Martin LakoRES ONE Workspace 2015 has a lot of great capabilities highlighted in the blog by my colleague Michel Roth. To keep the series going, I would like to highlight another great capability, tile management.

We are very excited about the RES ONE Workspace 2015 tile management capabilities for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. This enhancement gives IT better control over tiles, improving the user experience on that version of Windows. Tiles can be managed centrally and organized based on app type, or other criteria, for different user types to help workers be the most effective in their Windows 8.1 environment.

With RES ONE Workspace 2015, IT can:

  • Pin tiles to the user’s start screen
  • Select the size of the tiles
  • Specify which groups to add tiles
  • Offer full control of the start screen by replacing all unmanaged tiles
  • Supply a custom default tile layout for the user’s start screen

How to Pin, Size, and Group Tiles on a User’s Start Screen in Microsoft 8.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

When creating or editing an application (at Composition > Applications), a new section called Tile is added to the new Properties > Shortcuts tab which includes three sections.

Pin to Start

Select the automatic placement setting for the tile on the user’s Start screen.

Pin to Start RES ONE Workspace

The following options are available:

  • Take no action: A tile will not be automatically created on the Start screen.
  • Set voluntary tile: This will automatically create the tile on the Start screen only once. The user can remove or add the tile again. The tile will be displayed at the end of the Start screen unless a Group name is specified.
  • Set mandatory tile: This will recreate the tile on the Start screen each time the user starts a new session. The tile will be displayed at the end of the Start screen unless a Group name is specified. If you later change this setting to Take no action, the tile will be removed from the Start screen.

Tile Size

Select what size to display the tile on the Start screen.

Tile Size RES ONE Workspace

The following options are available:

  • Medium: the tile is displayed as a medium sized square on the Start screen.
  • Small: the tile is displayed as a small sized square on the Start screen.

Group Name

Specify which group to add the tile to on the Start screen. If the group does not exist, it will be created. If no group is specified, the tile will be added to the end of the Start screen.

Group Name RES ONE Workspace

Replace All Unmanaged Tiles at Start

In Composition > Applications, on the Settings tab, the option Replace all unmanaged tiles on the start screen has been added as a sub option of the Replace all unmanaged shortcuts mode for Windows Shell shortcut creation.

replace all unmanaged shortcuts RES ONE Workspace

With this option enabled, all unmanaged tiles will be replaced with managed tiles on the Microsoft Windows 8.1 / 2012 R2 Start Screen. This allows the administrator to have full control over the user’s start screen by only showing RES ONE Workspace managed tiles.

Here is an example of a managed start screen in Microsoft Windows 8.1 with RES ONE Workspace 2015.

tile screen RES ONE Workspace

In this instance:

  • Replace all unmanaged tiles on the start screen is enabled
  • Internet Explorer is pinned in the Group “Browsers” with a medium tile size
  • Calculator is pinned to “Group1” with medium tile size
  • Write is also pinned to “Group1” with a small tile size

Custom Default Tile Layout

For users with a new profile or are logging on to a system in a VDI environment that uses a non-persistent/pooled model), RES ONE Workspace automatically creates a tile layout on the user’s Start screen that is similar to the default Start screen created by Microsoft Windows 8.1 / 2012 R2.

If you would like to offer users customized default tiles on their Start screen, you can create the file DefaultTilelayout.xml and add it as a Custom Resource to RES ONE Workspace in the root (at Administration > Custom Resources).

With these options, RES ONE Workspace is capable of fully controlling the tiles on a Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 start screen – bringing value to IT teams and individual users alike.