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Entrigue Launches Script Start ProfileUnity at VMworld - Portable Windows User Profiles


Las Vegas and Atlanta, Ga. – September 15, 2008 – Entrigue Systems, a leader in Windows user profile management today announced the availability of Script Start ProfileUnity. The solution is the first of its kind to provision and manage user profile settings while also making personal user profile settings completely portable across any Windows desktop experience, including VMware VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, and Citrix XenApp Server.

Entrigue is well-known in the market for its original Script Start Community and Script Start Professional solutions which manage user profiles on more than 250,000 Windows desktops worldwide. These solutions create and manage Windows user profile settings, such as automatically mapping drives and printers, creating MAPI profiles, auto-creating application shortcuts on the desktop, and more.

With the addition of Script Start ProfileUnity, Entrigue has added advanced features to its flagship product to create a completely new solution that also makes personal user profile settings completely portable, regardless of how the Windows session is delivered -- virtual, thin, traditional desktop, or laptop. The solution has large scale cost-saving implications such as the seamless migration of users to virtual desktops, the ability to only administer one profile per user vs. one profile per machine, and complete user profile harmony in heterogeneous Windows desktop environments.

“Windows user profile problems are coming to a head with the adoption of virtual desktops and with organizations increasingly maintaining heterogeneous Windows environments to cut costs,” said Jon McDonald, CEO of Entrigue Systems. “Up until now, adminstrators have tried to resolve these issues with a patchwork of solutions including Group Policy preferences, and logon intensive roaming profile solutions. Script Start ProfileUnity solves these issues with one comprehensive user profile management solution. We’ve put the right solution in the right market at the right time and user organizations are the ones that will stand most to benefit from the robust capabilities of Script Start ProfileUnity.”

User Profiles Made Portable
Script Start ProfileUnity solves the difficulties in making personal user profile data available across multiple Windows sessions. When a user logs on to a Windows desktop or VM, his/her personal user profile settings are instantly pulled across the network in seconds. Customized settings such as application level customization, user created spellchecker data, Outlook signatures, desktop wallpaper, and much more are instantly made available for the user regardless if the machine is a VMware VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, thin, or traditional Windows desktop.

Specific Benefits for VDI Environments
A key benefit to running a VDI environment is that users can be provisioned a pristine machine, free of conflicts and bugs, at every logon. This reduces TCO through lower support costs and translates to satisfied users. To provide this benefit, an organization’s VDI must be configured to offer non-persistent desktops at logon. One major drawback of this is that user data is lost from one logon to the next. Until now, this has left organizations with little option than to only offer persistent VMs to users at logon. With persistent logons, numerous benefits to running VDI are lost. Script Start ProfileUnity completely solves this dilemma by making user profiles portable across non-persistent VMs.

Fights Profile Bloat and Long Logon Times
If left unchecked, user profiles can grow to a difficult to manage size. By default, a large amount of data is stored in a user’s profile. However, not all of this data is necessary for a robust and complete user experience. ProfileUnity is granular by design, allowing the administrator to set rules and choose what profile data is to be made portable. This makes for speedy logon times, reduces profile corruption instances, and eliminates the needless transfer of large amounts of data over the network. A typical login time can be reduced as much as 90 percent with ProfileUnity.

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About Entrigue Systems and Script Start
Entrigue Systems is a leader in providing Windows user profile management solutions. Script Start Professional, and its open source version, Script Start Community, seamlessly provision and manage Windows user profile settings on desktops connected to any popular server OS such as Windows, Linux, SUSE, or Red Hat. The solution enables administrators to effortlessly map drives, install printers, configure Outlook and MAPI profiles, modify environment variables, adjust Internet proxy settings, configure RDP connections, publish applications via RDP, automatically customize client machines, and more. Script Start ProfileUnity includes all of the above features and the ability to make personal user profile settings, such as Outlook signatures, custom application-level settings, desktop wallpaper, and much more, completely portable across any type of Windows session including VMware VDI and Citrix XenDesktop. Experience for yourself what everyone is talking about. Download your free 30-day evaluation of Script Start today at




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