Here’s what I want to do: Login to my View desktop, create a word doc. Save it to my Horizon folder and then open it on my mac as Horizon data sync’s it down to me. This process works by design and works very well.
Here’s were we go astray: Now I want my VDI desktop to be a floating pool with Persona Management. I use Persona in the lab because I want a floating desktop but still want my profile (IE links bar, etc) saved between sessions. Now let’s try this scenario:
Login to VDI desktop. Save a document to my horizon folder. Logout of VDI desktop (persona is saved to network share, horizon data copies file to all my devices). Open horizon Workspace on my iPad and delete the document (the document disappears from all my devices). Login to my VDI desktop (persona pulls down my profile – including the Horizon directory from the CIFS share). Unfortunately Horizon data now sees this document as a new version and it reappears on all my devices.
The solution to this dilemma is to exclude the Horizon directory from persona management (via GPO). However, when you do this you get a warning message that your Horizon Folder has been deleted upon each logon. When you click OK, your Horizon folder is recreated and all of your data comes down from the server. However, if your Horizon data repository is large, this could be a huge chunk of data each time you login to your floating-pool VDI desktop.
Hopefully VMware will correct this in the future with Workspace, these two features are great to use together. Persona for the quick login with user persistence and Workspace for sharing data between all your devices.
I’ll post any updates here if I find a workaround.