The Ultimate Windows 10 Tuning Template for any VDI Environment
Co-author: Omar Bouhaj
A couple of weeks ago we organized the first #VDILIKEAPRO webinar about the ultimate performance tuning tips and tricks for Windows 10 in VDI (go check it out, it is recorded for your convenience). We actually started testing Windows 10 in our own labs about six months ago. In January we decided to give the new beta template for Windows 10 in VMware’s OS Optimization Tool (OSOT) a try. To our pleasant surprise OSOT makes it very easy to configure and optimize your VDI Image.
By using VMware’s default templates or self-created templates, this tool is a must-have for any VDI engineer. We believe that this tool--with a lot of best practices--can be applied to your Windows image in any VDI environment, not only for VMware Horizon View but also for Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft VDI.
But there is more…
VMware’s OSOT offers built-in Windows desktop and server operating system templates (including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Windows 2008 and Windows 2012). By enabling the default settings, we already concluded that VMware OS Optimization Tool gives an impressive VSImax increase of 44% in comparison to vanilla Windows 10.
But we think that there are even more tuning best practices for Windows 10. That’s why we decided to create our own template for VMware OS Optimization Tool and we are proud to announce that the first version is now available for download (for free).
Here is a list of the tuning best practices in the #VDILIKEAPRO Tuning Template version 0.1 based on the v58 template by the OSOT team. This template only contains additional tuning for Windows 10.
Test Results #VDILIKEAPRO Tuning Template v0.1
In the graph below you can see a comparison of VMware OS Optimization Tool with all the settings enabled versus OSOT fully tuned plus all settings of the #VDILIKEAPRO template for OSOT.
As you can see the #VDILIKEAPRO tuning template offers an additional 3.5% increase in VSImax in addition to VMware OS Optimization Tool. VM Utilization goes down by 5.5% and IO patterns drop by approximately 10%.
Install the template
Installing the template is pretty straightforward:
- First make sure that you are running the latest version of VMware OS Optimization Tool before adding the #VDILIKEAPRO Tuning Template
- Place the Tuning Template in the same directory as VMware OSOT
- Restart the OSOT tool
- Press the “pull-down” button and the #VDILIKEAPRO Tuning Template will appear
Download the template
The #VDILIKEAPRO Tuning Template is available for free. Download the Tuning Template by submitting the form below:
We look forward to your feedback! Any questions, bugs, suggestions and improvements can be sent to the email address found in the Readme.txt part of the download.
Omar & Jeroen.
Important note: Our tuning template disables some features that might be considered essential by some of your end users. So before your end users come after you with torches and pitchforks, always consider the tradeoffs between better performance and more features for your end users. When you are not sure if a tuning setting works for you, simply do not use it. This is why we do not enable #VDILIKEAPRO tuning by default, you will have to specifically select the tuning that applies to your VDI environment.
Please do NOT blindly apply the tuning we provide! We tested these tuning options in our own labs, and they might have a different impact in your own unique VDI environment with different hardware and software components. That’s why it is so important to test and validate these changes yourself. Login VSI is there to help you.
Also, please note that this template doesn't work with the latest version of OSOT (v80). Users of the older versions shouldn’t experience any problems.
About the Author
Omar Bouhaj joined Login VSI in 2012 as a Support Consultant. As such, he supports customers and partners worldwide. You can ask Omar anything about our products, and besides this, he can also fill you in on the history of Hip-Hop. In his spare time, he loves DJing, to travel and to enjoy nature.