I’ve been able to experience the results of implementing Workspace Environment Management into a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environment. I was easily able to obtain at least a 50% reduction in logon duration.
I understand the why.
I want to now understand the how.
Let’s first examine the Windows logon process.
When a user enters their credentials into Windows, a series of steps occurs to fully setup and configure the user environment. Windows initializes the session and then starts applying the user’s profile, group policy preferences, running logon scripts, mapping drives and mapping printers. During this entire process, the user sees the “Welcome” screen.
Size and complexity equals longer logon times. If your profile is extremely large, it will take longer to log on. If the logon script is long and complete, it will take longer to process. If there are numerous group policy preferences, it will take longer to log on.
And once all of these processes complete, the shell initializes. Once complete, the user is now able to see and interact with their desktop interface.
The easiest solution is to simply remove these time-intensive operations from our logon.
With Workspace Environment Management, we do exactly that.
We remove all of the profile, policy, script and mapping operations from our traditional logon. This lets Windows immediately initialize the Windows shell, displaying the desktop interface to the user where they can begin working.
In the background, Workspace Environment Management applies our profile, policies, scripts and drive/printer mappings.
This simple change gives us fast logon times while still providing the same user personalization as before.