GeekOn with Ron #4: Tuning and Optimizing Your Gold Image

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  • nonTuned CPU was about 179 MhzavgTuned avg was 180 mhzNon-tuned active mem 240 w/ consumed at 952 MBTuned mem was 260 MB w/ 975 MB Granted

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  • 1. GeekOn Discussion:Tuning/Optimizing Win7 for VDI Ron Oglesby @ronoglesby #GeekOn
  • 2. Agenda Why tune or optimize Windows 7? Understandingwhere these changes are and how they are implemented Where can I find all this stuff!
  • 3. Does all this tuning “help”? (the user) Can prevent Windows services from killing server resources May show a slight improvement in the user’s perceived performance (what the user ‘feels’) Will probably not improve your server density (number of desktops per server) in any significant wayCopyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 4. My testing resultsCopyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 5. Understanding these changes Preventative Performance improvement Impact to scaleCopyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 6. Preventative optimizations examples Optimizations that keep standard Windows services from killing VDI performance or allowing one VM to eat a significant portion of shared resrouces.  Disable Window udpate  Disabling the recycle bin…  Setting event logs to 1MB and overwrite  Setting the Windows Power State to VMs don’t sleep  Disabling Windows Indexing/search  Offline files and machine account password changes  Setting temp clean up for OS and Applications (like IE)Copyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 7. Perceived Perf Improvement examples These are changes that may make the user session “feel” snappier or quicker. They may do nothing for actual ‘performance’  Off-screen composition for IE  Disable aero or custom backgrounds  Hiding the action center pop-ups  PCoIP tuning for frame rate and bandwidth available.Copyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 8. Scale/density improvement examples There are changes to the VM that MAY have an impact on density of the server or storage (increase in VM capacity)  Configure AV to ignore read-only volumes  Disk defrag disabled  Disable Last NTFS access time stamp  Disable Index and searching  Disable Superfetch  Set memory assignment properly (avoiding paging)Copyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 9. Understanding where changes are made Users Settings  Settings within the profile (file system) or  Within the Registry (HKCU hive) Machine Settings  Services (impact the entire machine)  HKLM/HKCR, Local machine registryCopyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 10. References and other stuff Technet Optimizing Windows 7 Tool http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2010/08/31/optimising-windows-7-images-for-use-in-vdi.aspx Windows 7 optimization Citrix http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX127050 Quest Tool http://communities.quest.com/community/vworkspace/blog/2011/09/08/introducing-the-free-quest- vworkspace-desktop-optimizer VMware Win7 Guide: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-View-OptimizationGuideWindows7-EN.pdf Project Virtual Reality Check Phase III http://www.projectvrc.com/white-papers/doc_details/12-project-vrc-phase-iiiCopyright © 2010 Unidesk Corporation. All Rights Reserved. www.unidesk.com
  • 11. Open Q&A