Category Archives: Desktops

Tune PCoIP for LAN like picture quality over WAN

This is a question that was posed to me recently, it’s an unusual but valid scenario which I feel is worthy of sharing. This is a Horizon View virtual desktop use case where the virtual desktop is hosted in Singapore, and the users are located overseas. In this situation they were in China and Korea,… Read More »

Horizon View – Session Timeout Changes in 6.x

Here’s something that changed in Horizon View 6.x that we have noticed recently. This particularly affects Zero Client users more, or more specifically clients that are not able to report client activity (if the keyboard and mouse are in use). This came about because of how the clients have changed since 3.0. To a View 5.x… Read More »

Private VLANs with Distributed vSwitch & Extreme Networks Switches

I came across this just this week working with on a virtual desktop deployment. One of the requirements is to disallow virtual desktops in the same subnet to talk to each other. The most efficient way to do this was to make use of Private VLANs and put the desktops in an Isolated PVLAN. It… Read More »

Errors in a KB Article – Horizon View 6.x Network Ports

This post was written on the 5th May 2015. Hopefully sometime in the near  future it is no longer relevant, but until then, be aware of an error in a KB article (2085383) for Horizon View 6.x network ports. I’m compelled to write this post as I’ve just encountered a 2nd partner who got misled by… Read More »

Windows 7 – Optimise Visual Effects for all New User Profiles

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↓↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) this is my 3rd post about Visual Effects optimisation. It must seem I have some obsession about this. Kind of!! As I haven’t found a completely reliable source of information on how to do this. In the land of… Read More »

Optimising Windows 8.1 Visual Effects

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↓↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) I have just been involved with a View deployment where the customer wants to use the latest and greatest Windows 8.1. It gave me a good opportunity to figure out the registry settings to optimise the Visual Effects for… Read More »

Hidden Gem in View 6.1 and Transparent Page Sharing

I’ve just updated my lab to View 6.1 and came across a nice little gem. This is related to the recent out-of-the-box hardening of vSphere where Transparent Page Sharing is disabled between virtual machines. In case you missed it, I’ve written about it here. If you see the screenshot below, you will see a new… Read More »

Updated ESXi TPS setting and what to consider for VDI

Another reminder today that ESXi TPS default setting is being changed to be disabled. This was first acknowledged in Oct 2014 that under certain highly controlled situation, it is possible to gain unauthorized access to in memory data. Although this is unlikely to be achievable in a production environment VMware is keeping to secure-out-of-the-box principle and… Read More »

Why sometimes I am prompted to reboot my virtual desktop immediately on login?

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↑) / resource optimisation (-) / functionality (-) / administration (↑) Have you or your users been greeted with the “You must restart your computer to apply these changes” dialogue box every so often upon login to a virtual desktop? If you choose to ignore it and click “Restart later”,… Read More »