Category Archives: VDI

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 »

Server Power Management & Virtual Desktop Performance

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) In the recent weeks, I’ve personally come across more than a few complaints of performance issue on VDI. The complaint are typically the same, poor user experience. After some troubleshooting, they all point to the same thing, Power Management… 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 »

Horizon 6 with View – Unofficial Configuration Maximums

I have to start with a disclaimer that this post (and this blog) is not an official guidance from VMware. As my personal practice, I will always try to substantiate what I say & write with official documentation, KB and my experience. Horizon View has gone through lots of improvements over the years and there… Read More »

VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – June 2014

24 models of VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes has just been announced to be available from your favorite server OEMs such as HP, SuperMicro, Fujitsu and Dell. The official VMware announcement blog can be found at http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/06/virtual-san-ready-nodes-ready-set-go.html. An accompanying document has been posted with the detailed configurations of the 24 models, and it is found… Read More »

Virtual Desktop Optimisation Categories Explained

In my series of posts pertaining to virtual desktop optimisation, I will add a heading to each post to indicate the area which the settings change will impact. I have classified them into 4 categories. User Experience Resource Optimisation Functionality Administration Next to each area I will indicate the impact one would expect with the set… Read More »

Virtual Desktop Optimisation – Disabling Device Hotplug

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (-) / resource optimisation (-) / functionality (-) / administration (↑) I have seen situations where virtual desktops oddly lose network connectivity. After some investigation, it was found that the NIC for the virtual desktop had disappeared. The root cause was determined to be an accidental eject of the virtual… Read More »

Jason’s Windows 7 Optimisation & Customisation Guide

This is going to be a living guide and I will be constantly updating it as I encounter anything worth sharing. Please do come back regularly to this post to as a starting point. The objective of this guide is my way of sharing what I normally would consider and apply to Windows 7 virtual… Read More »