iforbes
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DirectFlex not launching for an application

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I have to install an application directly under c:\ (i.e. c:\appname\app.exe). I've enabled DirectFlex for this app .ini file in UEM and provided the path to the executable. Not sure why but when I launch the app I can clearly see in the flexengine.log that there is no DirectFlex Import for that app.

I try other apps and the logs show successful DirectFlex imports. I need the DirectFlex working because I have Pre-Export and Post-Export tasks that run within the app User Environment section. If I disable DirectFlex for the app, the app User Environment section also gets disabled.

Why isn't DirectFlex working for this particular app? Is it because it's installed under c:\, and not a more common c:\program files\?

Basically, I'm trying to do this exact same thing:

https://www.snurf.co.uk/vmware/uem/capture-files-outside-of-user-profile-with-vmware-uem/

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iforbes
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Hi guys. It looks to be working now. So, it seems that DirectFlex was always working fine. The issue was that in my pre-export tasks I was performing an xcopy from the program location to %appdata%\[program name]. That was working fine but I didn't include the following in the config file Import/Export section:

[IncludeFolderTrees]

<AppData>\[program name]

So, when I closed the application %appdata%\[program name] wasn't being saved to the user's UEMProfile area. I included that section above late last evening and just attempted a user login, launch app, close app, logoff and now see the AppData\[program name] contents has been saved.

When the user logs back in I have Post-Import tasks that will copy that data to the program location as I wanted.

This seems to be handy as it's only a group of users who use this particular app who need certain add-ins (exist in an add-in folder) to persist across logon/logoff for them. I'll control who this applies to via conditions (AD security group).

I won't have a chance to test all of this out until next week, but the fact I now see the AppData folder copied to the user's UEMProfile archive is very encouraging.

Thanks

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ijdemes
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Hi iforbes​,

Can you provide a full FlexEngine debug log containing logon/logoff/application start and the content of the INI file?


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DEMdev
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Hi iforbes,

DirectFlex does not care where the executable is installed – hopefully your log file will help us figure out what exactly is going on.

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iforbes
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Hi guys. It looks to be working now. So, it seems that DirectFlex was always working fine. The issue was that in my pre-export tasks I was performing an xcopy from the program location to %appdata%\[program name]. That was working fine but I didn't include the following in the config file Import/Export section:

[IncludeFolderTrees]

<AppData>\[program name]

So, when I closed the application %appdata%\[program name] wasn't being saved to the user's UEMProfile area. I included that section above late last evening and just attempted a user login, launch app, close app, logoff and now see the AppData\[program name] contents has been saved.

When the user logs back in I have Post-Import tasks that will copy that data to the program location as I wanted.

This seems to be handy as it's only a group of users who use this particular app who need certain add-ins (exist in an add-in folder) to persist across logon/logoff for them. I'll control who this applies to via conditions (AD security group).

I won't have a chance to test all of this out until next week, but the fact I now see the AppData folder copied to the user's UEMProfile archive is very encouraging.

Thanks

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iforbes
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Actually, maybe one of you can help me with this? I'm attempting to add a condition of AD group membership in UEM but get access denied error. How do i resolve? It seems if I click the Browse button i get the error, but I can type in the name of the AD group and it takes.

Problem with that though is that the flexengine log file reports the condition check = false (i.e. it didn't think the user was a part of the group). I'm thinking maybe I got the group membership syntax incorrect? I simply typed in the display name of the AD group. Should I type in something else like the DN of the group? Maybe UEM doesn't have access to AD at all to check the condition? I'm not sure.

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iforbes
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Update - While I still get the access denied error when I click on Browse, the correct syntax if you just enter the info is domain\group. After I entered that syntax the condition check passed, and my pre/post tasks worked fine for those users. The UEM docs don't state what the syntax should look like.

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DEMdev
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Hi iforbes,

Happy to hear that you were able to resolve your problem, but the "Access Denied" exception you were getting in the Management Console is a bug...

Is the computer you're running the Management Console on joined to the domain, and are you logging on with a domain account? Either way, you should not be getting that exception, but I'm just trying to figure out what's going on...

iforbes
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Ahhh, that's the issue. I was logged in as local admin.

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DEMdev
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Well, that's a bug. Thanks 🙂

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DEMdev
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Rereading my reply, I'm not sure whether I was clear: that's a bug that I was not aware of. We'll try to reproduce it and then we can hopefully fix it.

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