User Profiles are apparently a headache for many of you because there was record attendance at the Solving User Profiles Challenges for XenApp and/or XenDesktop TechTalk last week.

The most common questions related to v1 (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP) and v2 (Windows Server 2008 R1/R2 and Windows Vista/7) user profiles. To clarify, where your users are repeatedly going back and forth between customized user profiles (e.g., roaming or Citrix profiles) based on v1 and v2 platforms, cross-platform setting retention is a factor. An example would be a Windows 7 virtual desktop that accesses hosted apps from a XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003 farm. However, where a one-time move occurs – such as transitioning users from XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003 to XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2 – user profile issues will likely be minimal. Nonetheless, test to be sure!

Cross-platform support exists in the marketplace, and Citrix has it in early release testing (see the Q&A document for more details). But first determine whether you need it!

In case you missed the live presentation of Solving User Profile Challenges for XenApp and/or XenDesktop on April 6th, the recording, presentation file, and Q&A have all been posted to CitrixTV. To access the recording, go to CitrixTV #1954. The presentation file and answers to the questions posed during the session are on the right side of the display under the Resources tab.

Also, the associated white paper, User Profiles for XenApp and/or XenDesktop has been posted as CTX124799.

Hopefully, this information will help you address user profiles.