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 legacy Windows XP to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 and migrate your users from physical computers to View for the first time.

  • You can upgrade from a legacy Windows XP View desktop deployment to a Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktop deployment.

  • 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.

Important:

View Agent 6.1 and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops. View Agent 6.0.2 is the last View release that supports these guest operating systems. Customers who have an extended support agreement with Microsoft for Windows XP and Vista, and an extended support agreement with VMware for these guest operating systems, can deploy the View Agent 6.0.2 version of their Windows XP and Vista desktops with View Connection Server 6.1.

With the View user profile migration utility, you can perform an important task in a migration from a legacy Windows XP desktop deployment to a desktop deployment that will continue to be supported in future View releases.

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, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

    Note:

    Do not roll out the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 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, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 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, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops with View Persona Management for your users. See Configuring a View Persona Management Deployment.

    Note:

    Do not roll out the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 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, Winidows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops.

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 physical computers or virtual machines.

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

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops

  1. Configure Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 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, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 systems. See Install Standalone View Persona Management.

  3. Configure the legacy Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 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, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 R2 View desktops to your users.