I am a huge Microsoft fan. I love Microsoft technologies and I believe their solutions are often the best. The Windows Roaming Profiles solution, however, is really not something I could recommend for any kind of heterogeneous environment because of the many limitations described in this chapter. Now, with UE-V, Microsoft has a truly powerful solution that will meet many customer requirements—and one that offers a high degree of granularity. In environments where UE-V does not meet the requirements, perhaps due to operating system support, you can still deploy great third-party solutions.
Not covered in this chapter are features such as User Profile Disks (covered in Chapter 7), which is available in Windows Server 2012 RDS. These features are limited to pools of servers and, therefore, are not general user virtualization solutions but should still be considered in specific circumstances.
When you combine all the technologies covered up to this point with application virtualization, Folder Redirection/Offline Files, and user profile virtualization, it is now possible for users’ entire view of the world to travel with them no matter what machine or operating system they use.