Windows & Interoperability: Optimizing Windows 7 for VDI
Optimizing Windows 7 for VDI
by Cameron Sturdevant
Removing unneeded virtual hardware is a good way to reduce the virtual footprint of the golden virtual image.
Remove sounds from VM master images unless they are required to support user workload.
Depending on the end-user workload, there should be no need for user account control notification, since the user won't be able to install applications.
System Protection settings are appropriate and necessary in a traditional desktop environment but wasteful and unhelpful in a VDI deployment.
Plain trumps pretty when configuring Windows 7 for prime performance in a VDI environment.
Disable and turn off any "routine" services provided by the Windows 7 operating system to improve VDI performance.
Disable the WinSAT service, which measures system performance and capabilities to provide the score sometimes used to judge a system readiness to run Windows 7.
No Windows Defender
Disabling this service means that IT managers must implement additional security in the virtual environment.
Disabling unnecessary network services and protocols saves CPU cycles and can "ungum" VM performance.