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How to create separate (test) ProfileUnity environment running parallel to production environment.

Product: ProfileUnity-FlexApp

Product Version: 5.5+

Expires on: 365 days from publish date

Updated: May 5, 2015

 

Problem:

How to create separate (test) ProfileUnity environment running parallel to production environment. 

 

Symptoms:

I need to test a new version of ProfileUnity and it needs to be completely separate from my production. 

 

Possible Resolution(s):

Here is a list of steps to follow to create separate parallel ProfileUnity environment: 

1) Create 2nd user home share where user's redirected files will be stored and where "Portability" folder will be created.

Example: "\\Server\ProfileUnity2_UserShare"

Note: This is optional, you can use current home share but save test user's original "Portability" folder before testing.

2) Install 2nd ProfileUnity (Application) Console on a separate server.

3) Create 2nd share in netlogon directory

Example: "\\domain.com\netlogon\ProfileUnity2" 

4) Copy new client files to "netlogon\ProfileUnity2" share

5) Copy your license to new "netlogon\ProfileUnity2" share

6) In ProfileUnity Console create new configuration and specify new user share

Example: "\\Server\ProfileUnity2_UserShare\%username%"

Note: Use old home share path if you did not create 2nd home share in step 1.

7) Create OU (New Organization Unit) in Active Directory where you will create your new test pool.

Example: "Computers\ProfileUnity2"

*8) Create new "ProfieUnity2" Security group which will contain your test users

Note: This step can be omitted.

*9) Edit profileunity.lic located in "\\domain.com\netlogon\ProfileUnity2" share and replace "ProfileUnity" security group name with "ProfileUnity2" 

Note: This step can be omitted if same security group in step 8

Note: File cannot be saved in UTF-8 format; it has to be ANSI. Also verify that it does not contain .txt extension. 

*10) Add test users to your "ProfileUnity2" security group.

Note: This step can be omitted if same security group in step 8

11) Create GPO which will only apply to this Computers\ProfileUnity2 OU

Example: "ProfileUnity2GPO"

Follow pages 34-47 in the Installation Guide PDF for instructions.

  1. Point the Computer Configuration->Policies->Windows Settings->Scripts->Startup script to \\domain.com\netlogon\ProfileUnity2\LwL.ProfileUnity.Client.Startup.exe (if using Windows 7 or newer)
  2. Point the Computer Configuration->Policies->Windows Settings->Scripts->Logoff script to \\domain.com\netlogon\ProfileUnity2\LwL.ProfileUnity.Client.Logoff.exe (if using Windows 7 or newer)
  3.  Add LWL Administrative Template if necessary to modify ProfileUnity settings.

 

12) Create a new pool of Virtual Machines. In vMware view or other hypervisor specify new Active Directory OU where VM's will be created:

Example: Computers\ProfileUnity2

13) Entitle your new test pool.

*Steps 8, 9, and 10 are optional. 

 

For more detail explanation of the steps above, download the ProfileUnity Installation Guide and refer to the the 'Manual Installation' section starting on page 25.

 

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