If you have been following my ongoing commentary regarding Windows 7 optimizations for virtual desktops, you have probably been wondering when all of this information will be put into a document. Well, it has finally happened. Based on many of the items Citrix Consulting has identified (thanks to Paul Wilson, Nicholas Rintalan and Kevin Bacon), we have our initial Windows 7 optimization guide for virtual desktops using the hosted VM-based VDI model. You noticed that I specified which FlexCast model this is for because if you end up doing local streamed or local VM you might wish to modify certain settings for those use cases.

What you will also see is that other optimization guides probably have many, many more optimizations. Why? Most guides are looking at performance as opposed to the user experience. The settings within this guide are trying to balance the user experience with performance. Some optimizations will make the system run faster without impacting the users while other settings might improve performance might create negative perception. It is a fine line to walk and it is something each person has to determine when building their virtual desktop environment on Windows 7.

If you want the Windows 7 Optimization Guide, you have two options:

  1. Get the Windows 7 Optimization Guide stand-alone version
  2. Get the XenDesktop Design Handbook, which includes the Windows 7 Optimization Guide as well as many other planning guides

Daniel – Lead Architect – Worldwide Consulting Solutions
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