NoAD Mode

NoAD mode is a way to configure User Environment Manager without requiring Active Directory. For example, you can use NoAD mode if your environment has limited Active Directory access, and administrators are not permitted to manage GPOs.

NoAD mode may also be beneficial for cloud-based implementations. For more information, see Benefits of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure & VMware User Environment Manager.

Another use case is when you are working with a proof-of-concept environment. You can implement User Environment Manager in NoAD mode quickly because there is no need to change a GPO, configure logon and logoff scripts, or wait for Active Directory replication.

Using NoAD mode is a two-part process:

  1. You configure User Environment Manager by creating an XML-based configuration file. This file contains all the same settings that you would otherwise configure using GPO settings. VMware provides an example file for this purpose. You can copy the file to the correct location on the configuration share and edit the file with a text editor to specify the settings you want to use.
  2. You install the User Environment Manager agent in NoAD mode on the virtual desktops or RDSH servers to be managed. This process involves using a command-line command that tells the agent the path to the XML-based NoAD configuration file. The agent can then read this configuration file to determine which User Environment Manager settings to apply.

Create a NoAD.xml file from a Sample Template

Open Windows Explorer

  1. From the desktop of the Main Console, click the Windows Explorer icon
  1. Navigate to C:\UEMSite2\general\FlexRepository
  2. Right-click in the blank space
  3. Select New
  4. Select Folder

NoAD Folder

  1. Name the folder NoAD

Leave this folder open as you will use it in an upcoming step

Start > Run

  1. Click the Windows Start button
  2. Select Run...
  1. Enter c:\tools
  2. Select OK
  1. Navigate to C:\tools\VMware-UEM-9.8\NoAD Mode

Copy NoAD Sample

  1. Copy NoAD Sample.xml from C:\tools\VMware-UEM-9.8\NoAD Mode
  2. Paste the file in the C:\UEMSite2\general\FlexRepository\NoAD folder you created

Edit NoAD Sample.xml

  1. Right-click NoAD Sample.xml
  2. Select Edit with Notepad++

Edit NoAD

  1. Replace \\Filesrv\UemUsers$ with \\controlcenter\UEMSite2Profiles
  2. Replace \\Filesrv\UemUsers$ with \\controlcenter\UEMSite2Profiles

Note - Unlike with the GPO, you will not specify the path to the UEM configuration file. That will be addressed later in this lesson.

Close Notepad++

  1. Close Notepad++ and be sure to save the file if prompted

Rename NoAD Sample.xml

  1. Righ-click NoAD Sample.xml
  2. Select Rename

New Name

  1. Rename the file NoAD.xml

Note - The XML file will not work with any other name

Install User Environment Manager Agent in NoAD Mode

You install the User Environment Manager agent in NoAD mode on the virtual desktops or RDSH servers to be managed. This process involves using a command-line command that tells the agent the path to the XML-based NoAD configuration file. The agent can then read this configuration file to determine which User Environment Manager settings to apply.

Installing the Agent via Command Line

The format of the command line installation looks like this:

msiexec.exe /i "<installer-file>" /qn /l* InstallUEM.log NOADCONFIGFILEPATH=\\<config-share>\General

 

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