Tuning Your Operating System for VDI

22 June 2016 | By Tye Barker

A common oversight when implementing a VDI environment in many cases is the basic optimisation of the host operating system that your users connect to. While much time is invested tuning the various infrastructure components, an unoptimised hosting operating system be it Windows Server or Desktop can make or break not only the user experience, but also impact the scalability of your environment.

Up till this point, customisations had to be manually implemented either by Microsoft Group Policy Objects, or by baking them directly into your Gold vDisk images. This process is time consuming and requires a significant amount of experience and skill dealing with a VDI environment. Furthermore, many various VDI best practice white papers exist that are continually updated which consume additional time and effort to consolidate, review and implement within the VDI environment.

This is where the VMware OS Optimization tool comes in. With this utility, we are able to not only assess the current operating system status, but also apply many common tweaks and optimisations specific to VDI. It should be important to note that while this is a VMware utility, the same basic optimisations may be applied to any VDI deployment (such as Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop).

The Analyze tab provides insight into the optimisations applied against you VDI target. Templates presently exist for Windows Server 2008, 2012, Windows 7, 8 and 10 (beta). Once you review the recommended optimisation settings and select/deselect the pertinent configuration options, you can simply press the Optimize button and all are applied.

While not all your Windows optimised setting may be included as part of the templates, you can create your own via the templates tab which allow you to easily deploy optimisation settings for future deployments.

Furthermore, third party template files may be imported into the utility. One such example is the template from LoginVSI. We highly suggest you take a look at their blog “The Ultimate Windows 10 Tuning Template for any VDI Environment” as you can easily see the difference of an unoptimised vanilla Windows 10 OS vs a Windows 10 optimised image, tuned via the LoginVSI template file.

We strongly suggest you head over to the VMware OS Optimization download page and give it a spin today. Not only will you achieve a much higher level of scalability within your environment, but your users will thank you for it. 

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