Archive for July, 2011

Outlook 2010 profiles do not work in combination with RES Powerfuse shell

Posted in Outlook 2010, RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 7 with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by uniekdevries

In our environment a lot of users administer more then one mailbox. In most cases this is a group mailbox. When you add the mailbox to your own profile, all messages you send are kept in your own “Sent Items” in stead of the “Sent Items” folder of the user on behalf the mail was send.

To avoid this problem you can create an additional outlook profile, enable the option “Always prompt for user name and password” and select the option “Prompt for a profile to be used”. Now when you start Outlook and log on as the other user, all messages you send automatically are saved in the right “Sent Items” folder.

Unfortunately this procedure does not work when you use the RES Powerfuse shell (RES User Workspace Manager 2010 – SR2) on a Windows 7 workstation. The Windows Security message box (see image) does not appear, so there is no way to fill in the username and password of the other user.

In stead of presenting the logon screen, RES Powerfuse fills in the credentials of the logged on user what causes the problem. This is by design and will not be solved on short term.

Outlook 2010 logon

To workarround the problem, users login on our Citrix XenApp environment as the other user and start Outlook in the Citrix session.


How to disable windows Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows 2008 with tags , on July 27, 2011 by uniekdevries

Today we had to install some software on a test Windows 2008 server but we were constantly stopped by the “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration” functionality although I do not know exactly know what functionality it provides.

Here you can read how you can disable this feature. As you can see I am not the only one (what a surprise) who finds it annoying.

Summarized  “Select the root of the Service Manager navigation pane, and under the Server Summary click Configure IE ESC, which is part of the Security Information section. A dialog box appears, letting Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration be enabled/disable separately for normal users and administrators.”

User “workspace” preferences are in fact global preferences.

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager with tags , , on July 3, 2011 by uniekdevries

In our environment we have configured different workspaces for Windows 7 workstations and XenApp servers. The XenApp farm is mainly intended for users who work at home or elsewhere outside the office. Fore security reasons some applications are not available in the XenApp farm. Therefore we have linked the application to the workspaces. When a user wants to configure his Workspace preferences, like applications startup or desktop settings, than this settings also applies for the other Workspaces. In other words it is a global setting and not a “Workspace” setting. Especially when not all of the applications are availble in both Workspaces, then for example desktop icon settings can be a problem. Some users complain that they constantly have to configure the settings. The reason for that is that the User Workspace Preferences are saved ONE file, namely in the pwruser.ini in the homefolder of the user. It would be a great feature if RES could save the user preferences for every Workspace. It would also solve the “New programs Available” problem. When roaming between Workspaces I always get a message that there are new programs installed while this is not true.


User Workspace Preferences