RES ONE Workspace 2015 SR1 has a lot of great capabilities highlighted in the blog by my colleague Pete Downing. I would like to take a moment to go over another great capability, user settings templates for Windows 10. Recently RES released support for Windows 10, and now it also delivers a predefined set of templates for User Settings for Windows 10. What are user templates you ask? Well read on, and you learn how you can simplify preserving user settings on Window 10.
Did you know RES ONE Workspace has this great method of preserving and applying user settings independent from the Windows profile? RES ONE Workspace can automatically detect user settings that are being changed by the user. These settings are preserved outside the Windows profile and when required by the Windows session and/or applications, they are applied ‘just-in-time’.
A Simple Example with User Settings:
A challenge for system administrators is to figuring out where the most common user settings are stored in the registry and/or on the file system. Often this requires intensive manual labor and, unfortunately, the user could still be missing settings. In this case, users can grow frustrated when they find themselves constantly taking time to re-apply their preferences after a new OS upgrade. An example of frequently used settings are ‘Folder View’ settings for Windows Explorer in Microsoft Windows 10. RES ONE Workspace has many valuable templates, but I will use ‘Folder View’ setting as an example and take you through the simple ‘how to’ and how to configure this setting.
- The steps: ‘Folder View’ setting can be easily configured with only a few clicks: go to Composition -> User Settings -> New -> Templates -> Windows -> 10 -> Windows Explorer -> Folder View in the RES ONE Workspace Console:
2. In the next screen you can configure the name, the timing, access control, workspace control and the ability if the user is able to restore settings from previous sessions. Once OK is clicked the configuration is finished and folder view settings for Windows Explorer are retained for the user and will be applied automatically to their Windows 10 environment
That’s it! You have just configured ‘New User Setting’ for the ‘Folder View’ in RES ONE Workspace! Now let’s take a deeper look into what is really going on…
Under the Hood:
In taking a closer look, we can see what is actually configured, and it shows the following set of registry keys that are responsible for retaining the folder view settings for Windows Explorer.
This example showed how easy it is to configure common Microsoft Windows 10 settings with these templates without an extensive manual search for the right settings. As mentioned before, these templates contain the most common settings (in this case for Microsoft Windows 10), but they also give the ability to add, change and/or remove settings and build your own user settings templates and use the power of building blocks to transfer them.
More User Settings Templates Options:
Let’s explore some other great User Templates available for Windows 10. Go to Composition -> User Settings -> New -> Templates -> Windows -> 10 -> and there are four categorized options:
The ‘Control Panel’ section contains a sub section with a set of common used control panel items like: language dependencies, look and feel, accessibility options and more:
To simplify all these options a bit, there is the option to select ‘All Control Panel Settings’. Of course this is the easiest one to configure, but it do create a large set of entries with all settings in this section. Despite the fact this does seem to be the easy way, we recommend to configure user settings (also with the use templates) with the relevant settings only because the more settings to be retained, the more time it might take to load.
The ‘Windows Explorer’ section contains a sub section with a set of common used Windows Explorer settings, primarily to retain the look and feel of the Windows Explorer.
By enabling and configuring this template, all configured user certificates on Microsoft Windows 10 are automatically retained.
Windows Messaging Subsystem
By configuring this template, the e-mail profile related settings on Microsoft Windows 10 for Microsoft Office Outlook are retained. This user settings template can be a very powerful combination with the E-mail Settings feature in RES ONE Workspace. This feature can be used to configure all e-mail settings once (connection to Microsoft Exchange, additional mailboxes, signature, etc.) and after that all settings that the user adds, removes or changes within the e-mail profile are retained by this template.
So, this blog shows how powerful and easy to configure the Windows 10 user settings templates are, which is now available in RES ONE Workspace 2015 SR1. With only a few clicks, you safe yourself a lot of manual labor and prevent users being frustrated because their settings are not retained correctly. The user settings templates are a great starting point to configure the most common settings. Once a user setting template is configured, you can add, change or delete any setting in the template you want. This gives you maximum control on any user setting.