As part of our ongoing deep dive series on MDOP 2013 R2, we are delighted to provide some more information on updates we have made to the synchronization triggers in Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0. These updates were driven in part by feature enhancement requests by our customers.

As a recap, the UE-V allows you to synchronize your application and Windows settings across all your domain-joined devices. UE-V synchronizes users’ application and Windows settings using a simple shared folder. UE-V refers to this location as the settings storage location. For more details on UE-V 2.0 see the UE-V 2.0 Admin Guide.

One of the concepts in UE-V is the sync trigger, which defines when the UE-V Agent synchronizes those settings with the settings storage location. UE-V 2.0 introduces a new SyncMethod called the SyncProvider. The following table explains the triggers for classic applications and Windows settings. Windows 8(AppX) application triggers will be addressed in a future blog post:

UE-V 2.0 Trigger Event

SyncMethod=SyncProvider or OfflineFiles

SyncMethod=None

Windows Logon

Download and apply current cached asynchronous and synchronous Windows settings.

Download and apply asynchronous and synchronous Windows settings from central server.

Windows Logoff

Store changes locally and cache and copy asynchronous and synchronous Windows settings to the settings storage location server, if available.

Store changes to asynchronous and synchronous Windows settings storage location

Windows Connect (RDP) / Unlock

Synchronize any asynchronous Windows settings from settings storage location to local cache, if available.

Apply cached Windows settings.

Download and apply asynchronous windows settings from settings storage location.

Windows Disconnect (RDP) / Lock

Store asynchronous Windows settings changes to the local cache.

Synchronize any asynchronous Windows settings from the local cache to settings storage location, if available.

Store asynchronous Windows settings changes to the settings storage location.

Application start

Apply application settings from local cache as the application starts.

Apply application settings from settings storage location as the application starts.

Application closes

Store any application settings changes to the local cache and copy settings to settings storage location, if available.

Store any application settings changes to settings storage location.

Sync Controller Scheduled Task or “Sync Now” is run from the Company Settings Center

Synchronizes settings between the settings storage location and the local cache.

Settings are applied either when the application loads next, during Windows logon (Synchronous Windows settings), or during the next refresh (asynchronous Windows settings or Windows 8 application (AppX) settings).

NA

Asynchronous Settings updated on remote store*

Load and apply new asynchronous settings from the cache.

Load and apply settings from central server.

* An asynchronous setting is a Windows setting which doesn’t require the user to log off/log on in order to apply the setting. An example of this setting is the desktop background.

This blog post is part of a series of guest posts we’re publishing in the coming weeks on MDOP 2013 R2 – Ben

Ronald Dockery
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Windows Commercial