Simplify Profiles®: User Profile Management

Simplifiy Profiles

User personalization without roaming profiles

Bloated roaming profiles are a leading cause of missing profile data and the resulting calls to IT from frustrated users. They lead to sluggish logon times, erratic application behavior, and crashed workstations. As a result, you spend hours recreating user profiles, writing complex GPOs and making tedious registry edits to keep your environment from going under. 

Tricerat Simplify Profiles eliminates roaming profile problems. It provides all the administrative control of mandatory profiles while still allowing users to customize and save their personalized settings. Finally, a solution that provides centralized control for administrators and stable, flexible workspaces for users.

How Simplify Profiles Works

Simplify Profiles uses the Object Panel to create Group Policies, HCKU manipulations, HKLM manipulations, Drive Mapping and Redirection, as well as Setting Environmental Variables.

In the console graphic below, a user is selected to be programmed from the Owners Panel.  Noting that the selected user now appears at the top of the Assignments Panel, we then use the custom-created object to drag and drop assignments to the Assignments Panel.

When the selected user signs on, they will receive the applied policies.

Simplify Profiles Diagram

Simplify Profiles does not hinder existing Windows policies, assignments, or other scripts (including GPOs) as they will continue to apply to the user’s session. Simplify Profiles applies personalized settings to the user’s profile (ntuser.dat) after Windows has loaded the profile; therefore the Simplify Profile settings will take precedence over these settings. 

At Logoff, Simplify Profiles captures values from the registry to save before the profile is unloaded. Once Simplify Profiles completes, Windows unloads the profile normally. Using the Microsoft User Profile Hive Cleanup (UPHC) service will help ensure graceful Log Outs in more complex environments. 

Assignments for Simplify Profiles are made with the RegSet plug-in pulling data from the SQL database, which is much more efficient than GPOs, scripts, and other utilities. Typically, implementing Simplify Profiles includes replacing the inefficient configurations with Simplify Profiles' assignments. The best practice use for Simplify Profiles would be to start with a baseline mandatory profile appropriate for the terminal server environment, and then apply customized settings for each user through Simplify Profiles.

How Simplify Profiles Works

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"Simplify Profiles provided the perfect combination of user profile structure and per­sonalization." – Bernd Trampe, Consultant at VisionApp for Bavaria Tax Department

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  • Comprehensive registry configuration and management

  • Locate and maintain user registry-based profile settings, eliminating the need to erase and rebuild profiles from scratch

  • Discover where applications store user profile content to easily import information into Simplify Profiles configuration

  • Offline mode for laptop mobility

  • ADMX template support to manage policies

  • Handles folder redirection, centralizing profile management

  • App-V support

  • Sync user profile data with Connect/Disconnect Mode

  • V1 and V2 profile migration support

  • Easy roaming to mandatory profile migration 


  • Simplifies profile configuration and maintenance

  • Provides customizable profiles without bulky roaming profiles

  • Eradicates profile corruption and bloat

  • Replaces cumbersome GPOs

  • Reduces logon/off time

  • Improves system stability and reliability

  • Solves last write wins issues

  • Reduces support time, effort, and cost

What People Are Saying

"Simplify Profiles provided the perfect combination of user profile structure and per­sonalization."

– Bernd Trampe, Consultant at VisionApp for Bavaria Tax Department