VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2203 | 05 APR 2022 | 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. Application Profiler, Helpdesk Support Tool, and SyncTool are not updated for the 2203 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

  • Support for overriding existing “hide drives” configuration.

  • Support for using environment variable settings in folder redirection configuration.

  • Support for Amazon WorkSpaces (Windows).

Other Notes

  • License. Starting with VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2203, you are no longer prompted to select a license file during installation. The Management Console provides an option to configure a license and save it in the configuration share. If you are upgrading to DEM 2203, a previously provided license file will still remain valid. Any future updates to the license must be performed using the Management Console. See Managing the License.

  • 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.


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

  • 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.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Membership check for local administrators group fails

    Upgrading to DEM 2111 or later and using Group Policy for agent configuration results a difference in group membership condition evaluation for administrator users because different tokens are being used.

    This release adds an option to check the full token in group membership conditions.

  • Path-based export skipped on Citrix

    In some Citrix setups, an error can occur that causes the path-based export to be skipped. The log file contains log messages like "Error 1733 determining user name for this session", "Logon time: <error>", and "Unable to determine whether multiple sessions are active -- skipping path-based export".

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • ADMX-based computer settings do not apply at startup

    In some scenarios, ADMX-based computer settings can be processed during computer startup without the corresponding registry settings being applied.

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Privilege elevation does not work if LSA protection is enabled

    If LSA protection is enabled in Windows, DEM's privilege elevation functionality does not work and the log file contains log messages like "Cannot launch elevated task '...' (token infrastructure not available)" or "Privilege elevation is not initialized properly – privilege elevation settings are not applied".

    This issue is resolved in this release.

  • Windows 10 and Windows 11 incorrectly logged as "Version 2009"

    The detailed OS version information in the FlexEngine log file is always logged as "Version 2009" for Windows 11 and Windows 10 Version 20H2 or later.

    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 View Agent Configuration ADMX Template Settings section in the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 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).

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