VMware View/Windows 7 Optimization Guide
Posted by martijnl on September 6, 2010
Was notified through Twitter of the existence of this Optimization Guide for Windows 7 deployments under VMware View: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-View-OptimizationGuideWindows7-EN.pdf.
The guide specifically focuses on preparing a clean and properly configured base Windows 7 image through the use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or traditional installation methods. This image can then be used as a template for View full desktop or linked clone deployments. The guide also describes a number of guest optimizations and necessary configuration of Windows Services. It does not decribe end-user performance optimization however.
An excerpt of the Guide’s introduction:
The following documentation provides a guideline on configuring a standard Windows 7 image to be used within a VMware View Infrastructure. This guide provides administrators with the information necessary to create a standard image of Windows 7 leveraging the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or by utilizing a script-based approach to optimize a traditionally installed Windows 7 virtual machine. The recommended configuration settings optimize Windows 7 to help enhance the overall scalability and performance within a VMware View Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The first section of the paper will discuss the overall process of optimization and the optimization aids provided. In the next section, step-by-step procedural guidance is given for both methods of optimization. Afterward, the Windows 7 Operating System Customizations section provides background information on the specific optimizations and techniques used by the optimization aids. Finally, the Managing VMware View Desktops section provides guidance and considerations for optimizing the environmental aspects on an ongoing basis