VMware UEM (User Environment Manager)

VMware User Environment Manager is software that IT professionals can use to configure and deploy employees' desktop computer settings.

VMware UEM is an alternative to roaming profiles that allows user profiles and personal settings to follow users across devices to ensure a consistent user experience. It is compatible with Windows virtual desktops, cloud desktops and physical desktops. The user environment management tool also works with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp as well as Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

VMware purchased user environment management vendor Immidio in February 2015 and rebranded its product as VMware UEM, which was first available as part of Horizon 6 Enterprise. VMware UEM is now built into the VMware Horizon Enterprise bundle and also available as part of VMware Workspace One as well as a standalone product.

VMware's main competitors in the user environment management market are Citrix Workspace Environment Management, RES ONE Workspace, Ivanti User Environment Manager and Liquidware ProfileUnity.

Major features

IT professionals can use VMware User Environment Manager to make users' personalized settings and resources available to them when they log into their desktops on any device in any location. IT professionals can also apply contextual policies to specific users based on their devices, location, network connections and more.

User Environment Manager can support more than 100,000 users, according to VMware.

UEM is a component of VMware's Just-in-Time Management Platform, a desktop and application delivery offering that also includes Instant Clones and App Volumes and separates management of operating systems, applications and user profiles.

VMware UEM licensing

Organizations have these three options for purchasing VMware UEM licenses:

  • named user licenses, which are tied to a specific user;
  • named device licenses, which apply to a specific device; or
  • concurrent connection licenses, which are based on the number of people actively using their desktops at the same time.

VMware UEM licensing applies to physical, cloud and virtual desktops.

This was last updated in September 2017

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