VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (formerly known as VMware User Environment Manager) | 30 NOV 2021 | Build

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About VMware Dynamic Environment Manager

VMware Dynamic Environment Manager™ (formerly known as VMware User Environment Manager) offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based environment. VMware Dynamic Environment Manager can simplify end-user profile management with a single and scalable solution. IT can simply map infrastructure (including networks and printer mappings) and dynamically set policies for end-users. You can experience quick, personalized, and consistent access to your Windows workspace and applications.

For more information, see the product page: VMware Dynamic Environment Manager.

Updated Components

This release updates the main product components, VMware DEM FlexEngine and VMware DEM Management Console, as well as Helpdesk Support Tool and SyncTool. Application Profiler is not updated for the 2111 release.

Note: Application Profiler was last updated for the 9.9 release. That update was specifically for the name change from VMware User Environment Manager to VMware Dynamic Environment Manager. If you are upgrading from a previous version, you do not need to upgrade Application Profiler if version 9.6 or later is already installed.

Prior Releases

Features and known issues from prior releases of the product can be viewed in the release notes for each release.


Documentation for VMware Dynamic Environment Manager is located on docs.vmware.com.

What's New 

  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager integration with OneDrive for Business. Support for storing profile archives in OneDrive for Business. Removed the requirement for a VMware Dynamic Environment Manager profile archive Server Message Block (SMB) share and enhanced easy roaming from on-prem to cloud or between public clouds.
  • Enhanced printer mapping. Support for configuring timeout and abort options for printer mapping.
  • Simplified VMware Dynamic Environment Manager FlexEngine launch configuration. Removed the requirement for configuring Group Policy client-side extension to launch the FlexEngine. Also, removed the requirement of configuring logoff scripts.
  • Support for overriding Active Directory Group Policy. VMware Dynamic Environment Manager now supports overriding Active Directory Group Policy using VMware Dynamic Environment Manager’s ADMX-based settings.
  • Support for multi-session App Volumes setups. Updated VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Trigger from “All AppStacks attached” to “App Volumes logon-time apps delivered” to support configuring session-specific trigger-based actions.
  • Additional Windows Support. VMware Dynamic Environment Manager now supports Windows 10 Version 21H2, Windows 11, and Windows Server 2022.

Other Notes

  • Product Rename. For 9.9 and later, the product name is VMware Dynamic Environment Manager.
  • Secured Approach. VMware Dynamic Environment Manager provides a secured by default approach by logging the users out in case the Flex config files path is not available at logon.
  • Removed some obsolete functionalities. Removed support for Symantec Workspace Virtualization, Microsoft App-V 4.x, Microsoft Office 2010, and older versions. Also, cleaned up the Management Console UI by removing the deprecated functionality used for configuring Microsoft Windows Group Policy settings.


If you migrate from VMware Persona Management to VMware Dynamic Environment Manager, see Modernizing VDI for a New Horizon and KB 2118056 for the required migration steps.

Resolved Issues

  • DirectFlex export does not occur on application close

    In some scenarios, closing a DirectFlex-enabled application does not result in a DirectFlex export.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • SyncTool does not support application blocking and privilege elevation

    Application blocking and privilege elevation are not supported when a user disconnected from the corporate network logs in and the SyncTool is configured using Group Policy.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Path-based application blocking settings do not support DFS namespaces

    On certain combinations of client OS and file server OS, application blocking configuration files that define path-based settings referencing a DFS namespace are processed incorrectly. As a result, application blocking functionality does not take effect for those paths.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

    Important: Ensure to enable the advanced "DFS namespace support for application blocking" setting. For more information, see DEM FlexEngine Advanced Settings in NoAD Mode and DEM FlexEngine Group Policy Object Advanced Configuration Settings.

  • Start menu is not responding or missing icons on the second logon

    On some Windows versions, the Windows Common Setting "Windows Explorer and view settings" prevents the Start menu from working correctly.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

    To resolve this issue on earlier versions, add these two lines to the Flex config file that references “Windows Explorer and view settings”:

  • FlexEngine does not run after reboot

    When FlexEngine is configured in NoAD mode and computer environment settings support is enabled, FlexEngine sometimes does not run during the first session after a reboot.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

Known Issues

  • HTML Access File Transfer

    VMware Blast HTML Access File Transfer depends on the VMware Blast "Configure clipboard redirection" policy setting. To enable download functionality, the "Configure clipboard redirection" policy must be set to "Enabled in both directions" or "Enabled server to client-only" (see the "VMware Blast Policy Settings" section in the Setting Up Desktop and Application Pools in View guide for more information.)

    Workaround: HTML Access File Transfer also depends on the Horizon Smart Policy "Clipboard" setting. If this setting is configured to prevent copying from agent to client, the download functionality is disabled.

  • Cannot display button text on some Asian versions of Windows operating systems

    On some Asian versions of Windows operating systems, the button text in the Management Console, the Application Profiler, and the Helpdesk Support Tool might be missing.

    Workaround: Specify the /NoScale command line argument when you start the Management Console, Application Profiler, and the Helpdesk Support Tool.

  • Button text truncated on some Asian versions of Windows operating systems

    On some Asian versions of Windows operating systems, the button text in the Self-Support Tool is truncated if a German Multilingual User Interface is used.

    Workaround: No workaround exists for this issue.

  • You might encounter limitations with the Windows 10 Start Menu Windows Common Setting

    Configuration settings for the Start menu itself, such as Show most used apps and Use Start full screen, are not saved.

    Workaround: No workaround exists for this issue.

  • You might encounter limitations with the Microsoft Edge Windows Common Setting

    The Open Microsoft Edge with setting and the default search provider are not saved. Also, Microsoft Edge settings cannot roam between systems with different bitness.

    Workaround: No workaround exists for this issue.

  • COM servers do not trigger DirectFlex processing

    In older versions of Dynamic Environment Manager, instantiating an out-of-process COM object hosted by a DirectFlex-enabled executable triggered DirectFlex processing. With the default DEM configuration, this behavior does not exist.

    Workaround: To enable the old behavior, set REG_DWORD value DirectFlex to 1 in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Immidio\Flex Profiles key (for Group Policy-based setups), or in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware UEM\Agent\Configuration key (for NoAD).

  • Self-Support Tool does not show all applications

    When using VMware Dynamic Environment Manager with SMB profile archives share, the Self-Support Tool sometimes does not show all applications.

    Note: This issue does not occur when using OneDrive for Business integration.

    Workaround: Overwrite Flex+ Self-Support.exe in the installation folder with a copy from VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2103 or 2106. No further configuration is required.

    Alternatively, you can copy Flex+ Self-Support.exe and Flex+ Self-Support.exe.config files from VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2103 or 2106 into another folder and launch the tool using the files you copied.

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