How OS optimization can better the Horizon View experience

To improve the end user experience, a Horizon View administrator can execute a number of OS tweaks to optimize the virtual desktop.

A skilled virtualization administrator will tune the virtual desktop environment to produce the best possible experience for the end user. The first step in delivering better performance is operating system optimization.

The VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide, by Linus Bourque, preps professionals on VMware and virtualization techniques needed to obtain a VMware Certified Professional 5 desktop (VCP5-DT) certification in the End User Computing track. The book should also come in handy for sysadmins who are looking to improve the performance of VMware Horizon View. Bourque covers the important features of vSphere 5, View components and environments to assist you with configuration and troubleshooting before you take the certification test.

In Chapter 6 -- available to download and read here in PDF format -- Bourque dives into the process of OS optimization to elevate the virtual desktop experience. He starts with the configuration of virtual hardware and explains that a physical desktop may not work as well as a virtual one and why. He gives a step-by-step explanation of how to install the View Agent and then to customize the Windows OS for enhanced virtual performance.

From Chapter 6 of the book

  1. If I were to simplify the process of building and optimizing a virtual desktop, it would look something like the following:
  2. Create a [VM] as a template for your virtual desktops. Optimize the virtual hardware for the desktop during this step.
  3. Install the latest version of VMware Tools.
  4. Select a time-synchronization method where the [VM] either synchronizes to the ESXi host or to the Active Directory time source.
  5. Join the Active Directory domain.
  6. If using VMware time synchronization in step 3, disable Windows time.
  7. Install appropriate applications, and tune them for optimal performance.
  8. Enable remote connections.
  9. Install the View Agent.
  10. Patch Windows desktops as needed. Note, this may require a reinstallation of VMware Tools and the View Agent

 

This was first published in April 2014

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