nettech1
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Windows 10 Start Menu extremely large.

Hi,

I am seeing 300MB+ Start Menu.zip files for all users.

DEM 10.0.0.945
Horizon 7.12
Windows 10 x64 1909

If I extract the zip file there are several 100MB+ files under LocalAppData\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\

They are  thumbcache_????.db and iconcache_???.db files.

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2150422  does not mention anything about excluding the Explorer folder of the .db files. 

Don't think this is right. Can anyone comment on this finding?

Thank you

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jonathanjabez
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Hi,

Instead of exporting the start menu as a config, you may configure profile redirection for Programs menu.

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Dynamic-Environment-Manager/2006/com.vmware.dynamic.environment.ma...

/Jon

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nettech1
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Hi Jon,

The link you provided has a note

Redirecting DesktopFavoritesPrograms Menu, or Roaming AppData might lead to performance problems in the user environment.

This tutorial has instructions on deleting the Thumbnail Cache. So the question I have do they really need to be included in the user profile sync?

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5655-clear-reset-thumbnail-cache-windows-10-a.html

Thanks 

 

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ITGMSA
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Hi,

I have exactly the same problem.

did you find a solution to reduce the size?

Thank you in advance for your answer.

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nettech1
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@ITGMSA 

Yes, I was able to reduce the size of the start menu by dropping the icon cache.

I am excluding the explorer folder from the sync 

<LocalAppData>\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

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MIWE-Admins
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Hi,

I also have the problem and here is the problem that the VMWARE DEM is the mirror of the operating system.
If the operating system is not good, the DEM will still want to save it.

You have to differentiate between the icon cache of the thumbs.db and the icon cache of the start menu. The problem is usually in the start menu.

In the marketing department, for example, they work with large images and I already had over a GB of chat.

Of course you can exclude that from the DEM, but I would much rather fix the problem on the client in Windows.

Disk cleanup doesn't help, for example. At least the way I did it.

I don't find a nice solution to clear icon cache with script because explorer.exe has to be stopped. This can cause disquiet among the user.
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/rebuild-icon-clear-thumbnail-cache-windows-10

With the Thumbcacheviewer you can at least see where the big data is.
http://thumbcacheviewer.github.io/

I had also read that there can simply be problems with the application which is associated with it. How do you see this and what is the best approach?

But let it out of the DEM?

greetings
Michael

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