User State Virtualisation – Solution Accelerator

I wanted to highlight a new solutions accelerator that has been published, which I think is particularly relevant to deployment because it is something that I have to address in most of the deployment projects I work on.  The guide is called "Windows User State Virtualisation (USV)" and discusses the features and issues surrounding how user data is handled, for example with roaming profiles, folder redirection and offline files.

The official blurb for it is this: "This guide helps IT get started with planning a Windows USV solution. It can be difficult for IT to find the right balance between centralized management of business-critical data and a rich user desktop experience. Follow the stepwise approach in this IPD guide to gather relevant user and IT requirements. Then compare and contrast the various Windows USV technologies (Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and Roaming User Profiles) in light of scenarios that are relevant to your business. Also, leverage the real-world guidance based on subjective analysis of Windows USV deployments in mid to large organizations, and interviews with subject matter experts".

The team that wrote the document includes fellow bloggers Ali, Samesh and myself.  You can find the direct download link to the guide here:, but I do recommend that you also visit the home page where there are many other guides on a whole variety of topics from Microsoft Exchange to server virtualisation; see here for the whole list:


This post was contributed by Daniel Oxley, a Consultant with Microsoft Services Spain 

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