanced folder redirection. For example, different versions of an application running on two OSs might need to read or edit a shared file, so you decide to redirect it to a single network location where both versions can access it. Alternatively, because the Start Menu folder contents are structured differently in two OSs, you decide to redirect only one folder, not both. This separates the Start Menu folder and its contents on each OS, ensuring a consistent experience for users.
If your deployment requires advanced folder redirection, you must understand the structure of your users' profile data and determine which parts of it can be shared between OSs. This is important because unpredictable behavior can result unless folder redirection is used correctly.
To redirect folders in advanced deployments
This example has applications, including versions of Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer, running on Windows 8 desktops and applications, including other versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer, delivered by Windows Server 2008. To achieve this, you have already set up two Delivery Groups for the two OSs. Users want to access the same set of Contacts and Favorites in both versions of those two applications.
Using policies applied to the Delivery Groups, you choose the following folders to redirect.
|Folder||Redirected in Windows 8?||Redirected in Windows Server 2008?|
Note the following about the shared, redirected folders:
Note the following about the non-shared, redirected folders:
Note the following about the non-redirected folders:
For more information on folder redirection, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489%28v=ws.10%29.aspx.
In Citrix Profile management (but not in Studio), a performance enhancement allows you to prevent folders from being processed using exclusions. If you use this feature, do not exclude any redirected folders. The folder redirection and exclusion features work together, so ensuring no redirected folders are excluded allows Profile management to move them back into the profile folder structure again, while preserving data integrity, if you later decide not to redirect them.