Track any setting changed by application immediately (application)

Use the Zero Profile mode Track any setting changed by application immediately to preserve all changes that the application's process makes in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER and to files and folders in the user's %appdata% folder.

Configuration Advanced User Settings

The Tracking and Sampling tabs are only available in Advanced User Settings view.

  • If an application in this Zero Profile mode runs in sampling mode, its Sampled Data tab shows the settings that were preserved and/or applied during the sampled sessions.
  • The Sampling ratio controls the number of sessions from which information is logged. A higher ratio results in information from more sessions, and a lower ratio results in information from fewer sessions. With the ratio of 1:1, information is shown from all sessions.
  • The value set for the option Start tracking changes determines when Workspace Control should start tracking the changes to be processed.
    • The default Start tracking: After application has started and is ready to be used is useful if the application loads and processes user-related settings after it has started up. Postponing the tracking until the application is ready for use filters out irrelevant changes from the Sampled Data tab. With this option, changes are only tracked if they are made by this specific managed application.
    • Set Start tracking to immediately when application starts if relevant changes are made during the application's startup process. With this option, tracking is active as soon as the session has started. Any changes made by an unmanaged version of this application will also be tracked.
  • On the Tracking tab:
    • Create a list of all the settings that should not be preserved.
    • When specifying paths and names anywhere in User Settings, you can use:
    • wildcards *, ?, [charlist] and [!charlist].
    • special folders (see Variables and special folders) to specify files, folders or folder trees in the user profile directory, as well as the default Microsoft Windows known folders (also called special folders in Microsoft Windows XP and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows) and any other special folder that may exist on the computers in your environment.
    • You can specify any Extra process(es) to track. This can be useful in case applications use subprocesses.
    • Select Any file larger than to determine the maximum size of the User Settings files and folders to be excluded and enter a number in KB, MB, GB.
  • On the Sampling tab:
    • settings that are part of an Excluded Item are not shown.
    • right-click a sampled setting and convert it into an Excluded Item or into a User Registry Setting.
    • use CTRL+F to search for a specific sampling entry.
    • You can group the information by dragging column headers to the grouping area. To restore the original view, drag the column headers back to the column bar.
  • A User Setting for a specific application is never available to users who do not get the application itself. If Access Control and Workspace Control are set on an application-based User Setting, users only get the User Setting if they meet both the criteria for the application and the criteria for the User Setting.
  • If the subprocess is listed on the Authorized Files tab of the application's Security section, the subprocess will be processed and, if relevant, sampled as part of the application-level User Setting.
  • If the subprocess is listed at Security > Global Authorized Files, changes made through this subprocess will be processed as part of the application-level User Setting, but will not be included in the application's User Setting sampling.
  • Application-level Authorized Files are not included in User Setting linking. If an application links to the User Settings of another application, the Authorized Files of the master application must be added to the linked application manually.
  • When testing User Settings, please note that manually renaming registry keys may lead to unexpected results. To test User Settings, always use the proper application or Microsoft Windows feature to implement changes.
  • With User Settings tracking for applications, in a mixed environment of RES Workspace Manager Console 2012 SR2 or higher and Ivanti Workspace Composer 2012 SR1 or earlier, sub-folders of %LOCALAPPADATA%, e.g. %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft, will not be tracked.