Paper: Deploying Windows 7 Virtual Desktops with VMware View

In September this year EMC published an article titled: Deploying Microsoft Windows 7 Virtual Desktops with VMware View – Applied Best Practices.

This paper discusses how Windows7 should be configured for optimal performance in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementation. The paper details how to configure the Windows 7 subsystem to minimize the performance requirements on the shared storage and VMware ESX environment.

“…This applied best practices guide provides a set of implementation guidelines to increase virtual machine performance and reduce the I/O burden of the OS significantly. This can also reduce the amount of storage required to support the VDI infrastructure, which in turn, can reduce the initial capital expenditure and operational expenditure outlays. These reductions can significantly increase the return on investment (ROI) of the solution.

Many of the configuration adjustments described in this guide can substantially improve the performance of a virtual machine. However, performance comes at the cost of features. It is the responsibility of the desktop engineering team to find a suitable balance between the features required by users and the performance of their environment…”

Thanks to Chad Sakac for pointing us to this paper.