Citrix Client Machines

We have two Citrix Farms.  Xenapp 5 on Windows 2008 SP2 Standard and Xenapp 6.5 on Windows 2008 R2 with published Applications streamed to the servers.  Clients are a mixture of Windows XP and Windows 7 machines.

Couple of Questions:

1) We are migrating users from Xenapp 5 farm to 6.5 farm.  It started off like this, user is  member of AD Groups to access either 5 farm or 6.5 farm but not both.  User profile management is used on 6.5 farm.  GPO has this setting enabled - Computer Configuration-Policies-ADM templates-Classic Adm-Citrix-profile management-profile handling - migration of existing profiles setting is enabled and type of user profile to be migrated is Roaming.

User has roaming profile path under AD user properties and this is for Xenapp 5 and for 6.5 we have set a path on central profile server.  So, any profile issue for 6.5 user we have to delete profile folder from both locations so that xenapp 5 profile wont be copied back to 6.5 location because of this setting.

Now the situation has changed and because some applications still wont work with 6.5 and if user has apps for both farms then we are migrating those apps which work without any issue on 6.5 and user will end up accessing both farms at the same time and it is sometimes creating profile issues.   Is it safe to disable that gpo setting for profile migration ? what would be the implication ?

The strange issue is that, when user launches app on 6.5, it would not launch at all or does not give any message but as soon as I rename both profile folders, it would launch when we click on the icon. Not sure how it is related.   Also, sometimes we had to delete user's local machine profile.   When user logs into the desktop and launches citrix, will his desktop profile be used ? I thought its only citrix profile that is being used no matter where user logs in from ?
jafrullahmAsked:
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CoralonCommented:
You should use 2 GPO's to set the profile folders to keep them separate, since you are not using UPM. You can define separate profile paths, and point them to the same server (if you want), so that the two do not overlap.

i.e.
\\server\share\win2k8\%username%
\\server\share\win2k8r2\%username%

That will eliminate your issues.  

Coralon
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jafrullahmAuthor Commented:
We do have two separate profile folders on the same server with two different shares same as above.  One location gets profiles from the TSprofile path on user's AD and the other location gets it via GPO for xenapp 6.5 farm.
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CoralonCommented:
And that is what I would recommend against.  Strip the TSProfiles from their accounts, and set them by GPO. That will prevent them from ever trying to overlap.

Coralon
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jafrullahmAuthor Commented:
I think taking TSprofile from their accounts and setting up GPO is a big task as we are moving fast to get rid of Xenapp 5 farm and move completely to 6.5 Farm.   I only need solution until we are completely out of 5 farm.  

Can I change this setting without any issue ? GPO has this setting enabled - Computer Configuration-Policies-ADM templates-Classic Adm-Citrix-profile management-profile handling - migration of existing profiles setting is enabled and type of user profile to be migrated is Roaming.

  If I disable or not configured the above setting, it would stop getting TS profile folder to 6.5 profile location when it is empty right ? Is it worth changing this until 6.5 migration is complete ?
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CoralonCommented:
Ok, if you are using UPM, this gets *much* easier.

You will set an environment variable on all of your XA servers.  I use %XAVER% myself.. but you can call it whatever you want.

You'll set the UPM path to \\server\share\#samaccountname#\%XAVER% and use the migration policies in place.

Assuming your XA5 machines are set to XA5 and your XA6.5 machines are set to XA6.5, then your profiles as they use them will end up in \\server\share\%username%\xa5 and \\server\share\%username%\xa6.5.

I would still recommend you strip the profile path from their accounts (this is very easy to script and can be done very quickly).

But, if the UPM settings are *not* set, it does not prevent the original profile from being accessed.  You will generate errors doing that if UPM is enabled.

Coralon
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jafrullahmAuthor Commented:
What are important settings of UPM that need to be set ?

What I have done is that I have cut the link between xenapp 5 and 6.5 profiles.  Taken off Migration bit from UPM. It is not configured now.  So, now clearing 6.5 profile is easy and i would not need to get the user to log off from xenapp 5 farm as well.

  I still have the issue of application taking long time to launch , any ideas ?
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jafrullahmAuthor Commented:
issue resolved after instaling Service Pack 1 of windows 2008 R2 and post sp1 hotfixes.
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jafrullahmAuthor Commented:
Citrix gave me this solution after I logged the call with them
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