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How to implement PolicyPak and FSLogix Profile Containers

The following walkthrough provides a very detailed explanation about how to implement PolicyPak and FSLogix together to put your End-User environment on steroids!

First download the trial software through the following link:

http://www.policypak.com/evaluate

For existing customers - download the software directly from your own personal PolicyPak Customer Portal

 FAQ1

Download the latest PolicyPak software

FAQ2

Save the files somewhere that is accessible from your management server or domain controller and Virtual Desktop master image(s).

Note: The Admin Console doesn’t have to be installed on a Domain Controller. It’s just that I use mine for this article. You can install the Admin Console on every server you want within your network.

Install the Admin Console

FAQ3

Walk through the simple next, next finished installation

FAQ4

Agree with the terms – Click next

FAQ5

Click on Next

FAQ6

The Admin installation is now finished

Switching over to the client – Virtual Desktop side

FAQ7

Please start the Group Policy Management Console of Windows when the installation is finished successfully to see if the PolicyPak plugins are loaded.

Create a new Group Policy Object

FAQ8

 

Name it whatever you want and Edit the Policy.

Create multiple policies for your environment and define which Organizational Unit needs to be assigned.

FAQ9

As you can see,all PolicyPak features are now visible within Group Policy Management.

This is the place where we need to define all the future User and Computer settings within PolicyPak.

FAQ10

You’ll need to import the trial or permanent license before you can start with the Policy Configuration of PolicyPak.

Right click on PolicyPak in the GPMC Editor Console

FAQ11

Click on Import and search for your license file.

Need  additional help regarding the license file? Please check out this video.

FAQ12

You can start with the Configuration of all the advanced PolicyPak settings for your End-User environment!

We now need to install the Client-Side software of PolicyPak on our End-User – Virtual Desktop master image – or persistent Terminal / RDS server environment.

Install the Client-Side Extension software in your Virtual Desktop Master image.

FAQ13

Click on Next

FAQ14

Agree with the license term. Click on next

FAQ15

Click on Next

FAQ16

The setup on the Virtual Desktop side is now finished.

FAQ17

We’re finished with the PolicyPak installation and we can now continue with the FSLogix Profile Container installation and configuration process.

Firstly, we’ll need to have a SMB file share with the following random name.

FAQ18

Be sure to share the Container folder.

Assign everyone Full Control.

(we take care of the rights on the NTFS file system level.)

FAQ19

Define the following NTFS right on the Container folder.

Note: You can remove all the inheritance rights as well if you want. 

FAQ20

Set at least the minimum rights as named in the above table. Please see the screenshot

below for the most import special permission settings at the user level.

FAQ21

Download the FSLogix Apps Software – request a trial here

FAQ22

Configure the following Group Policy settings and assign them to the Organizational Unit of your Virtual Desktop environment.

Note: The ADMX files are included in the root of the FSLogix Apps software. I’m using a XenApp – Multi-User environment for this article. So, for this reason I activated Multi Session support.

FAQ23

Make sure that at least the following FSLogix Profile Container - Policy Settings are activated within PolicyPak and assigned to the Organization Unit of your Virtual Desktop environment. 

FAQ24

Start the FSLogixAppsSetup.exe 

FAQ25

Put in your FSLogix License key.

Accept the license terms and Click Install.

FAQ26

The installation is finished.

FAQ27

You are now ready to use FSLogix Profile Containers and PolicyPak together – Get ready to put your Digital Workspace on steroids!

What did we solve together?

After you implement FSLogix Profile Containers and PolicyPak together your end-user environment will offer an improved user  experience and you’ve also created limitless Application and user configuration possibilities within your Active Directory environment.

See below for the outcome of Citrix Director of an Citrix XenApp environment implemented with FSLogix Profile Containers and PolicyPak. The average log-on duration is 10 seconds or less, as opposed to the previous time of 60 seconds - which is awesome!

FAQ28

The second benefit of using FSLogix Profile Containers is the Outlook startup time. Once your implementation is complete, you will see that the Outlook Startup process is faster than ever before, including searching inside your email because the Windows Search Database is working in your VDI environment! 

FAQ29

Bringing the end-user native local experience back to where it belongs – to the end-user.

See it for yourself in the expression video below.


With PolicyPak now, you can dynamically and flexibly deliver application settings alongside Group Policy (or your own systems management utility). So when the application is installed, the correct settings, for the correct user or computer collection – are also automatically installed.

Let’s have a look at the Advanced Configuration items which are now available within PolicyPak.

Admin Template Manager

Consolidate existing Group Policy settings; deploy user side Group Policy settings to computers.

FAQ31

Application Settings Manager

Configure and lockdown thousands of user settings on hundreds of commonly-used applications, including Firefox, Java, Flash, IE and Adobe products. Manage computers using your existing GP and/or SCCM setup, and also manage  roaming computers and non-domain joined machines.

 FAQ32

File Type Associations Manager

Quickly map which application to open with which file type. Associate the application’s file extensions with the correct application, and keep those associations applying, even if the user changes them, or the computer goes offline.

FAQ33

Least Privilege Manager

Kill admin rights on your Windows machines. Elevate only the applications you need and/or bypass UAC prompts with Standard User rights.

FAQ34

Least Privilege Manager - SecureRun

Stop Ransomware and other unknown zero day attacks with PolicyPak SecureRun(TM). Block

FAQ35

Windows 10 VDI – Start Screen Manager

PolicyPak Start Screen & Taskbar Manager easily lets you place Desktop, Windows Universal and Edge tiles into your desired Start Screen groups; and keeps those groups locked so users cannot work around them.

FAQ36

Do you still need to be convinced to use PolicyPak?  Check out this article  to learn even more benefits to using PolicyPak alongside our FSLogix Profile Container solution together!

Get started now!

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