RES Workspace Manager Registry Import Bug

[UPDATE 01/08/2011 – RES have released a fixpack for RES Workspace Manager 2011 SR1 that resolves the issues highlighted in this post. I don’t have any word on whether this fix will be rolled into the next Service Release of RES PowerFuse 2010 (SR5?). I hope so as we can then remove this post. In the meantime, please contact RES Software support to obtain this fix (assuming you’re running WM 2011 SR1!)]

An issue has been discovered in RES Workspace Manager 2011 and earlier versions (e.g. PowerFuse) when importing .REG files. Ironically, this was discovered when converting existing Group Policy Objects via the Virtual Engine Toolkit (VET). RES Workspace Manager does not implement the removal/deletion of registry keys or values correctly. It has been reported to RES Software and they have acknowledged there is an issue. It is not an issue with the Virtual Engine Toolkit but a problem with any .REG file, i.e. one’s migrated from log on scripts etc. [UPDATE – for clarification purposes, a support ticket had been raised prior to this post and RES are working on a fix.]

The following snippet from a REG file (some entries removed for clarity) should toggle the removal of NoInternetIcon and NoNetHood values and also toggle the removal of the \Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetCache\AssignedOfflineFolders key.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00;
Created by the Virtual Engine Toolkit v0.9.7.0;
Creation date: 05-30-2011 17:04:08

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“DisablePersonalDirChange”=dword:00000001
“NoDesktopCleanupWizard”=dword:00000001
“NoInternetIcon”=-
“NoNetHood”=-

-[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetCache\AssignedOfflineFolders]

What actually happens is RES Workspace Manager sets the two DWORD vales to 1 and doesn’t even import the \Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetCache\AssignedOfflineFolders key as shown below. This results in complete unexpected behaviour and might impact any Proof of Concept or pilot deployments.

Hopefully this issue will get resolved promptly but in the meantime, please be vigil!

Iain

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