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Hi

Currently we have physical desktops with local profiles.
I am planning to migrate them to citrix xendesktop mostly streamed pooled desktops.
Want to enable roaming profiles so users get a consistent experience across devices.

Is there a way I can migrate users existing favorites and shortcuts alone to target environment. For 90 percent of users I want to deliver non persistent desktops but want to maintain their existing favorite and shortcuts in their new citrix profiles.My current physical desktop is win xp and target virtual desktop is win 7.

Should I need to use any tool like immedio or liquidware labs for this migration or citrix upm can do this.
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by:lionelmm
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You can use logon and logoff scripts to copy existing favorites and desktop shortcuts to a central location and then ahve them copied to whatever system they logon to. I do somethign similar to this using group policy--are your familiar with GPO?
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There are a *ton* of ways to do this.  GPO's are a good way to do this as mentioned, and also with login/logout scripts.

One minor gotcha - if you use a GPO to rollout favorites with Win7, then you cannot have a redirected Favorites folder.  (The GPO will start to fail at that point).  Also, IE10/11 don't use the IE Maintenance policy anymore, and it becomes useless.

Ideally, you will want to redirect the Desktop to another location (typically the home directory is a good spot (e.g. \\server\users\%username%\desktop), and as mentioned, the favorites to a parallel spot (again, assuming you are not setting favorites by GPO).  If you do that now, then it will begin to collect in the home directory, and will run in parallel on both desktops.  

But, if you wanted to do the easiest/simplest possibility as login scripts:

Logout script (has to be assigned by GPO)
for %%f in (Desktop Favorites) do robocopy /e "%userprofile%\%%f" "%homedrive%%homepath%\%f"

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Login script
for %%f in (Desktop Favorites) do robocopy /e "%homedrive%%homepath%\%%f" "%userprofile%\%%f"

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Coralon
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by:Dirk Kotte
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agree with the posts above.
try not do migrate the whole userprofile from xp to Win7!
The result is not usable mostly.
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by:Sukku13
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This logon and log off scrips..does it need to be run in my new xendesktop win 7 environment or existing xp...from scripts I see it's copied to user profile
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If you want the favorites transferred from XP to Win7 then yes, you have to run in both
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