User Virtualization Software Overview
What is User Virtualization Software?
User virtualization is connected to the concept of desktop virtualization where the desktop environment is a virtual machine stored on a remote server. The key thing here is that there are two kinds of virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI): Persistent and non-persistent VDI. Persistent VDI means that the virtual image on the user’s desktop can be personalized with the addition of data, shortcuts, files, etc. Every time the user logs into the virtual machine, the image reflects changes made earlier. Non-persistent VDI is the opposite of that: Every time a user logs out, the computer reverts to it’s original state and the user sees the same image every time he or she logs in. The advantages of non-persistent images are that they are much easier to manage, require less storage, and are easier to patch and update.
User virtualization products began as profile management, allowing a user’s identity to follow the user from machine to machine. But these product have evolved to the point where they can capture everything a user does on a non-persistent desktop image allowing the user to log back into to a refreshed image and see everything just as they had left it.
User Virtualization Features & Capabilities
- Persistent personas in non-persistent virtual desktop environments
- Policy and profile updates based on changes in environment
- Rights management
- Integration with Microsoft Active Directory
- Allow users of non-persistent desktops to install applications without affecting the base machine image
- Ability to connect and disconnect network printers
- Ability to lockdown desktop limiting access to storage, application installs etc.