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Sandbox

Each Frame Account has a Sandbox - a virtual machine provisioned specifically to allow you to manage the operating system and applications for the Frame account. The Sandbox image acts as a template for the rest of your workload VMs which means that any changes made to the Sandbox image will be served to your users as soon as you Publish.


The Sandbox is accessed from the Frame Dashboard menu (Dashboard > Sandbox). From this page you can power it on, start the Sandbox session, and make desired changes to your operating system and applications.

Sandbox Page

Sandbox Page

Access your Sandbox

Once the Sandbox is powered on, you can start a session by clicking on the Start Session option. If the Sandbox is currently being used by an admin, the system will first prompt you to confirm that you wish to close the existing session.

Sandbox - Start Session

Sandbox - Start Session

Installing and Publishing

With your Sandbox in place, you can install apps and customize your experience. Then, once it's all configured, it's time to deploy or Publish the Sandbox as a disk image to your instances.

Sandbox Options

Power Off or Reboot

When the Sandbox is powered on, the admin can power off or reboot the Sandbox by clicking on the kebab menu.

Sandbox - Powered On Options

Sandbox - Powered On Options

If an administrator chooses to reboot the Sandbox while another admin is accessing it, the system will prompt the admin to choose whether to reboot or force reboot the Sandbox. Choosing reboot will ensure the Sandbox is rebooted once the active Sandbox session is closed. The force reboot option will immediately close the active session and reboot the Sandbox.

Sandbox - Reboot Options

Sandbox - Reboot Options

Change Instance Type

The Sandbox instance type is defined by the administrator during account creation, however, this can be changed (provided the Sandbox VM is powered off) at any time. Changing the Sandbox instance type can be helpful if you wish to:

  • Test your applications and configuration on Sandbox VMs with a different instance type
  • Install or update applications that require a specific instance type. For example, an admin may wish to install a CAD application that requires a GPU. It can be helpful to switch to a GPU-based instance type and then back to a CPU-only instance type for installation/update tasks that don't require a GPU.
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For public cloud infrastructure, changing the instance type requires the new VM to power on after the existing Sandbox disk is attached to the new VM and the old VM is terminated.

Click on the kebab menu and then select Change Instance Type. A dialog will appear prompting you to select a new instance type for your Sandbox.

Sandbox - Change Instance Type

Sandbox - Change Instance Type

Increase Disk Size

If your users need a larger C:\ drive, you can increase the size of the Sandbox disk in increments of 1 GB. If you are using Azure, you will only be allowed to increase the disk size in discrete disk sizes.

Sandbox - Increase Disk Size

Sandbox - Increase Disk Size
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Increasing the size of the disk should be used with caution as this operation is irreversible.

Sandbox Session Settings

Frame admins can change the behavior of the session by overriding the default account-level session settings. To override the account settings, simply disable the Use account settings slider. You will then be allowed to edit the settings.

Sandbox - Disable Use account settings

Sandbox - Disable Use account settings

This is particularly important when Frame admins need ample time to install/configure applications, update their operating system/applications, or to test specific features. We recommend increasing the Sandbox Time Limits for this work to prevent your Sandbox session from ending prematurely.

As a best practice, specific timeout settings to consider increasing are:

  • User Inactivity Timeout
  • Idle Timeout
  • Max Session duration

You may also want to review and enable features that allow you to do your work more efficiently, whether or not your users are allowed to use the same features in their Frame sessions:

  • Clipboard Integration
  • Download, Upload, and Print
  • USB Redirection

Refer to Session Settings for details of each session setting parameter.

Cloning

The Sandbox disk image can be cloned (copied) to other Frame accounts, provided the source and destination Frame accounts share the same cloud account (public or AHV).

Refer to Cloning for details on how to clone a Sandbox (or a Sandbox backup) to one or more destination Sandboxes.

Backup and Restore

There are 3 different ways to perform a backup of your Sandbox image:

  1. Publish: when you start a publish, your Sandbox disk will automatically be backed up.
  2. Manual backup: you can manually backup your Sandbox disk at any time.
  3. Automated backup: you can schedule a task to backup your Sandbox with a daily or hourly periodicity.

Refer to Backups for additional information on these three backup approaches and how to restore the Sandbox disk from a backup.

Reset Master Image

If you have used your own image (BYO Image) to create your Frame account, you will have the option to reset your Sandbox image back to the default template image, as specified in your Cloud Account, under the Template Images tab. Reset Master Image will terminate your existing Sandbox VM and provision a new Sandbox VM with a same instance type using a copy of the default template image.

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If you are using Application Launchpads, you must ensure that the onboarded applications are in the new Sandbox VM and/or manually remove the onboarded application entries from the Sandbox page to match what is in the Sandbox before publishing the Sandbox.

Sandbox - Reset Master Image

Sandbox - Reset Master Image

Before Frame will replace your Sandbox image with your default template image, you will be prompted to confirm the replacement.

Sandbox - Reset Master Image Confirmation

Sandbox - Reset Master Image Confirmation

Local Group Policies

In order for users to be able to use Frame, administrators must ensure that the following Windows Local Group Policy requirements are met.

PolicyLocationRequired ValueExplanation
Interactive logon: Don't display last signed-inComputer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security OptionsEnabledAuto-login is required for the Frame session to be able to start.
Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log onComputer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security OptionsNot definedFrame session will not start if the title is defined.
Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log onComputer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security OptionsNot definedFrame session will not start if the message is defined.
Password protect the screen saverUser Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\DisplayDisableFrame session will not start or resume if the screen saver requires a password.

Frame-specific Local Windows Users

Frame adds two local Windows users to each Windows workload VM:

  • Frame - a local Windows user that is included in the local Administrators group.
  • FrameUser - a local Windows user used in non-domain-joined workload VMs when the Enterprise Profiles feature is enabled. This local Windows user does not have local Windows administrative privileges.
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Do not:

  • Remove the Frame user from the local Windows Administrators group.
  • Modify the Frame user permissions in Computer Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Local Users and Groups.
  • Change the Frame user password.
  • Remove the FrameUser user (if the Enterprise Profile feature is to be used in a non-domain-joined pool of workload VMs).
  • Change the FrameUser user password (if the Enterprise Profile feature is to be used in a non-domain-joined pool of workload VMs).
  • Modify the local user password policy or implement a stronger password policy.

Otherwise, you will not be able to access the workload VMs using Frame Remoting Protocol.

Changing these passwords on a workload VM can cause the Frame session to fail to start. If a password management solution such as Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) is used, the two Frame-specific users must be excluded.

Frame-specific Local Linux User

Frame adds one local Linux users to each Linux workload VM:

  • frame - a local Linux user.

The same warnings from the local Windows user Frame listed above apply for the local Linux user frame.

Local Frame User Password Policy

The Frame (Linux and Windows) and FrameUser (Windows only) password is rotated automatically by Frame for each Frame session. These passwords have the following characteristics:

  • Randomly generated
  • 25 characters long
  • Contains 4 uppercase characters
  • Contains 4 lowercase characters
  • Contains 4 numeric digits
  • Contains 8 special characters (!, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), ,, ., ?, :, {, }, |, <, >, _)