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VMware DEM Profile Cleanup - deleting .zip archives

I'm trying to remove (permanently) a number of .zip settings archives (Windows Settings) using Profile Cleanup - but the cleanup tool doesn't actually delete the .zip archives (and doesn't seem very useful for a non-persistent environment)

Example, at log off, UEM exports the settings as part of the normal log off process (the same settings I actually want to delete and not retain)

2020-01-20 12:38:57.431 [DEBUG] ExportRegistry: Exporting tree 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore'

2020-01-20 12:38:57.453 [DEBUG] ExportRegistry: Exporting value 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\EnableAutoTray'

2020-01-20 12:38:57.453 [DEBUG] ExportRegistry::ExportValue: Value 'EnableAutoTray' of key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer' does not exist

2020-01-20 12:38:57.453 [DEBUG] ExportRegistry: Exporting value 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SlowContextMenuEntries'

And then Profile Cleanup removes them from the machine - which is pointless if you're on a non-persistent VDI because you don't need the settings to be removed.

2020-01-20 12:38:59.827 [DEBUG] Profile cleanup: Removing registry tree 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore'

2020-01-20 12:38:59.855 [DEBUG] Profile cleanup: Removing registry value 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\EnableAutoTray'

2020-01-20 12:38:59.855 [WARN ] Profile cleanup: Registry value 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\EnableAutoTray' not found

What I actually want is the Windows 10 Start Menu.zip to be deleted from from the \archives dir so the settings are completely gone.

Is it me or is this a pretty dumb feature that doesn't do what is advertised...

Any suggestions?

2 Replies
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hi davebaker87,

You're right, profile cleanup isn't particularly useful in non-persistent scenarios. The feature is meant as "an easy transition from conventional roaming profiles to well-managed user profiles. Individual appl..."

You're looking for the Retire functionality.


Thankyou - that's about 3/4's of what I need, would it be great if UEM had an option to 'Retire and remove backups' so it's possible to make tweaks to app templates without having to retire it indefinitely. A bit like how the versioning in appvols 4.0 works I guess. Anyhow, thanks for the pointer.