Thursday, 17 December 2015

Application Personalization using AppSense Environment Manager Guidelines

I'm always asked about what settings should be captured (or personalized) for applications. Whilst the answer is usually "it depends" here are a few guidelines as well as a copy of my procmon (Process Monitor by Mark Russinovich) filter.

Friday, 11 December 2015

AppSense Environment Manager Policy Best Practices

This post contains best practice guidance for implementing Environment Manager. More specifically, the policy component of Environment Manager. It is not intended to be definitive guidance and is open to interpretation. This guide should be used as intended... as a guideline for building and maintaining Environment Manager.

This post will contain the following sections:
  • General Guidance - providing some high level guidance
  • Logon Trigger - basic guidelines around using the new logon triggers introduced in EM 8.5
  • Conditions - Guidance around various built in conditions
  • Actions - Guidance around various built in actions
  • Conclusion

Thursday, 10 December 2015

AppSense Management Center Best Practices

This post contains best practice guidance for implementing Management Center. It is not intended to be definitive guidance and should be used as a guideline for building and maintaining Management Center.

This post will contain the following sections:

  • General Guidance - providing some high level guidance
  • Configuration - providing guidance related to settings within the Management Center console
  • Conclusion

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

AppSense Application Manager Best Practices

This post contains best practice guidance for implementing Application Manager. It is not intended to be definitive guidance and should be used as a guideline for building and maintaining Application Manager configurations.

General Guidance

Keep the configuration as simple as possible... I cannot over-emphasise this enough. I've seen dozens of configurations where a customer has over-configured the product to the point where their support teams are unable to maintain the configuration. This leads to frustration and ultimately the customer has to face a choice... rip it out and start again, have expensive resource managing the configuration indefinitely or let their users suffer a bad experience indefinitely.

AppSense Performance Manager Best Practices

AppSense DataNow Best Practices

AppSense Environment Manager Personalization Best Practices

Monday, 2 February 2015

Application Manager 8.9 System Controls

Application Manager 8.9 will introduce, among other things, the ability for Administrators to elevate or restrict access to a number of System Controls. These system controls include:
  • Uninstall Controls
  • Service Controls
  • Event Log Controls
What this means in a nutshell is that using AppSense Anvironment Manager, an Administrator can now control exactly what applications, services and event logs a user (or perhaps a site level administrator) can interact with without having to be granted local administrator rights. 

This feature will appear as a new tab, called System Controls, on the User Rights item within a rule.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Profile Migration using AppSense Environment Manager 8.6

AppSense have just released the beta ahead of an upcoming suite release and the purpose of this post is to focus on one of the new features. This article will focus on the new Import Data capabilities that are included with Environment Manager 8.6.

For years AppSense Professionals have been using a combinations of AppSenseSpecial, Helper Applications, ImportData (Landon Winburns tool) and Migrate Existing Applications to get application data into the AppSense Personalization Server. Each of these methods have flaws of their own which I won't go into now however AppSense have developed a new on-boarding capability which will ship with Environment Manager 8.6.