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VMware Dynamic Environment Manager

VMware Dynamic Environment Manager
Formerly User Environment Manager


What is VMware Dynamic Environment Manager?

Dynamic Environment Manager offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical and cloud-based Windows desktop environment, and is a key component of JMP – the next generation of desktop and application delivery. The software is an evolution of technology…

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VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.4: Argument-Based Privilege Elevation - Feature Walk-through


Dynamic Environment Manager Demo for IT Admins


VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.2 - Publisher-Based Application Blocking & Privilege Elevation

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What is VMware Dynamic Environment Manager?

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Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
We have been using a VDI infrastructure for nearly 10 years now.
The challenge has always been the struggle between a golden image, the different needs by users and how to deliver a proper desktop profile on that in the most cost effective way.

VMWare Dynamic Environment Manager is a tool that delivers on the user profile part and is free to use with a VMware Horizon license.
In our scenario we used the tool to complement our VMware Horizon VDI deployment.
  • Combining different Microsoft settings in a single pane.
  • Straightforward tool
  • Privilege elevation for apps
  • You cannot prefill on a per user basis
  • Configuration can become quitte big
VMWare Dynamic environment manager is best suited in a situation where you have a dedicated admin to configure all the complex settings/scenario's for the user experience. Where you have a limited ammount of user profiles and the tooling is less favorable when you want your users to have alot of personal influence on the settings.
  • Ability to manage all settings from one pane.
  • No extra cost
  • Part of a larger VDI solution
  • Takes less time to deploy new users
  • Administring takes less time as all tools seperated
  • Perfect for a Keep IT Simple Stupid VDI strategy.
  • Unidesk (Discontinued)
This is not a real 1 vs 1 comparison. Both manage the user profile in a different way. Unidesk (Citrix app layering) is a great way to provide a golden image with extra applications and store personal settings. You still need tools like Group Policies (preferences) to control the user profile settings while Dynamic Enviroment Manager is more comming from these settings to complement the user profile.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMware VMware Dynamic Environment Manager was great addition of VMware Horizon which we establish when Covid pandemic started. As any other companies, we also had users with laptops and desktops, but everyone located in office spaces and as was impossible to purchase such a big number of laptop for desktop users, we needed to establish solution like VMware Horizon and give users opportunity to connect to work resources.
  • User Profiles settings
  • User Profiles files
  • User Profiles redirection
  • Simplicity
  • Configuration documentation
VMware Dynamic Environment Manager is excellent addition of VMware products and is very well suited for User profiles (settings, files, configuration) redirection when users connect to dedicated or shared hosts. It also offers good set of features for Windows OS configuration and customization for multiple users. Place for improvement, simplicity for configuration.
  • Folder redirection
  • Settings redirection
  • Immediate option for users connectivity to work resources
  • Fast solution for cases like Covid
  • Assigning access to work resources is easy managed
Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune + SCCM), VMware vCenter Server
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Used for the inside staff of our organization. Very helpful with deploying new machines to users when the refresh cycle comes up. All the settings that the user has set on their PC get transferred over to their new machine when the time comes, and there is very little involvement from the IT staff.
  • Managing personal settings for users
  • Ability to keep settings while switching to different PCs.
  • Helpful when setting up customized settings per user group. Set it once and propagate it to multiple users
  • Takes a bit of time to get the hang of.
  • If you are setting it up yourself, there will probably be a few calls to support to get the kinks of your environment worked out
  • Works well with standard applications, but is a bit cumbersome in setting up in-house built applications.
VMware User Environment Manager is very well suited for environments such as call center PCs and where users log on to different PCs (floating PCs). All their settings come over, and no matter what computer they log into they have everything that they customized from their last session. Very helpful when setting up floating pools with VMware Horizon.
  • Positive: Ability to create floating pools through VMware Horizon, and the user can log in to any PC and have the best experience. No more dedicated PCs.
  • Positive: No wasted time in transferring over old profile data to a new PC.
  • Negative: A bit of work to set up and get working properly.
Shauna Stermer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMware User Environment Manager is being used by remote employees in an effort to streamline the interaction between multiple programs. As for other departments, I am sure they may use some form of this program. The problem this program addresses is the ability for remote users to implement a variety of programs on a virtual desktop. This also assists the virtual employee by allowing multiple programs to be used on a desktop outside of a real-time desktop that may be used in brick and mortar work environments.
  • The VMware User Environment Manager helps place all tools on a virtual desktop, creating ease of access for employees.
  • The use of VMware User Environment Manager also helps with addressing problems within a remote environment by limiting those issues to the desktop that it creates. This also helps when issues arise that may need to be addressed for a particular program, and allows us to focus on a problem without affecting the real-time desktop.
  • Allowing to log in to different servers quickly is also a benefit. Time is of the essence for many employees, and the ability for employees to take 2 minutes or so to log in to the VMware User Environment Manager helps each employee have additional time to do other tasks.
  • VMware User Environment Manager, for some reason, is unable to run Avaya on its platform where I work. This may need to be addressed, as it is somewhat of an issue when launching tools as a remote employee, and we must keep Avaya off the VMware User Environment Manager. This is actually a big problem as we have to switch back and forth between environments to see and utilize Avaya versus the tools on the VMware User Environment Manager.
  • In addition to the Avaya issue, there seem to be some issues with up-time. I am not sure if this is solely due to the VMware User Environment Manager, but it does seem that the longer you are on and logged in to the VMware User Environment Manager, issues start occurring.
  • Log in time aside, there also seems to be a compatibility issue with the VMware User Environment Manager. We have also run into some problems running older applications on the virtual desktop.
For the remote or virtual agent working outside a brick and mortar, this application has many benefits. From the remote desktop, the ability to run multiple programs at any given time, to the minimal launch-time, the VMware User Environment Manager is a perfect choice that may just need adjusting. The VMware User Environment Manager may be less appropriate in a brick and mortar setting where security, functionality, access to client programs and other items may be different, thus necessitating the use of a different all-in-one management program.
  • A positive impact that the VMware User Environment Manager has had is the ability to run multiple programs at any given time. The ability to do so also allows the employee to quickly address issues a customer may have with just a few clicks.
  • The programs that are being run may have a few issues within the VMware User Environment Manager. However, with a good Information Technology team in the background, ensuring everything is up to date, this may not be or be a minimal problem, at best.
  • Both of the positive and negative impacts on the business can inadvertently be passed on to the customer. For example, a program crashes within the VMware User Environment Manager, the employee may have to reload the program or the entire VMware User Environment Manager. Crashing within the environment presents an issue by having the employee experience downtime, or possibly the customer feeling the effects of the problem by having to wait for answers as the program or programs reload, thus affecting multiple business objectives.
For the most part, VMware User Environment Manager is a solid virtual remedy for the remote employee. Ease of access, up-time, the ability to access programs quickly within the environment, security features such as timeouts, and other items, all prevent the logistical nightmare we see with other programs. Issues do arise, as with any other program, but the problems that do occur are normally very quickly resolved. This is really not a bad program as long as employers do their due diligence in ensuring the program stays up to date.
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