With View Persona Management, you can migrate existing user profiles in a variety of settings to View desktops. When users log in to their View desktops after a profile migration is complete, they are presented with the personal settings and data that they used on their legacy systems.

By migrating user profiles, you can accomplish the following desktop migration goals:

  • You can upgrade your users' systems from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 and migrate your users from physical computers to View for the first time.

  • In an existing View deployment, you can upgrade from Windows XP View desktops to Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops.

  • You can migrate from physical computers to View desktops without upgrading the operating systems.

To support these scenarios, View Persona Management provides a profile migration utility and a standalone View Persona Management installer for physical or virtual machines that do not have View Agent 5.x installed.

1 shows various migration scenarios and outlines the tasks you should perform in each scenario.

Table 1. User Profile Migration Scenarios

If This Is Your Original Deployment...

And This Is Your Destination Deployment...

Perform These Tasks:

Windows XP physical computers

Windows 7 View desktops or Windows 8 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

    Note:

    Do not roll out the Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops to your users until you complete step 2.

  2. Run the View V1 to V2 profile migration utility.

    • For the source profiles, specify the local profiles on the Windows XP physical computers.

    • For the destination profiles, specify the remote profile repository that you configured for the View deployment.

    For details, see the View User Profile Migration document.

  3. Allow your users to log in to their Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops.

Windows XP physical computers or virtual machines that use a roaming user profile solution. For example, your deployment might use one of these solutions:

  • View Persona Management

  • RTO Virtual Profiles

  • Windows roaming profiles

In this scenario, the original user profiles must be maintained in a remote profile repository.

Windows 7 View desktops or Windows 8 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

    Note:

    Do not roll out the Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops to your users until you complete step 2.

  2. Run the View V1 to V2 profile migration utility.

    • For the source profiles, specify the remote profile repository for the Windows XP systems.

    • For the destination profiles, specify the remote profile repository that you configured for the View deployment.

    For details, see the View User Profile Migration document.

  3. Allow your users to log in to their Windows 7 View desktops.

Windows XP physical computers or virtual machines.

The legacy systems cannot have View Agent 5.x installed.

Windows XP View desktops

  1. Configure Windows XP View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

  2. Install the standalone View Persona Management software on the Windows XP systems. See Install Standalone View Persona Management.

  3. Configure the legacy Windows XP systems to use the same remote profile repository as the View desktops. See Configure a User Profile Repository.

    The easiest approach is to use the same View Persona Management group policy settings in Active Directory to control both the legacy systems and the View desktops. See Add the View Persona Management ADM Template File.

  4. Roll out your Windows XP View desktops to your users.

Windows 7 or Windows 8 physical computers or virtual machines.

The legacy systems cannot have View Agent 5.x installed.

Windows 7 View desktops or Windows 8 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

  2. Install the standalone View Persona Management software on the Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems. See Install Standalone View Persona Management.

  3. Configure the legacy Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems to use the same remote profile repository as the View desktops. See Configure a User Profile Repository.

    The easiest approach is to use the same View Persona Management group policy settings in Active Directory to control both the legacy systems and the View desktops. See Add the View Persona Management ADM Template File.

  4. Roll out your Windows 7 or Windows 8 View desktops to your users.