RES Software have released RES Workspace Manager 2011 SR4, this article explains the new enhancements and improments in RES Workspace Manager 2011 SR4
Enhancements and Improvements in RES Workspace Manager 2011 SR4
App-V: New option to generate user package by App-V on application end
At Composition > Applications > Managed Applications, on the User Settings > Capturing tab, a new capture option for App-V applications has been added: User package generated by App-V on application end. This setting will preserve the App-V package when the application ends.
Cache Updates: Take long time when using many App-V applications
In an environment with a large number of App-V applications, an initial cache update (which will occur e.g. in an environment which uses a provisioning server/golden image) the normal cache updates (objects, resources) could take minutes to complete. An optimization has been made. Now, updating objects and resources will have a higher priority, so they will be completed first.
Desktop Sampler: Several improvements for Uninstall procedure
Several improvements have been made, providing extra Desktop Sampler info in case the automatic uninstall procedure of the DTS should fail:
- A non verbose logfile is now saved by the msiexec.exe in the user temp directory (defined by the environment variable %temp%) for additional feedback
- Uninstall could only proceed if the DTSampler GUID was found at the right place in the registry. This has now been changed by a more direct approach.
- A lot of trace lines have been added. The most important one is feedback about whether the Trace file has been written (or not…).
Environment Variable: Improvement when handling %localappdata% on Microsoft Windows XP
On Microsoft Windows XP machines, the environment variable %localappdata% does not exist. This could pose a problem for configuration items defined in the Management Console and based on %localappdata%. This was already handled as a special case for User Settings, but it will now work for any configuration item. The RES Workspace Manager now uses %userprofile%\local settings\application data as a replacement for %localappdata%. If needed, this behavior can be superseded by defining an environment variable for %localappdata% in the Management Console.
Folder Synchronization: Improved behavior “Run at Interval”
At Composition > Files and Folders > Folder Synchronization, Folder Synchronization tasks that were configured to run at a specific interval, always ran immediately after the session had started. This was not the intended behavior. Folder synchronization tasks now run after the first completed interval. If a Folder Synchronization task MUST also be run during logon, select Run at Logon for the Folder Synchronization task.
Global Authorized Files: Option Logging and default rule for svchost.exe added
At Security > Global Authorized Files, on the Settings tab, a new option Logging and a new default rule for svchost.exe have been added. This security rule determines whether svchost.exe is allowed to start other unmanaged applications or file associations (such as e.g. Windows Media Player and .MP3 files) indirectly.
The Logging option can be used as a Learning mode for this feature. With Logging enabled, security warnings for svchost.exe will be logged. With Logging disabled, no warnings will be logged.
When upgrading from SR3 to SR4, the svchost.exe rule will be added automatically and is enabled by default.
In a new RES Workspace Manager site, the rule will also be created, but it will disabled by default.
Improved Dynamic Privileges
Previously, Dynamic Privileges made use of a temporary administrative account. This is no longer necessary: Dynamic Privileges does not require any special account anymore.
Locations and Devices: Zone rule “Minimum screen resolution” extended
At Context > Locations and Devices, Add/Change Zone, the Zone rule Minimum screen resolution has been extended with ten additional screen resolutions.
RES VDX: RemoteFX now supported by RES Workspace Manager
The following enhancement has been made to RES VDX:
- RemoteFX is now supported by RES Workspace Manager.
RES VDX: Switching between managed sessions with/without RES VDX/Subscriber now supported
The following enhancement has been made to RES VDX:
- Switching from one managed session with/without RES VDX/Subscriber to another managed session with/without RES VDX/Subscriber is now supported.
RES Workspace Manager Console: Starting Console on local computer slow
Starting a Workspace Manager Console on a local computer account could be very slow if the computer also resides in an Active Directory Domain. This has been fixed.
User Sessions: Cleaning up “guard.lock”
When User Sessions is enabled, and the current session is not logged off normally (e.g. by doing a “reset session” from a Terminal Server console), the guard.lock file will remain in the user’s Home directory. As a result, the user will be unable to log on for another 10 minutes.
The User Sessions mechanism has now been improved to check if the previous session still exists. If this is not the case, the guard.lock file will be deleted, and the session logon will be granted.
User Sessions: Protocol type PCoIP also shown in User Sessions overview
At Diagnostics > User Sessions, PCoIP was not shown in the column Protocol. It now also shows PCoIP for VMWare View when appropriate.
User Settings: Delete targeted items before applying
When starting a user session in which a User Registry was applied, the registry settings would be merged with the existing registry entries. Thus, any “garbage” within the registry tree/keys would not be cleaned up. Targeted items for capturing User Settings on application or user session level, can now be set to be deleted before applying them.
An extra check box, Empty target when applying user setting, has been added to enable/disable this feature. When this check box is enabled, the corresponding User Setting will be deleted before applying the setting.
User Settings: Saved even when .UPR file is empty
When there are no registry settings to be saved in a user settings file (.UPR) file, an empty file would be created anyway. This has been fixed, no new file will be created in this case.
Various improvements in the Dutch translation of RES Workspace Manager
Various improvements have been made in the Dutch translation of RES Workspace Manager.
Workspace Composer: Configurable waiting time before Composer starts
In certain situations it is desirable to have the Workspace Composer wait a few seconds before starting. This can be done by adding the following registry key:
HKLM\Software\RES\Workspace Manager (32-bits) HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\RES\Workspace Manager (64-bits)
Number of seconds to wait
Workspace Composer: Restart behavior improved for Microsoft Windows Vista and later
In certain situations, when a user restarted a workstation running Microsoft Windows Vista and later, this initiated a shutdown. The way in which the RES Workspace Composer handles restarts has been improved.
Workspace Composer: Startup time with RES VDX improved
The startup time of Workspace Composer in combination with RES VDX was slower than the Workspace Composer with RES Subscriber. This has been improved.
Workspace Preferences: JPG picture now allowed as Wallpaper
When the options Hide and Limit “Change Desktop Picture” in WM Console were switched off (at Composition > Desktop > Lockdown and Behavior > Personalization by end user), the end user could only select BMP pictures in Workspace Preferences when changing the Windows Background (Wallpaper).
JPG pictures and other graphical formats are now allowed as well.
Download RES Workspace Manager SR4 from RES customer portal here. (Require ID)
To read the fixes in SR4 download the release notes (require RES ID) here