Reviews (1-3 of 3)
We use AppSense to capture personalization settings for Citrix users and fat clients. Also, it's used for policy enforcement.
Read Mark Borenstein's full review
AppSense is great for Citrix environments but can be troublesome for fat client users who are road warriors.
A department of Emerson uses AppSense to monitor and more granularly control the CPU and memory consumption of applications on a per session basis. They also use it to deliver a consistent profile to the users logging in.
Read Tim Miltenberger's full review
Most general situations can be managed from within Citrix. AppSense is needed only in complex situations that require more granular control of the environment.
February 02, 2016
Score 5 out of 10
AppSense is used on all company owned Windows computers in our network, across all locations. We use it for software personalization and for doing some custom actions that would otherwise typically be done via logon script or group policy. For example, we use it to map printers for users based on their location and/or AD group membership. We also use Application Manager to automatically run some legacy software with admin rights. This happens transparently without the user having admin rights and without seeing a UAC prompt and is a very useful feature for any application that requires admin rights to run. It also allows users to self-install certain pre-approved applications while not giving them rights to install any random software.
- Application Manager - automatic elevation of certain software to run with admin rights, transparent to users IF you set it all up properly in advance. Once you have this configured, it can be very beneficial.
- Environment Manager - custom actions based on detected conditions. For example, mapping one set of network drives once a user connects to a certain network, and a different set of network drives when they connect to a different network. And automatically remove the network drives when the user disconnects from the network. Do X, Y, and Z if a certain process starts or stops. If process A starts, automatically start process B.
- It's buggy in general. I have seen a lot of weird problems caused by AppSense. Corrupt user profiles, random crashes, etc.
- If/Else/ElseIf statements can be confusing to build, especially when nesting several due to the way they are displayed.
- Support is not great.
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AppSense does solve a lot of problems and can do some cool things. However, I think competing products may do the same job without some of the bugs and issues I have seen with AppSense. The automatic/transparent "run as Administrator" feature is very slick when set up properly and makes dealing with poorly coded legacy applications very easy. The flexibility it gives you with all of the stuff it can do is great. Take actions X, Y, and Z at logon based on these conditions, etc.
AppSense Scorecard Summary
AppSense is the eponymous relatively familiar and popular user virtualization software offering from the global company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, touting rapid log-in and an accessible user experience.
Categories: User Virtualization
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