Optimize VDI: Windows 10 Services

This is a multi-part blog series focused on optimizing Windows 10 VDI Part 1: Optimizing default apps Part 2: Optimizing Windows services Part 3: Optimizing scheduled tasks As we saw in a previous blog, Microsoft added new default apps into the base operating system with each major release of Windows 10. These updates will have an impact on the user experience, especially in a VDI implementation. Windows Services Many of the new capabilities with the latest builds of Windows 10 also implements new Windows services. With each release, the number of services has steadily increased. Build 1507: 196 Services Build … Continue reading Optimize VDI: Windows 10 Services

Windows 10 Optimization – Part 2 – Services

Note: New article on Services Optimization for VDI posted that includes the Anniversary (Build 1607) and Creator (Build 1703) updates. This post is only for the original (Build 1511) release. In the Windows 10 Optimization – Part 1, I mostly focused on those applications which come pre-installed. Removing the apps shouldn’t help us get better server density, unless the users are spending all day watching videos or interacting with Xbox. Mostly, removing unneeded applications will create a cleaner image from which we can build our master image. In this part, I want to take a closer look at Windows 10 … Continue reading Windows 10 Optimization – Part 2 – Services

Windows 7 Migration at BriForum

What would you say if I were to tell you that migrating to a virtual desktop was no different than if you were going to migrate to Windows 7?  I’m being serious.  Migrating a user to a virtual desktop has many similarities to migrating a user to Windows 7 on a traditional desktop.  With a Windows 7 migration, we are concerned with hardware, operating system, applications, personalization, and more.  With a virtual desktop migration, we are focused on hardware, operating system, applications, personalization and more. Same focus areas. Interesting

Of course there are some differences. For example, regardless of the path you are taking, most organizations will create their “Corporate Desktop Image”. At its core, the standard desktop image would have similar configurations like removing games, disabling Media Center, adding anti-virus software, etc. This would be done if Windows 7 were on a traditional desktop or on a virtual desktop.  But on the virtual desktop we will likely do more. Continue reading “Windows 7 Migration at BriForum”