Category Archives: End User Computing

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 »

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 »

VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 & Database Support

VMware Workspace Portal (http://www.vmware.com/products/workspace-portal) is one of the key products VMware has in the EUC suite. It has gone through several iterations, and arrived at it’s current state. I have seen it since it was 1.0, and in September 2014, 2.1 was released with lots of improvements. Prior to 2.1, workspace was a vApp made… Read More »

Virtual Desktop Optimisation – Enforcing Windows Visual Effects

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↓↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) Most people may not realise, but the Windows Visual Effects settings can have a direct impact to the user experience. Ok, that sounds a little too obvious, but it’s more than just turn on and off “eye candies” and… Read More »

Mirage Windows Migration – where are the files?

This is an interesting experience which I thought I share with the rest of the world. I’ve been involved in some projects to migrate computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 using VMware Mirage. The greatest benefit of which is that the actual migration is expected to be fairly easy and straight forward. However, there… Read More »

VMware Mirage migration with Symantec Endpoint Protection

VMware Mirage is a very powerful tool that does wonders with Windows migration, and should be in the arsenal of every enterprise desktop admin. In recent projects I’ve worked on, I came across customers with Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). Though a great AV product and has nice capabilities, there is something it does that can… Read More »