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Are built-in user profile management tools good enough?

Sometimes the user profile management utilities that are built into your vendors' VDI product are enough. But if you have more advanced needs than allowing workers to personalize their desktops, you might need third-party tools.

User profiles play a major role in the quality of end-user experiences with VDI, so managing those profiles is important. Advanced user profile management tools can be difficult to configure, but you don't need them for every situation. Built-in profile management tools will do the trick for simple use cases.

If you're doing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) proof of concept (POC) or pilot, the user profile management tools built into the VDI product you choose will be enough to ensure a good user experience, especially if you're deploying Citrix or VMware infrastructure. Beyond the POC and pilot stages, these built-in profile management tools can continue to suffice if workers' profiles and work requirements aren't too complicated. For example, if you only need to allow workers to personalize their desktop displays, then built-in tools such as Composer in VMware Horizon View make that possible.

The time to consider third-party or more advanced user profile management tools is when you want multi-environment configurations or database back ends, or if you have to tweak individual settings, manage hundreds or thousands of profiles, or make lots of different changes to multiple user profiles. There are many user profile management tools on the market, including ProfileUnity from Liquidware Labs, AppSense's Environment Manager and Workspace Manager from RES Software.

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