Bulk convert existing shortcuts to Dynamic Environment Manager

Recently I was involved in a project where I had to create a lot of shortcuts in VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (DEM). DEM does not have a built-in option to bulk import existing shortcuts at this moment. Instead of creating the shortcuts all manually and since the DEM shortcuts are all file based (XML), I decided to create a small script. This script allows you to select a folder that contains existing shortcuts (LNK files) and export them to a folder, where they are saved as DEM XML (shortcut) files.

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Fixing the empty Windows 10 Start Menu in stateless VDI

I am regularly asked why the start menu in Windows 10 remains mostly empty and only presents certain built-in apps/shortcuts. Scenario The fix described in this blog post is applicable in the following situation of which I know, but may also be applicable in other situations. Windows 10 v1803 and v1809 (but maybe other branch versions as well) Stateless / Non-persistent VDI Local or mandatory profile Use of built-in VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (DEM) Windows Explorer config files template Cause DEM is used to save the user’s specific Windows and application settings in a stateless VDI scenario.

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Managing File Type Associations (FTA) natively using Dynamic Environment Manager

Almost two years ago I created the blog post Export/Import File Type Associations (FTA) successfully using UEM that describes a custom implementation which makes it possible to import and export configured file type associations (FTA) in Windows 10 successfully using UEM (from now on referred to as DEM, Dynamic Environment Manager). A third-party tool called SetUserFTA was used in that implementation to correctly handle hash secured FTA’s and protocols, while DEM handled the import/export.

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App Volumes 4.0 Beta: My First Review

Recently VMware announced the public availability of App Volumes 4.0 Beta. This new major version introduces a different approach to creating, managing and assigning applications compared to the 2.x version of App Volumes. This blog post gives you a “short” introduction to the most important changes and my personal review and opinion on this beta. For those interested, a more in-depth walkthrough is also provided. From AppStacks to Applications In the 2.

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