Statistics are fun.

It is amazing what interesting insights you can get from statistics. For example:

  1. About 20% of workers would work harder if their employer offered a $1,000 shopping spree at the store of their choice (you hear that Citrix?! 😉 )
  2. About 20% of the people who watch the Super Bowl do so for football, the rest watch commercials
  3. About 20% of copy machine issues worldwide are caused by people sitting on them – That is awesome
  4. Over the past year, my blogs are 20% funnier

And my absolute favorite statistic is from Homer Simpson (who else?):

People can come up with statistics to prove anything Kent, forty percent of all people know that.

We’ve been creating a Windows 10 optimization guide. The Windows 10 optimization guide was focused on identifying, for VDI, as many of the extra components that would negatively impact server density, while focusing on balancing the user experience, as stated in the XenApp Best Practice: For the best combination of user experience and resource consumption, optimize appropriately.

Over the course of several blog posts, we looked at optimizing the following items:

  1. Default apps
  2. Services
  3. Scheduled tasks
  4. User Interface
  5. Runtime
  6. Release
  7. ICA

Now the big question is …

“What impact did these modifications have?”

First, it gave me something to blog about (This is a big deal. After 5+ years of blogging, I’m running out of ideas. In fact, I believe this is blog 201 on Citrix).

But most of you probably care more about the second part: What was the impact on server density? And for this, my minions, I mean the Citrix Solutions Lab, took over. (We joke that the Citrix Solutions Lab should rename themselves to “Feller’s Lab” because it seems like they do a lot of testing for me – pity them).

For the series of tests, we had two different policies, one would simply turn on the Citrix “High Server Scalability” policy setting. This corresponded to Part 7 of the Windows 10 optimization blog.

The second policy we applied were all of the Windows 10 optimizations we discussed in Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Windows 10 optimization blog series.

  • Turning the Citrix Scalability policy on, gave us a 10% bump in user density.
  • Turning on the custom OS optimization policy gave us almost another 10% bump in density.
  • Turning both of these options on equaled roughly 20% more users on our physical host.

Definitely not a bad start.

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