On #VDI Tip #37 I had gotten the idea from Jason Langone to use persistent disks to manage application performance from his article Deploying Dragon Medical with VMware View: Solution Overview The same holds true for Persona Management that is bundled with VMware View 5. Using persistent disks can act as cache to speed up log on times.
View 5 Persona Management from RTO acts in the following ways:
- User profile on a remote repository that is configured on a network
- Persona files are dynamically downloaded as the user needs them
- Persona Management does not need to download data that is the same on the local and the remote
- Persona Management is defaulted to sync to the share every 10 mins.
With using Persistent Disks and the bundled Persona Management you have a good disaster recovery option and users still have fast log on times. I also like this method without redirection in cases where you don’t have much control over the network: for example, a slow DFS share.