Being part of the Symantec Endpoint Virtualization team gives me a lot of exposure to all types of virtualization projects. I am starting to get involved with more and more of what I call Phase II VDI (VMware View / Citrix XenDesktop) projects. Most customers are struggling to get Phase I project widely implemented because of the cost of servers and storage. In Phase II they are starting to experiment with non-persistent VDI images. The customers are hoping that this will help keep their storage costs under control.
I am hopeful that this Phase works out better than the first phase because our technologies are an ideal piece of this type of implementation. Using our Workspace Streaming products you would have the ability to deliver applications down each time the user logs in. I plan on writing an entire article on this topic alone to help users implement this as effectively as possible.
Additionally customer are using Workspace Virtualization in this environment to keep the applications isolated from the OS. Because SWV has been built to work with profile management products it can be used with these non-persistent VDI implementation. Using the following command:
SVSCMD EXCLUDEALLPROFILES -Y
Note: You will need to reboot the machine for the change to take effect.
All user profile information for that application will be written to the base operating system. You can then use a traditional profile management tool save these changes to non-volatile storage for later use.